Boeing delivers first B737 MAX

first_imgPhoto: Boeing US planemaker Boeing has overcome the engine problems which threatened to derail its 737 MAX delivery schedule to hand over the first plane to launch customer Malindo Air.The B737 MAX 8 was handed over to the Malaysian full-service carrier at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Seattle On Tuesday.Boeing issued a brief statement on the landmark event which failed to mention engine manufacturing problems that led to the entire Boeing 737 MAX fleet being grounded briefly last week.Malindo is a joint venture involving Indonesia’s Lion Air Group and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries.It began flying in 2013 and has expanded to operate a network of scheduled passenger services throughout Malaysia as well as to regional destinations in Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan.The leased plane is in Batik Air Malaysia livery ahead of the airline’s rebranding in the second half of this year. The plan is for Batik Air Malaysia to focus on international routes and provide Indonesian sibling Batik Airways with regional feeder trafficMalindo Air chief executive Chandran Rama Muthy said the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737NGs had served the carrier well and he believed the MAX would become the centrepiece of its fleet.“These new aircraft will allow us to go to further destinations and will play a key role in providing lower air fares to our customers,’’ he said.The engine manufacturing problem at a CFM contractor is seen as a minor glitch in a program that has run remarkably smoothly for the fastest selling passenger jet in Boeing’s history.US Media reports say about 30 LEAP 1B engines have been sent back to manufacturer CFM International for inspections because of concerns a manufacturing defect in a low-pressure turbine disc could lead to cracks.The US Federal Aviation Administration last week cleared aircraft fitted with the unaffected engines and Boeing has since confirmed that the 737 MAX  has resumed all flying activities.“Regulatory authorities have granted CFM and Boeing approval to begin the full range of business, test and certification-related flight activities,’’ the manufacturer told AirlineRatings. Boeing has received almost 3700 orders for the latest iterations of its single-aisle workhorse from 87 customers around the world.The debut of the MAX comes after its competitor, The Airbus A320neo, has been in service since early 2016.The 320neo has also had problems with one of its engine options, the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan,  although its CFM LEAP-1A engines were unaffected by the problem seen with Boeing’s LEAP-1Bs.last_img read more

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Sars promises ‘hassle-free’ tax season

first_img‘Hassle-free tax season’ 2 July 2010 He also announced plans Sars intends implementing to deal with those who had not paid their taxes. Thousands of South Africans, who have not filed tax returns for a number of years, have been ignoring Sars warnings to submit their returns. “Sars is very proud of the many compliant South African [taxpayers] over the years. We want to thank them and want to urge those who are non-compliant to voluntarily come forward. If they do not when we do catch them it will cost them a lot of money,” he said. Magashula said Sars was also moving towards “taxpayer-centric approach”, which allowed taxpayers to take control of their tax affairs. He outlined the improvements to this year’s tax season, which included electronic signatures – a system that allows tax payers, who had their returns captured electronically at a Sars branch, to sign their electronic returns using an electronic signature pad. Action against non-compliance Penalty notices had been issued and Magashula warned if these errant taxpayers did not pay their penalties and submit their returns by September, then Sars would take the money owed from their bank accounts and salaries. Speaking at the start of the 2010 tax season in Johannesburg on Thursday, Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula promised South Africans a hassle-free tax season. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has simplified and enhanced a number of its services, making it easier and quicker for individuals to complete their tax returns. Sars dealt with a number of cases where taxpayers claimed to have no knowledge of non-compliance, while others claimed they had given all their information to a tax practitioner who then failed to submit it.center_img He also promised that eFiling would not experience any “downtime” this tax season, as upgrades to the system would allow it to deal with increased volumes of taxpayers on the system and it would take only a few seconds for taxpayers to call up the necessary details. But, at the same time, the revenue service has vowed to get tough on errant taxpayers, saying money would be taken from their salaries and bank accounts, if they do not sort out their taxes in the coming months. “These taxpayers have one last opportunity to avoid this severe action – and that is to contact Sars urgently to arrange the submission of all outstanding returns and to pay all outstanding penalties,” he explained. Magashula also expressed gratitude to those South Africans who had paid their taxes, saying it was through their cooperation that the country was able to host the soccer world cup and pay for the stadia, road improvements and other infrastructure. Source: BuaNews No copies of the documents needed to be printed, which translated into a shorter period taken to complete a tax return as there was no longer a need to wait for printed copies, Magashula said. Tax payers can also now see all correspondence from Sars relating to their tax affairs and the status of their returns and assessments. Taxpayer-centric approach Magashula explained that taxpayers have now been given access via eFiling to their own tax affairs and from there they would be able to grant access to a tax practitioner.last_img read more

