Climat la feuille de route de Bruxelles

first_imgClimat : la feuille de route de BruxellesMardi, la Commission européenne a approuvé la feuille de route visant à accompagner les Etats membres de l’UE dans le verdissement de ses modes de vie et de production. Réduction des émissions de CO2, économies d’énergie, développement des filières vertes : une série de recommandations est ainsi proposée, afin d’aider les 27 à atteindre leurs objectifs.L’Union européenne s’est engagée à de réduire de 80 à 95% ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici à 2050, et ce par rapport à leur niveau de 1990. La feuille de route présentée par la commissaire européenne en charge des questions climatiques, Connie Hedeggard, est censée définir les moyens de réaliser cette ambition.”Nous devons amorcer la transition vers une économie sobre en carbone maintenant”, a insisté la commissaire, dont les propos sont rapportés par le site enviro2b.com. “Et la bonne nouvelle est que nous n’avons pas besoin d’attendre des percées technologiques. Nous pouvons mettre en place une économie sobre en carbone en poursuivant le développement des technologies performantes déjà disponibles”, a-t-elle assuré.Pour parvenir à une réduction des émissions de GES de 80% en 2050, une diminution de 40% devra être atteinte d’ici à 2030. En 2040, l’objectif devrait être fixé à 60% par rapport aux niveaux de 1990. Or si les gouvernements européens ne fournissent pas plus d’efforts qu’à ce jour, les émissions ne pourront pas être réduites de plus 40% en 2050.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Bruxelles insiste sur les efforts qui devront être faits en matière d’économie d’énergie. “La mise en place dans l’UE d’une économie sobre en carbone nécessitera un niveau d’investissement annuel supplémentaire sur les quarante prochaines années équivalent à 1,5% du PIB de l’UE, soit 270 milliards d’euros, au-delà du niveau d’investissement actuel de 19% du PIB”, note la Commission. Des investissements qui devraient être compensés par une réduction des factures pétrolière et gazière, qui permettra des économies d’énergie estimées entre 175 et 320 milliards d’euros par an. Investir dans le développement des technologies propres permettra en outre de réduire la dépendance énergétique de l’UE, et sa vulnérabilité face à de potentiels chocs pétroliers, tout en favorisant sa croissance économique, souligne la Commission. D’ici à 2020, les 27 se sont engagés à réaliser 20% d’économies d’énergie. Mais l’objectif ne sera pas atteint si de nouvelles mesures ne sont pas prises, avertissent Connie Hedegaard et le Commissaire en charge de l’Energie, Gunther Oettinger.Le 9 mars 2011 à 18:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ASA Announces 20032004 Officers and Committee Assignments

