Auckland – Perth, first 787-9 service

first_imgAir New Zealand has announced Auckland-Perth will be the first scheduled route ever operated by the revolutionary new Boeing 787-9 when the airline takes delivery of the launch aircraft next year.The 787-9 is larger and flies further than the standard 787.Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon said that the “787-9 is going to be a game changer for Air New Zealand and sets a new benchmark for passenger comfort.”The Air New Zealand 787s will offer passengers 18 seat lie-flat Business Premier beds and a separate 21 seat Premium Economy cabin in a 2-3-2 configuration, each with its own dedicated bathroom facilities. The planes two economy cabins will accommodate 263 passengers, including 14 Skycouch rows which are a set of three seats that covert to a bed. Virgin Australia will code-share on the service and passengers can book the new flight from 15 October 2014.Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the Boeing 787-9 which carries around 40 more passengers than the standard model.Mr Luxon made the announcement at the official opening of the airline’s Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre in Auckland A feature of the centre is the only Boeing 787-9 full cabin interior outside the factory in Seattle.“Our new Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre will give us a venue to showcase the on board experience before the world’s first 787-9 to enter commercial service joins our fleet in the middle of next year.  We’ll have a busy programme of hosting customers, trade partners and stakeholders at the centre over the coming months.  We are confident they will be as excited as we are about the future of air travel.”Mr Luxon says the Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre will also be the hub for further innovation from Air New Zealand.“We are determined to deliver step changes in customer experience and to work with our trade partners to crack business issues and seize opportunities together. This centre provides a focal point to bring to life the best of Kiwi ingenuity and we are going to make it available as a venue for other like-minded Kiwi businesses to use.”To see more click: Air New Zealand 787-9last_img read more