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Sasol, Aus firm in Botswana energy JV

first_img“A discovery of large volumes of coal bed methane in Botswana could be used to generate power and liquid fuels in southern Africa,” said Sasol. “The need to decrease greenhouse gas emissions also favours the increased use of natural gas as an alternative to coal.” “The joint venture partners plan to conduct a number of exploration activities in the licence area during the next two years to determine the quantity of natural gas available and the feasibility for future commercial development,” Sasol said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporter Clean natural gas by-product Coal bed methane is a clean natural gas by-product of ancient plant matter, trapped in underground coal seams. It is produced through a process of desorbing natural gas from coal using wells drilled for that purpose – similar to the mine safety processes used in degassing coal mines. Early stage of development Although coal bed methane is produced by unconventional means, it is sold and used in the same manner as conventional natural gas. The transaction is subject to final approval by the Botswana government. The water that is produced during the production process is pumped to the surface and treated so it can be disposed of or recycled for beneficial purposes such as agriculture.center_img 3 November 2011 “The first phase of the exploration will include an airborne magnetic survey, sampling of borehole cores and the drilling of test wells.” Coal bed methane exploration is still in the early stages of development in southern Africa. However, coal bed methane accounts for approximately 10% of total natural gas produced in the United States, and makes up most of Australia’s natural gas supply. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material If the first exploration phase proves successful, the joint venture partners will consider committing to a more extensive exploration programme in Botswana. The three prospecting licences cover an area of approximately 3 000km² and are located in the central province of Botswana. South African petrochemical giant Sasol has entered into a joint venture with Australia’s Origin Energy, forming a new company called Kubu Energy Resources that has acquired three licences to explore for coal bed methane gas in Botswana. last_img read more

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Google’s Latitude Attitude: Who Cares About Developers?

first_imgRelated Posts brian proffitt What Google giveth, Google taketh away, and developers tapping into Google services had better just deal with it.That seems to be the prevalent attitude from Google, as the new update for the Google Maps app for Android begins to roll out today (with an iOS update on the way). At the same time, the company has also quietly announced it’s pulling the plug on Google Latitude, a geo-location service that was launched back in 2009.According to a support page posted by Google, Latitude will be shut down very soon: August 9, 2013 is the cut-off date—a mere 30 days out. Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude Application Programming Interface, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget and the Latitude website will be shut down on that day.The Google Latitude service is an add-on to Google Maps that allows mobile phone users to let specified Google account members know where they are. A user’s location could appear on Google Plus as a status update, or could be viewed on an iGoogle home page (before that service shuts down in November 2013) in case a loved one wanted to see where a user was at any given moment.The service also featured automated check-ins and departures, as well as deals from commercial participants. Android users of Google Latitude could also see a check-ins leader board, which let them see other users who are checking in at a particular business.Location sharing and check-ins will now be handled within Google Plus, Google said. Location History will be manageable from a single aggregated setting within a user’s Google account. And, while you won’t be able to export friends’ location information, you can export your own location data using Google Takeout.Google Latitude, Meh AttitudeGoogle Latitude was originally built by the same folks who created the Dodgeball geo-location service, which Google bought in 2005. (Eventually, the two Dodgeball founders left Google under less-than-ideal circumstances.)One of the Dodgeball creators, Dennis Crowley, would go on to found Foursquare after Google halted Dodgeball in 2009 and replaced it with Latitude.Despite being able to tap into what is arguably the best set of commercial mapping data, Latitude was never able to really get much off the ground on its own and be another Foursquare. Folding it into the larger Google Plus service makes a lot of sense for Google, because Latitude is really more of a high-powered feature set than a stand-alone app.Still, the shutting down of the Latitude API is bound to cause some consternation among developers who were using the API to connect their own apps to the features provided by Latitude.If Google has any migration assistance planned for developers tapping into the Latitude API, they aren’t saying yet. Brian Gaugler, developer of the Backitude for Google Latitude app, certainly had his concerns, voiced on the Latitude API forums this morning:We all saw this coming, but maybe now that the cat is out of the back officially—SOMEONE FROM GOOGLE CAN RESPOND???Will there be a new API for Google Locations, such as the new G+ location system. Or to still work with Google Location history. Is location history going away?1000 hours down the drain…Gaugler and other developers had a feeling this was coming … as early as May 25, Gaugler knew of the migration of Latitude from Maps to Plus. But even with that early notice, Android developers tapping into Latitude are still wondering what to do in the 30 days they have before the Latitude API is shut down for good, potentially leaving their apps high and dry. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Google Latitude#Location-Based Services center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Greece’s Belibasaki Gets Silver in European Championships