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has confirmed Ron Heck, from Perry, Iowa, as President, and Dwain Ford of Kinmundy, Ill., as Chairman. Board members also elected Neal Bredehoeft from Alma, Mo., to serve as First Vice President, an office that places Bredehoeft in line to be ASA President next year. Also elected were Corwin Fee from Knoxville, Iowa, as Secretary, and Rick Ostlie from Northwood, N.D., as Treasurer. Four Vice Presidents were elected: Bob Metz from Browns Valley, Minn., Johnny Dodson from Dyersburg, Tenn., Darryl Brinkmann from Carlyle, Ill., and Gary Joachim from Claremont, Minn. These soybean producer-leaders form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee. Elections were held during ASA’s summer Board of Director’s meeting in Saint Louis.”U.S. soybean producers must be competitive in the global marketplace,” said new ASA President Ron Heck. “It is in our country’s best interest that the United States negotiate trade agreements favorable to U.S. agriculture, guard against unfair and illegal trade practices that disadvantage U.S producers, and appropriate funding for lock and dam improvements along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to modernize our transportation infrastructure.”New First Vice President Neal Bredehoeft said, “U.S. soybean farmers benefit greatly from the work of the American Soybean Association. My priorities include communicating the importance of a strong domestic livestock industry, passage of a tax incentive for biodiesel, and improving market access for biotech-enhanced crops.”Following the elections, committee assignments were announced. The Public Affairs Committee Chairman is Neal Bredehoeft. Committee members are Dan Beenken (IA), Lorraine Birschbach (WI), Darryl Brinkmann (IL), Marc Curtis (MS), Johnny Dodson (TN), Scott Fritz (IN), Ed Hegland (MN), Doug Hartz (AR), Joe Layton (Mid-Atlantic), Liam McCreery (Canada), Bob Metz (SD), Barb Overlie (MN), Bart Ruth (NE), Ward Shaw (NC), Curt Sindergard (IA), Joe Steiner (OH), and Carl Weets (TX).Corwin Fee was appointed Chairman of the Trade Policy & International Affairs Committee. Western World and Middle East Sub-Chair is David Hand (OH) and Vice Chair is Dennis Friest (IA), with committee members Dwain Ford (IL), Roger Hadley (IN), Glen Janssen (IA), and Charles Skalsky (VA). Asia Sub-Chair is Bob Rikli (NE), and Vice Chair is Ron Gibson (MO), with committee members Dennis Jaeger (SD), Brad Mathson (WI), Rick Ostlie (ND), and Bill Wiley (KS).The Membership Services & Corporate Relations committee Chairman is Gary Joachim, with Tony Anderson (OH), Greg Leonard (OK), Charles Cannatella (LA), John Cooper (AR), Roger Dale (MN), Randy DeSutter (IL), M.D. Floyd (SC), Gary Langel (IA), Jack Trumbo (KY), Joseph Mills (AL), John Hoffman (IA), Bart Waller (GA/FL), and Andy Welden (MI) serving as committee members.Rick Ostlie was appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee, with Tony Anderson (OH), Bart Ruth (NE), M.D. Floyd (SC), Dennis Friest (IA), Doug Hartz (AR), and Joe Layton (Mid-Atlantic) serving as committee members.The Board welcomed five new members who are Ed Hegland (MN), Liam McCreery (Canada), Joe Steiner (OH), Jack Trumbo (KY), and Andy Welden (MI). ASA also recognized retiring Directors Ken Bee (Canada), Pete Crawford (MI), Bill Foell (IA), Brian Hansen (MN), and Jim Long (KY) for their years of service.last_img read more

Four Supreme Court nominees submitted to Gov Walker

first_imgFour nominees to replace an outgoing state Supreme Court justice have been submitted to Governor Bill Walker for review. Walker now has about six weeks to name replacement on the bench.Download AudioChief Justice Dana Fabe, the only woman on the Alaska Supreme Court, who will be departing from the Alaska Supreme Court. (Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)The nominees are attorneys Susan Carney, Andrew Guidi, Jahna Lindemuth, and Phillip Pallenberg, all of whom have practiced law in Alaska for decades.The four were selected by the Alaska Judicial Council, a body made up of three attorneys, three non-attorneys, and the state Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, a position currently held by Craig Stowers.The departing Justice is Dana Fabe, currently the only woman on the state’s highest court. If her vacancy is filled by a man, Alaska will join just two other states, Idaho and Iowa, in having no women on the highest judicial body. Nation-wide, women hold just 31 percent of state court judgeships, according to data from the National Association of Women Judges.last_img read more

State economy and recession Is it time to start talking about economic

first_img(Wikicommons photo by Jericho)Alaska is still in recession- and the state’s economic engine is significantly smaller than it was three years ago. But job losses have slowed.  So is there an end in sight for the first state recession in three decades? And what will it take to stage a real recovery?LISTEN HEREHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Mouhcine Guettabi – economist at ISERNeal Fried – state economistJon Bittner – executive director of the Small Business DevelopmentCenter in AnchorageParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Pak cricketer Shoaib Akhtar carried Sonali Bendres photo in his wallet wanted