Young professionals on success and freedom

first_imgA few young South African entrepreneurs and creatives speak out about how they are enjoying their freedom with responsibility through their careers and their passions.Jodi Deerling says he is making sure he leaves a legacy. His daily motivation is everyone he encounters and who believes in him and his business. “I know what I am doing is much bigger than I am. I am merely a vessel.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanJodi Deerling, Michael Cost, Tia Black, Nathan Adriaanse, Nicole Norman and Jodi Cash are young South African professionals who have worked hard to make their dreams a reality. They marked Freedom Month talking about what freedom means to them.Freedom Day is an annual public holiday in South Africa. The day, 27 April, marks the first democratic election held in the country, in 1994. April is regarded as Freedom Month.Jodi DeerlingJodi Deerling (31) grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth and is now living in the City of Gold.An entrepreneur, he is the owner of JD Collection, which consists of men’s and children’s accessories such as bowties. His collection is carried by Spree, Superbalist.com, Zando and Big Blue, among other retailers.Deerling is a former YoTV presenter, and has acted in shows such as Isidingo, Villa Rosa and Stokvel.He has a lot to celebrate this Freedom Month, he says. “The final documents of registration for my dream business came through in April. I also met a very special person in this month. We celebrate our anniversary every single year.”Freedom means “having the choice to love who I want and to do whatever I want, as long as it doesn’t hurt the next person”, he says.“What I enjoy the most about the South African constitution is that it truly doesn’t discriminate against any sex, religion or individual.”Michael CostMichael Cost says one of his motivations to work hard is his subscribers. “My bananas; their constant support and belief in me and my work is always inspirational and keeps me motivated even in the darkest of times.” (Image supplied)Michael Cost (23) is born and bred in Johannesburg, where he still lives.He says his greatest career achievement has been to jump head first into being a fulltime YouTuber at the beginning of 2017. “Being able to sacrifice so much and risk it all in order to follow my passion has been a rewarding experience.”But he reveals: “When I was a child my dream was to be an Oscar award-winning actor. My views have changed drastically.“I have a Masters in architecture which I obtained this year. I love merging my passion for architecture with my passion for online content creation.”Cost is also the host of the Twitter chat for South African YouTubers, called #YouTubeZA.“I do believe that your job is what you make it; if you want it to be your dream job, then make it your dream job.”He looks forward to sharing more of South Africa’s culture, comedy and urban life with other South Africans and the world.Regarding Freedom Month, he says: “I am reminded every day how lucky I am to be able to do what I do and to share South Africa’s story with the rest of the world via the internet.”The power of freedom of speech is such an incredible tool, Cost says. “We can barely imagine the extent of its reach.”Tia BlackTia Black is her own cheerleader. “My goals can only be achieved by me so there is no use looking elsewhere for the motivation to attain them.” (Image supplied)Tia Black is a 28-year-old singer from Cape Town who enjoys being able to work with people she has idolised. “And being able to do what I love is an achievement in itself.“This is part of my dream job. I eventually want to venture into television, radio, theatre and the beauty industry. My dream is to do it all!”Black, who grew up in the Cape Town suburbs of Mitchells Plain and Parkwood, talks about how she feels about Freedom Month: “Growing up biracial, my whole life is an ode to the freedom we have right now.“Looking back I remember being asked if I was lost whenever I was with my mom because she’s white. Now it’s not so foreign and I love the diversity we strive to uphold. As a nation it’s kind of mirrored in my everyday life through my parents.”She adds: “I am able to do what I love on this scale because I now have the right to do so. I am free to live without being scared to do so.”We must acknowledge that in theory we have a great Constitution, Black says. “Although we are flawed and still fighting for the correct implementation of what our Constitution is based on, the fact is we actually have one.”Nathan AdriaanseNathan Adriaanse reminds himself daily: “I need to be better than I was yesterday. Tomorrow I will be better than I am today.” (Image supplied)Nathan Adriaanse (27), who grew up in Athlone, in Cape Town, has been a professional dancer since he was 21.