first_imgBERLIN – Maria Belibasaki was happy and moved with the silver medal she won at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships that is held in Berlin.“I tried very hard. I was feeling very good before the race and I was ready to win… I wish good health to everyone. I feel very sorry for the situation in Greece, the people are suffering”, she stated and dedicated her medal to the victims of the wildfires in Greece.The 27-year old sprinter from Crete finished in 50.45. Her performance is a new is a new national record for the 400m event. It was the fifth medal for Greece at the 2018 European Athletics Championiships.Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Maria Belibasaki won the silver medal at the 400m event late Saturday in the European Championships, Berlin, Aug. 11, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)TweetPinShare1717 Shareslast_img read more

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Amy Winehouses God Daughter Gets Gory For Animal Advocacy

first_imgEver since she shot to fame performing on Strictly Come Dancing, 17-year-old Dionne Bromfield has been known for her soulful voice, which is reminiscent of that of her late godmother, Amy Winehouse. Now, the talented singer’s advocacy for animals will be well known, too.Dionne Bromfield – Here’s the Rest of Your Fur CoatCredit/Copyright: PETA UKIn her new anti-fur ad for PETA, Bromfield holds a bloodied, skinned fox and stares pointedly into the camera above the words “Here’s the Rest of Your Fur Coat”.“Not only is fur cruel, it’s also totally gross”, says Bromfield. “I mean, who wants to wear the skin of an abused animal? Not me! I watched one of PETA’s fur videos, and I challenge anyone who wears fur to watch it, too. Seeing these terrified animals as they have their skin ripped off their backs just so that someone can walk around in a fur coat or hat really upset me – but it also inspired me to try to raise awareness about the fur trade.”Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are beaten, gassed or anally electrocuted. Sometimes, they are even skinned while still alive. More than 2 million cats and dogs are skinned in China every year – many while fully conscious. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood have all publicly sworn off fur. With so many stylish alternatives available, there’s no excuse to harm a hair on an animal’s head.Bromfield joins a long list of celebrities – including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Joss Stone, Mark Ronson, Ke$ha, Rylan Clark, Natalie Imbruglia and Jamelia – who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against the fur industry.For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.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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Having more kids may make womens cells age faster

first_imgWomen with many children, especially more than four or five, may look older as multiple pregnancies may accelerate the ageing of cells, claimed a new study.According to the researchers, there is a good evidence to show that having more children can increase the risk of certain diseases and shorten lifespan. Cellular ageing was accelerated by six months to two years for each additional pregnancy.”Our study points to cellular changes during pregnancy, possibly related to adaptive changes in the mother’s immune system as a possible explanation,” said Christopher Kuzawa from the Northwestern University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team collected data from around 3,200 women aged between 20 to 22 years, looking at two separate markers of cellular aging, that is, telomere length – protective caps at the end of DNA strands and epigenetic age.”Telomere length and epigenetic age are cellular markers that independently predict mortality, and both appeared ‘older’ in women who had more pregnancies in their reproductive histories,” added Calen Ryan from the varsity.”Even after accounting for other factors that affect cellular aging, the number of pregnancies still came out on top,” Ryan added.Interestingly, the team also found that women who were currently pregnant had cells that looked younger thanpredicted.last_img read more

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