Planning for Children with Special Needs: Factors Related to Suicide

first_imgWritten by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceSeptember is Suicide Awareness Month. Very few statistics exist about disability in relation to suicide. What is known is that suicide rates are much higher among people with spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis than in the general population. Also, at risk for higher rates of suicide are individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities. Partly influencing suicidal tendencies is the social message that life with a form of disability must be miserable, therefore causing people with disabilities to internalize feelings that cause depression, anxiety and lead to social isolation. Suicide may even be regarded as a noble, selfless act by people with disabilities who feel like a burden to friends, family and caregivers.An individual contemplating suicide exhibits such behaviors as abusing alcohol and/or drugs, increased discussions about death and ‘what if I were gone’ conversations, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, decreased interest in typically enjoyed activities, impulsive and destructive behaviors, changes in sleeping and eating patterns (too much and too little), excessive feelings of shame or guilt, excessive crying and anger, erratic emotions, dropping out of daily routines, disappearing for hours at a time for no reason, becoming more quiet or talking more irrationally.Parent, guardians and caregivers can help improve protective factors for individuals with disabilities by:Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking.Telling them how proud you are of their efforts to succeed in school or in employment.Listening without judgement, pushing or being confrontational.Not taking their suicidal thoughts as a personal affront on your caregiving.Connecting them to a spiritual advisor for support.Helping them revisit past happy memories through photographs and home movies.Encouraging them to journal or draw as a means of expressing feelings.Procuring professional help such as a counselor or the suicide hotline – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255.Considering taking a course on Mental Health First Aid. Surrounding them with positive images, words and people.*Additional Resource – People with Physical Health Problems or Disabilitieslast_img read more

ACL degrees

first_imgAn injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may be described as a partial tear, complete tear or an avulsion (tearing away) from the bone attachments that form the knee.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

Germany has a new Formula One champion but race in doubt

first_imgGermany has a new Formula One world champion in Nico Rosberg, after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, but fans may not see him race on home soil next season.The German Grand Prix, absent in 2015, is set to be struck off again in 2017 for financial reasons and Rosberg’s dominant Mercedes team say there is little they can do about it. (Also read: Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg wins maiden Formula One title)”We are hearing various rumours,” motorsport head Toto Wolff said at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Rosberg clinched the title.”Having a German Grand Prix is part of the history, and especially for us as Mercedes with our factories nearby and many fans in Germany. It is important to race in Germany.”Wolff said Mercedes had offered financial and marketing support in the past but it was not taken up. There had been no such talks this time.Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler told German media last week that the economic risks of his circuit hosting the event in successive years were too great. Only 57,000 fans attended on race Sunday this year.Next July would have been the Nuerburgring’s turn under an alternation agreement that collapsed when that circuit changed owners.Germany was listed on a provisional 21-race 2017 schedule with an asterisk but Formula One’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has indicated it will be dropped. (Also read: Tonight’s going to be absolutely nuts, says Nico Rosberg after maiden F1 title)Asked why Germany had seemingly fallen out of love with the sport, despite Mercedes winning both drivers’ and constructors’ championships for three years running, Wolff — an Austrian — suggested various reasons.advertisement”I have the theory, and its a personal view, that there is a bit of a hangover after all those years of dominance of Sebastian and Michael,” he told Reuters. “The Germans have won it all.”You can see that it’s coming in cycles, how there are other sports like the football team (reigning world champions) that is of great interest and it might change with different drivers, maybe with Nico winning a championship,” he added. (Also read: Keke Rosberg savours son Nico Rosberg’s Formula One success)”It would be really great if we could re-ignite the passion of the German fans in the same way Michael was able to achieve it 20 years ago.”The difference was that Schumacher, who won seven titles, was the first German champion and came from the same humble but hard-working background as many of the fans camping in the forests with their beer and barbecues.Rosberg, son of a champion and brought up in Monaco where he became fluent in five languages, lacks that common touch while Ferrari’s Vettel lives an intensely private life in Switzerland.last_img read more

Hockey World League Semi-Final: Team India dedicates victory over Pakistan to Indian Army

first_imgIndia powered past Pakistan 7-1 in the league game of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in London on Sunday to book their spot in the quarter-finals.In their match against Pakistan, the Indian team, led by midfielder Manpreet Singh including the Indian Team support staff, were seen wearing black arm bands to condole the deaths of martyrs in the recent attacks on the Indian Army.”We wore black arm bands to show our respect and love for the Indian Army. It was a team and Hockey India’s decision to wear black armbands on our left arms to condole the deaths of our martyrs. It shows how much we love our country and army which keeps us safe. This win is dedicated to all our martyrs and all our soldiers,” Indian team manager Jugraj Singh told Indian Today in an exclusive chat.Coach Roalant Oltmans said he was pleased as punch with the victory.”I am told it’s the highest win over Pakistan ever. I am pleased with the result,” Oltmans told India Today.Akashdeep Singh, Talwinder Singh and Harmanpreet Singh all three contributed with a brace while the other goal was scored by Pardeep Mor in the 49th minute of the game.The team faced Pakistan after two strong wins in their previous matches where they beat Scotland 4-1 and Canada 3-0 in the Pool B encounters.last_img read more

Didn’t realise was flanked by Chinese and Pakistani athletes on victory podium: Neeraj Chopra

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) It was quite a moment at the Asian Games when Indian gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra stood flanked by a Chinese and a Pakistani on the podium but ask the star javelin thrower about it and he says it didn’t even strike him as he was consumed by the national anthem. Chopra broke the national record with a throw of 88.06m, while China’s Liu Qizhen (82.22m) and bronze to Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem (80.75m) were distant second and third respectively in Jakarta. At the medal ceremony, it made for a moment given the often volatile diplomatic dynamics between the three countries. The picture of Chopra shaking hands with Nadeem on the podium went viral on social media with tennis star Sania Mirza tweeting that it showed why sports is the “best education you can provide your child with.” “Teaches you sportsmanship, equality, respect and most importantly humanity! If only some people can learn this from our champion athletes too,” she said. Chopra said during the ceremony, he was only focussed on the national anthem. “I did not realise (at that moment) that I was standing with them. Seeing the tri-colour and with the rendering of the national anthem, I was becoming emotional, remembering the struggle and hard work I have done to reach to this stage,” Chopra told PTI from Czech Republic, where he is training. The 20-year-old became the first Indian to win a javelin throw gold in the Asian Games, adding another feather to his cap after the top finish at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in a phenomenal season.advertisement He, however, hastened to add that sports should unite people rather than generating “hatred”. “Sports always teaches us to unite people, to be good towards your competitors. Sports is not meant to show hatred to others,” he said. Nadeem had later claimed that Chopra was not particularly forthcoming when he tried to reach out to him through whatsapp messages. Asked about this, Chopra said, “I am not aware of any face to face approach from him (Nadeem). If somebody tries to speak or wants to ask something behind my back, I would not know. If he had sent some messages on my phone, I would not know. I don’t see so many messages.” The 88.06m throw in Jakarta has taken him closer to his aim of going beyond the magical 90m mark but Chopra said the gold medal is as significant as the one he fetched in the Gold Coast CWG. “I cannot choose between the two, both are significant and I am happy about that. The CWG effort was also a national record of that time, it was more than my junior world record throw for the first time and also the first gold of a major multi-sporting event. “In Jakarta, it was a bigger throw of over 88m and I am really happy to have done that distance. But I will not choose one over the other.” In the prestigious Diamond League Final in Zurich where he competed three days after the Asian Games campaign, Chopra missed the bronze by a whisker as reigning Olympic champion Thomas Roehler of Germany pipped him by a mere three centimeters with his final throw. “I was about to win the bronze as I was third till the final round but Roehler pushed me down to fourth with his last throw. He is an Olympic champion and a big shot in javelin world,” said Chopra who had a best throw of 85.73m. “It’s all right, I will work harder and try to win next time. I was competing with the best in the world and I am satisfied with that fourth-place finish. “I am happy that I have been consistent the whole season, throwing over 85m in almost all events. I will now work harder to improve my performance,” said Chopra, who will wind up his international season after taking part in the IAAF Continental Cup at Ostrava in Czech Republic on September 8 and 9. He will compete along with six other Indians, as part of Asia-Pacific team. Europe, Americas and Africa are the other teams. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more


first_imgThere’s a new place to cool off and beat the heat and this weekend’s 90 degree temperatures.Sioux City’s Parks and Recreation Department says the splash pad at Cone Park is now open.It’s different than the other city splash pad locations, featuring vertical ground level spray features located on the same site as the winter ice skating rink.Jets of water shoot up from the ground with the water sprays set on a timer.It’s open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.last_img