“In 2012 I was part of a hip hop crew, Brooklyn Brotherhood,” he recalls. “We took part in the US’s Hip Hop International competition held in Las Vegas in the United States. We were South Africa’s number one representative then, and we placed fifth.“The second big achievement came later in 2012, when I landed my first feature movie role in the Warner Brothers’ House Party 5: Tonight’s the Night film.”Another accomplishment came in 2015 when he was selected to be part of Showtime Australia, performing in the tribute shows Michael Jackson HIStory Show and The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show. “I’ve been touring the world for the past year and half. This opportunity has really changed my life.”Adriaanse, who now lives in Johannesburg, says freedom to him means that he is able to invest in his career. “I am busy planning my trip to the US to improve my skills as a dancer.”He appreciates the fact that he is able to move freely as a South African.Nicole NormanTo keep her momentum going, Nicole Norman surrounds herself with positive energy. “Naturally I attract even more positivity into my life.” (Image supplied)At 23, Nicole Norman is a television presenter of the SABC3 show, Exfrontiers. She is also a blogger.Her career in fashion and entertainment has grown in the past few months, she says. “I was the red carpet host for the Cape Town Fashion Council at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival a few weeks ago and that was quite an incredible experience.”Yet, she says, “the best feeling is having someone come up to me and tell me that I’m good at what I do and that I inspire them to do their best.”Norman, who is from Cape Town, believes freedom is something we often take for granted. “As a creative, freedom is an even more pivotal aspect of what I do — especially when it comes to freedom of expression in multimedia forms.”Freedom Month is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the past. “This is what puts things into perspective and holds weight for me, allowing me to be truly grateful for the freedom I enjoy today.”In her university media studies course, she says she “recently wrote a paper exploring various legislative regulations surrounding the works of media practitioners.“I discovered that the Constitution truly protects our freedom of speech and freedom of expression — no matter how controversial.”Jodi CashRapper Jodi Cash is motivated by the desire to be fulfilled. “To know that someday I’ll be able to kick up my feet and say, ‘Yeah I did my best and I showed up to what I’m capable of.’” (Image supplied)Jodi Cash (27), a rapper who lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, has recently started releasing content. “I’m really happy with the reception of it so far. Having won Best Music Video in the Liverpool International Film Festival 2016 was just the cherry on top.“I’ve always loved making music and have never thought of it as a job. I suppose if you consider it to be a job, it definitely is a dream job.”Cash says he travelled a lot as a child and partly grew up abroad. “But I’d say I spent most of my time in Durban.”When he thinks of freedom, he refers to the day he got his driver’s licence. “It gave me a feeling of independence, like I could go anywhere.”About the Constitution, he speaks particularly about the right to freedom of expression. “This helps me to be more informed when making decisions and less susceptible to manipulation and irrational theories.“I’d much rather live in a place where I’m allowed to speak my mind than sit in silence and be forced to say things I don’t actually mean.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Organic Grain Trials and Transition Farm Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Organic Grain Trials and Transition Farm Tour will be held at Sonlight Acres/Morning Sun Farm at 9:30 a.m.  Aug. 30 at 3993 State Rte. 503 S., West Alexandria, OH.Dale Filbrun of Morning Sun Farm is an early organic pioneer, first becoming OEFFA certified in 1995. The farm focuses on organic eggs and produces its own feed grain. During this stop, attendees will visit the layer houses, tour the Great Harvest Seed grain trial plots, and observe the mechanical cultivation equipment used on the farm.The tour will continue at the adjacent Sonlight Acres for a discussion about transitioning land into organic management. Kenton Filbrun will address various transition strategies, effective approved fertility products, and the path he has followed toward organic certification.After the tour, the Filbruns invite you to a farmstead lunch sponsored by Great Harvest Seed. If you plan to stay for the lunch, RSVP by August 20 by calling (513) 267-0148 or email Sonlight Acres.last_img read more

