Spiritual leader Dada J. P. Vaswani passes away at 99

first_imgNoted spiritual leader and educationist Dada J.P. Vaswani — the moral force behind the Sadhu Vaswani Mission and a tireless promoter of vegetarianism and animal rights — passed away Thursday morning aged 99, days short of his centenary.Sources at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission said, the spiritual leader has been undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the city for the past a few days and was discharged on Wednesday. However, Dada Vaswani died in the mission premises on Thursday morning.Born Jashan Pahlajrai Vaswani on August 2, 1918 in the city of Hyderabad in Sindh province (present-day Pakistan), he was a brilliant student in his youth. His M.Sc. thesis examined by Nobel Laureate, Dr. C.V Raman.Acclaimed as a humanitarian and non-sectarian leader, he later gave up a promising academic career to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, Sadhu T.L Vaswani — the legendary educationist who started the Mira Movement.In order to propagate Sadhu Vaswani’s ideas and vision, he edited three monthly journals – the Excelsior (which became a popular journal), the India Digest and the East and West series.He also served as one of the earliest Principals of the St. Mira’s College for Girls. On the death of Sadhu Vaswani in 1966, Dada J. P. Vaswani succeeded him as the head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission.Regarded as a philosopher and a modern-day saint by the Sindhi diaspora, Dada Vaswani was a familiar face on a number of spiritual television channels.Inspiring oratorAn inspiring orator who often exchanged ideas with world spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama, Dada Vaswani’s addresses and lectures were marked by his witty parables and aphorisms that advocated practical routes to happiness in a materialistic world.He was also a prolific author, composing several hundred books on spirituality and communal harmony which have seen translations in a number of world languages including French, Spanish, German, Mandarin and Arabic.In May this year, President Ram Nath Kovind, along with a host of dignitaries include veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani, had inaugurated the Sadhu Vaswani International School which is to come up in the city’s Pradhikaran area.“He [Dada J.P. Vaswani] has dedicated every moment to the cause of humanity. He has been an ambassador of Indian tradition and culture on countless platforms, within the country and abroad, including at the United Nations,” the President had said, speaking on the occasion.In August last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had wished the spiritual leader on his 99th birthday via a video conference.A recipient of the U Thant Peace Award in April 1998, for his dedicated service to the cause of world peace, he spoke from a number of global podiums including the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders and Parliamentarians at Kyoto, the U.N. and the British House of Commons in London.His mortal remains have been kept at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission for people to pay their last respects.last_img read more

NC, PDP irked at Governor’s remarks

first_imgJammu and Kashmir’s main regional parties — National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party — seethed on Monday at Governor Satya Pal Malik’s remarks about their respective leaders and corruption in the State. Mr. Malik, in an interview, said that NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, both former Chief Ministers of the State, “agree privately that civilians should not pelt stones or rush to encounter sites but don’t say so publicly”.‘Owes me explanation’ “How does the Governor Malik know what I think about anything? Is he quoting a conversation I’ve had with him privately? Are my calls being monitored? Is my office or residence bugged? He owes me, if not Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba, an explanation,” Mr. Abdullah reacted on Twitter.“Let me say this publicly so that Governor Sahib is under no confusion — civilians should not throw stones & should not rush to encounter sites. I’m not saying this publicly for the first time and it won’t be the last time I’m saying this,” Mr. Abdullah added. On Mr. Malik’s statement that stone-pelters should be dealt severely under the law, Mr. Abdullah said, “We can’t treat stone-throwers as terrorists and randomly keep shooting them… Right now I’m curious to know how Governor Malik sahib knows what I think privately.”‘Defaming Kashmiris’Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar also questioned the Governor’s recent remarks on rampant corruption in Jammu and Kashmir.“The Governor’s frequent remarks end up defaming Kashmiris and vital institutions of the State and for him every Kashmiri is a thief. It is very unfortunate that he is grudging the people of Kashmir even for having a house. Going by his (Mr. Malik’s statements), it comes out that anybody who is owning a big or a small house in Kashmir has to be dishonest,” said Mr. Akhtar. He added that rather than making such sweeping statements about the entire people of Kashmir, there should be a list of such suspects, action is initiated against them, inquiry is held and those people are made to face the law.In another development, J&K Bank and the State Public Service Commission have denied allegations of corruption in the recruitments which the Governor had flagged.last_img read more

Indian ecologists decry decision on biodiversity hot spot

first_imgBANGALORE, INDIA—A long-running battle over conservation and development in India has taken a new turn. India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests disclosed on 27 August that it had shelved a report calling for aggressive measures to preserve the ecology of the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing a large swath of southwestern India that’s home to at least 500 endemic species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Instead, the government has adopted another set of recommendations that some ecologists say will do too little to safeguard the region’s biodiversity.Biodiversity in the Western Ghats has been under siege for decades. A 1997 study in Current Science found that the region lost about 40% of its forest cover between 1927 and 1990 to agricultural fields, coffee and tea plantations, and hydroelectric reservoirs. Habitat fragmentation has put endemic birds such as the Nilgiri wood pigeon and white-bellied shortwing and mammals such as the Nilgiri tahr, Malabar civet, and lion-tailed macaque on endangered lists.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In 2010, the Indian government tasked a committee led by ecologist Madhav Gadgil, who founded the Centre for Ecological Sciences at Bangalore’s Indian Institute of Science and served on the Scientific Advisory Council to the prime minister, to draft recommendations on how to conserve the Western Ghats. In their 2011 report, Gadgil’s team proposed that 164,280 square kilometers of the Ghats be declared as eco-sensitive, which meant, among other measures, phasing out mines, dams, polluting industries, single-crop plantations of introduced species such as eucalyptus for timber, genetically modified crops, and synthetic pesticides. This meant that mining would be banned in major iron-exporting regions such as the villages of the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra, while hydropower projects such as the Athirappilly dam on the south Indian river Chalakudy would not get the go-ahead.Those sweeping recommendations did not sit well with the state governments whose territories include portions of the Western Ghats. To placate them, the Indian government commissioned another report by a group led by space scientist Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, who was then a member of India’s Planning Commission, a government body that formulates 5-year plans. The Kasturirangan Committee report, delivered to the government in 2013, whittled the eco-sensitive zone to 60,000 square km, reasoning that the remaining areas are cultural landscapes with human settlements that are already too large to be disrupted. These cultural landscapes would have fewer regulations and would include the mining districts in Maharashtra and Goa, and the Athirappilly hydropower site.Ecologists slammed the Kasturirangan report. In an open letter to Kasturirangan last year, Gadgil pointed out that several cultural landscapes, such as tea estates, harbor large numbers of endangered species such as the lion-tailed macaques and therefore need an eco-sensitive status. And having a small protected region inside a large cultural landscape, he wrote, is like trying to “maintain oases of diversity in a desert of ecological devastation.”  Other ecologists have complained that the Kasturirangan report omitted important wildlife corridors connecting eco-sensitive areas in order to protect migration routes of animals such as the Asian elephant. Sindhudurg, for example, lies along one such migratory corridor between the forests of Maharashtra and a tiger reserve in Karnataka.  But the Kasturirangan report authors respond that the Gadgil report is too sweeping and impossible to implement. “We believe you cannot turn back the clock on places where there are a large number of people settlements,” says Sunita Narain, who heads the Delhi-based environmental advocacy group, Centre for Science and Environment. And putting a moratorium on mining Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, where the livelihoods of people depend heavily on mining, or banning monoculture coffee plantations simply wouldn’t have worked, she says. “You can’t keep an indefinite moratorium on anything. You can only set conditions on how to go about development. That is what we have done in our report.”The battle hasn’t come to an end yet, however. The Goa Foundation, an environmental organization, has said that it will contest the government’s decision to reject the Gadgil report before the National Green Tribunal, a special body for resolving environmental disputes in India. If it doesn’t get a favorable ruling, the organization says, it will move to the Supreme Court.See here for more on conservation science.last_img read more

