Passengers from hell! We want your opinion!

first_imgWhich is worse? The inconsiderate passenger reclining into your face for an entire flight or the out of control child running amok in the cabin? Editors at AirlineRatings.com, the world’s first safety, and product rating website, have listed its 10 worst passenger types with the seat recliner and the inconsiderate parent topping the list as the most hated. Now we want to know what tops our viewer’s lists. Select your choice here Click here to take surveyGeoffrey Thomas Editor and founder of Airlineratings.com said that “it was a tossup between parents that think their 200 fellow passengers are babysitters or the thoughtless passengers who recline into your space from takeoff to landing.”These two passengers have been dubbed Parentus Slapdashii and Reclinus Maximus.“Of course we all feel for the mother with the crying baby and we can always put a headset on to reduce the impact but it’s the children running amok and kicking your seat that angers fellow passengers.”“However Reclinus just wins according to our editor survey.”Various global surveys back up the airlineratings.com worst passengers picks.“One by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper found that nearly 70 percent of travelers would be prepared to pay more for a child-free cabin which underscores the problem of the irresponsible parent,” said Mr Thomas.“Responding to that Malaysian Airlines and Air AsiaX have both moved to child-free zones in the past 18 months.”Another growing problem passenger is Smellus Incredibilus.“There is no doubt that personal hygiene on planes is in decline and typically “Smellus” will also leave the toilets in a mess,” said Mr ThomasNext on the list is Armrest Grabbis who hogs the armrests and typically he has become more of the problem as passengers get larger.Chatticus Majorus makes up the top five and it seems no matter what you do if Chatticus wants to talk you are in for a long and boring trip!Making number 6 is Bladder Incredibilus who some bizarre reason always seems to request the window seat. Bladder not only affects the passengers in the same row but also the ones in front as he or she inevitably uses the seatbacks as a steadier.At number 7, often you can’t decide whether Carry-on Greedicus is stupid, arrogant or just plain inconsiderate. Maybe he’s all three.Greedicus is typically seated in row 30 or 40 but he thoughtlessly— particularly in the US — dumps his carry-on bag which is way toobig or too heavy or both in row 2’s overhead bin, rather than carry itall the way down the back.This of course causes chaos for passengers boarding after him.Holding down number eight position is High-and-Mighticus, who is almost always bathed in self glory. This tiresome traveler sees the overhead reading light more as a spotlight on their own special opening night stage rather than as reading aids.You will often hear Mighticus demanding before you see him and that tone will continue all flight.At number nine DVT – Avoidus would be funny if they were not so irritating.A real tell-tale sign of this trait is the traveler going through their yoga or tai chi routine in the boarding lounge.Once on board, they spend the entire trip doing arm stretches and leg raisers bumping the back of your seat or elbowing you in the head or shoulder.The final irritating passenger is “Window Hoggus” who takes the window seat and immediately after take-off pulls down the window shade and goes to sleep denying fellow passengers a view.And there is a dark side to these characters’ thoughtlessness in that it fuels air rage.“It is impossible to get accurate figures but one reliable estimate puts the air rage incidents count in the US alone as 10,000 a year,” said Mr Thomas.Extrapolated across the globe the number of air rage incidents could top 40,000 a year.“Another survey of frequent flyers found that 37 per cent occasionally felt a sense of rage on a flight,” said Mr Thomas.And it’s no longer just one passenger causing grief.Last month US airline Air Tran off loaded 100 school children and their chaperones, after a number refused to turn their mobiles off and sit down.last_img read more

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The Harsh Reality For Mobile Developers Trying To Hit The Top Of App Store Charts