Oklahoma Commit Spencer Rattler Is Now The Only 5-Star Quarterback In 2019 Class

first_imgOklahoma commit Spencer Rattler sets to throw.Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was one of the best signal callers in recent college football history during his Sooners career. Lincoln Riley shouldn’t have trouble attracting other quarterbacks, and in 2019 commit Spencer Rattler, they have the top guy in the class coming in next year.Rattler has been committed to the Sooners since last June. It doesn’t seem like he’s wavering from that choice, with his profile continuing to rise.After many of the top players competed at The Opening finals, 247Sports has updated its rankings. That is big news for Rattler.He was already the top-ranked quarterback in the class. Now he has received his fifth star.God is good. 5 ⭐️— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) July 12, 2018Spencer Rattler should continue what can become a strong line of Oklahoma QBs.Mayfield solidified the position after his transfer from Texas Tech. This season, Kyler Murray is expected to have a big season before he turns his attention to baseball full-time.Austin Kendall will also contend for the job after this season, if he cannot beat out Murray, the expected starter, this season. He is a former four-star recruit as well.247Sports’ composite rankings have Kendall as the No. 26 player in the country overall, and No. 1 at his position and in Arizona. Last month, the site’s Greg Biggins wrote that he was the most impressive passer at the Elite 11 Finals:Three quarterbacks separated themselves by consistently being in the top group of signal callers and Rattler was the most dynamic for us. He’s a play maker who has the ability to beat a defense with his arm or his legs and has a presence about him that should make him a natural leader in college.Like Mayfield, Rattler is a confident player, who says he can make all the throws. As long as Riley is there, the Sooners offensive should keep humming.last_img read more

Missouri Football Banned From 2019 Post-Season

first_imgCOLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 19: A general view of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium during the game between the Florida Gators and the Missouri Tigers on October 19, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)According to the NCAA, a dozen Missouri athletes had coursework completed by a former university tutor.As a result, the Tigers football program has received a bowl ban for next season.The Division I committee on infractions passed down its ruling this afternoon, after finding that the tutor completed online coursework for “most” of the athletes involved.For one, however, she is said to have completed an entire course for one Tigers athlete.The Missouri baseball and softball programs also have players involved in the scandal. Both programs have been banned for this year’s post-season.The NCAA penalties also involve scholarship reductions, vacated wins, and recruiting restrictions.From the NCAA release:The committee used the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to prescribe the following measures:Three years of probation.A 10-year show-cause order for the former tutor. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the tutor must restrict her from any athletically related duties.A 2018-19 postseason ban for the baseball and softball programs.A 2019-20 postseason ban for the football program.A vacation of records in which football, baseball and softball student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the matches impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.A 5 percent reduction in the amount of scholarships in each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year.Recruiting restrictions for each of the football, baseball and softball programs during the 2019-20 academic year, including:A seven-week ban on unofficial visits.A 12.5 percent reduction in official visits.A seven-week ban on recruiting communications.A seven-week ban on all off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.A 12.5 percent reduction in recruiting-person or evaluation days.A disassociation of the tutor. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report (self-imposed by the university).A fine of $5,000 plus 1 percent of each of the football, baseball and softball budgets.The penalties come ahead of what was set to be a pretty interesting year for Missouri football.After an 8-5 season culminating in a Liberty Bowl win, the Tigers got big news, winning the sweepstakes for Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant.The graduate led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff in 2017, and was hoping to develop more as a potential NFL signal caller.Mizzou QB Drew Lock is a potential first rounder in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.[NCAA]last_img read more

A hundred on Makar Sankranti for 3 successive years: How the stars aligned for Virat Kohli

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 18:12 IST Virat Kohli struck a match-winning 104 against Australia in Adelaide (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has now made a hundred on January 15 for 3 successive years from 2017 to 2019On Tuesday, Kohli struck 104 to lead India to a 6-wicket win over Australia in the 2nd ODIThere is an astrological explanation to this eye-catching statisticVirat Kohli, the world’s best batsman across formats, has now made a hundred on January 15 for three successive years from 2017 to 2019. January 15 also happens to be Makar Sankranti. On Tuesday, Kohli was named man-of-the-match for his 112-ball 104 as India stormed to a six-wicket win over Australia in the second ODI in Adelaide to draw level in three-match series.So what’s the secret to Virat Kohli’s tryst with January 15? There is an astrological explanation to this eye-catching statistic, as it appears.Jyothishacharya Pandit Arunesh Kumar Sharma explains the phenomenon behind Virat Kohli’s three centuries on January 15 and the stars are related.Virat Kohli was born on November 5, 1988. The birth date is 5 and the fraction is 6. These numbers are from Mercury and Venus respectively. In their horoscope, the fortune of these two planets is called a great change. Both planets are the masters of karma and profit. In such a way, they receive special grace of Mercury-Venus.Together these two planets are married in Shani Kundali. This is what makes Kohli different.Watch the full highlights from another ODI masterclass by Virat Kohli – his 39th(!) ODI hundred! (@cricketcomau) January 16, 2019In 2017, Kohli had led India to a three-wicket win over England in the first ODI of the three-match series on January 15. Chasing a mammoth target of 351 for victory, Kohli paired with Kedar Jadhav to add 200 runs for the fifth wicket as India took 48.1 overs to win the match.Kohli had top-scored in that match with 122 runs while Jadhav made 120 as India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. 15 i.e. 6 and 15 01 2017 i.e. 8 points they got a coin of 122 or 5. The planet Venus, Saturn and Mercury are aligned together.advertisementOn January 15 in 2018, Kohli scored 153 against South Africa in a Test match, which again was his first hundred of the year and came on January 15. He got double 9 with 6, that is, 6 points in total.On January 15 in 2019, Kohli top-scored with 104 runs as India chased down a challenging total at the Adelaide Oval in the second ODI. The number of Mercury 5. 15 is the sixth point of Venus. The total of 15. 01. 2019 is 1. This gives him clear success.On January 15 in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Kohli is also getting a chance of joining Chandra, Guru and Venus. These dates are positive even in horoscopes on the basis of his birth date. If there are matches in these dates, Kohli can definitely score centuries.Kohli started his first-class career in 2006, i.e. the sixth year of this century. If the same sequence of points is understood, then he will play in international cricket at least until 2024.Also Read | MS Dhoni talks a lot while batting and that helps: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli will score 100 international hundreds if he stays fit: Mohammed AzharuddinFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat Kohli A hundred on Makar Sankranti for 3 successive years: How the stars aligned for Virat KohliVirat Kohli has scored centuries on January 15 for three consecutive years now — 2017, 2018 and 2019. On Tuesday, Kohli’s swashbuckling 104 helped India defeat Australia by six wickets to draw level in three-match ODI series.advertisementlast_img read more