Drummond powers Pistons past Kings

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50). APDETROIT — Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy knew during the offseason that he needed another piece to get the Pistons into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference.It appears he found the right player in Avery Bradley.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Pistons had 18 points off Sacramento turnovers, while the Kings only had nine. They have recorded more points off turnovers than their opponent in nine of their 10 games.“This wasn’t our best game, but we were able to get some stops when we needed them,” Harris said. “We’re building off each other, and that’s a good thing.”Sacramento (1-8) lost its seventh straight game and gave up more than 100 points for the sixth time in a row. Zach Randolph led the Kings with 19 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 14.“This is a learning experience,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “It was a small-ball game tonight, and they were able to hurt us with that.”Back-to-back 3-pointers by Reggie Jackson and Harris gave the Pistons a 77-69 lead late in the third quarter. Detroit led 85-74 heading into the fourth, and held off a brief Sacramento surge early in the period.ADVERTISEMENT “That wasn’t an easy win by any means,” Van Gundy said. “We didn’t have a lot of energy, and their starting lineup gave us a lot of trouble, but we were able to grind it out.”The Pistons scored the game’s first 10 points, but Randolph scored 10 points in the first quarter to keep the Kings close. Sacramento led briefly in the second quarter, but Bradley’s 13 points were enough to give Detroit a 52-49 lead at halftime.“It seemed like we were down four points around 80 times tonight, but we could never put together the big run we needed,” Joerger said. “We talked about how much ball pressure they use, and then we would come down three times and they would deflect three passes.”TIP-INSKings: Randolph’s first-quarter scoring started moments after Michigan State’s winning field goal against Penn State was shown on the Little Caesars Arena scoreboard, accompanied by the MSU fight song. Randolph went to the Final Four as a Spartan in 2001.Pistons: Jon Leuer (ankle sprain) missed the game, while Johnson is day to day after leaving in the third quarter with a sore hip flexor. LATEST STORIES Bradley scored 24 points, Andre Drummond had 16 points and 19 rebounds, and the Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 108-99 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).The 26-year-old Bradley went 10 for 15 from the field. He was acquired in a trade with Boston in July.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ve said this several times, but he has really changed the defensive demeanor of our team,” Van Gundy said. “He doesn’t deserve all of the credit — moving Stanley (Johnson) into the starting lineup has also helped — but we’re playing much better defense with Avery on the floor.”Tobias Harris added 20 points for Detroit (7-3), which won for the fifth time in six games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Johnson still 2 options for chance at 8th NASCAR Cup title John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Phoenix Suns stun Boston Celtics, run winning streak to 4 games

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “If I get on any social media (site) I’m going to hear about it all day when this game’s coming up,” Booker said, smiling. “Obviously that was a special night in my career.”BUSY STRETCHThe Celtics played their first of a game every other day for the next 36 days.Irving said it’s just about taking care of bodies and getting through the workload.“You want to prepare yourself the best you know how,” he said. “It’s more about maintenance and survival right now.”It was also their first of four games in a row at home, which culminates with a Christmas Day matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.NICE COMPANYIrving is the first Celtics player with five games of 20-plus points and 10-plus assists within the first 30 games of a season since Larry Bird did it in 1990-91.UP NEXTSuns: At the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “We had multiple conversations when we were losing early in the year,” Booker said. “We looked around the locker room and said, ‘Nobody’s going to feel bad for us.’”It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Suns since opening the season 4-24. Phoenix has its first four-game winning streak since March 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“There’s so much positivity,” said Ayton, who tied his season high in rebounds. “You can just tag along and add your piece.”T.J. Warren scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 13 in his Suns debut. LATEST STORIES Celtics: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Kemba Walker unloads 30 as Hornets beat Cavaliers View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening They led 97-84 before Boston sliced it to five on Marcus Smart’s 3 with 1:49 to go. Warren was fouled by Smart taking a 3 on the ensuing possession and made all three free throws.After a 3 by Irving, Oubre nailed a 3-pointer at the other end to help the Suns hold on.Smart’s 3 at the second-quarter buzzer gave the Celtics a 62-59 halftime lead.Boston grabbed its 11-point lead early in the first only to see the Suns use a 25-7 run over a 6½-minute stretch in the second.Baynes blocked Ayton’s pass and shook his hand in visible pain before heading to the locker room during a stoppage in play.TIP-INSSuns: Warren went to the floor hard in the second quarter and walked slowly to the bench during a timeout. He did return to the game. … Phoenix lost the first meeting between the teams in overtime at home on Nov. 8. . Oubre was acquired Monday in a trade with Washington.Celtics: C Al Horford missed his sixth straight game with a sore left knee. Boston coach Brad Stevens said Horford didn’t practice Tuesday but did some things on the court Wednesday morning. “Feeling better, getting better. Reassess pretty much every day,” Stevens said. … F Marcus Morris also missed the game with a sore right knee. … Boston shot 70.8 percent (17 of 24) in the first quarter.NOT THIS TIMEBooker had scored 38 points or more in his last three games against Boston, including 70 at TD Garden on March 24, 2017. MOST READ Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of a basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The Suns defeated the Celtics 111-103. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — It appears the Phoenix Suns have finally figured things out.Devin Booker had 25 points and eight assists, and rookie Deandre Ayton added 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead the suddenly resurgent Suns past the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kyrie Irving led Boston with 29 points and Jayson Tatum had 18. The Celtics lost their second straight after winning eight in a row.Boston center Aron Baynes broke a bone in his left hand early in the game and the team announced that he’ll be sidelined indefinitely.The Celtics opened a quick 11-point lead early in the game, but the Suns came charging back.“I think it started after the first quarter,” Irving said. “They just picked up their aggressiveness and they were pretty much in rhythm for the rest of the night.”The Suns led by six entering the final quarter and pushed it to 92-80 on Jamal Crawford’s 3-pointer from the top of the arc with just under 10 minutes to play.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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first_imgWith disruptive innovation as the guiding principle, LeEcoWith disruptive innovation as the guiding principle, LeEco is engaged in myriad businesses, spanning Internet TV, video production and distribution, smart gadgets and large-screen applications to e-commerce, eco-agriculture and connected super-electric cars. The company also has one of the worlds largest content libraries which includes movies, TV dramas, entertainment shows, sports and music, which can be viewed on LeEco devices like Superphones and Super TVs, and in the future, on Le automobiles. Breaking the barriers of industries, LeEco provides personalized products and services for an enhanced user experience at disruptive prices. Media Contact: Richa Mehta richa.mehta@bm.com +91-9811660870 Senior Associate Genesis Burson-Marsteller Source: LeEco PRN BMR BMRlast_img read more

School timings changed in Punjab in wake of heat wave

first_imgChandigarh, May 20 (PTI) In the wake of a sweltering heat wave in the northern part of the country, Punjab government today announced a change in timings of all government and aided schools in the state from tomorrow.The schools have been directed to operate from 7:30 am till 12 noon, Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said.The new timings shall be in place from May 21 to May 31, he said.Also, morning prayers shall not be held and in their place, the National Anthem would be played in each classroom during the first period, he said in a statement here.He also said the timings of recess period would be fixed by the schools on their own.The minister said the instructions concerning change of timings have also been issued to private schools so as to ensure that no student suffers from any ailment owing to scorching heat. PTI CHS BSA ZMN ANPlast_img read more

World wrestling body asks all national federations to suspend dealing with India

first_imgThe United World Wrestling (UWW) has asked all the national federations under it to stop communication with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in the wake of visa denial of Pakistani shooters in the recent World Cup here.The denial of visa to Pakistani shooters had led to the International Olympic Committee suspending discussions with India for hosting future global events.”UWW recommends to all the affiliated and associated national wrestling federations to suspended their discussions or relations with the Indian wrestling federation,” the world body wrote in its letter to national federations, according to a WFI source.Neither WFI President Brij Bhusan Sharan nor Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar could be reached for comments.The denial of visas to Pakistani shooters in the Delhi World Cup last month has jeopardised India’s chances of hosting the Olympics or any global event with the IOC suspending all such discussions with the country and recommending that no big tournament be awarded to it.India denied visas to Pakistani shooters for the World Cup in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF personnel. As a result, the IOC revoked the two Olympic quotas on offer in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol competition of the event.It remains to be seen to what extent the UWW directive would affect Indian wrestlers.At the just-concluded Dan Kolov event in Bulgaria, Indian wrestlers had put up an impressive show as they won two gold and two silver medals.Bajrang Punia and Pooja Dhanda won gold while Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat settled for silver medals.advertisementAlso Read | IOC bars India from hosting future sporting events after Pakistani shooters denied visasAlso Read | NRAI thanks IOC for sparing 14 out of 16 Olympic quotas at Shooting World Cuplast_img read more