first_imgdan rowinski Getting app downloads and increasing user retention is a problem for every app publisher, from the indie developer to big, established brands to the current flavor of the month (think Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Temple Run). Even though the incumbents in the App Store and Google Play have the same type of problems that many other app publishers face, they also have mastered the art of acquiring and retaining users. Hence, they hold the keys to the house that are the top rankings in the app stores. According to analytics company Trademob, only 2% of the top 250 app publishers in the Apple App Store are newcomers while only 3% are new to Android’s Google Play store.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What is your apps problem? Foremost, it may be low on signal and high on noise (it is not original and just not good enough). Really, there a lot of apps and many, many of them are just not that good. A generic game or brand app can get lost in the nearly two million entrants between the two stores. Second, the environment for mid-market apps is really, really thin. Only one in every 10,000 apps generated more than $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Trademob. Third, you probably do not have the money to compete with the top of the heap of the app stores where all the money is made. Top app publishers have large marketing budgets and teams dedicated to nothing but getting their app seen (through public relations campaigns, advertising or cross promotion to social networks, television and other apps).  Related Posts Even if your app is not generating hundreds of thousands to millions of downloads, there are things you can do to hold to the users you do have. Localytics offers three tips for retaining and engaging app users after they have downloaded your app.Optimize customer acquisition: Tie customer acquisition sources (e.g., Facebook ads, cross promotion) to the long-term retention, conversion rates and most importantly lifetime value of app users. This focus shifts acquisition resources to those providing the highest quality customers.Engage / nurture customers:  Use tools such as in-app messaging to communicate with customers within the app. You can provide special offers, nudge customers through conversion points (e.g., registrations) and request customer feedback as input to app development.Continuous improvement: Use app analytics to discover opportunities to continuously improve the app experience, remove bottlenecks, smooth app user flow and move popular content and features forward.Check out the infographic below from Trademob on app downloads and the difficulty in breaking into the top ranks in the app stores. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#analytics#app development#App Store#Google Play You just spent months building an app with the hopes that it would be a boon for your business or usher your way into the lucrative world of top end app publishers. You have Candy Crush dreams and Evernote aspirations. After you publish your app, nobody downloads it. Those that do download it aren’t coming back into it more than once or twice. “This sucks,” you tell yourself over your morning (and afternoon) Ramen noodles. See also Making Android Pay: 5 Tips To Topping The Charts On Google PlayMaking noise in the App Store and Google Play is harder than ever. At last count, Apple has more than 900,000 apps in the App Store while Google boasts more than one million in its Android market. Even if you have the chops to develop an app and push it out, the competition is fierce for mobile users’ time, attention… and dollars.Nearly two-thirds of developers do not break even with their app investments. Most apps average much less than 50,000 downloads (which may seem like a lot, but it is not the peak of app store performance). Gross downloads are not always a sign of success. If one million people download your app but only use it once, that is also a failure of execution and retention. According to data from mobile analytics and marketing firm Localytics, 66% of app users open apps between one and 10 times. Only about 34% of users open an app 11 or more times, as of the third quarter of 2012 (and that number is up from 26% for the same time in 2011).  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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Jordan Spieths Grand Slam Chances

By capturing his second major of the 2015 season, U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth has placed himself in some very elite company. It’s only the fourth time since 19581Roughly speaking, 1958 marks the beginning of the modern era of major championships; that’s when the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. that the same player has won both of the year’s first two majors, and just the 13th time any player won back-to-back major titles.The conversation has quickly turned to Spieth’s Grand Slam chances. This has been the Year of Spieth on the PGA Tour, and a Slam would solidify his season as one of the best in golf history. And yet he’s not considered to be the best golfer on tour. Spieth is still the second-ranked player in the world behind Rory McIlroy, who is probably the better golfer on a per-round basis and has, in the past, won the two major tournaments remaining on the 2015 schedule.That’s why the betting markets consider McIlroy, and not Spieth, the favorite to win each of the season’s final two majors. After adjusting for the house edge built into betting odds, the sportsbook Bovada.lv assigns2To the best of our knowledge, Bovada only lists the players upon whom they’ve gotten action, and will release odds for other players upon request. The inclusion of additional players could slightly alter the house-edge adjustment we made, but those players’ odds of winning are so low that the change would be minimal at best. McIlroy a 13 percent probability of winning the British Open and an 11 percent chance of winning the PGA Championship; the site gives Spieth a 9 percent shot at winning each tournament.Those numbers are similar to the ones you’d see if you looked at how past back-to-back major winners did in their next two major tournaments. Of those who won back-to-back majors, only Tiger Woods — who won his “Tiger Slam” by capturing the 2000 U.S. and British Opens and the PGA Championship, plus the 2001 Masters — went on to win any of the next two majors, giving the group an 8.3 percent success rate per major.Of course, sometimes you can play well enough to win but run into another great performance. That’s when a method such as Bill Barnwell’s Z-scores is useful, because it tells us how well a player scored relative to the rest of the field on the same day. We can then use that number to track how often a player’s performance would be good enough to win a typical major against typical competition, which helps even out comparisons between fields of varying quality. And according to this calculation, the average back-to-back major champ’s Z-scores over his next two majors were good enough to win a generic major3From 1958 on. 11.3 percent of the time.No matter how you cut it, the odds of Spieth finishing off the Grand Slam are still fairly low — about 1 percent, if the probabilities above are any kind of guide.Even if Spieth doesn’t win the Slam, however, his future looks exceptionally bright. Back in April, we developed a model (based on the historical performance, by age, of people who won majors) to track Woods’s progress in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s all-time majors record. If we plug in Spieth’s expected major count at year’s end — roughly 2.2, using the odds from Bovada — he’s currently on pace to finish his career with just under 12 major titles, a total that would rank third all-time if it came to fruition. (And remember, that’s just a mean projection — the variance around it means there are plenty of scenarios in which he wins more than 12.)Either way, it’s been an incredible start to Spieth’s career, Grand Slam or not. read more