first_imgShoaib Akhtar is a man who needs no introductions. From his sensational balling on the field to his unfiltered statements off it, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ never ceased to remain in the headlines. While the man made many women and girls go weak in their knees, it was our Indian beauty, Sonali Bendre, who took away his heart.Yes, you read it right. Shoaib was madly-in-love with Sonali Bendre ever since he had seen her in the film – English Babu Desi Mem. As per a report in Economic Times, the cricketer had revealed in a chat show that he used to carry Sonali’s photo in his wallet and also had many of her posters in his room. Not just that, the cricketer also revealed that if Sonali refuses his proposal, he would have to kidnap her then.When Sonali was being asked about Shoaib’s obsession with her, the actress had said, “I don’t know any Pakistani cricketer named Shoaib Akhtar as I’m not a cricket fan at all. It’s funny that every time India plays Pakistan, the media swamps me with calls to find out about him. I’ve heard he’s my fan. All I can say is I’m thankful for that.”Actress Sonali Bendre is currently in India after completing her chemotherapies for her high-grade metastatic cancer in New York. She had discovered her illness only after reaching a critical stage in July, last year. ” There is pain and you go through it and it is hard. The toughest part was the post the surgery. I have a scar which is 20 inches in the midriff. My sister hugged me when I was going, I said don’t be dramatic, I’m coming back. I think it was love that took me through it. We have to love ourselves to get through this. It was love that saw me through. For me spirituality is to love,” the actress said at the India Today Conclave 2019.last_img read more

Move to scrap super rich tax surcharge may lure back foreign portfolio

first_imgA digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The reported government move to scrap a surcharge on the super-rich and other global and domestic factors have buoyed the markets.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesReports of a likely rethink of the tax proposals in the Union Budget 2019 have continued to buoy the markets for the second successive day on Friday. Sensex had posted its biggest single-day gain since January 31 on Thursday and Nifty zoomed past the 11,000-mark on reports that the government was planning a rollback of the higher tax surcharge on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), media reports say.The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark index Sensex that opened at 36,808 points on Thursday topped 37,754 points by noon on Friday, marking an increase of 946 points or 2.57 percent. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty’s 50-stock index that opened at 10,899 points on Thursday touched 11,161 points by noon on Friday, marking a rise of 262 points or 2.4 percent.With the markets underperforming since the return of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power after the April-May general elections 2019 and the Union Budget 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been under pressure to roll back some controversial tax measures. Foreign investors have been pulling funds out of the Indian markets since the budget proposed to enforce a surcharge on the super-rich and automakers and other manufacturers have been reporting falling sales leading to massive job cuts. Sitharaman has commenced a series of meetings with industry participants to address their concerns and decide on steps needed to bolster the economy, according to a report in Business Standard. The Budget slapped increased personal income taxes on those with an annual income of more than Rs 2 crore. Reports suggest the government is likely to exempt foreign portfolio investors from the increase in taxes. Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 36th GST Council meeting, in New Delhi on July 27, 2019. Also seen Union MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur.IANSBesides optimism over some positive announcement from the government, a sharp slide in the oil prices amid a lull in tension in the Middle East between the US and Iran helped ease some concerns on the macroeconomic front. Brent crude prices have declined 12 percent to $57 a barrel this month. The easing of concerns about any further escalation of the US-China trade wars has also helped the market, according to observers. China’s move to fix the yuan rate at a stronger-than-expected level has helped assuage fears of a currency war and a further flare-up in trade tensions. Most global markets, too, rallied on Thursday, reports say.Domestic stocks have seen extensive correction following the Union Budget presentation on July 5. Budget proposals such as an increase in tax surcharge on FPIs, the introduction of 20 percent tax on share buybacks, and the move to increase the free float in all listed companies by 10 percent to 35 percent met with investor disapproval. Also, the perception of an economic downturn pushed the indices down more than 6 percent since the Budget.last_img read more

New Robert Kirkman Comic Announced at NYCC

first_imgYesterday I had the opportunity to attend an NYCC press junket for Robert Kirkman’s new comic at Image’s Skybound imprint, Oblivion Song. We discussed the first three issues of the book and more!Oblivion Song pairs Robert Kirkman with co-creator and Italian artist Lorenzo de Felici in his first American comic. They’re joined by colorist Annalisa Leoni and letterer Rus Wooton.Okay, here’s the synopsis via Image: “A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?”The artwork is absolutely stunning. Lorenzo’s linework is gorgeously enhanced by Annalisa’s colors that bounce back and forth between our world and the world of Oblivion. This will be an ongoing series, and we were promised a good twist once we get about six issues in. Unlike The Walking Dead, the question of why these events happen to play a critical role in the story. The team also confirmed the first nine issues are already in the can so this comic will be shipping on time. I also confirmed with Robert Kirkman that choosing Philly was because of its status as one of our oldest cities, a former capital of our nation, and that too many stories take place in New York and LA which is absolutely true. He did attempt to say that Lorenzo was an Eagles fan though, which you just don’t do in New York. While Lorenzo is not actually familiar with the Eagles, he does love It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Kirkman noted his script to make sure there wouldn’t be too many It’s Always Sunny references in the background.Oblivion Song will be available everywhere Image Comics are sold March 7th. In the meantime, check out all these exciting preview pages!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Review Etherborn Is 2019s Trippiest Puzzle Game