Trevor Lawrence’s First Drive As Clemson Starter Was A Disaster

first_imgTrevor Lawrence throws the ball for Clemson,ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers passes against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made the decision to name true-freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the team’s starting quarterback. The decision to bench Kelly Bryant in favor of Lawrence made headlines after Bryant announced his decision to transfer.On Saturday afternoon, Clemson took on Syracuse – the program that shocked the Tigers during the 2017 season. Lawrence saw the field for the first time as a starter early in the first quarter.Facing a 3-0 deficit, Lawrence completed his first pass – a strike over the middle. However, the next snap didn’t go too well.Lawrence botched a handoff with running back Travis Etienne, leaving the ball on the turf. Clemson jumped on the ball for the game’s first turnover.Fumble! Syracuse recovers. Lawrence and Ettiene don’t connect and the Orange have the ball again— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) September 29, 2018The Orange took the turnover and got points on the drive with a 51-yard field goal. Syracuse jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but will need touchdowns instead of field goals if the team wants to stay undefeated.The game can be found on ABC.last_img read more

Singapore Offers Additional Savings to Container Carriers

first_imgzoom The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be granting an additional 10 per cent concession on port dues for container vessels calling at the Port of Singapore from 15 January 2016, MPA.The concession applies to boxships  carrying out cargo works with a port stay of not more than five days. The additional concession will be in place for one year, and will be granted on top of existing port dues concessions such as the Green Port Programme incentives and the 20 per cent concession first introduced in 1996. In all, these concessions are expected save than S$17 million (USD 11 million) for container lines, according to MPA.“PSA is working with their customers to enhance vessel productivity at the port and optimise network planning activities such as service deployments and phasing in and out of vessels, with the aim of lowering their operational costs. PSA is also actively engaging container lines which wish to establish a long-term strategic presence in the Port of Singapore,” PSA said.The measures were announced by Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, at the Singapore Maritime Foundation New Year cocktail reception today. Khaw added that “the measures are another reflection of the Singapore Government’s consistent commitment to stand with and help our partners through challenging times”.The Port of Singapore put in a mixed performance in 2015, amidst weak global economic conditions and structural changes in the maritime industry. Advance estimates show that vessel arrival tonnage grew 5.6 per cent, while Singapore remained the world’s top bunkering port with a 6.5 per cent increase in volume of bunkers sold.Container throughput and cargo throughput, however, contracted by 8.7 and 1.1 per cent respectively. This was largely caused by the overall slump in Asia-Europe volumes, compounded by developments such as the rebalancing of volumes across alliances agreements, and an increase in direct sailings due to lower bunker prices.last_img read more

Considering whether American Airlines Shuttle is special…or not

first_imgWhen an airline brands a route as a “shuttle”, a certain level of expectation kicks in. Frequent service, minimal time spent in the airport, and elevated onboard amenities are all expected. But as the amenities offered on board your everyday flight are elevated, does anything special remain about the shuttle flights?On a recent same day roundtrip with American Airlines Shuttle between New York LaGuardia and Boston Logan, very little stood out as elevated above the norm. As this was a same day turn, the reduced bag drop times didn’t matter, as it probably doesn’t for most business travelers. A dedicated check-in kiosk in 2019 isn’t a compelling perk, as many seasoned travelers check in and receive their boarding pass on their phone. While American does not offer a dedicated security lane for Shuttle passengers, TSA PreCheck supersedes that need for many, anyway.Another airport-based perk of the Shuttle could be boarding gates close to security and the curb. This would enable a dashing passenger to pass through security and get to the gate or out to a cab quickly, saving precious seconds. Unfortunately, American doesn’t actually seem to do this at LaGuardia or Boston.Both of my flights departed from and arrived at gates particularly far from the curb. In the case of LaGuardia, the gates were as far down the concourse as possible. Not that either of these airports are huge, but two minutes is two minutes. The American Shuttle website mentions “quick deplaning from the front or rear door”, but that didn’t happen at either end of my trip.I arrived at LaGuardia a bit early for my 8am flight, early enough to see the tail end of boarding for the 7am flight. Although there was space available, a change fee of $75 would be required to hop on board. The American and Delta shuttles don’t allow for free flight changes, further watering down the appeal of a shuttle.Boarding began a few moments after the arrival of the Embraer E190 from Boston. The E190 makes for the perfect shuttle route aircraft. A First Class cabin allows for upgrades and a sizable Main Cabin in a 2-2 economy configuration make for a comfortable ride. The E190 will be exiting American’s fleet soon, likely to be replaced with the equally comfortable but smaller E175.The E190 is perfect for shuttle operations in your writer’s opinion. Image: Jason RabinowitzThe weather was merciful that day, and both of my flights pushed back and departed without delay. Once in the air the flight attendants quickly sprang into action. One of the few tangible perks of the Shuttle is free snacks, beer and wine in the Main Cabin. I choose a cup of water on the outbound flight, while the snack was a run-of-the-mill Biscoff cookie offered on just about every other American flight. The flight was so quick that the flight attendant had to cheer me on by quietly chanting “chug chug chug” as she collected trash before landing.A quick snack for a quick flight. Image: Jason RabinowitzI enjoyed a solid Goose Island IPA on the return, along with the standard bag of pretzels common on daytime American flights. That beer turned out to be the only tangible perk of these two Shuttle flights.Image: Jason RabinowitzThe E190 features Gogo’s original air-to-ground (ATG) network and free streaming entertainment, though neither are particularly useful on this route. Flights on this route hardly spend any time above 10,000 feet, providing about 10-15 minutes of usable access.A fast connection in that it was over fast. Image: Jason RabinowitzOnce the system activated, “full flight” connectivity cost $10, which is a laughably bad deal, working out to nearly $1 per minute of usable airtime. My T-Mobile promotion for an hour of free access provided me with all the time I could get.Image: Jason RabinowitzWhen my meetings wrapped up early I decided to change to an earlier flight home. The American app isn’t the most robust out there, but this function is supported. I forked over the $75 to move from the 7pm to 5pm flight, but the app errored out while processing the change. The change was made on the backend, thankfully. With the Boston traffic Gods smiling, I made it to Logan in record time, and the gate agents for the 4pm flight allowed me to change once again since I had already paid the $75 fee.These two Shuttle flights felt like any other. The Shuttle term has become so watered down that I’m not sure if it even means anything anymore. Gone are the days of standby aircraft for full flights and a meal for all passengers. There are plenty of other routes with shuttle-like frequency as well, such as LaGuardia to Dallas. Both of my flights arrived early, and at the end of the day, that’s what matters most to me.Related Articles:Room for improvement in first class on Alaska Boeing 737-900Delta has good reason to be proud of Delta One SuitesWhy I always say yes to Spirit Airlines’ Big Front SeatAlaska versus JetBlue: A study in transcon PaxEx outside the Big ThreeDelta hits a home run with Airbus A220 passenger experienceRegional airlines up their game to meet customer expectationslast_img read more