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The Arctic is on fire and these images from space show the

first_img 0 10 Photos NASA Space Sci-Tech Tags Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures) Enlarge Image NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Satellite images from NASA and the European Space Agency paint a sobering picture of wildfires burning across Siberia. Fires are typical for this time of year there, but this summer is proving particularly severe. More than 2.7 million hectares (6,671,845 acres) of remote forest is currently burning across six Siberian and Far East regions, according to Russia’s Federal Forestry Agency, covering entire cities with black smoke and noxious fumes. Lumped together, the fire area would be larger than Massachusetts.The above image from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows a thick cloud of smoke swirling over Russia and moving toward the US and Canada. ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-3 also delivered a worrying satellite view of the Siberian smoke plumes.esaEnlarge ImageSome of the Siberian wildfires can be seen in this image captured from space on July 28. The smoke has carried air pollution into the Kemerovo, Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Altai regions. ESA It’s not just Russia that’s on fire. Wildfires have also raged in Greenland and Alaska, fueled by record-breaking temperatures, lightning and strong winds.    NASA is sounding the alarm about how these intense and numerous fires might accelerate melting in the Arctic as soot warms the atmosphere and the burning of decomposed organic material releases megatons of carbon dioxide into the air. Climate change is already hitting the Arctic hard. Greenland watched sea ice melt in June and Arctic permafrost is under threat from thawing.  “One fire here and there is not a big deal, as far as immediate local weather and climate impacts,” Santiago Gassó, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement. “But when you have so many fires continuously emitting, the smoke remains in the atmosphere for so long that it can actually change temperature profiles for several days and has meteorological and climatic impacts.”Last year, satellite images showed smoke from California’s deadly Camp Fire blanketing the state, and another pictured a burn scar left behind by the Woolsey Fire. As global temperatures continue to rise, we’ll likely bear witness to even more smoke-filled views from space. NASA sees fires covering California in a shroud of smoke Smelly, slimy seaweed infestation spotted from space NASA watches wild polar vortex from space Beastly SoCal earthquake created a crack seen from above Earth from spacelast_img read more

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Are stressed asset funds the pill to cure Indias bad loans

first_imgAs State Bank of India signed a preliminary agreement with Canada’s largest asset management company Brookfield to invest in India’s stressed asset sector, a few other firms — both local and foreign — are eyeing the space.The funds will reportedly invest in stressed-assets of banks and asset reconstruction companies (ARCs). Investments from the fund will further be used to revive the stress levels on each asset, project or company.Apart from bringing stability, the turnaround will help arrive at balanced valuation, bridging the valuation divide between the ARCs and the banks, noted a Business Standard report. Historically, ARCs seek for valuing their assets low while banks have sought for an increased valuation.ARCs are companies that buy out stressed asset at discounted prices to revive them. Stressed asset funds, however, take a balanced view of the asset condition, thereby helping to chalk out a realistic valuation acceptable to both the parties before investing in them.The recent buzz surrounding the stressed asset fund comes on account of both the central bank and the government tightening the noose around the bank’s growing non-performing assets and relaxing rules on bad loan investments, respectively.”All the indicators are good, insolvency law has been passed and it is a matter of time before deals start getting converted,” Dinkar Venkatasubramanian from EY told the Mint. He added that India’s colossal bad loans need cleaning up, therefore all funds will find commitments.Foreign investors like J.C. Flowers & Co, Canada Pension Plan and local players like JM Financial, Edelweiss Financial Services and Srei Alternative Investment Manager are considering to set up such funds.Edelweiss Financial Services and JM Financial have full-fledged asset reconstruction units of their own. The Mint report noted that Edelweiss is planning a stressed asset fund in the range of $700 million to $1 billion. The company’s investment in the space would be one of the largest to be established by an Indian firm.The company noted that it wished to sit on its investment for nearly six to eight years so as to turn these stressed assets into financially sound valuables.Indian banks have nearly Rs. 8 lakh crore of gross non-performing assets (NPA).last_img read more