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Etherborn is one of the most unique puzzles games I’ve had the pleasure of playing in recent years. It presents players with puzzles that force them to think outside of the proverbial box. The surreal environments not only function as puzzles, but they’re stunning to behold. Though brief, it leaves one feeling wholly satisfied. That’s a great accomplishment considering this is developer Altered Matter’s first title.Gravity is at the core of each of Etherborn’s five levels. To get to a stage’s end, players must walk (or run) along floors and walls. Transitioning to and from different surfaces requires an incline connecting that connects them. Doing so shifts the camera’s orientation, giving players a different perspective of the terrain. The goal is simply to make it to the end of a level. The challenge comes from the journey. Oftentimes, solutions are right in players’ faces. It’s a matter of observing the environment and remembering how the rules work. Etherborn is deceptively challenging, which makes completing stages all the more rewarding.AdChoices广告Falling off ledges results in a swift death. Yet, you must sometimes drop from ledges in order to progress. Pink vines show where you can safely drop down, but not every stage or section has them. This forces you to make leaps of faith, especially when you’re unsure of what to do next. As long as you don’t drop from a great height, you’ll land safely. I’m emphasizing this specific mechanic because it is likely one most players will forget, even though it’s extremely crucial.There is a central hub called the Endless Tree. Completing levels opens up paths along the tree which you can use to access the new worlds. Between levels, a disembodied voice speaks about the origins of mankind and of the human condition. If there is a deeper meaning to the narrative, it went over my head. I had an easier time deciphering the mind-bending puzzles than I did the nebulous story. But I can’t hold that against Etherborn. We’re all here for the puzzles, not the story. Confusing or not, the narrative lends the game a dreamlike atmosphere that is in line with the otherworldly aesthetic. The story isn’t intrusive, which is a plus.Etherborn is the graphical equivalent of an expressionist painting. The player character is little more than a walking nervous system housed in a vaguely humanoid shell. It is somewhat disturbing playing as a clump of veins and arteries, but it somehow works. Each world has a distinctive color scheme that helps separate each visually. The soundtrack isn’t in your face but it helps draw you into the world with its subtle orchestrations. Presentation-wise, Etherborn delivers a relaxing experience.Depending on how fast you solve puzzles, you can complete Etherborn in a single sitting. After completion, you can try out New Game Plus. This is essentially the same experience as before since the levels remain unchanged. The main difference is the crystals used to complete certain puzzles are now located in harder to reach areas. Though I appreciate giving players this added content, I didn’t feel the need to revisit the same worlds.Etherborn is an excellent debut title. It delivers a solid puzzle game experience coupled with a pleasing visual style. The levels are challenging but never frustrating. The gravity-based gameplay forces players to truly think of every possible solution. Though relatively short, it lasts long enough to feel fulfilling without overstaying its welcome. If you’re looking for a cool and unique puzzle game, then you should give Etherborn a shot.Get Etherborn at Humble StoreMore on Geek.com:Review: ‘Dragon Quest Builders 2’ Is Two Great Tastes in OneThese Are The Games You Should Check Out in July 2019Review: ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’ Is Bloody Awesomelast_img read more