Why Bombardiers Atmosphère cabin skipped AIX

first_imgWith deliveries of new CRJ regional jets featuring Bombardier’s updated Atmosphère cabin to Delta, American and other carriers progressing apace, the Canadian airframer is seeing much demand from airlines for retrofit options for their current fleets — so much, in fact, that it decided to send its cabin mockup to a customer rather than to the Aircraft Interiors Expo earlier this month.Suggesting wryly that “we need two mockups with the success we’ve had with it,” vice president and head of marketing Patrick Baudis told Runway Girl Network in Hamburg that, as a result, “our presence will be a bit limited in terms of booth this year because of that, but hopefully we can come back with something next year.”Bombardier’s CRJ Atmosphère cabin mockup is so much in demand that it didn’t make it to AIX this year. Image: BombardierEight aircraft with the new cabin are already flying with launch customer Delta, and in the coming month American and certain unnamed customers are also expected to take delivery of Atmosphère, featuring bigger bins, a more modern design and the option of a lavatory suitable for people with reduced mobility. (There is currently no regulatory requirement for single-aisle aircraft to have accessible lavatories.)“The big picture at Bombardier,” said Baudis, “is that the C Series went to Airbus, in a great partnership there, and in the meantime we had the transition that we are currently doing, the Q400 to Longview, and we are now focussing entirely on the CRJ at Bombardier.”As we’ve seen on larger aircraft, there’s much demand for bigger bins from airlines. Image: John WaltonA key part of that focus is on the retrofit market for Atmosphère. “That’s what we’re gauging at the moment, to be frank. Everything can be done in aviation, right? Technically it is fully retrofittable. Is it making sense from a business case from an airline standpoint? That’s what we are gauging at the moment. I think the bins are the big catch there,” Baudis explained, in a message similar to that from Airbus about the larger Airspace bins on the A320, which are now being delivered to launch customer American.“Looking at the fitted equipment, like fixed monuments, galleys, there’s plenty of new cool things in there on the Atmosphère cabin, but is this something where airlines will see value to retrofit? It’s not necessarily cheap when we start to touch on the monuments in the cabin,” Baudis said. “We’ll see what we do. We have an established base of CRJs out there. We have a fantastic solution now. We designed it to be retrofittable. Of course we’re going to start looking at it now that it’s entering into service.”Atmosphère is now flying with Delta Air Lines. Image: John WaltonBut are airlines beating down the door, or is Bombardier having to work hard to drum up the interest?“Airlines are asking questions,” Baudis said. “It’s gradual in this industry, particularly for cabins. You can do any presentation of the cabins, any photo — but the best photo will not describe as best as being in the cabin and feeling it.”He continued: “In North America in particular, where we have a very big established base of CRJs, you start to see a phenomenon of people focussing a bit more the attention from an airline standpoint into the regional space, moving single-class airplanes into two- to three-class airplanes in this segment. There’s a big attention focus that is put on that space at the moment.”Indeed there are some #PaxEx improvements like bigger bins that fit modern suitcases from long-haul to medium-haul and now to regional aircraft, with airlines keen to think about which of the benefits from a new cabin make the most sense to port over to an existing fleet.“The question comes naturally, particularly when they realize that technically speaking it’s feasible,” Baudis concluded. “The sweet spot is really, as usual, making something that is attractive from a functionality standpoint, from a cost standpoint — and also from our side in terms of a production standpoint, something that makes sense so it’s easy to distribute and bring to the marketplace.”Related Articles:In Conversation: Wheelchair travel with John MorrisDelta takes main cabin consistency seriously and it showsDelta Flight Products expands IFE platform to be totally Delta-sourcedBombardier’s Atmosphère cabin looks great; shame about the Delta seatsAn Atmosphère of renewed CRJ PaxEx focus at BombardierHow Airbus leveraged experience on A350 to aid A220 programDelta, Bombardier quickly push the boundaries of regional PaxExCabin designers lavish praise on new airframer-branded cabinsRegional airlines up their game to meet customer expectationslast_img read more

Press Release Leslie Ferraro to join Global Eagle board as others retire

first_imgGlobal Eagle Entertainment Inc., a leading provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land, today announced that Leslie Ferraro has been nominated for election to its Board of Directors at its 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on June 24, 2019 (the “Annual Meeting”).The Company also announced that, after six years of distinguished service, Board members Jeff Sagansky and Edward L. Shapiro will retire from its Board at the expiration of their current term at the Annual Meeting.Ms. Ferraro brings extensive products, marketing and media and entertainment experience from her 18 years with Disney, including as President of Disney Consumer Products, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Co-Chair of Consumer Products and Interactive Media for the Walt Disney Company.She previously served on the board of directors for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort from 2010 to 2015 and currently serves on the board of directors for Edelman Financial Engines, LLC and Save-A–Lot, Inc. Prior to Disney, Leslie held various positions at McCann-Erickson, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham.“We are thrilled to nominate a leader of Leslie’s caliber for election to our Board,” said Jeff Leddy, Executive Chairman of Global Eagle and Chairman of the Board.  “As a travel and media executive with global experience, Leslie brings deep marketing and operational focus, having led Disney’s Consumer Products business and Co-Chaired their Consumer Products and Interactive Media business. Leslie will bring significant leadership perspective and capabilities as we execute our profitable growth agenda. We want to thank Mr. Sagansky and Mr. Shapiro for their significant contributions and invaluable insights to our strategy, culture and transformation during their six-year tenures on Global Eagle’s Board.”About Global EagleGlobal Eagle is a leading provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land. Global Eagle offers a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions to airlines, cruise lines, commercial ships, high-end yachts, ferries and land locations worldwide. With approximately 1,200 employees and 50 offices on six continents, the Company delivers exceptional service and rapid support to a diverse customer base.last_img read more

