Delta joins American in deferring A350s

first_imgDelta Air Lines has joined competitor American Airlines in deferring deliveries of widebody Airbus A350 jets but it still expects to be flying the fuel-efficient aircraft later this year.Delta announced it would defer 10 of its 25 A350-900 deliveries set for 2019-20 by two to three years with an option of “additional flexible delivery’’.The deferral is part of a deal which saw it place an expanded order for 30 additional conventional engine option Airbus A321-200 single-aisle aircraft.The Atlanta, Georgia-based airline announced its schedule for its first A350-900 aircraft remained in place and it expected to take five of the aircraft in 2107. It planned to operate the first A350 revenue flight in the fourth quarter, featuring its Delta One suite and Premium Select cabin.  “These agreements better align our widebody and narrowbody order books with our fleet replacement needs,” said Delta chief operating officer Gil West.Delta currently operates 19 A321s and the additional planes will see it take 112 of the aircraft by 2021, primarily to replace older aircraft on US domestic routes.Its decision to defer the 10 A350s comes after American decided to delay delivery of its first A350-900 from spring this year to late 2018.American said deliveries would continue through to 2022, two years later than originally scheduled, with two A350s due in 2018 and five each in 2019 and 2020.The deferral would reduce capital expenditures in 2017 and 2018 and provide “capacity flexibility”, it said.Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said the order for the additional A321ceos, powered by CFM56 engines and equipped with fuel-saving wing tip devices called sharklets, was a vote of confidence in the aircraft and demonstrated the aircraft’s operator, investor and passenger appeal.The manufacturer will deliver many of Delta’s A321s from its Us manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.Airbus says the Mobile plant is expected to produce four aircraft per month by the end of this year with most going to US customers.last_img read more

South African wine industry ‘optimistic’

first_img14 January 2013Following a few very tough years, the South African wine industry is optimistic on the back of record export levels, good prospects for this year’s harvest, the penetration of new markets, and growing praise from high-profile wine critics, says Wines of South Africa CEO Su Birch.South African wine exports for 2012 reached 417-million litres, 10-million litres more than the previous record of 407-million litres achieved in 2008 and a 17% increase on volumes in 2011, Birch said on Monday.“The record levels are the result of a more favourable currency, as well as the global shortage of wines, stemming from a significant drop in the recent harvests of competitor wine-producing nations in Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand,” Birch said in a statement.Third-biggest crop forecastBirch said all indications were that this year’s local crop could be the third-biggest in recorded history. “This is assuming that good weather conditions continue, there is a speedy and peaceful resolution to the farmworker strikes, and harvests come in on time.“The anticipated crop size is despite a decrease in total plantings, thanks to one of the best winter seasons in the Western Cape for many years.”The South African Wine Industry & Information Systems (Sawis) has anticipated that the 2013 wine grape crop should amount to 1 384 357 tons.Bulk vs packaged exportsBirch said that while bulk (i.e. non-packaged) exports accounted for 59% of volumes in 2012, this was in line with a growing global trend. She explained that over the past decade, bulk wine exports from the major New World wine-producing countries had risen from around 20% to over half of wine volumes traded, against the background of protracted recessionary market conditions.“The reality we face also confronts Australia, Chile, Argentina and even New Zealand.”She said while packaged wines generally offered higher returns, local producers had been forced to accept that to compete globally, they had to provide what the mainstream markets wanted.“Obviously we would prefer the accent to be on packaged wines, from a reputational perspective for Brand South Africa, in terms of job retention in the packaging industry and also to maintain sustainable profit margins for producers. We are therefore greatly encouraged by the recent growth of packaged exports to North America, Japan, China, as well as several increasingly affluent African nations, all to regions where we have been increasing our marketing investment.”Praise from high-profile criticsShe said the industry had also been buoyed by the growing confidence in South Africa as a top wine-producing country among high-profile international critics, whose opinion carried great weight in the global wine business fraternity as well as with consumers.“Over the past few weeks we have had praise from the likes of Neal Martin, who reviews for Robert E Parker’s world-famous The Wine Advocate, and who has singled out South Africa as currently the most exciting New World wine country, as well as from Stephen Tanzer of the International Wine Cellar, the UK’s Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Sarah Ahmed and Germany’s Eckhard Supp.”Labour unrest in Western CapeBirch said that while the industry regretted the current labour unrest in the Western Cape, huge strides were being made to ensure decent working conditions on all wine-producing farms.“The local Fairtrade office has confirmed that South Africa now has the highest number of Fairtrade-accredited wineries worldwide, with 65% of Fairtrade wines sold globally coming from our country.”At the same time, Birch said, there was steadily growing support for the Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association (Wieta), with increasing numbers of producers subscribing to its code of good conduct. This was particularly after the international market reacted positively to last year’s launch of the Wieta ethical seal, a world-first that provides a guarantee of fair labour practices.“Wieta accreditation for rigorously audited fair labour conditions has accelerated since last year and with the increase in producer and worker training sessions scheduled, prior to auditing sessions, we expect many more labels to qualify during this year,” Birch said.Some of the South Africa’s biggest producers have already earned Wieta accreditation for their labels, including Distell, Spier, Fairview and Robertson Winery.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2G scam: BJP turns heat on Chidambaram