Humans will be extinct in 100 years says eminent scientist

first_img Protecting natural forests crucial for climate change (PhysOrg.com) — Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fenner said that climate change is only at its beginning, but is likely to be the cause of our extinction. “We’ll undergo the same fate as the people on Easter Island,” he said. More people means fewer resources, and Fenner predicts “there will be a lot more wars over food.”Easter Island is famous for its massive stone statues. Polynesian people settled there, in what was then a pristine tropical island, around the middle of the first millennium AD. The population grew slowly at first and then exploded. As the population grew the forests were wiped out and all the tree animals became extinct, both with devastating consequences. After about 1600 the civilization began to collapse, and had virtually disappeared by the mid-19th century. Evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond said the parallels between what happened on Easter Island and what is occurring today on the planet as a whole are “chillingly obvious.”While many scientists are also pessimistic, others are more optimistic. Among the latter is a colleague of Professor Fenner, retired professor Stephen Boyden, who said he still hopes awareness of the problems will rise and the required revolutionary changes will be made to achieve ecological sustainability. “While there’s a glimmer of hope, it’s worth working to solve the problem. We have the scientific knowledge to do it but we don’t have the political will,” Boyden said. World population growth chart. Explore further Professor Frank Fennercenter_img More information: www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/worldbalance/easter.html Fenner, who is emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, said homo sapiens will not be able to survive the population explosion and “unbridled consumption,” and will become extinct, perhaps within a century, along with many other species. United Nations official figures from last year estimate the human population is 6.8 billion, and is predicted to pass seven billion next year.Fenner told The Australian he tries not to express his pessimism because people are trying to do something, but keep putting it off. He said he believes the situation is irreversible, and it is too late because the effects we have had on Earth since industrialization (a period now known to scientists unofficially as the Anthropocene) rivals any effects of ice ages or comet impacts. Citation: Humans will be extinct in 100 years says eminent scientist (2010, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-humans-extinct-years-eminent-scientist.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Fenner, 95, is the author or co-author of 22 books and 290 scientific papers and book chapters. His announcement in 1980 to the World Health Assembly that smallpox had been eradicated is still seen as one of the World Health Organisation’s greatest achievements. He has also been heavily involved in controlling Australia’s feral rabbit population with the myxomatosis virus. Professor Fenner has had a lifetime interest in the environment, and from 1973 to 1979 was Director of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at ANU. He is currently a visiting fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the university, and is a patron of Sustainable Population Australia. He has won numerous awards including the ANZAC Peace Prize, the WHO Medal, and the Albert Einstein World Award of Science. He was awarded an MBE for his work on control of malaria in New Guinea during the Second World War, in which Fenner served in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.Professor Fenner will open the Healthy Climate, Planet and People symposium at the Australian Academy of Science next week.last_img read more

Fighting a battle against corrosion

first_imgAs the oil and gas sector operations majorly deals with highly flammable materials which if not managed properly may lead to catastrophe. Therefore, the health and integrity of assets play the most important role which is threatened by corrosion.Recognising corrosion mitigation as major health and integrity issue of assets, a movement titled ‘Jung se Jung – Battle against corrosion’ was started by GAIL in collaboration with NACE India and NIGIS on a quarterly basis, since October 2016. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith regard to the movement, Jung se Jung – a seminar was organised by GAIL along with CORCON-2018 on October 3, at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC).Delegates from the oil and gas industry, from national as well as international organisations participated in the seminar.The seminar was inaugurated by Dr Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (projects), GAIL (India) Ltd, who in his keynote address stressed on the need of migration from ‘reactive’ corrosion management to ‘proactive’ corrosion management for ensuring better safety and integrity of asset. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJeffery A Didas, President, NACE international along with the Chairman-NIGIS, N Manohar Rao, who were also present during the inaugural session, interacted with the delegates.A detailed presentation on internal and external corrosion was made by NACE International subject matter experts (SMEs), Dr Carlos and Hasan Sabri at the seminar.Seminar ended with panel discussion on ‘Corrosion mitigation and control during design and construction stage’ wherein senior management executives of GAIL, IOCL, Reliance and SMEs shared their vast experience on the subject and also answered the questions of the delegates.last_img read more

Golden States Run Makes KD Seem Less Valuable

first_imgGuests:Chris Broussard, Matt Barnes, Rob Parker, and Jason McIntyre Golden State’s run makes KD seem less valuableKevin Durant hasn’t played since the second round of the Playoffs due to a calf injury, and reportedly won’t be available for at least the start of the Finals. Colin has come around to Durant surpassing LeBron as the best player in the world, but thinks the Warriors run without him makes him seem less valuable, more of a luxury than a necessity.Also:-Giannis’ ECF reality check-Klay’s All-NBA snub not surprising-Colin’s All-NBA Guard Teams-The NBA Free Agent Dating Gamelast_img read more