Gogos Thorne and SmartSkys Stone talk nextgen ATG

first_imgRunway Girl Network has favored the phrase “the gloves are off” to describe the war of words amongst certain inflight connectivity stakeholders over the years. But you’ll surely forgive us for using it in reference to the battle playing out on the nextgen air-to-ground (ATG) IFC front in the United States.SmartSky is committed to rolling out its 4G LTE network with elements of 5G technology this year, a timeline that has moved to the right. Gogo plans to launch a 5G network in 2021, representing fresh messaging after the ZTE debacle early last year caught Gogo mid-stride as it was developing its nextgen ATG system.Each firm believes it has a far better mousetrap than its rival.He said, He saidSuggesting that Gogo knows “a lot more about how to do this than they do”, Gogo president and CEO Oakleigh Thorne tells RGN in reference to SmartSky: “They’ve made a lot of noise for a long time. They’ve failed to deliver. At some point they may; we’re comfortable with them if they do deliver. We have a better product, a redundant network with 4G and back-up if there is interference in unlicensed spectrum. SmartSky won’t have that backup.”SmartSky co-founder and president Ryan Stone admits that the company’s EIS timelime has slipped to the right, saying: “We found that the technologies out there alone are insufficient to make an ATG network perform reliably in the unlicensed band, unless you have our innovation patents.” Specifically, there was one component – a remote radio head – that SmartSky “wanted to make sure met our performance and reliability expectations and now that it does, we’re off to the races and putting that component up on sites”, he reveals to RGN.That’s why SmartSky published a press release on 30 May. “What we’ve announced is our final phase of the plan; that’s what we’re in. When we say we’re going live in a couple months, that is what we mean,” says Stone.Stone contests the notion that SmartSky needs back-up for the 2.4 GHz of unlicensed spectrum it is using, noting that the reason SmartSky’s patent story is so strong – it has been granted 128 patents and another 90 are pending – is to ensure it can make a network function properly in the unlicensed band, including in areas of dense urban population where there is high wifi noise. That is technology “that Gogo doesn’t have”, he suggests.Rather, he says, Gogo is effectively saying ‘we will fall back on our ZTE system’, a network that is “already congested in the areas where they think they have to fall back on. So, their performance is already poor and would remain poor…”“We’re about an exceptional user experience”, says Stone, adding: “You don’t need band redundancy if you can do that in the unlicensed service.”With specific regard to SmartSky’s patent portfolio, Gogo’s Thorne says, “We are very comfortable with our position and the technology we have and do not feel that they have any patents that apply to us and are valid.”Gogo’s winding path to 5GGogo has been technically working on a nextgen ATG solution “since 2010 or 2011”, notes Thorne, though there have of course been different flavors to the solution. The company invested significant time and effort in pushing for access to the 14 GHz spectrum band (used by Ku satellites), which was expected to be licensed by the FCC. However, numerous objections to a 14 GHz secondary license auction, including from the Association of Flight Attendants, ultimately saw the FCC take no action, leaving Gogo without the new spectrum it desired.“Then, we and SmartSky, at about the same time, figured out the government regulations around access to the 2.4 GHz spectrum so we started pursuing a beamforming solution using the unlicensed range and having our [4 MHz slice in the] 850 MHz spectrum to back that up. That was going to be an LTE 4G solution,” recalls Thorne for RGN. He says Gogo “got very close” to implementation, having developed 10 towers which it tested on flights between Michigan and Colorado. Gogo saw peak speeds of 100 Mbps and median speeds of 30 Mbps.PWhen the news dropped last year that the US government had implemented a trade ban on ZTE, Gogo was “literally about to take delivery of 50 towers to install the nextgen ATG system in LTE format”, confides Throne. But internally, some Gogo engineers had been “already egging to get into 5G and were a little upset” when management didn’t pursue it earlier.“So they’ve been working on that [5G] since the government first raised issues with ZTE early last year,” he says.To date, Gogo has done a lot of basic R&D work, and selected vendors for its 5G network. But how much of the former nextgen ATG plan can be retained? Thorne says the firm spent $25 million on the ZTE/2.4 GHz approach “and we had a lot of good learning out of that and can apply some of that for the 5G network. However, in terms of designing the equipment, that sort of thing, we’ll have to spend money in designing equipment. I don’t know how much of the $25 million of learning we can use but we spent it and we’re not giving it back.” But on a go-forward basis, he says, Gogo is deep in design right now, and as it gets through each phase – PDR [preliminary design review], CDR [critical design review], etc, – it will come out with more specifics on timing and speed and what the cost will be.Outside of the obvious business aviation and commercial RJ applications, what are the opportunities for Gogo 5G ATG in the commercial airline space? Thorne says that while US carriers have satellite solutions for a lot of their mainline aircraft, there are still some with smaller mainline aircraft that haven’t installed “so there might be some opportunity there”.What about augmenting satcom with 5G ATG, RGN asked? Gogo’s grounded ground-to-orbit (GTO) solution, which combined satellite and terrestrial services and “was like the Ford Edsel of Gogo history”, quips Thorne, might be something that Gogo would look at exploiting. “It’s a possibility but there is no firm plan for that right now.”Made in AmericaThorne assures that Gogo’s partners for the 5G network “are all United States based on this one”. After all, the Trump Administration is not alone in its concerns about Chinese tech giants, with Thorne noting that Senators Schumer and Rubio are always trying to add legislation.Yet, like other US IFC providers, Gogo is hoping to break into the satellite-supported IFC market in China. Should it be concerned about barriers on the Chinese side? “The environment is so uncertain. I don’t think you can really answer that question,” says Thorne, noting that while Gogo’s relationships are strong in China “things could change at any minute as you know” under the current climate.Strong wordsThough SmartSky’s 4G LTE network has some 5G components and features including software defined radios, network function virtualization, network slicing, beamforming, primary Internet gateway relocation and low latency architecture, Stone is not concerned that customers will make unfavorable comparisons between what SmartSky is doing and Gogo’s announced plan.In a gloves-off moment, he tells RGN that SmartSky’s customers “can see through phantom announcements to see who is actually doing things and who’s ahead, and we’re a few years ahead of our competitor’s announcement.“We’re doing this right now. Instead of hyping 5G, we try to show them [our customers] where we use it and where we’re not. I don’t want to create an expectation – as has been done in the past – [whereby someone says] here’s the speeds you’re going to get and nobody gets it and they’re disappointed. Others have marketed 3G EVDO Rev as 4G, so we don’t like to do that, and instead we are going to help keep people informed, and show them [in terms of] the technologies that come out, we have the capabilities of both leading and continuing to grow.”He adds, “The goal isn’t about what do you call the network, it’s what’s the most compelling user experience.”Nextgen ATG and telco partnershipsBoth SmartSky and Gogo can envisage creative telco partnerships with airlines that would ensure passengers have a far more seamless service.“You’re already seeing that take place in the market itself, the first experiments. If you go around the world, it’s done differently,” says Stone. “You can use your phone as a login device, a sponsorship or integration; that’s been done. I think that’s where we’re headed. Our primary focus this year is getting the network launched, and once we have done that, we can spend a little bit more time on how to make it easier to interact with all the other devices out there relative to logins. I know a lot of the airlines we talk to are in some ways handling that at their level, single sign-in, so we’re already seeing that. I think the Seamless Air Alliance is a great effort. We’re not yet members but we’re well aware of what they’re doing and I think it’s a notable goal.” In terms of selecting value added resellers for its service, SmartSky has made continued progress.  Honeywell is the first SmartSky VAR to be announced, and will serve airlines in North America.In reference to seamless roaming, Gogo’s Thorne tells RGN, “We could roll out a very seamless experience right now; it comes down to the commercial relationships between telcos and airlines to really enable that, the technologies around right now to enable that, and we think that would be terrific. We view ourselves as a technology enabler for those relationships and as airlines value IFC more and they want to be more in control of that, our job is to provide them the tools with that, and our job is to provide that seamless technology in order to do that if they want to make those commercial relationships. And I think it would be very good for the industry generally.”He says Gogo had some issues with how the Seamless Air Alliance wanted to handle intellectual property “and they didn’t want to change their agreement for us so we decided not to join”. On top of that, he says, Gogo doesn’t really view the alliance as necessary to facilitate the seamless roaming described. “That technology exists today. Frankly we don’t think there is much to develop.” If Gogo’s partners want the firm to join, says Thorne, “we probably would, but we haven’t had any pressure to do so.”Related Articles:Press Release: SmartSky taps Honeywell as VAR for airlinesSmartSky readies to announce VARs for 4G LTE inflight connectivitySeamless Air Alliance lab work begins with multiple players at SprintHow SITAONAIR and Panasonic are preparing for 5G inflight cellularGore seals its position as supplier on two big nextgen IFC programsGogo assessing impact of ZTE troubles; addressing 2Ku reliabilityOne-on-one with SmartSky Networks president Ryan StoneSmartSky eyes commercial go-live date for LTE network in near-termGogo pushes forward on next-gen ATG; 100Mbit aheadFlight attendants oppose it but IFC spectrum auction now likelyWhat if Gogo GTO never flies?SmartSky eyes spectrum options for 4G LTE networkPress Release: Gogo to launch 5G network in 2021Press Release: SmartSky sees competitive edge for network with 5G techlast_img read more