Amazon Great Indian Festival Diwali Special begins: 5 smartphone deals you need to check out

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiOctober 21, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 09:09 IST HIGHLIGHTSAmazon is hosting Amazon Great Indian Festival Diwali Special on its platform.Amazon’s sale began on October 21 and it will go on till October 25.Amazon is offering 10 percent discount on all Axis and Citi bank credit and debit cards.After hosting two festive sales on its platform earlier this month, Amazon is back with another sale ahead of Diwali celebrations. Amazon India is hosting the Amazon Great Indian Festival Diwali Special on its platform in India. The sale began at 12AM on October 21 and it will go on till October 25.During its ongoing sale, Amazon is offering massive discounts on the purchase of smartphones, mobile accessories, Amazon Echo devices, smart TVs and other home appliances. Apart from offering discounts, the Indian arm of the Seattle-based tech giant is also offering lucrative offers that are aimed at helping people shop more. For starters, the e-retail giant is offering 10 per cent discount on all purchases made using Axis Bank and Citi Bank credit and debit cards. This includes the goods purchased using EMI offer. The company is also extending this discount to all RuPay cards.In addition to this, Amazon India is also offering free screen replacements, no cost EMIs and exchange offers on the purchase of goods during the ongoing festive sale.If you missed out on the last two festive sales and are planning to buy a new smartphone ahead of Diwali, here are top five deals you need to check out:OnePlus 7: OnePlus earlier this year launched its flagship smartphone — the OnePlus 7 — at a starting price of Rs 32,999 in India, which means that this variant of the phone sports 6GB RAM and 128GB storage space. Now, at its Great Indian Festival Diwali Special, Amazon is selling the base variant of the device for Rs 29,999. In case you missed out on the previous festive deals, the OnePlus 7 is still available at a discounted price of about 30K during the ongoing festive sale.advertisementSamsung Galaxy M30: Samsung launched the budget smartphone – Galaxy M30s – at a starting price of Rs 14,990 in India. Now it is available at for Rs 8,999 on Amazon India. You can get additional 10 per cent discount by using your Axis Bank or Citi Bank credit or debit card for paying for your purchase.Vivo V15 Pro: The mid-budget Vivo V15 Pro was launched in India for Rs 28,990. During Amazon’s ongoing festive sale, it is available with a discount of Rs 7,000. This means that you can purchase the device for Rs 21,990 on Amazon India during its ongoing festive sale.Xiaomi Redmi Y3: Similarly, budget smartphone Redmi Y3 was launched in India for Rs 9,999 and now during its festive sale, the phone is available with a discount of Rs 2,000. The phone is selling on Amazon India for Rs 7,999 during the festive sale.Honor 8C: Lastly, Honor 8C is selling on Amazon India for Rs 8,999. The phone was launched in India for Rs 11,999. Shortly after its launch, the company slashed its prices to Rs 10,999.ALSO READ: | Missed last night’s event? Here’s everything Google announced at its hardware eventALSO READ: | Amazon’s Great Indian Festival Diwali Special sale starts October 21: Heavy discounts on Smartphones & TVsALSO READ: | Flipkart Big Diwali sale begins today: Check out top 10 smartphone deals available todayGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AmazonFollow Amazon IndiaFollow Amazon Festive sale Next Amazon Great Indian Festival Diwali Special begins: 5 smartphone deals you need to check outAfter hosting two festive sales earlier this year, Amazon India is back with another festive sale ahead of Diwali during which time the company is offering massive discount on the purchase of smartphones, Amazon devices and other home appliances.advertisementlast_img read more

India Bangladesh differ on illegal immigration issue

first_imgNew Delhi: While the bonhomie between New Delhi and Dhaka remains intact, both neighbours hold divergent views on the contentious issue of ‘illegal immigration’ from Bangladesh.For the first time, Home Minister Amit Shah categorically raised the ‘India’s concern regarding the illegal movement of undocumented persons across the border’ in the recently held bilateral meeting with visiting Home Minister of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan. Without mentioning the ongoing process of the National Register of Citizen (NRC) in Assam, Shah did propose a mechanism ‘ to find a solution to this problem, especially in North-East India. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Bangladesh minister with his delegation met PM Modi before leaving for Dhaka on August 8, and went satisfied with the assurance given by the PM on cooperation with Bangladesh. Bangladesh issued a statement saying PM Modi expressed a desire to participate in the centenary birthday celebration of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. After a marathon meeting held in North Block, both countries could not arrive at a consensus because Bangladesh is of the view that no such migration is taking place to India after 1971. Finally, the idea of issuing a joint statement was dropped, instead, both countries decided to come out with their individual statements. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAfter that Amit Shah had a one-to-one restricted meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart and later secretary-level meetings went on till late night. Later Bangladesh High Commission issued a statement where the issue of illegal immigration was not mentioned. However, the statement issued by the Union Home Ministry did mention the issue of illegal immigration and the proposals made in the 7th joint meeting between India and Bangladesh. The statement issued by Bangladesh High Commission spoke of Home Minister Amit Shah being invited to Dhaka. It also claimed that both the ministers expressed satisfaction about ongoing cooperation between two countries on the border and they wanted to keep up that momentum. The home ministry statement said that both neighbours agreed on the need for greater cooperation to achieve the aim of a secure border. Despite the different views on illegal immigration Shah reiterated India’s full support for PM S K Hasina’s development agenda. Both the ministers reiterated the significance attached to the bilateral relationship.last_img read more

Michael J Fox Joins Stars In GE Food Labeling Video

first_imgEmmy Award winners Michael J. Fox and Julie Bowen, and singer Ziggy Marley are featured in a new Just Label It video calling for the FDA to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.Fox, Bowen and Marley are joined in the video by 24 other entertainers and advocates and Just Label It (JLI) Chairman, Gary Hirshberg.His comments sum up the argument JLI has been making throughout the country: every American deserves the right to know about their food and whether they are eating or serving their families food that has been genetically engineered. JLI is petitioning the FDA to update its 20-year-old voluntary guidelines and require labeling for GE foods. Today, more than 1.2 million Americans have joined the petition, and a national poll has shown that nine out of every 10 Americans support GE food labeling.“These artists have joined this fight because we are pursuing a basic right, and a right enjoyed by citizens of 60 other countries, including China, Russia and every nation in the European Union,” Hirshberg said. “This video will help us remind the FDA that Washington is supposed to be of, by and for the people — not just a handful of chemical companies.”As the FDA considers whether to grant approval to GE salmon, 2, 4-D corn and a never-browning apple, the video raises concerns about the transparency surrounding GE foods and the lack of long-term testing on the health and environmental effects of the food. After chemical companies claimed the insecticide used in the first GE corn approved for human consumption would not be digestible, a study later revealed the insecticide was detected in the umbilical cords of pregnant women.Bowen, a mother of three sons, shows her support for labeling by revealing a sign in the video with the message: “Every modern family has the right to know what’s in their food!”Marley appears in the video and his song Personal Revolution provides the soundtrack for the three-minute production.Also in the video are Kristin Bauer, Josh Bowman, Mehcad Brooks, Chevy Chase, Tom Colicchio, Daryl Hannah, Anne Heche, Jack Johnson, Ali Carter, Amy Smart, Ian Somerhalder, James Taylor, Wilmer Valderrama and more.JLI will be using the video in the coming weeks to encourage supporters to sign its petition at The site also asks supporters to encourage their members of Congress to support labeling GE foods, oppose any federal or state efforts to restrict the push to label GE foods, and to defeat language in the Farm Bill that would limit the USDA or other federal agencies in regulating GE crops.last_img read more