Jacó Happenings

first_imgNo related posts. This weekend, Punta Leona is hosting SUP clinics with a recreational race and chica reef. Clinics take place Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.; and on Sunday from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. The clinics are open to the public. For more information, contact the Federation of Surf at 2235-6400. Also, don’t miss Tsunami’s 10-year anniversary party tomorrow night. The fun starts at 7 p.m. withSasha Campbell singing live. The third leg of the Copa Kolbi is being presented by Wipeout Films and has been announced for Nov. 3 in Playa Hermosa, just five minutes South of Jacó. Inscriptions are being held on Friday, Nov 2. at the Backyard Bar. The cost is $50.Congratulations to Jacó’s own Jason Torres, who took Costa Rican surfing to the next level by winning the ALAS PRO Venezuela.–Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Emirates welcomes 100th A380 to its fleet

first_imgEmirates welcomes 100th A380 to its fleetEmirates welcomes 100th A380 to its fleet Emirates has celebrated the milestone delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 aircraft at a special ceremony with Airbus at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Hamburg.His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive officiated the ceremony. He was joined at the event by Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline; Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer; Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Director – Customer and Services; His Excellency Ali Al Ahmed, UAE Ambassador to Germany and Frank Horch, Senator for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.Sheikh Ahmed said: “This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 programme. There is no doubt that the A380 has had a big positive impact on aerospace manufacturing and the broader aviation industry, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and stimulating innovation and new product development in many related areas such as ground handling, catering, airport facilities and cabin products, to name a few.“Importantly, the A380 also brought the flying experience for our customers to the next level. The aircraft itself is a showpiece of engineering. It is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet but it is quiet and efficient and at Emirates we’ve utilised the onboard real estate to redefine the thinking around inflight products and experience. Our flight crew love to fly it and our customers love to fly in it.“For Emirates, the A380 has been a success. We’ve been able to utilise it at slot-constrained airports, as well as at regional and ‘secondary’ airports where we have grown passenger demand. Each time we deploy an A380 onto a route, it typically stimulates further traffic and demand as travellers are attracted by our flagship A380 experience. We remain committed to the programme and will work closely with Airbus and our partners to continually enhance our A380 product as we look ahead to receiving our remaining 42 aircraft on order.”“We are extremely proud of our long-standing relationship with Emirates – a partnership that has been integral to the A380 programme,” said Tom Enders. “It is a source of immense satisfaction for everyone at Airbus that such a visionary airline has believed in the A380 from the beginning and chosen it as its flagship and the backbone of its operations. And, of course, it is always exciting to hear positive feedback from our customers and passengers about the aircraft, while associating it with Dubai’s success as the world’s most dynamic air transport hub.”Dominic Horwood said: “We would like to congratulate Emirates on this momentous occasion. We are very proud to be powering their 100th Airbus A380 and look forward to building on our strong relationship in years to come.”Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, Emirates’ 100th A380 is configured in three cabin classes, with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business and 426 seats in Economy.  It also features the airline’s newly revamped Onboard Lounge. It will be on display at the upcoming Dubai Air Show and will enter service afterwards.Emirates A380 in AustraliaEmirates first introduced its A380 aircraft to Australia on 2 February 2009, operating three times weekly on the Dubai to Sydney service. Emirates now operates daily A380 flights on four of its five Australian services, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.Emirates will increase its A380 services to Australia from 25 March 2018, with a fourth daily A380 service to Sydney and an upgauged third daily Melbourne service from a B777 to an A380. This is a testament to Emirates’ continued commitment to the Australian market and providing passengers’ a superior experience when flying.Year of Zayed tributeAdding to the celebrations, Emirates unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with bespoke livery for its 100th A380.HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “2018 is the “Year of Zayed”, marking 100 years since the birth of our country’s founding father and celebrating his legacy. Emirates is proud to launch our tribute to the man who has been instrumental to the UAE’s formation and development, at the milestone delivery of our 100th A380.”“Just as the A380 has broken new ground in so many regards, Sheikh Zayed was a true pioneer and visionary. Bringing his message of inspiration, daring and determination to the world as we fly the A380 around the globe, is an apt way to celebrate his amazing legacy.”Positive impact aerospace and aviationThe Emirates A380 programme creates and supports manufacturing jobs across the global aircraft manufacturing supply chain. Airbus estimates that Emirates’ A380 orders alone support 41,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Europe, including some 14,500 in Germany alone. These are high-skilled jobs and impact a high-value supply chain, creating a significant multiplier effect in the countries where Airbus has aircraft production facilities. The estimated Europe-wide impact of Emirates’ A380 investment amounts to $5.1 billion in GDP in 2013/14. In Germany and France the GDP impact is $1.8 billion for each country.*In April 2015, Emirates signed an historic $13.2 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term total care package. The engines will power 50 Airbus A380s which began entering service in 2016. The deal, which is the largest ever for Rolls-Royce and one of the largest ever export orders for a UK-based company, was part of Emirates’ ongoing investment in the UK and Europe.Setting new standards for flying experienceThe introduction of Emirates’ first A380 in 2008 set new standards for customer experience, introducing many industry firsts including the Onboard Lounge, Shower Spas, free wi-fi and advanced inflight entertainment systems in all classes, as well as many other features.Emirates continually invests to enhance its A380 product, ensuring its customers enjoy the best possible experience. To date over 85 million passengers have flown on the Emirates A380.The airline has implemented countless improvements on board its A380 fleet since 2008, ranging from subtle updates such as the addition of in-seat USB ports and introduction of electric window blinds,to more major upgrades such as relocating overhead luggage bins to provide a more spacious cabin, installing bigger and better inflight entertainment systems and a newly revamped Onboard Lounge.Emirates’ A380 operationsEmirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, flying this iconic double-decked jet to 48 cities on six continents on scheduled services. Including one-off flights, special commemorative services, test flights and other operational deployments, over 70 airports to date have welcomed the Emirates A380.The airline receives on average 11 A380 deliveries per year, starting from its first aircraft in August 2008. In its 2016/17 financial year, Emirates received a record 19 new A380 aircraft.In Dubai, Emirates operates the world’s largest A380 hub with an entire purpose-built concourse dedicated to A380 operations. The US$ 3.3 billion facility was an investment to offer travellers unprecedented convenience and comfort with direct boarding to the A380 aircraft from the First and Business class lounges and amenities including duty free shops, spas, an array of dining options and more.Emirates has 1,500 flight deck crew and over 23,000 cabin crew specially trained to operate its A380 fleet.Source = Emirateslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter ITB Berlin is an expor