In praise of an aging lieflat and stellar crew on Delta 767300

first_imgWho doesn’t love a surprise? Sure, there are bad surprises, like the time China Airlines surprised me by going on strike and canceling my flight. But there are definitely good ones, and thankfully this passenger experience falls into the latter.It was an otherwise normal experience checking in at the Sky Priority counter in Seattle for a recent Delta Air Lines flight to Seoul, South Korea. My three checked bags were tagged and whisked away, and my Comfort+ ticket printed out. A visit to Delta’s lounge in Terminal A yielded a nice breakfast. Delta is nothing if not consistent.Yet while checking the message board at the gate, I noticed that my seat had been given away to someone on standby. I checked at the counter, and discovered I’d been upgraded to seat 1D, in Delta One. It turns out that the airline had oversold coach, and a few frequent fliers had become lucky winners. I was thrilled.I settled into the seat, partook in a preflight orange juice, and the purser took my order for lunch. The flight, operated on a Boeing 767-300, took off 30 minutes late. The tardy departure was worrisome given I had a connection of 60 minutes in Seoul, but that was 12 hours from being your writer’s problem.The first of two meal services began not long after departure. I opted for the Korean service for lunch. A trio of appetizers was absolutely delicious, with the seasoned beef in pine nut sauce being the star of the show. The entree, bibimbap, was just so-so.Dessert followed not long afterward, and after waffling on which one to choose, the crew gave me both the classic Delta ice cream sundae and a mango cake. The sundae took the win.A jaunt through Delta’s inflight entertainment proved worthwhile, as it almost always does. The airline delivers its ‘Delta Studio’ content via both seatback screen and a streaming app for passengers’ own devices.While the app offered more of the type of content I’m interested in watching, I confess I hate having to hold up my phone for two hours, and instead chose seatback IFE. The system was well-stocked and easy to use. I watched a few movies and a handful of TV shows. The only real drawback was the screen size, which on Delta’s Boeing 767-300s are woefully small.The seat itself is not Delta’s latest and greatest. I really didn’t count how many seats there were since I was in row one, but it was arranged in a 1-2-1 direct aisle access for all configuration. All seats face forward and alternate in a staggered fashion, with the footwell under the seat in front of you.Installed nearly a decade ago, the seats show their age both in scuff marks and against Delta’s own high hard product standards. The screens are small, and storage space poor. But the international power port and USB charger worked. The tray table was pleasantly clean, and the seat controls worked well albeit noisily.The seat’s best feature is that it lies flat, something I put to use a handful of times on the long flight. Combined with Delta’s Westin Heavenly bedding, I slept a total of three hours.Some find the seat tight and short, owing to the forward facing layout and tapered footwell, but I’m a side-sleeper and can’t say I found it bothersome.Wi-Fi was provided by Gogo, but per usual I passed up the obscene pricing that started at $8 for 30 minutes of browsing, and used the free messaging instead.The second meal service began roughly an hour before landing. Looking for something light and easy, I chose the fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt. The granola was thoroughly bland and half of the fruit was still frozen. I should’ve chosen the quiche.The real standout on this flight was the crew, which could not have been more on point. Friendly, available but not overbearing, they were an absolute delight. Plates were removed quickly, drinks refilled, and the gallery chat engaging. They even tracked down my connecting gate in Seoul before landing, and they might have passed me an extra bottle of bourbon in case it didn’t pan out. Lucky for me, I didn’t need it.Overall, Delta’s Boeing 767-300 isn’t the cream of the crop in terms of hard product and hasn’t been for several years now. Do I wish I’d [gotten even luckier and] been on the Airbus A330 or A50? Definitely. But a free upgrade is a free upgrade, folks. And I’ll take a surprise bump up to an aging lie-flat with a stellar crew over economy class every time with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.All images are credited to the author, Jeremy Dwyer-LindgrenRelated Articles:The good and the meh of Korean Air PaxEx aboard the 787-9Trading Alaska nonstop for cash and an upgrade proves winning choiceDelta has good reason to be proud of Delta One SuitesPerks of flying Delta One can be had before takeoffDelta takes Main Cabin consistency seriously, and it showsDelta hits a home run with Airbus A220 passenger experienceDelta Flight Products expands IFE platform to be totally Delta-sourcedDelta’s ‘Midas touch’ continues for Gogolast_img read more

IATA sets gender representation targets but its only a start

first_imgIn an effort to ensure greater representation of women in the aviation industry, particularly in leadership positions, IATA has announced the launch of a new “25by2025” initiative which sets concrete targets for participating airlines to increase the number of women in their organizations, and will also offer the first airline metrics on diversity.This is the sort of accountability that can lead to positive change, addressing the call for gender parity made by ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu during the 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IATA in 2018 in Sydney.“[A]ir transport connects people, cultures and businesses across the globe, and strengthens socio-economic development worldwide, at the same time it has not been very successful at providing an open, inclusive working environment for women,” Dr. Liu said. “In China, for instance, there is a proverb which states that women hold up half the sky, but in aviation today, whether we are talking pilots or airline CEOs, women are only making up one-twentieth of these positions.”The initial targets of the IATA 25by2025 campaign are moderate: increasing the number of women in senior positions as well as the number of women in underrepresented jobs (such as pilots and operations) by 25% against currently reported metrics or to a minimum representation of 25% by 2025. Participating airlines will report annually on key diversity metrics in their organizations.While 25% is only half-way to a true reflection of the gender balance in society, IATA estimates that women currently only represent around 5% of the global pilot population and 3% of airline CEOs. The 25by2025 campaign is a launching point, but IATA is aiming higher for the future, as it should.“The 25by2025 campaign provides a global context and encouragement for the many initiatives our members are already taking to address the gender imbalance. I am confident that 25by2025 will be a major catalyst for progress – progress that will set the industry up to achieve even more in this important area. Our work will not be done in 2025, in fact, this is only the beginning. Our ultimate aim is of course for a 50-50 gender split with equal opportunities for everyone in every part of our industry,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO when the campaign was announced.IATA has made its own commitment to increase representation within the organization by boosting the number of women in IATA senior management from today’s 19% to 25% by 2025; encouraging airlines to appoint more women to IATA governance roles and raise representation from the current 17% to 25% by 2025; ensuring a greater representation of women as panelists/speakers at IATA conferences, with a minimum of 25% by 2025; and creating a forum for diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as sharing best practices across the industry and publishing annual statistics on gender diversity.Runway Girl Network reached out to IATA to learn more about the genesis of this 20by2025 initiative and about their commitment to go beyond 25 to 50 or higher.IATA director, learning & development Jane Hoskisson explained that the initiative was inspired by Air New Zealand’s former CEO Christopher Luxon, who challenged the industry to do better during his acceptance speech for the IATA Diversity & Inclusion awards at this year’s AGM in Seoul.“That planted the seed for 25by2025,” Hoskisson said. “We recognize that achieving 50/50 would be quite some time, and for it to happen, there is a need to provide a framework towards achievable measurable targets. We tested this idea with some of our D&I colleagues in the airlines and the feedback we received was that this would be a stretch target, it was achievable.”The proposal for what was to become the 25by2025 campaign then went to the Chair Committee of the IATA Board of Governors for approval.“The ultimate target is 50%. But we recognize we needed intermediate steps in that direction. We felt achieving 25% by 2025 is a good number to start with,” Hoskisson added. “The 25by2025 commitment is flexible enough to be embraced by airlines who are advanced in their gender diversity journey – by committing to a 25% improvement – or those who are just starting this journey by committing to 25% representation.” Hoskisson tells us that there are some challenges recruiting women to different roles in aviation, and the aim of the campaign is to give airlines a framework to get started. “We can share best practices, and in some instances encourage airlines to work more effectively together to address significant challenges in recruiting.”IATA has also announced the start of a new Executive Leadership Program for Women in Aviation, run by IATA training and intended to help women working in aviation to rise to higher positions.“It is designed to support women moving into leadership roles. The program has been developed to sharpen the leadership skills of women in the workplace, while strengthening their aviation knowledge and analytical skills,” Hoskisson said.Three airlines were named as participants in the program during the launch: China Eastern, Lufthansa Group and Qatar Airways. IATA said other member airlines are participating and they will be announced in due course. Airlines which commit to 25by2025 will report on diversity in their organization, measured against key metrics. The first collective report will be published during the World Air Transport Summit in Amsterdam scheduled for June 2020 and will be updated each June thereafter.Related Articles:WILL Rise: How UTC is preparing women for leadershipOp-Ed: Airlines say they want more women but can’t find their C-SpotPursuing Leadership: Delta SVP Allison Ausband’s advice to womenAviation and tech company chief seeks to increase women in both fieldsOp-Ed: A woman’s place is in the flight deck and the C-SuiteAPEX ARC chair on making inroads in IFEC advertising and diversityTAM Airlines CEO Claudia Sender on harnessing a culture of diversityAirbus CEO answers lack of senior women, ethnic minoritiesOp-Ed: All-male APEX emerging tech panel needs women’s voicesNok Air CEO: Bring on the womenlast_img read more