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Journey to Dhaka begins

first_imgHolidaymakers are returning home after enjoying Eid vacation. Photo: UNBA crowded Dhaka looked somewhat deserted once people started leaving the capital city to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha at their village homes.The holidaymakers have already started returning to the capital after celebrating the Eid with their families in their hometowns, reports UNB.They are coming back as the weekday begins on Sunday.On Saturday, moderate crowds of people coming back to the city were found at Railway stations, bus and launch terminals.However, the pressure of the returnees is still low, said witnesses and authorities.Alamgir Hossain, ioint director at Naval Traffic, said 70 launches reached Sadarghat Launch terminal from 23 routes from around 7am to 11am on Saturday.He said the number of returning passengers is not that much high yet, but it will increase on Sunday.Trains were running about half an hour behind their schedules on average, causing delay to the departure of the outgoing ones, said Mizanur Rahman, a sub-inspector at Kamalapur Railway Station.Shahidul Islam, a banker who returned from Kushtia by train, told UNB that he along with his family members had to return today (Saturday) as his office and the schools of his kids reopen on Sunday.”There was a less crowd. So, we didn’t have to suffer much except the delayed train,” he added.Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari route were disrupted for two hours from around 4am to 6am due to poor navigability in the Padma river causing immense sufferings to passengers.Ten small ferries are in operation while more than 300 vehicles waiting on both sides of the river, said Khandaker Shah Khaled Newaz, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).The dredging worksare going on to solve the navigability problem and soon the ferry services will get back to normalcy, he added.He also said 87 launches and 400 speedboats are transporting passengers on this route.Farhana Dolly, a resident of Shahjahanpur who was returning from Feni, said, it took lesser time to reach Dhaka this time as the highway was relatively free of traffic.As the festive mood of Eid vacation has not lost its charm yet, those who did not leave the city for Eid celebrations enjoyed the city free from traffic jams, noise and crowd.Zarif Rafiul Haque Iraz, a Dhaka city dweller, said Dhaka remains free from traffic only during long vacations, especially during Eid holidays.”This is the reason I along with my friends decided to roam around the city to enjoy crowd-free and traffic-free Dhaka experience,” he added.This year, along with the three-day Eid holidays, most of the holiday makers got additional two days off — Friday and Saturday.Dhaka is expected to get back to its usual bustle on Sunday when people will be returning to the capital in their thousands from Saturday night.last_img read more

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Bangladeshis face exploitation abuse in Fiji

first_imgMap of FijiBangladesh expatriates in Suva, the capital of Fiji, have come forward with another case of exploitation and abuses at their work places, reports FBC News.The Fijian media outlet said four Bangladesh nationals working for a local company in Suva are ‘crying for justice and they’re calling for an end to their misery.’In an exclusive interview, Ronald Kumar – who is now taking care of the foreigners – told FBC News about ordeal of the Bangladeshis.“We are not dealing with static materials on the shelf they don’t have an expiry date, they have families, what if this happens to my brothers and sisters, so we need to take care of them,” Kumar was quoted to have said.“They are vulnerable and we can do anything, no, no way,” he was also quoted to have said.Kumar also told the FBC News that they complained to their employer and threatened to take the matter to the attorney general and the reply from their employer was unacceptable.The report however said the police have confirmed they’re investigating the allegations of assault made by these foreign nationals and the report will be sent to the DPP’s Office.last_img read more

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Texas Construction Industry Sounds Alarm on Worker Shortage

first_img 00:00 /00:55 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Seventy-eight percent of construction firms in Texas say they’re having difficulty finding skilled workers, despite record employment in the industry.That’s according to a new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America.Ken Simonson, the organization’s chief economist, said there has long been a construction worker shortage in the United States, but it’s getting worse every year.That has companies having to spend more on overtime and training.“So they’re also starting to raise the bid pricing for projects coming down the road,” Simonson noted at a press conference held in Houston. “That will be a problem for public agencies that have a limited budget or for homeowners who are hoping to rebuild out of insurance money or savings.”Simonson added it also means projects are taking longer to complete.The Associated General Contractors have developed a plan that calls for federal funding for technical education and more immigrants with construction skills. Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaKen Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, talks about the construction industry’s worker shortage at Marek construction co. in Houston Xlast_img read more