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterITB Berlin is an export success story. Messe Berlin is to launch an international offshoot of one of its most successful trade fairs in China. Starting in May 2017, ITB China will take place annually on the grounds of the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center in the partnership with TravelDaily China, China’s leading online news portal and event organizer for the travel industry.ITB Asia is the model for ITB China. Over the last eight years Messe Berlin has organised this highly successful show every October in Singapore. As the second show in Asia, ITB China will take place in one of the leading industrial cities in the People’s Republic of China, with a population of around 23 million one of the largest cities in the world and exclusively focus on the Chinese travel market. First launched 50 years ago, ITB Berlin is recognised as the most successful trade show for the global travel industry. Some 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries are expected to attend this year’s event. Boasting 760 exhibitors from 73 countries, ITB Asia in Singapore has established itself as the leading travel trade show in Asia.For its premiere, ITB China already counts the big names of China’s travel industry on its partner list. Ctrip, China’s leading online travel agency, has already committed to send its buyers to ITB China to make large purchases of new products. “Our company is constantly growing and we look forward to expanding our international trade relations at ITB China“, said John Zhong, head of International Hotel Business Ctrip. The company, which counts Baidu as one of its largest shareholders, recently drew attention by making investments in its Chinese competitors, Qunar and Elong.Alitrip, the travel brand of the Chinese internet giant Alibaba, has also announced that it will be sending buyers from affiliated travel agencies to ITB China. “We are delighted to be able to advertise ITB China to our partners as a promising business platform”, said Shaohua Li , President of Alitrip. Last year the company organised local and international trips for 100 million Chinese customers.Utour and Caissa, China’s leading offline tour operator, as well as Tuniu, China’s leading online leisure travel platform, have also partnered with ITB China and announced their participation through a strong presence of their buyers on the show floor.As with ITB Asia in Singapore, ITB China will be for trade visitors only. In Shanghai, buyers and trade visitors from China will be able to meet international exhibitors and business partners. Visitors to ITB China can also take the opportunity to attend the ITB China Convention, which runs parallel and will be jointly organised with TravelDaily China. Travel Daily will co-organise ITB China, having made a name for itself with two events, the Travel Daily Conference and Hotel Marketing Conference. The organisers have been able to secure China Travel News, an English-speaking media platform with focus on China’s travel industry and powered by TravelDaily China, as the media partner.Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin, says: “Our involvement in China opens another chapter in the 50-year history of ITB Berlin. With ITB Asia we have already provided impressive proof that a new travel industry event for trade visitors can establish itself outside Europe. In Shanghai we will be using all the experience of the last eight years from Singapore to establish ITB in China as a model of the global marketplace for the travel industry. In the long term our involvement in China will benefit ITB Asia in Singapore, and ultimately ITB Berlin.”According to Dr. Martin Buck, division head, Messe Berlin, ITB China has already secured the cooperation of the country’s biggest travel agencies. Accordingly, says Dr. Martin Buck, “we will be able to guarantee our international exhibitors around 500 buyers from leading companies representing the Chinese travel industry at the three-day show, which will debut from 10 to 12 May 2017.”Mr Charlie Li, Founder and CEO of TravelDaily China, said “We are very thrilled to partner with ITB to bring the world’s leading travel trade show to China, the largest travel market in the world. By combining ITB’s global network and 50-year experience of running travel trade show in Europe and Asia with TravelDaily’s experience of operating online media and organising high-quality executive conferences in China, we aim to build the bridge connecting international exhibitors and Chinese buyers, which ultimately will benefit the global travel industry.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