10 Popular Fukuoka Souvenirs You Can Get At The Airport

first_imgClose To Fukuoka And Oita! Getting To Hita City, Kyushu’s Travel Hub Uma-kacchan is an instant ramen staple for Fukuoka residents. There are several varieties, including the Hakata Karashi Takana flavor – which uses the flavor and heat of Hakata’s famous karashi mustard greens – as well as the Kurume Tonkotsu flavor, with a rich umami flavor. How about searching for the flavor that suits your palate?Uma-kacchan can be found at souvenir shops in Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport, as well as at convenience stores and supermarkets. One packet is 108 yen.10. Najima-tei RamenThe famous ramen from Najima-tei attracts a long line of customers outside. The taste of Najima-tei’s ramen is faithfully recreated in this soup and ramen packet, so you can skip the line and you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is boil the noodles and add hot water to the soup, then top the bowl with onions, char siu and your favorite toppings. Dig in! While Najima-tei ramen uses tonkotsu broth, it is known for having a light taste that is easy on the stomach. You can pick it up at the souvenir shops in Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport, among other places. A pack of two is 864 yen.How To Get To The Tenjin Area, Our Fukuoka Shopping RecommendationAs the biggest city in Kyushu, Fukuoka is a shoppers’ paradise, with plenty of shops and department stores. We recommend visiting the district of Tenjin, which has everything you could want in a shopping area: department stores, fashion outlets, big-box electronics retailers, drugstores and more. Most of the souvenirs listed above can be found on the basement floors of the department stores in Tenjin. If you want to know more about the area’s department stores, check out our Six Fukuoka Shopping Spots article.You can access Tenjin from Tenjin Station on the subway, or from Fukuoka Station on the Nishitetsu railway. Tenjin Station is five minutes from JR Hakata Station on the municipal subway Airport Line, and up to 12 minutes from Fukuoka Airport.You can also enjoy shopping around Hakata Station. For more information about the area, check out our JR Hakata Station article.*Prices and store information are current as of December 2016, and was taken from the official sites of each store. Fukuoka Travel Guide – Things To Do, Food, And Tips Meigetsudo’s Hakata Torimon is a richly flavored Western-style snack, made of a thin dough wrapped around white bean paste. “Torimon” refers to paradegoers during the Hakata Dontaku Festival. These torimon wear costumes and play shamisens, flutes and taiko drums as they march around Fukuoka. Thanks to this association, Hakata Torimon has become a souvenir item that symbolizes Hakata. You can buy Hakata Torimon at Meigetsudo locations in Hakata Station or Fukuoka Airport, as well as the Iwataya, Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin, Fukuoka Mitsukoshi, and Hakata Hankyu department stores. A box of eight is 981 yen.6. Meika HiyokoWhile Japanese people often mistake Meika Hiyoko for a Tokyo product, it is actually from Fukuoka. Apparently, this confusion stems from when the third-generation owner of the shop Yoshinodo opened a Tokyo branch, and it gained popularity as a souvenir from Tokyo. Thanks to the sweet’s cute appearance and light flavor, with a thin dough shell wrapped around a mixture of egg yolk and bean paste, the Hiyoko from Yoshinodo is now one of Fukuoka’s staple souvenirs.It has a shorter shelf life than other souvenirs, and should be eaten within 15 days of purchase, so think about your schedule when you purchase it. You can buy it at stores in Fukuoka Airport, Kitakyushu Airport, Hakata Station and Kokura Station, as well as at department stores like Mitsukoshi and Iwataya. A box of seven is 864 yen.7. Niwaka Senpei Top 10 Fukuoka Souvenirs1. Mentaiko-Flavored Snacks Read also Snacks like Jagariko, Pretz, and the popular beer companion Kaki no Tane (spicy rice crackers), all have mentaiko versions that are exclusive to the Kyushu region. You can buy them at stations in Kyushu and at airport souvenir shops, as well as at tourist spots and convenience stores. A box of eight Mentaiko Jagariko packets is 864 yen, and a box of five Kyushu-Exclusive Mentaiko Kameda Kaki no Tane is 432 yen.2. Menbei Hakata Niwaka is a beloved traditional performing art in Hakata, and Toundo’s Niwaka Senpei crackers are modeled after the half-masks used by the performers. They are not senbei, but senpei, which are made with egg and wheat flour. They have a characteristic crunchy texture.They are available in small, medium and extra-large sizes, and the extra-large crackers have an extraordinary impact! They’ll definitely be a topic of conversation if you give them out to your friends. You can buy them at Hakata Station and Kokura Station, as well as department stores like Daimaru and Iwataya. A pack of four extra-large senpei is 648 yen.8. Tsukushi MochiJosuian’s Tsukushi mochi take their inspiration from kinako mochi, mochi covered with kinako flour made from ground roasted soybeans. Made of soft mochi sprinkled with kinako flour and eaten with brown sugar syrup, they are an elegant treat. You can find them at company stores in Hakata Station and around Fukuoka Prefecture, as well as in souvenir stores at the airport. A pack of six is 720 yen.9. Uma-kacchancenter_img Mentaiko is a staple souvenir from Fukuoka. While it’s delicious in and of itself, mentaiko is also a popular snack flavor, and you can find many mentaiko-flavored local snacks in Fukuoka. Menbei, a mentaiko-flavored senbei, is a type of cracker made by the well-known mentaiko manufacturer Fukutaro, and it is said to be the most popular souvenir from Hakata. Menbei has even been featured on TV programs.The piquant heat from each cracker, bursting with the taste of mentaiko, almost demands that you take another one. Some other flavors include plain, mayonnaise, and spicy habanero. You can find menbei at the Fukutaro locations in Daimaru Tenjin and Iwataya, as well as in the souvenir shops at Hakata Station or Kyushu’s regional airports. A box of 16 is 1,000 yen.3. Mentaiko MayonnaiseMentaiko mayonnaise from several manufacturers is another popular souvenir item with many uses. It works great on salad, as a spread for toast, tossed with pasta to make mentaiko spaghetti, and can be used in many other dishes. No matter the brand, you can’t go wrong with mentaiko mayonnaise. You can find it at souvenir shops in Fukuoka Airport and Hakata Station, among other places. A bottle can cost up to 500 yen.4. Hakata NakanakaFor mentaiko lovers, we recommend Nakashima Shoten’s Hakata Nakanaka. Nakashima Shoten uses proprietary techniques to create dried mentaiko, and you can enjoy the concentrated mentaiko deliciousness.Naturally, Hakata Nakanaka is good as a beer snack, and can also be used as a topping for ochazuke, pasta or salad, among many other uses. You can find it at Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin or at souvenir shops in Fukuoka Airport and Hakata Station, among other places. A 20 g pack of Hakata Nakanaka Dry is 565 yen.5. Hakata Torimon Read also Fukuoka Area Guide – What To See And Enjoy In Kyushu’s Largest City Ways to Travel From Tokyo To Fukuoka! A Thorough Comparison If you’re planning to bring home souvenirs from Fukuoka (Hakata), mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) is definitely the most popular local specialty. However, it needs to be refrigerated, so you might be worrying a bit about its freshness after a long flight. This article takes a look at the best souvenirs for international tourists, mainly from Fukuoka, which are easy to purchase and easy to take home.We’ll check out snacks featuring mentaiko, Hakata’s long-famous confectioneries, and more. If you’re having trouble choosing souvenirs, refer to this article and you can’t go wrong!last_img read more