MMIWG Inquiry head says RCMP interview video is typical of what they

first_imgIn the video, the officer asks the woman about her past sexual history and asked if she had a physical reaction to the assault.“Were you at all turned on during this at all? Even a little bit?” the officer asked. “You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult.”Buller also expressed concern with the young woman’s lack of adult support. Two MCFD social workers were present with her for a very short period of time during the two and half hour long interview.“What concerns me is here is a young person, a minor in law who’s being questioned without an adult present,” she said. “My recollection is that if a young person is being questioned by the police as a suspect then their Youth Criminal Justice Act requires that there be an adult present.”“To me it just seems like common sense that there would be an adult present to act support for the young person.“Read more: ‘Were you turned on by this all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault reportShe said the video — though just one example — re-victimizes the victim and she understands why complainants may be reluctant to report.“This can be devastating for an individual who has already experienced a traumatic event to have to go through a process of reporting, seeking justice for what had happened to them not being believed, being demeaned being asked embarrassing questions,” said Buller. “In the case of this young one being punished for reporting the incident to the police and then in the end nothing happens.“There is no meaningful investigation. So I certainly understand why people who make complaints about sexual assaults to the police don’t bother doing it or decide in the end not to do it after all because of how they proceed. Nothing’s going to happen anyway.”The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is fighting its own battle with the RCMP in court for access to two files the national police force is refusing to hand over.The inquiry is set to issue its long-awaited report in June, but says it wants the contested Mountie files to complete its work on one of the saddest chapters in Canada’s recent history.Little is publicly known about the two disputed files other than their titles: “Missing Person: Missing Indigenous Woman” and “Homicide: Murdered Indigenous Woman.”Both sides have agreed to an expedited process and hope to have hearing dates on the dispute before mid-May in the Federal Court of Canada, said Catherine Kloczkowski, a spokeswoman for the inquiry.Federal lawyers acting on behalf of the RCMP have yet to make submissions to the court.For the Indigenous teenager, APTN News has reached out to the Minister of Children and Family Development (MCFD), the RCMP and the individual social workers.MCFD sent an email saying they are preparing a response but nothing had been received when this article was Marion Buller, commissioner of the MMIWG inquiry, says police handling of the Indigenous teenager who filed a sexual assault complaint is typical of what she heard during the inquiry’s hearings. Photo: APTN fileHolly MooreAPTN NewsMissing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller says a video of an Indigenous teen being aggressively interviewed by Kelowna RCMP after she reported an alleged sexual assault is typical of what they heard from families and survivors across Canada.“We also heard about some extraordinarily good police investigations regarding sexual assaults,” she said. “So the sad part is this of one police officer who conducted that interview really doesn’t live up to the standards that other officers set for these types of investigations.”Buller, who was the first female First Nations person appointed as a judge in British Columbia in 1994, said that though she hasn’t seen the entire interview, she did have some criticisms of the video.“Back in March of 2012, it was inappropriate to ask – in my view anyway -inappropriate to ask the young woman whether she was sexually aroused even in the slightest degree by the assault,” she said.“It was inappropriate to ask her to compare this experience with other sexual experiences she might have had. That’s just the beginning of where I could be critical of the interview.”last_img read more