You Need to Know How to Close and Control the Process

first_imgQ: Why did you write The Lost Art of Closing?A: There is a massive gap in the area of closing. The ideas that are available to salespeople no longer match the reality of selling today. The idea that the one final commitment is what is necessary to win business is no longer true. There are at least ten commitments in a complex sale, and many of them are much tougher to gain. The truth of the matter is that gaining the earlier commitments makes the final ask simple and straightforward.Q: That’s a good reason.A: Yes, but that isn’t all. I write books for salespeople. One of the things that I have always struggled with was reading books that didn’t provide me with the answers. They were more theory than action, and while no one loves theory more than I do, I want to be able to put what I read to immediate use. So both The Only Sales Guide (TOSG) and The Lost Art of Closing (TLAC) are prescriptive. They’re the books that I would have wanted when I started selling.Q: What’s wrong with the old closing techniques?A: The closing techniques from decades ago are transactional. Most of them were developed to work in a B2C sale, and they’re based on tactics, tricks, and tie downs. Listen, there is a reason that salespeople have a negative stereotype, even if it no longer matches reality. A lot of that negative stereotype is the direct result of how we sold, how self-oriented we were, and the hard sell tactics we used. Those techniques are relics of the past, and they have no place in the present.Q: You also believe the idea of “overcoming objections” is no longer accurate.A: I do. That language suggests that you are doing something to someone. It hints at a contest, and that is how it was taught and trained. It’s no longer useful. The right way to think about what we do now is that we are resolving our client’s concerns. They aren’t objecting; they’re expressing their fears, what they perceive as risks. We have to help them resolve these concerns so they can move forward and make the changes they need to make to produce better results.Q: That sounds soft.A: I assure you it isn’t. I want to be very clear in what I say here. You are going to have very difficult conversations with your clients, and it can be a real challenge to help people do what is right, even when they believe they need to change. The Lost Art of Closing deals with those conversations because that is what is necessary to win deals and make change. If you think that anything here sounds “soft,” wait until you start dealing with gaining the commitments. There is nothing soft about helping people change. What this book is about is the skillful means for doing so.Q: Why do you work so hard on a book launch?A: You write a book so that you can help people with some idea, some way of thinking or doing something different. You write with a group of people in mind, the people you want to help. You want to get the book in their hands. That doesn’t happen by accident or chance. I market the books because I want people to do better work, to produce better results now. Plus, I am a salesperson. Why on earth would anyone buy a book on sales from someone who won’t try to sell their own book? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