National Council meeting underway

first_imgA National Council meeting got underway at the Presidential Palace on Friday morning, during which President Nicos Anastasiades will brief party leaders on his meeting on Tuesday with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci regarding efforts for the resumption of Cyprus talks and Confidence Building Measures.Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that during the meeting the President will brief its members about his recent meeting with Akinci and the issues they discussed, “including the efforts for the resumption of the negotiations, in view of the position of the Greek Cypriot side that the negotiations must resume the soonest possible.”During their informal meeting on Tuesday, Anastasiades and Akinci discussed about the formulation of the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations, and about Anastasiades’ ideas on the decentralisation of powers.Moreover Anastasiades raised the issue of recent provocations in Strovilia and Denia, and violations in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone by Turkey.The two leaders also discussed about the work of the bicommunal Technical Committees and Confidence Building Measures, taking decisions about CΒΜs regarding mobile phone interoperability, the interconnectivity of the two electricity grids, and demining.Those present include Democratic Rally (Disy) President Averof Neofytou, Akel Secretary-General Andros Kyprianou, Democratic Party (Diko) President Nicholas Papadopoulos, Edek President Marinos Sizopoulos, Solidarity Movement President Eleni Theocharous, Citizen’s Alliance Party President, Giorgos Lillikas, Cyprus Green Party President Giorgos Perdikis and Elam President Christos Christou participate in the meeting.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

No Points for Guessing Nick Jonas Favourite Bollywood Song It Features Wife

first_imgIf you ask Nick Jonas to name his favourite Bollywood song, it doesn’t take a genius to guess that the song will be from among Priyanka Chopra’s films. During an Instagram live session with the Jonas Brothers, a fan asked Nick to name two of his favourite Bollywood songs, and one would have assumed that both would be PeeCee’s songs. But the Sucker singer probably thought of mixing it up a little, and name one song featuring Priyanka.It’s easy to guess which Priyanka Chopra song he named – Desi Girl from Dostana, which is probably Priyanka’s most famous song. The other one that he mentioned as his Bollywood favourite was Bom Diggy Diggy from the Kartik Aaryan-starrer Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. When Nick asks the Indian fan about her favourite Priyanka Chopra song, she said names Lal Dupatta from Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. Bom Diggy DiggyDesi Girl DostanaJonas BrothersMujhse Shaadi Karogi First Published: June 10, 2019, 3:31 PM IST Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have never been too shy about displaying their love for each other on social media. Be it putting out cuddly photos, writing mushy captions or rocking the red carpet together, the couple knows how to set couple goals at all times.The two are apart from each other currently, as Priyanka is in Mumbai to shoot the next schedule of her upcoming film The Sky is Pink, whereas Nick is busy with his Chasing Happiness musical tour with his brothers Kevin and Joe.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more