Press Release Passenger Experience Week prepares for lift off

first_imgThe global travel and tourism industry is one of the most dynamic economic powerhouses on the planet. It not only creates jobs, but connects businesses to markets, drives exports, is a catalyst for prosperity and generally helps people enjoy better lives worldwide. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that the sector accounts for 10.4% of global GDP and 313 million jobs, making it one of the largest contributors economically in the world. The connectivity provided by international air and rail transport is one of the key factors in facilitating its growth.It is estimated that over half of international tourists travel by air, meaning aviation plays a crucial role in supporting one of the globe’s most important economic sectors. And according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it contributes an enormous €2.3 trillion with more than 120,000 flights taking off daily – transporting more than 10 million passengers worldwide.It’s clear that the aviation sector is thriving, and the global rail market is also in a period of growth according to the 2018 Worldwide Market for Railway Industries Study. Since 2016, its value has grown from €169 billion to €183 billion, with the rate outstripping forecasted growth of 2.3% two years ago, to 2.8%.This strong growth has resulted in changes across the air and rail sectors with a greater focus on improving customer satisfaction levels through innovations in onboard service and environments. For example, a new raft of commercial aircraft models from leading manufacturers Airbus and Boeing has forced airlines to refine the offering they provide to passengers, while developments in onboard catering and cutting-edge technology are attracting passengers to travel operators that have a modern and unique approach to travel. The key to sustaining this success lies in being aware of – and acting on – key trends without being outmaneuvered by competitors.The spotlight is on passenger experienceThis year’s Passenger Experience Week, taking place in Hamburg from 1-4 April 2019, brings together four leading events that aim to provide ideas, inspiration and solutions for air, rail and cruise buyers looking to improve the experience they offer to their passengers. Comprising Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE); Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS); and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC), the series of events will showcase the latest cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment and connectivity, passenger comfort, catering, retail offerings and technology software that will ultimately transform the experience passengers receive on a plane, train, coach or cruise ship.Over 950 exhibitors will be on hand throughout the week to showcase their innovations to 18,000 attending industry professionals. Of these, more than 2,000 will be VIP guests – leading decision makers representing the world’s major air and rail operators – looking to find those unique, new-to-market products that will set their business apart from the rest. Face-to-face buying, selling and networking will dominate proceedings across the Hamburg Messe throughout the week.Learning from industry visionariesMarking the start of Passenger Experience Week 2019, the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) will bring together thought leaders from across the global aviation, rail and cruise sectors, who will share new ideas and discuss the next steps in the evolution of the passenger experience from onboard environments to services.Delegates joining this year’s conference on 1 April will be able to hear speakers from Airbus; Seymourpowell; Diehl Aviation; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Collins Aerospace; and Passenger Experience Week supporting organisation, International Air Transport Association (IATA).Opening the conference, Joe Leader, Chief Executive Officer of the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and International Flight Services Association (IFSA), will provide the inside track on the strategies that will deliver more competitive cabins. He will offer insight on how to deliver greater value for passengers and improve revenue for airlines; the transformative approaches to making the journey better; and how to integrate new technologies and tools every step of the way.Following the day’s keynote sessions, three breakout streams will focus the discussion on key trends shaping the future of the industry – The Competitive Cabin, Digital: The New Reality, and Revitalising the Journey.The Competitive Cabin stream will help delegates understand how suppliers are innovating products and services to deliver a better passenger experience and increase revenue. The session will explain the importance of technology collaborations in creating innovative interiors solutions that enhance the journey of all travellers – including those with mobility, visual or hearing impairments.With a digital revolution underway in the travel sectors, Digital: The New Reality will explore the importance of integrating technology across the entire journey to create a seamless and connected environment. Speakers will explore the role of automated and digital/mobile self-service; how biometric technologies are opening up opportunities through airports and on aircraft; and how the food and retail experience onboard can be digitalised to improve engagement and passenger enjoyment.In the final stream, Revitalising the Journey, speakers will address how new sensory technologies can help passengers navigate their journeys. From sensory touchpoints – sonic branding, voice technologies, haptic feedback – to augmented and virtual reality, delegates will learn more about the opportunities to improve experiences, while tackling new challenges in cabin design. Sessions will encourage delegates to rethink both the physical and onboard experience, from understanding how biometric technologies, such as facial recognition, are transforming passenger experiences in a world of self-service; to the opportunities to deliver outstanding personalisation, helping passengers to arrive at their destinations feeling relaxed and refreshed.20 years of cabin innovationWith the global aviation industry going from strength to strength, it’s no surprise that the airline interiors industry is also booming. The market for aircraft interiors is predicted to hit €13.9 billion by 2020 according to market research by Industry Arc, thanks to a dramatic surge in air travel and the accompanying upturn in passenger expectations as a result.For two decades, AIX has played a pivotal role in helping the world’s premier airlines source the latest cabin innovations, technologies, inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions that have transformed their offerings and helped turn them into the leading global players they are today. The 2019 instalment sees the exhibition reach its 20th anniversary with a celebration of the cutting-edge innovation that is continually propelling the industry forward.More than 500 businesses – including industry players both, large and small – will showcase their latest products and services aimed at enhancing the cabin, in-flight entertainment and connectivity onboard. These include materials suppliers such as Zotefoams, a world leader in cellular materials technology, which is confirmed to showcase its ZOTEK F foam. The material is manufactured from specialist PVDF engineering polymers to meet the exacting standards of aviation manufacturers. Helping to improve inflight hygiene, Mankiewicz will present its second-generation interior paint featuring antimicrobial effective additives. Its ALEXIT PureGuard paint contains special chemicals that hinder the spread of mould and unpleasant odours, helping to reduce the microbes and bacteria which accumulate over the course of a flight.And, with the industry’s leading seat manufacturers present, attendees will be able to discover the latest seat configurations from Safran SA; Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG; STELIA Aerospace; and Adient Aerospace, which will showcase its Ascent Business Class at the show. Molon Labe Seating will also join the line-up, revealing the launch customer for its S1 staggered short-range economy class seat.Visitors can also explore mock-ups of the new Boeing 777X – the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world. The cabin interior, which will be on display at AIX 2019, is inspired by the comforts and conveniences of the 787 Dreamliner, with larger windows, a wider cabin, new lighting and enhanced architecture – all of which will be custom-tailored for a unique in-flight passenger experience.  The 777X is one of many topics explored by Boeing’s Blake Emery and PJ Wilcynski on the newly launched PAX Week Views podcast. The podcast brings together a host of leading industry experts from across the aviation, rail and cruise sectors to share their thoughts on the future of the passenger experience industry. It is now available to download or stream via iTunes or Spotify here: buyers looking for suppliers to support Maintenance, Retail and Overhaul (MRO) operations, will find a host of businesses that will be demonstrating the importance of cabin refurbishment services. Exhibitors, including Delta TechOps, Etihad Airways Engineering and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, will explain how they deliver the highest quality interior maintenance and refurbishment of seating, monuments – comprising galley, lavatory, closets, overhead bins and sidewall panels – IFEC solutions and unit load devices (ULDs).What’s on at AIXIn addition to the smorgasbord of innovations on display on the show floor, there will be a whole area dedicated to the very latest developments in inflight entertainment technology. According to IATA’s 2018 Global Passenger Survey, people now prefer to watch digital content on a seatback device (54%) rather than a personal device (36%).This technology and more will be presented in The IFEC Zone, which aims to keep visitors abreast of the latest developments in inflight technology solutions. It will feature everything from servers and OTT systems to 5G and VR, with more than 100 leading providers of state-of-the-art entertainment and communications solutions on display, including AirFi BV, Astronics, Panasonic, SITA OnAir, Thales and Kontron.Demonstrating how cinematic Virtual Reality (VR) can transport premium passengers to their own private movie theatres, SkyLights will reveal how operators can set themselves apart from the competition and enable passengers to enjoy the latest releases in 3D, 2D and 180° VR with its AlloSky VR Headset. Bluebox Aviation Systems will highlight the latest innovations in tablet-based and wireless IFE solutions including its Bluebox aIFE – an accessible IFE solution for passengers with sight loss that Virgin Atlantic launched in December 2017; while Gogo, the in-flight internet company, will demonstrate its next-generation satellite technology for global in-flight connectivity: Gogo 2Ku.Meanwhile IFEC technology will, for the second year, be recognised in the Crystal Cabin Awards, enabling visitors to quickly identify the most innovative new launches. Eight categories in total will be awarded, all of which celebrate innovation in the aircraft cabin. Innovations across the eight categories will be on display, with winners announced in the CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre.Held within the theatre, the CabinSpace LIVE Seminar programme, offers a place for attendees to listen and learn from industry leaders, and discover the latest challenges and trends impacting the industry. Curated to help airlines grasp the opportunities and navigate the challenges posed by the ever-evolving air travel industry, this year will feature free-to-attend forecast sessions exploring a wide range of hot topics. The rapid evolution of connectivity, IFEC and tools for engagement; the outlook for the aircraft interiors industry; and IFC trends in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will all be covered.Airbus BizLab, a global aerospace accelerator, will also lead a panel discussion on the future of flight, questioning how factors such as demographic and economic growth, tourism trends, oil prices and the development of new and existing routes help shape air transport mobility. With a particular focus on innovation in aircraft interiors, a panel will discuss how global macro trends can change the future of aircraft-based mobility, moderated by Reymound Buckman, Airbus BizLab Campus Leader in Hamburg.As ever, there will be plentiful networking opportunities at AIX, focused particularly on helping to develop strong working business relationships between airlines and suppliers. The Airline Club Lounge, exclusively reserved for members of airlines, bizjets and lessors, is designed to provide a space to escape, relax, work or network away from the show floor.Serving up innovation at WTCEFor the past two decades, AIX has become the global meeting place for airlines to source innovative technologies and solutions to improve the passenger experience. In more recent years, it has been joined by sister exhibition, the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE), which has also grown significantly in its own right to become the leading global event for travel catering, onboard retail and passenger comfort.This year’s instalment, which sits alongside AIX at the Hamburg Messe in halls A1-A3, is set to be one of the biggest to date, thanks to continued demand for the very best onboard experience the world’s leading airlines, rail companies and cruise liners can provide.Indeed, according to Global Industry Analysts Inc., the worldwide market for in-flight catering services is projected to reach €15.5 billion by 2020, driven by ever increasing – and demanding – passenger traffic and an abundance of service innovations by airline operators. And with more than five million meals served onboard flights each day, it’s no surprise that businesses are looking for new and innovative ways to improve their onboard offerings and attract new customers.Many airlines are already switching things up when it comes to their catering. Take Emirates for example, which has announced it is building a vertical farm to grow food for its meals with less impact on the environment. Meanwhile, Delta Airlines is trialling a new three-course meal plan served with sparkling wine; Air France has added a new ‘healthy’ meal option to it’s a la carte menu, while conversely, Swiss Air has added new hot cheese fondue to its menu. Whatever the innovation, its clear there is a place in the market for new ideas when it comes to onboard catering, and this year’s WTCE is the place to find them.What’s on at WTCEThe free-to-attend exhibition houses over 350 suppliers of onboard products and services, including more than 180 dedicated to food and drink. These include The Barilla Group, which will showcase its dedicated line of Italian food solutions for foodservice professionals under its most famous and well-loved brands, Barilla and Mulino Bianco. Cuisine Solutions, an industry leader in the expert development and manufacturing of premium, fully cooked foods using the sous-vide method, will also be present, demonstrating its slow-cooking technique that was pioneered and perfected by its Chief Scientist Dr. Bruno Goussault.WTCE will once again present visitors with a host of new products for complimentary in-flight and buy onboard menus from cheeses to chocolates. Companies such as Brazzale Spa, the oldest Italian family business in the dairy and cheese-making industry; Butlers Chocolates, Ireland’s premier family-owned firm dedicated to the craft of exceptional chocolate-making; and Dr. Schär Group, the European leader in gluten-free products, will