CBI books its own officer for allegedly extorting ₹5 crore from Gujarat businessman

first_imgThe CBI has booked its own officer for allegedly extorting ₹5 crore from a Gujarat-based businessman by threatening him with action from the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department, officials said Friday. The FIR comes after a preliminary enquiry done by the agency looking into the allegations, they said. It is alleged that Sunil Nair, then posted as an inspector in Gandhinagar, entered into a criminal conspiracy with one Kirit Madhubhai Paladia in February last year to extort money from businessman Shailesh Bhatt, they said. He called Bhatt at the CBI’s Gandhinagar office on February 5, 2018, and allegedly threatened him with ED and I-T action for “earning black money” using bitcoin, the agency alleged. Nair, now posted in Shillong, allegedly demanded ₹10 crore to remain silent on the alleged black money issue which was brought down to ₹5 crore in negotiations, they said. Over the next few days, Nair kept making demands for the payment at times using landline phone of the CBI office, the FIR alleged. Later, Bhatt made the payment in two tranches of ₹4 crore and ₹60 lakh, it claimed. It said neither Bhatt was probed in any case pertaining to bitcoin nor Bhatt was a wanted accused, witness or suspect, in any case.last_img read more

Dipika Pallikal, Joshana Chinappa create history with squash gold medal

first_imgDipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash while pugilists Sarita Devi and Devendro Singh had to be content with silver as India added four more medals to their kitty on the tenth day of competitions in the 20th Games on Saturday.Dipika and Joshana stole the limelight with their historic feat as they beat Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro of England 11-6, 11-8 in the womens doubles squash final. It was the first squash medal for India in the Commonwealth Games.Sarita Devi and Devendro Singh were the other star performers during the day with their silver-winning achievements in the boxing ring while Sakina Khatun claimed an unexpected bronze in powerlifting as India made a last-ditch effort to boost their medals tally.Sarita lost to Shelley Watts of Australia after a gritty fight in women’s lightweight (57-60kg) category final while her younger brother Devendro was beaten by Paddy Barnes of Northern Ireland in the men’s light-flyweight (46-49kg) final at the Hydro Arena.Devendro was no match for Barnes and the unanimous 3-0 verdict in favour of the Irish reflected that.With the two silver on Saturday, India has bagged three medals from boxing with Pinki Jangra having won a bronze after losing her semifinal bout against Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland in women’s 51kg category yesterday.The collection of four more medals took India’s overall tally to 55 with 14 gold, 25 silver and 16 bronze.India maintained their fifth position in the medal standings with England topping the charts with a total collection of 145 medals followed by Australia (125), Canada (75) and Scotland (49).advertisementSakina Khatun did India proud by winning a bronze medal in the women’s lightweight (upto 61 kg) powerlifting event.The Bangalore-born powerlifter finished behind Nigeria’s Esther Oyema (Gold) and England’s Natalie Blake (Silver) settle at third position.The Indian lifted a total weight of 88.2 kilograms, while Esther lifted 136kgs and Natalie managed 100.2kgs.India kept themselves on course for a historic gold medal in the badminton event with P Kashyap just a win away while 2010 champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, too, were on course to defend their title. Young P V Sindhu, however, suffered a heartbreaking loss.World No. 22 Kashyap played out of his skin to avenge his loss to England’s Rajiv Ouseph, who had beaten him at the 2010 Delhi Games and also dumped him during the mixed team event at the Emirates Arena here.In an energy-sapping one hour and 23 minute match, Kashyap bounced back from a game down to edge out World No. 26 Ouseph 18-21 21-17 21-18 and assure himself of at least a silver medal.Delhi Games gold medallist pair of Jwala and Ashwini too notched up an easy 21-7 21-12 win over Lai Pei Jing and Loo Yin Lim in the women’s doubles semifinals to set up a final showdown with World No. 18 Malaysian combo of Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon.However, Sindhu, who is playing her first Commonwealth Games, could not go the distance in women’s singles as she went down fighting to Michelle Li of Canada 22-20 22-20 in the last-four encounter.This was her second defeat to Li in the tournament. The Indian had lost to the Hong Kong-born shuttler in the mixed team event.The Hyderabad girl will meet Malaysia’s Jing Yi Tee in the bronze medal contest later in the day. Jing was defeated by World No. 17 Kirsty Gilmour from Scotland in the other semifinal.It could have been an all-Indian final showdown in the men’s singles but RMV Gurusaidutt could not recreate the same magic which saw him beat top seed Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia last night in the quarterfinals.After battling for more than an hour, Guru finally went down 21-16 19-21 15-21 against World No. 40 Derek Wong of Singapore in the other semifinals.London Olympics quarterfinalist, Kashyap will now take on Wong in the summit clash on Sunday.In men’s hockey, India came from two goals down to defeat New Zealand 3-2 in the semifinals to set up a summit showdown with holders Australia.Trailing 0-2 in the 18th minute, India sans regular skipper Sardar Singh were revived by strikes from stand-in-captain Rupinder Singh Pal, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh, who ensured at least a silver medal for the country.The Kiwis drew first blood in the second minute with Simon Child taking a neat cross pass to put the ball screeching into the net.The Black Sticks continued with their fine show and three minutes later, Hugo Inglis fired at the net again but this time it was stopped by the Indian goalkeeper Sreejesh Ravindran.advertisementIndian fullback Rupinder also came up a with a forceful hit at the Kiwi net but goalkeeper Hamish McGregor was alert to put the strike at bay.The New Zealanders missed a penalty corner in the 10th minute but they did not repeat the mistake when they got the next opportunity, as hard-hitter Nick Haig scored on the rebound to double the lead in the 18th minute.Achanta Sharath Kamal proved to be no match for Singapore’s Jian Zhan as the Indian was blanked 4-0 in a one-sided men’s singles table tennis semifinal match.The top Indian paddler lost 11-6 11-6 11-6 11-8 to his 32-year-old opponent from Singapore at the Scotstown Campus.That the 32-year-old from Chennai, who had won a gold in the 2006 Melbourne Games, struggled to match up to Zhan’s play could be gauged from the fact that the match was over in just 27 minutes. The scoreline also reflects the one-sided nature of the match.Kamal had earlier teamed up with Anthony Amalraj to win a silver medal for India after losing to Singapore’s Gao Ning and Hu Li in the final of the men’s doubles table tennis event.last_img read more

CMA CGM Otello Becomes Largest Boxship to Call Indonesia

first_imgImage Courtesy: Pelabuhan Indonesia IIIn today’s spotted, we bring you images of CMA CGM Otello which arrived at the Jakarta International Container Terminal in Indonesia earlier this week as the largest container vessel to call this country. During the ship’s visit, its upcoming maiden voyage for “the industry’s first direct service” from Indonesia to the United States was celebrated on April 24, according to CMA CGM which operates the container vessel.The 8,238 TEU boxship is deployed in the Java Sea Express (JAX) and Pendulum Loop 1 (PE1) services by CMA CGM and APL, respectively.The 2005-built CMA CGM Otello is one of 17 vessels that will ply the sea route of the two weekly services which offer a transit time of 23 days from Jakarta to Los Angeles.“Indonesia is strategic to the developments of the CMA CGM Group in Southeast Asia. We are fully behind Indonesia’s aspiration for a mega maritime network across the island nation and seek to exploit opportunities to make a meaningful contribution,” Jean-Yves Duval, Senior Vice President, CMA CGM Asia, said.“Moving forward, the group looks to write new chapters with IPC and other key stakeholders for the Indonesian maritime industry,” Duval added.Image Courtesy: Pelabuhan Indonesia IIlast_img read more