Exchange Currency And Head To Tokyo By Monorail From Haneda Airport

first_imgThe Viewcard Currency Exchange Center is a joint venture between Viewcard Co., Ltd., a JR East group company, and Travelex Japan, an international foreign currency exchange firm.The staff are all fluent in English, and there is no need to fill out lengthy paperwork (*1), so the exchange will be conducted quickly.MATCHA’s readers receive a special discount on the excahnge rates by showing this coupon.*1: Please note that an application form, or identification papers might be necessary depending on the amount of exchange. Read also Haneda Airport – Convenient Travel around Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Osaka The monorail cars are furnished with a baggage compartment, which is a necessity for travelers carrying a large suitcase.If you plan to use the Haneda Airport, consider riding the Tokyo Monorail. Many people may imagine Tokyo as a city filled with high-rise buildings, like Shinjuku or Shibuya.However, the picturesque waterside can be viewed from the monorail, with the high-rises in the background. The small boats and birds drifting on the water are a part of the charming, lesser-known views Tokyo offers.A Train with a Baggage CompartmentThe Tokyo Monorail has other features as well. Passengers making a connection from an international flight to a domestic flight can use the monorail for free. Be sure to obtain a free ticket at the information counter in the airport terminal.A stop by the Viewcard Currency Exchange Center along the way should make the trip much easier. Picture courtesy of Ota CityToyosu Market, which moved from Tsukiji in 2018, is famous for the tour where visitors can watch the auction of seafood, vegetables, and fruits.It is a twenty-minute walk from the Ryutsu Center Station to Ota Market, another spot with a lively atmosphere. Visitors can also enjoy shopping and a waterside stroll at Tennozu Isle, located near Tennozu Isle Station. Anamori Inari Shrine close to Tenkubashi Station is known for sand that is said to ward off evil powers.Ensen Osanpo 1 Day Pass (Japanese) is a ticket which allows pass holders to ride the monorail as much as they like for a day on weekends and holidays. Those who plan to tour the area along the monorail should try this ticket. (This information is as of March 2019.)Ota MarketAddress: Tokyo, Ota, Tokai 3-2-1Tour Hours: 5:00 – 15:00 (Monday to Saturday. The market closes irregularly.)Telephone: +81-3-5492-2789Official Site: http://www.shijou.metro.tokyo.jp/english/ota/*A small group can tour the market without a reservation.5. Enjoy the Waterfront Area Odaiba Travel Guide – 15 Must Do Things In Tokyo’s Best Entertainment Spot! Picture from Odaiba Travel Guide – 15 Must Do Things In Tokyo’s Best Entertainment Spot!Odaiba is one of the most popular places to visit in Tokyo.Odaiba has large shopping malls like DECKS Tokyo Beach and Aqua City Odaiba. Diver City Tokyo Plaza, famous for the life-sized monument of Gundam, Rainbow Bridge, and Statue of Liberty are all fun spots great for photographs.From Haneda Airport, there are various routes to Odaiba, but the fastest route is using the Tokyo Monorail.Ride the monorail from Haneda Airport International Terminal Station to Tennozu Isle, switch to the Rinkai Line, and get off at Tokyo Teleport Station. The fare is 550 yen, and the ride takes about thirty minutes. Please note that it may take longer in the early morning hours and late at night.As of March 2019, Monorail and Odaiba Wakuwaku Ticket (Japanese), priced at 500 yen, can be purchased at the International Terminal Station, Terminal 1 and 2 Stations of the Haneda Airport. This ticket also allows discounts at restaurants and museums in Odaiba. For details, please check the pamphlet at the station.3. Go Directly to Hamamatsucho Station and Tokyo Sightseeing At Monorail Hamamatsucho Station, the last stop of the monorail, passengers can switch to the JR Yamanote Line, a loop line covering major Tokyo destinations, or the JR Keihin Tohoku Line, which runs from Yokohama to Saitama Prefecture.Transferring to the Toei Subway Asakusa Line, which goes to Asakusa, a popular sightseeing spot, or to Toei Subway Oedo Line, is also possible at this station.JAPAN RAIL PASS, which allows the user to ride JR trains including the Shinkansen, can be purchased (*2) at JR EAST Travel Service Center, located near the Minamiguchi (South Gate) of JR Hamamatsucho Station.The JAPAN RAIL PASS can also be purchased at another JR EAST Travel Service Center, located near the monorail ticket gates on the second floor of Haneda Airport. However, this spot is often has a long line of customers, while the Hamamatsucho center is less crowded.If the Haneda center is crowded we suggest using the Hamamatsucho center to make the exchange without a long wait.*2: There are certain requirements for purchasing the pass. For details, please check the official site.4. Go to Ota Market and Other Popular Spots Follow the signs to the monorail ticket gate from the second floor arrival lobby of the Haneda Airport International Terminal. The ticket machines have an English display, so visitors from abroad need not worry.The following are five benefits to using the Tokyo Monorail.1. Exchange Currency Quickly and in the Station Sponsored by Viewcard Co., Ltd. The currency exchange booths in Haneda Airport tend to be crowded with customers waiting in line.However, the Viewcard Currency Exchange Center, located inside Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport International Terminal Station, is a convenient, less-known counter where travelers can exchange currency quickly and efficiently. Go through the monorail ticket gates, turn left, and take the elevator to the third floor. The currency exchange center is located in front of the elevator. Picture from Get To Tokyo From Haneda Airport Simply – Train, Monorail, And Bus Guide!Haneda Airport is the gateway to Tokyo. The large number of flights from the European and Asian countries and its close location to the Tokyo metropolitan area make it a popular airport. This facility is a transportation hub, with domestic flights to popular sightseeing areas such as Hokkaido, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka. With an exchange of more than 20,000 yen value of foreign currency, customers can choose from four postcard with Japanese landscapes such as cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji.As the platform for trains heading for Hamamatsucho is on the other side, cross to the opposite side if you are boarding that train. Viewcard Currency Exchange Center Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport International Terminal Station Branch View InformationFor further information on the Viewcard Currency Exchange Center, click here.2. Easy Access to Odaiba Get To Tokyo From Haneda Airport Simply – Train, Monorail, And Bus Guide! Tokyo Monorail links Haneda Airport to the Tokyo metropolitan area. Frequent trains and a currency exchange center inside the station make this an ideal transportation choice. It is also convenient when visiting the Odaiba area, a popular sightseeing spot, with great views along the way.Five Reasons to Ride the Tokyo Monorail from Haneda AirportTokyo Monorail runs between the domestic and international terminals of Haneda Airport and Hamamatsucho. The trains arrive in around four-minute intervals. From Haneda Airport International Terminal Station, which is connected to the terminal, passengers can reach the Monorail Hamamatsucho Station in thirteen to fifteen minutes by express train, and seventeen minutes by local train.The route map can be seen on the official site. Shinjuku Station Currency Exchange: Convenient For Travel And Shoppinglast_img read more

More countries to Join Paris Agreement Few Days Before COP22

Cairo – UN secretary general spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said tomorrow marks a milestone in climate change efforts as the Paris agreement will come into effect, during the daily press briefing in UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.“Tomorrow is the day we all been waiting for,” he said. “Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will commemorate this historic day by having a conversation with civil society representatives.”More countries joined the Paris Agreement this week including South Africa, Indonesia, and Denmark, increasing the total number of countries who ratified the agreement to 96. Later this afternoon Suadi Arabia and the Republic of Korea are expected to join as well, according to Dujarric. This comes few days ahead of the 22nd conference of the parties on climate change (COP22) taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco to discuss cooperation and implementation mechanisms among UN member states to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement.In December 2015, UN member states signed the agreement which aims to sustain earth temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.  2015 was the warmest year in history that witnessed a rise in earth temperature up to 1.8 degrees Celsius, according to World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) report in January.Moreover, a new report by the UN environment programme (UNEP) stated that even with the Paris Agreement, the world is still headed for a temperature rise up to 3.4 degrees in this century, which needs a curb in emissions is urgently needed by 25%Zeid bin Ra’ad, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday that this entry into force should spur States to be more ambitious in their commitment to tackling global warming.“Climate change is a threat to the enjoyment of human rights now and in the years ahead, he said, adding that the rights of people disproportionately affected by climate change must be protected.” read more

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY SEASON 2 ADDS THREE TO CAST

Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: NETFLIX’S UMBRELLA ACADEMY GETS SOME NEW MEMBERS FOR SEASON 2Netflix announced three new cast members coming to the second season of its adaptation of The Umbrella Academy, but none of the characters they’re playing are actually from the original comic. That’s understandable on the one hand, since the first season flew through a whole lot of the source material, but the character descriptions that Netflix shared also seem suspiciously normal for a show that got pretty wild (especially in the final moments of season one). READ MORE‘THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY’ SEASON 2 ADDS THREE TO CAST“The Umbrella Academy” is bringing in three new cast members for season 2.Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood and Marin Ireland are all set to join returning cast members Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin H. Min for the Netflix show’s sophomore outing.Arya, best known for her role in the AMC shows “Humans,” has been cast as Lila, a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. READ MORE Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Netflix THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY SEASON 2 ADDS ORIGINALS’ YUSUF GATEWOOD, TWO OTHERSThe Umbrella Academy forecast calls for new Season 2 castings.Netflix announced on Tuesday a trio of new faces boarding its comic book adaptation: Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals, Good Omens), Marin Ireland (Homeland, Sneaky Pete) and Ritu Arya (Humans).They join returning cast members Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min, who are all set to reprise their Season 1 roles. READ MORE read more