all present the latest food and beverages suitable for onboard consumption.Visitors can also see products from a broader range of categories including hygiene, transport and logistics, packaging, travel retail, passenger comfort and toys and games, with many launching products that have never been seen before. This year, visitors will have the opportunity to view products from the full spectrum of airline and rail suppliers – large and small – including LSG Group, Matrix, Bayart Innovations, dnata and gategroup, as well as those from more than 100 new exhibitors that have not previously launched into the industry.The New Exhibitor Village gives companies that are new to the industry the opportunity to reveal their services or products to more than 200 international airlines and rail operators. With a dedicated, stand-out area on the show floor, participants will benefit from a unique platform to market their innovations.Companies already signed up to showcase their products in the Village include Belberry Preserves, Belgian-based purveyors of fruit preserves; Chum Fruit Snacks, 100% healthy fruit snacks featuring the simplest purest ingredients; Farmhouse Biscuits, biscuits baked from traditional, old-family recipes; Nature Frais, an agri-food company which specialises in the cutting of fresh vegetables and fruits; and frozen bread producers Novepan.Elsewhere, there will be a selection of designated areas to enable visitors to easily identify products and services that are of interest to them. Giving airtime to brand new products will be the What’s New Onboard showcase that will feature products and innovations launched to the market in the past 12 months or less.The growing Focus on World Travel Retail will return to Hall A4 to showcase products that can help drive revenue opportunities onboard. In the cut-throat travel retail industry, operators need that all-important competitive edge to set their business apart from the rest and win customers. Exhibitors taking part this year include Schäfer Travel Retail GmbH, a supplier with more than 10 years’ experience supplying a wide selection of brands and products to over 60 airlines and 40 airports worldwide; Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel, a leading producer of a renowned range of Côtes de Provence rosés; Lemonaid Beverages, fairtrade lemonade made from fresh, organically grown ingredients; MeMento, a blend of distilled aromatic waters filled with the scents of the Mediterranean; and Gebr. Heinemann, one of the top players on the international travel retail market. Visitors will also have an opportunity to sample new products and engage with other attendees at the Gebr. Heinemann networking bar.The Spotlight on Travel Apparel feature, sponsored by Egret Aviation and MODUS, will return to the exhibition’s central entrance to showcase the latest onboard clothing. Operators looking to update their brand or source new uniforms will find plenty of inspiration and ideas in this area. Further examples of the latest uniforms, crew luggage and travel accessories can be found on the show floor, with new companies CREATION & IMAGE Paris, GATE8 Luggage, OX’BRIDGE and Sky Soles joining the exhibition.Also providing visitors with unrivalled inspiration for their air, rail and cruise operations will be this year’s Taste of Travel Theatre. Run in association with Onboard Hospitality magazine, presentations and live demonstrations – delivered by leading consultants, industry experts and award-winning chefs will aim to educate the audience about the future of the sector, encourage them to think about current and upcoming trends and urge them to understand how they can best enhance the passenger experience. Taking place across all three days of the show, the sessions will focus on a diverse range of trends including sustainability, packaging, food waste, pre-ordering and wellbeing.Sustainability in the air is one of the current industry hot topics and will feature prominently in this year’s Taste of Travel programme. Matt Rance of MNH Sustainable Cabin Services will lead this important debate in a session entitled Sustainable Thinking as he examines how suppliers and airlines can work together to provide cradle-to-grave thinking for onboard products.Phil Chadwick, editor of Packaging News magazine, will also chair a debate around the challenges of plastic and sustainability onboard, in a session entitled Less Plastic in the Air. Taking a look at current hot packaging innovations, a further session entitled Best Sustainable Packaging will invite five exhibitors to give a quick-fire pitch to three expert judges on how their solutions are the most environmentally friendly.Wellbeing is another hot topic that is sure to provoke lots of lively debate in the Taste of Travel Theatre. Tied to this is the theme of gut health, which will be addressed by Marc Warde, culinary consultant to the airline rail and cruise industries, as he explores the new generation of meat-free, gluten-free and allergy-friendly meals suitable for health-conscious passengers. Ariane Van Mancius of Now/New/Next will also examine the habits and hang ups of passenger eating habits in her session entitled ‘How Generations Y and Z eat’. She will look at the influences of these ‘new kids on the block’, and in particular how the rules are being re-written through social media and Instagram.Other themes that will be covered include ‘Dine on Demand’ by Werner Kimmeringer and Craig Devoy of Yates+Partners; how consumers are using technology to personalise their food, health, travel and lifestyle by Mariette Abrahams of Mariette Abrahams Consulting; ‘Pre-ordering’ by Delta Airlines Executive Chef Christian Hallowell; and a session on ‘Best Rail Dining in Europe’ by two members of the Junior National Team of AKC (Czech Chefs Culinary Association) who will also demonstrate the latest dining concepts on Czech Railways. In celebration of its centenary year, representatives from British Airways will also present some of the airline’s new menus along with samples.Returning to facilitate meetings on site, WTCE’s Business Meeting Hub provides the perfect place to do business at the show. Private meeting rooms will be available, enabling VIP airline and rail attendees to arrange meetings with existing or new suppliers. Also aiding relationship building is the improved My Event tool that allows visitors and exhibitors to pre-arrange meetings, so they can maximise time spent at the show.Embracing the digital revolutionLaunched last year to great acclaim, the Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS) event will provide a new way for the aviation and rail sectors to improve passenger experience by bringing together some of the world’s most exciting and technologically advanced solutions. This year, the show is back, bigger and better, and ready to provide the perfect platform to showcase game-changing technologies to the world’s leading airlines, airports and rail operators.What’s on at PTS?Trends in technology impact all industries and travel is no exception. To stay competitive, the industry is turning towards the latest solutions to offer customers a better travel experience.Artificial Intelligence (AI), biometrics, blockchain, machine learning and Virtual Reality (VR) are all transforming the way people travel and developments in these areas are showing no sign of slowing down. And with airlines preparing to increase investment in IT by 3.6% as a percentage of their revenue, now couldn’t be a better time for the second edition of PTS, where it will move from the A Halls to Hall B4 Upper of the Hamburg Messe.The move positions the show closer to the popular In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) Zone in the co-located Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and demonstrates the growing importance of big data analytics, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions in personalising the passenger experience and delivering innovative in-flight entertainment services.Exhibitors at this year’s event will be showcasing a whole range of products, from ancillary revenue optimisation systems, CRM and Ecommerce Systems to IT solutions and mobile apps. These include Aviget Ltd, a technology start-up developing multi-platform chatbots, that helps airlines improve customer engagement. It enables passengers to get an instant answer to any question, book a flight, check-in online, get flight status alerts and even rebook cancelled flights without the need for human interaction. Also exhibiting at PTS, ECR Retail Systems, one of the oldest mobile EPoS providers in the UK, will demonstrate its in-flight mobile point of sale (MPoS) systems; TouchStar OnBoard Retail will introduce attendees to NovoStar, a software solution that facilitates the sale of in-flight duty free, catering and ancillary products; while Black Swan, will return to highlight the importance of data-driven passenger experience software solutions.In addition to the revolutionary technology on show at this year’s PTS, there will be a new feature taking centre stage with the aim of generating further cutting-edge innovation at the event. The Pax Tech Hack – Passenger Experience Week’s first ever Hackathon – will see teams of international developers, designers and marketers battle it out to create revolutionary new solutions that will improve the end-to-end passenger journey.With backing from the official supporting organisation, International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Pax Tech Hack will kick off with a selection of challenges that are currently facing the travel industry. Participating teams will be given just 48 hours to develop a functional concept, with a strong practical application, that will utilise new technologies to tackle issues and help shape the future of the global passenger experience industry.With the first two days of the hackathon devoted to non-stop development, the teams will then be given an opportunity to present their working concepts to judges on the show floor on the final day of PTS. With an audience of passenger experience professionals from airline and rail operators watching on, the winning team in each challenge will receive €5,000.This year’s event will include an exciting free-to-attend educational programme – the PTS Seminar Theatre. A host of industry experts will introduce and explore the latest smart solutions and innovative technologies, data tools and digital solutions that will transform the travel experience. The focus will be on how to enable more seamless and connected experiences, create new business models and increase engagements.Luke Miles, Co-founder and Creative Director of New Territory, will run a workshop on ‘Using emerging technologies to provide truly bespoke passenger experiences.’ The session will explore how airlines can offer more bespoke onboard services at both ends of the plane and achieve continuity between classes. He will present a suite of emerging technologies and examples that are shaping the future of the passenger experience and encourage discussion on the next steps for integration by operators across the air, rail and cruise industries.Speaking about the session, Luke commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in this year’s PTS Seminar Theatre. The industry is fast approaching a turning point, which will see the passenger experience undergo a technologically-driven period of advancement. The topics covered in the programme – biometrics, bespoke onboard services and blockchain technology amongst others – will be central to this shift and I’m looking forward to hearing the ground-breaking ideas presented.”A further session titled ‘Flying in 2025 – a holistic approach to passenger engagement’ will be led by Dr. Stathis Kefallonitis, Founder and President of and Noesis Analysis labs. This interactive panel discussion will highlight the perspectives of aircraft manufacturers, technology providers, catering and culinary experts, behavioural scientists and passengers, providing a unique viewpoint on future passenger trends.It will also explore the deployment of the latest technological capabilities, focusing on the role of new aircraft and cabin designs; data analytics, augmented reality, co-branding, collaborations and new product development; passenger-journey customisation and passenger engagement via behavioural and biometric analyses.In another session, Anne De Hauw and Anne-Celine Donkersloot, from IN Air Travel Experience, will take part in a discussion on ‘Transforming the travel ecosystem: Why today’s digital travelers need you to be there’ beyond the flight’, while a session on blockchain technology will evaluate the potential opportunities and challenges that the burgeoning technology can offer the travel sector.Also under the spotlight, sessions will explore the power of biometrics and how it can remove stress and bottlenecks from the travel journey, for passengers and operators alike. Here, Pierre Charbonneau, Director, Passenger Experience & Facilitation from International Air Transport Association (IATA) – Passenger Experience Week’s supporting organisation – will join a panel to discuss One ID, IATA’s visionary concept that introduces a collaborative identity management solution, meaning passengers need to confirm their identity just once, eliminating repetitive ID checks at security, border control and the gate. And finally, during ‘Digital Visionaries’, industry-leading chief digital and passenger experience officers will present exclusive insights on how they are transforming passenger/traveller engagement within their organisations.Katie Murphy, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions, said: “We’re delighted to return to Hamburg this April to mark the 20th anniversary of AIX and the continued growth of co-located events, World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo, Passenger Technology Solutions and the Passenger Experience Conference.“More than ever, we’re seeing a clear need for collaboration and cross industry pollination as operators look to transform the passenger experience and learn from best practice across the industry. And, with digital technologies connecting services on the ground and in the air, our four events will help the aviation, rail and cruise sectors transform the passenger experience by sourcing the most innovative products and services and learn from the brightest minds from across the travel industry.”Passenger Experience Week 2019 returns to Hamburg from 1-4 April comprising Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE), Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS) and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC). The four leading events in one location – the Hamburg Messe – share one goal: to shine a light on the latest innovations and services available to enhance the travel experience and improve the onboard comfort and wellbeing of passengers.About Passenger Experience WeekFour leading events – the Passenger Experience Conference, Aircraft Interiors Expo, World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo and Passenger Technology Solutions – one week, one destination. Delivering content, driving innovation and developing connections to transform your business. Showcasing the latest in cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment and connectivity, onboard technology, passenger comfort, catering and travel retail to create the ultimate passenger experience. Taking place 1-4 April 2019 in Hamburg, the events attract more than 18,000 visitors including 2,000 buyers and decision makers from major full service, regional and charter airlines and rail operators and offers the opportunity to meet face to face with suppliers and manufacturers covering the full spectrum of the industry.About Reed ExhibitionsReed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customer across industries.last_img read more