Christchurch mosque shooter visited Greece in 2016

first_imgNew Zealand investigations are looking into the background of Brenton Harrison Tarrant after he livestreamed himself attacking a Christchurch mosque while people were at prayer, resulting in the death of 50 people and dozens injured.His rifle had the name of a Greek War of Independence hero and his 74-page manifesto included a section addressed to Turks regarding Hagia Sophia and Constantinople.READ MORE: Greek Community of Australia condemns the Christchurch mosque attacksPolice released a statement on Sunday confirming that the shooter had stayed on the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini and had passed through Greece twice in 2016. Authorities in Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia and Hungary have also confirmed visits between 2016 and 2017. Tarrant was particularly interested in the Ottoman Empire, and he had visited Turkey in March and September 2018.READ MORE: Greek community of New Zealand helps Christchurch mosque victimsFollowing confirmation of Tarrant’s visits to Greece, Greek police are searching for clues as to Tarrant’s activities in Greece and are looking for phone records or purchases made during his stay. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Birds can see webinspired Ornilux glass

first_img About 300 species of birds can be found on the island at certain times of the year.In nature, the orb-weaver spider’s web reflects UV light that protects it from being destroyed by birds. The birds can see it and do not fly through. Similarly, the protective glass coating that is being used in the UK helps birds see the glass. Otherwise, they just see sky and landscape but are not aware of any glass barriers. The Ornilux glazing reflects ultraviolet light that they can see but humans cannot unless standing up close to the glass. The special protector was developed by German company Arnold Glas and the result is called Ornilux Bird Protection Glass. The glass has a patterned, UV reflective coating, a web of lines coated on to the surface of the glass. The pattern looks like scattered sticks. Standing very close to the glass at a certain angle the human eye can see the fine veins running through it and this is what the birds see if they fly near the tower. 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. Tests suggest the coating works and the special glass can cut bird strikes. The company tested the Ornilux glass at a flight tunnel at a US nature reserve. Birds were encouraged to fly to the end of the facility which was covered with two types of glass – one containing the special coating, the other without. A net was used and no birds were injured. The experiment suggested that the innovation would prevent birds flying into coated glass in 66 to 68 percent of cases. Other Ornilux users include a wildlife center in Canada, a zoo in Germany, a mountain railway building in Austria, and a school in the U.S. An Arnold Glas source said she hoped more developers and architects look for ways to be more bird-friendly with their designs.Arnold Glas plans to work up a next-generation product to add solar controlling properties to the coating to help reflect heat.An estimated 250  million birds in Europe die by flying into glazing in homes and office blocks. Among the various research bodies, estimated numbers are quite remarkable. The commonly quoted toll is estimated to be from 300 million to I billion birds that die each year from collisions with glass on buildings, ranging from skyscrapers to homes. Even if a collision temporarily stuns a bird that soon flies off, scientists say that many times these birds die later from internal bleeding or hematomas, especially on the brain. © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — A special type of glass that can prevent birds from flying into it has been put to use in the UK at a lookout tower off the north-east coast of England. The special bird stopping glass was developed by a German company and is inspired by nature’s own spiders and the webs they weave—in particular, the orb-weaver spider. The lookout tower at Lindisfarne has installed the special glass to protect the hundreds of species that flock to the island. The human population witnesses a massive increase in bird population at certain times of the year. Authorities wanted to do something to avert the dangers of birds flying into glass. Bird-friendly glass looks like spider web to birds Explore further Citation: Birds can see web-inspired Ornilux glass (2012, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-birds-web-inspired-ornilux-glass.html More information: www.ornilux.com/last_img read more