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Elephant bird probably wiped out by nest raiders and habitat loss

first_img Citation: Elephant bird probably wiped out by nest raiders and habitat loss (2010, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-elephant-bird-raiders-habitat-loss.html Fifty years ago Sir David collected a giant fossilized egg over 25 cm long and has kept it in his cellar ever since. The bird that laid the egg was around three meters tall, weighed over 450 kg and roamed the island until perhaps as late as a few centuries ago. It is not known what caused the extinction of the elephant bird, but theories include the effects of climate change, human hunting, and the diseases that came with the domesticated fowls that accompanied the humans.Madagascar is an island of the east coast of Africa, which Sir David first visited in 1960 to film an episode of Zoo Quest, a popular TV series. After finding fragments of a fossilized shell, he offered the locals a reward if they could find him more pieces, and a little boy presented him with a complete set of fragments Attenborough later had professionally stuck together.Humans are believed to have arrived in Madagascar about 2,000 years ago, but the elephant bird and humans coexisted for many centuries. Sailors visiting Madagascar in the 17th century returned to Europe with reports of seeing the giant birds, and with samples of the eggs. It is thought that the birds were fully extinct by the early 18th century. Explore further Researchers now believe that most of elephant bird populations had disappeared by about 1,000 years ago and only those in remote parts of the island survived. Dr. Tom Higham of the research laboratory for archaeology at Oxford University said they had dated “quite a few” elephant bird eggs and the youngest they had found was dated at about 900 AD, a time at which the human population was expanding. Sir David had his own fossil egg dated and found it was about 1,300 years old, much older than he had thought.Sir David says there is now compelling evidence the human inhabitants of the island stole the eggs for food, even though they revered the birds themselves, and the nest raiding plus destruction of the native forest habitats led gradually to their extinction. Restoration of Aepyornis maximus. Image credit: Wikipedia. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Elephant Bird Egg, Hungarian Natural History Museum. Scientists tease DNA from eggshell of extinct birds (PhysOrg.com) — Sir David Attenborough has returned to the island of Madagascar to discover the fate of the elephant bird, the largest bird ever to live on Earth, and to make a BBC documentary about it: “Attenborough and the Giant Egg.” Evidence for the theory comes from recent archaeological findings of shells of elephant bird eggs among the remains of ancient camp fires, which suggest the eggs were used for food. At around 150 times the volume of a hen’s egg, one egg would easily feed a number of families.It is unlikely that the giant bird, which was much bigger than today’s ostrich, was hunted to extinction, according to Sir David, who thinks stealing the eggs and loss of habitat were much more likely cause of their demise. In the new documentary Sir David examines the latest evidence and returns to some of the sites he visited 50 years ago, the first time he has deliberately returned to a place he had previously visited. He said 50 years ago the forest in the area was extensive, and now all that is left is an abandoned saw mill. The human population on the island has tripled, and all the previously wild places are being replaced with villages and rice fields. The changes leave many other species, including the rare Lemur, now critically endangered. 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.last_img read more

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Asha Bhosle named the best Bollywood playback singer

first_imgVeteran singer Asha Bhosle has been declared the greatest Bollywood playback artist of all times by the UK based Eastern Eye newspaper.The 81-year-old singer beat off her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar in a first of its kind list that takes into account factors including number of songs, honours, international impact, versatility, fan base and popularity amongst fellow music industry professionals.The singer was surprised with the news of her topping the list.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”I thought being called the greatest was the prerogative of boxer Muhammad Ali. I thank Eastern Eye and everyone for tolerating me all these years,” Asha said.Whilst Lata Mangeshkar came second in the list of talented singers, Mohd Rafi came third and Kishore Kumar was fourth. Other names who featured in the top 20 included Mukesh (5), current Bollywood music queen Shreya Ghoshal (7), Geeta Dutt (10), Sonu Nigam (14), Kumar Sanu (17) and Kavita Krishnamurthy (19).Apart from being the most prolific singer the world has ever known, Asha’s versatility has given her the widest body of work. The full list of the greatest 20 Bollywood playback singers is published in Eastern Eye newspaper.last_img read more

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