Press Release LS includes partners in expanded BoardConnect portfolio

first_imgLufthansa Systems today announced that it is presenting an expanded BoardConnect portfolio at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg. The airline IT specialist is responding to changing demand in the market and the different needs of airlines and partners.“BoardConnect is the perfect open platform for combining all of the features desired in the field of inflight entertainment & connectivity (IFEC) to further improve the passenger experience. We work with various partners to offer airlines exactly what they are looking for,” said Jan-Peter Gänse, Head of Passenger Experience Solutions at Lufthansa Systems. “In order to meet customer requirements even more precisely, our portfolio will now distinguish between solutions for airlines and partners.”BoardConnect DockWith its new BoardConnect Dock solution, Lufthansa Systems is providing technology, content and financing partners with a BoardConnect framework for creating their own onboard program. Depending on the partner, this might include a connectivity portal, classic IFE content or a platform with booking options and targeted advertising to generate additional revenue. This approach is reflected in successful projects carried out with Epteca at AirEuropa and Mahata Aero Teknologi for Citilink, and Garuda Indonesia.For its refinancing models, Lufthansa Systems is additionally working with providers such as WhileFly and In terms of content providers, its partner network includes Touch, Lasker, IMM and PXCOM, and is supplemented on a technical level by IMD, optile, INADVIA, RIM and Lufthansa Technik.BoardConnectBoardConnect is Lufthansa Systems’ complete solution for the digital passenger experience that continues to address airlines of all sizes with different business models. In addition to traditional IFE features such as moving maps, movies, music, games and destination information, customers can choose the content they want from a wide range of services available through Lufthansa Systems’ strong partner network. This content can also be provided simply and easily from the cloud if desired.Visit Lufthansa Systems from April 2 to 4 at AIX at stand #4B11.Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems): For an even better passenger experience – Lufthansa Systems presents new BoardConnect portfolioAbout Lufthansa SystemsLufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG is a leading airline IT provider. Based on long-term project experience, a deep understanding of complex business processes and strong technological know-how, the company provides consulting and IT services for the global aviation industry. More than 350 customers worldwide rely on the know-how of IT specialists at Lufthansa Systems. Its portfolio covers innovative IT products and services which provide added value for its customers in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced costs or increased profits. Headquartered in Raunheim near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Lufthansa Systems has offices in 16 other countries.last_img read more

Clay Lacy Aviation scholarships ease the ride for student pilots

first_imgBut learning to fly is expensive. “The scholarship helped me get through my solo and first-stage check. It can be difficult staying motivated if you’re stressing about money; the scholarship allowed me to forget about that and fully focus.” Nonetheless, she’s still “working two jobs and picking up random side jobs here and there”.Wilson, a modern young woman has, on occasion, been asked: “Can women be pilots?” She finds it bizarre. But generally, she says, “I think society no longer puts boundaries on women’s careers; most people are excited to hear about my training.”Kirby agrees. “Times are changing. When I discovered ten years ago that my client was a corporate pilot it was like, ‘Wow!’ But now there are so many more women pilots.”Katie Kirby (left) with her G550-qualified friend. She says several of her female friends are pilots, providing a ready source of inspiration and encouragement. Image: Katie KirbyRelated Articles:Aero Space adventure lifts off for students in rural ScotlandEmbry-Riddle racers rev up for the 2018 Air Race ClassicEasyJet leads charge to boost female pilot numbersMelissa Myers: Why I’ve set my sights on becoming a pilotNever too late to follow your dreams, says AA chief pilot Kathi DurstFemale fighter pilot breaks barriersPilot Kristen Arambula on building a career with Goodyear blimpsPilots Fly It Forward to inspire new generation of women aviatorsMiddle Eastern women pilots keep their eyes on the skies Pioneering business aviation company Clay Lacy Aviation offers a range of services, including private air charter, aircraft maintenance and FBO services. But the Santa Ana-headquartered firm also provides piloting and engineering scholarships to students at several institutions, including nearby Orange Coast College (OCC), California.“We’re growing quickly in Orange County. Located just five minutes from John Wayne Orange County airport, OCC is a natural fit. Now in its third year, the OCC scholarship program continues the example [founder] Clay Lacy set during his career, exposing more young people to the wonderful world of aviation,” says Clay Lacy vice president of marketing Scott Cutshall.He tells Runway Girl Network that Clay Lacy is delighted to see more women choosing aviation careers, some with the help of scholarships. Recipients of the company’s latest OCC pilot scholarships, Katie Kirby and Taylor Wilson, spoke to RGN about what inspired them to pursue aviation careers, and how scholarships are helping them to achieve their goals.Kirby is typical of a new generation of highly motivated, determined, talented women coming to aviation, although her route was unusual. She joined OCC’s Aviation Science program – through which students earn their Associate of Science degree in addition to their private, instrument and commercial pilot licenses – after a 17-year career in hairdressing. Previously head of education at Toni & Guy, she naturally enjoys nurturing and encouraging people.The Clay Lacy Aviation sponsorship is helping Kirby complete the 50 hours of cross-country flying she needs for her commercial license, but she also uses the time to take younger students flying. She is co-captain of the OCC Flight Team, which competes against other college flight teams.OCC student and Clay Lacy scholarship recipient Katie Kirby discovered flying after a long career in hairdressing. Image: Katie KirbyKirby’s inspiration came from a retired corporate woman pilot, who was among her hairdressing clients. “I knew I wanted to move into a career requiring math or science. A friend encouraged me to become a flight attendant, but Southwest turned me down. My client said: ‘Katie, you need to fly the plane!’She continues, “I’d always been excited about planes but didn’t think it was possible for me. Then I did some research and realized it was attainable. I hadn’t planned to do the OCC course, but went to their summer ground school and realized these were my people. Now it’s like I don’t ever want to leave! After I’ve got my commercial license, I’d like to work at FlightSafety, sitting in the right seat in the simulator. Do that for long enough and you get a type rating. One of my friends got three type ratings that way and her first Citation job with just 500 hours on her license.”Taylor Wilson, among previous scholarship recipients, meanwhile is working toward her private pilot license checkride. “This isn’t something you can do on the side and casually study. I’ve learned to be more disciplined, to study and be on top of everything. But I’ve always known what I want, and I’ll do what it takes to get there,” she says.Taylor Wilson in the ‘classroom’. She says: “I remember going into this, having to navigate everything myself and feeling so lost. Now, I would love to help lead the way for another person interested in flying.” Image: Taylor WilsonWilson’s aviation introduction came through a high school mentorship. Knowing she wanted to work in ‘travel’, Wilson contacted a pilot. “He gave me insight into his career and exposed me to general aviation; that’s when I fell in love with it. He took my mom and I up in his Bonanza and I didn’t want to stop after that!”last_img read more

Cathay passengers have IFC bias RFP issued for consistent portal

first_imgCathay Pacific’s hallmark is consistency but its passengers have a bias when it comes to inflight connectivity. The carrier is retrofitting Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity solution to its Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s, while its Airbus A350s are delivered with Panasonic’s eXConnect Ku-band system.“A lot of our customers are quite happy more with one platform – I won’t say who, but the good thing is both sides are continuing to improve,” says Cathay general manager customer experience & design Vivian Lo.The insight comes as approximately half of Cathay’s 777-300ERs have been retrofitted with connectivity, and all -300ERs should be completed by the end of 2019, Lo says.Cathay is resuming plans to retrofit Gogo 2Ku onto A330s after an FAA delay, likely because of the US government shutdown earlier this year. “There was a while when they stopped approving new certifications,” Lo says. Cathay still intends to complete all widebody retrofits by the end of 2020.Gogo and Panasonic are taking the initiative to improve, but Cathay is also delivering technical directives to increase performance and stability. Lo also wants improvements on design and ease of use. To achieve this leap in consistency, Lo’s team last week set a RFP timeline to design a single portal for its Gogo and Panasonic platforms, making good on a plan first revealed to RGN several months ago.The Cathay executive cannot divulge specifics, but says she does not want the process to take long.Lo is still open to Gogo, Panasonic or a third-party providing the portal. Lo notes that back-end portal support is important, although the front-end passenger experience drives the project.“It shouldn’t matter to the customer which aircraft they fly, which systems they are on,” Lo says. She wants passengers to be able to log on with their frequent flyer credentials. “It should always be a Cathay experience – so that’s the aim, that’s one of the requirements of the RFP.”The single portal is key to Cathay’s ability to vary price and offer passes on transfer itineraries across one or two connectivity platforms. Lo is still interested in offering usage plans for passengers taking connected flights on multiple oneworld airlines.Increasingly on Lo’s horizon is the delivery of 32 Airbus A321neos from 2020 for regional arm Cathay Dragon. Lo is not announcing a decision on A321neo inflight connectivity, but hints: “We believe connectivity is a very core part of our overall proposition.”There is similarly no announcement on connectivity for the Boeing 777-9, of which Cathay has ordered 21. When asked if its current 777-300/300ER provider Gogo will be linefit on the 777X, Lo says: “They are trying to be.”Related Articles:Why airlines are speaking directly to IFC hardware suppliersCathay aims for IFC critical mass, narrowbodies and new portalPanasonic vows vast IFC improvements with third gen networkCathay Pacific’s Vivian Lo exemplifies benefits of curious generalistAirlines try IFC service harmonization and subfleet differentiationWith Cathay Pacific in the bag, Gogo’s double-down on Ku clearNear-term IFC opportunities in China prove head-scratcherDelta and other Gogo 2Ku customers see system reliability improveThe devil, or rather the dragon, is in the details for Cathay DragonCathay Pacific says A350 connectivity trial will determine rolloutlast_img read more

Twitter Operating Chief Anthony Noto resigns

first_imgTwitter’s chief operating officer is leaving the social media giant to lead another company.Anthony Noto joined Twitter in July 2014 after a stint at Goldman Sachs. He has also served as chief financial officer at Twitter.Noto is considered a key part of the company’s leadership team. Shares of Twitter Inc. slid almost 3 per cent at the opening bell Tuesday.The San Francisco company said other Twitter executives will take over Noto’s duties overseeing business operations and advertising sales.Noto is joining Social Finance Inc., an online lender, as chief executive and a director.last_img read more

Over 160 Bodies Recovered after Migrant Boat Capsizes off Egypt

Cairo – The death toll from a refugee boat sinking off Egypt’s coast has risen to 162, as rescuers recovered more bodies from the Mediterranean Sea.Survivors said up to 450 people were on board the overcrowded fishing vessel that was heading to Italy from Egypt when it capsized off the port city of Rosetta on Wednesday.The bodies of 162 people had been pulled from the waters off the Egyptian coast, Mohammed Sultan, the governor of Beheira province, where Rosetta is located, said. An earlier official toll on Friday had put the number of dead at 148. read more


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