first_imgBJP president Nitin Gadkari has gone hard on Home Minister P. Chidambaram. Firing on all cylinders, Gadkari has challenged Chidambaram to come clean on the 2G issue. In an interview to India Today Editorial Director M.J. Akbar on Aaj Tak’s Seedhi Baat, Gadkari claims to have proof that could embarrass Chidambaram. “Chidambaramji ko 2G spectrum ko clear karne ke liye bohot Lakshmi darshan hua hai (Chidambaramji’s palms have been greased in order to get the 2G spectrum nod.),” Gadkari told Aaj Tak, adding, the BJP MPs will soon provide the CBI evidence against him, seeking a probe. “Soon our MPs will go to the CBI and show them the evidence against Chidambaram, ask for an inquiry, lodge an FIR and take action against him,” Gadkari said. Gadkari alleged former telecom minister A. Raja and other corporate honchos currently in jail are not the sole beneficiaries of the 2G scam. Chidambaram too has a stake in it, the BJP chief says. “Chidambaram has signed at least 10 papers, relating to the clearances in the 2G spectrum, which shows he got money,” Gadkari says. Ironically, the allegation coincides with the Reliance Industries Limited or RIL’s apology for an employee’s remark against Chidambaram.  RIL’s K.R. Raja, in a taped conversation with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, had suggested that Chidambaram was a beneficiary in the 2G spectrum scam.  Chidambaram had dismissed the allegations saying, the statements attributed to K. Ramachandran Raja are totally false and defamatory. The conversation between him and Ms Radia is reckless and malicious gossip, he had said. Chidambaram had sent a legal notice to the company.  The Home minister is facing heat from all corners. Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa demanded his resignation on charges that he won his 2009 parliamentary election by fraudulent means and now the BJP is dragging him into the 2G scam. The Congress has stood by the minister, terming the allegations as baseless. But for BJP, the latest from the Radia tapes has given it new ammunition to target the UPA. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Eastern St. Thomas MP Offers Help to Teachers

first_imgTeachers in Eastern St. Thomas, who wish to upgrade their skills, can benefit from grants and scholarships being offered by the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).Making the announcement in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, June 25, Dr. Ferguson said the grants for teacher study upgrade and the scholarships are valued at more than $60,000 each.The grants from the CDF are being bolstered by funds from the Friends of Eastern St. Thomas – Jamaica and New York Chapters; while the scholarships are being made possible through the Dr. Fenton Ferguson Scholarship for Teachers.The Minister emphasized that he is committed to the educational development of his constituents, and pointed out that “the greatest allocation from my Constituency Development Fund has historically been to education and this has not changed.”“This past year, we committed support to infrastructure upgrade, equipment, scholarships, school appliances, and assistance to needy students,” Dr. Ferguson said, as he outlined his stewardship in Eastern St. Thomas.The Minister further informed that he will be continuing this year, the award of $10,000 each for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Top Performing Boy and Girl, from the 21 primary schools in his constituency as well as the hosting of the annual luncheon in their honour.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Get to know new San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomery

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Monica Montgomery won the election for San Diego District 4 in November and was sworn in Monday.Montgomery, a civil rights attorney, beat incumbent Myrtle Cole for the District 4 seat with 57.7 percent of the vote.Montgomery said the City Council can do more to reach its climate action goals, examine police practices, and pursue economic justice. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:37 AM Get to know new San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomerycenter_img December 11, 2018 Posted: December 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Monica Montgomery FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Rihanna Katy Perry Pharrell Williams More Honor Fashion Visionary Karl Lagerfeld

first_imgThe world’s best, baddest, well-dressed girl, Rihanna, paid tribute to her “Godfather” “KARL” in two Instagram posts. Email Pharrell, who often wore Chanel on the GRAMMYs red carpet, shared a photo with the ‘goat’: Guitar-wielding, split jumping Franz Ferdinand frontman, Alex Kapranos, reminisced about the time Karl loaned the band his jet so they could make it to the gig on time. Rihanna, Pharrell & More Honor Karl Lagerfeld rihanna-katy-perry-pharrell-williams-more-honor-fashion-visionary-karl-lagerfeld In a rose emoji embellished tribute, Cat Power shared how Karl’s love and friendship “swooped” her off her feet. How Lagerfeld loved music and how music loved him back – artists celebrate the fashion designer’s legacy and influence Erica Hawkins GRAMMYs Feb 25, 2019 – 1:47 pm Karl Lagerfeld, the oft wearer of sunglasses in and out of doors and a slicked-back pony that would eclipse that of even the most poised model on her way to a go-see, passed away last week, leaving us all in the wake of his tailored footsteps, at the age of 85.Much like the classically simplistic and paradoxically show-stopping looks he creative directed for Chanel since 1983, the fashion icon had only a few requests for his remembrance post-earth: a single display of white roses in the largest window of the main Chanel store (with specifications on stem size and type of vase), a script for how employees should and should not respond to his loss (“it’s a hard time for all of us” made the cut) and, of course, no funeral, no pomp and circumstance, just a simple farewell (because who knows what people would show up wearing without his style and meticulous direction?).Without question, Lagerfeld’s love for fashion was as deeply intertwined to who he was as the tweed of a classic Chanel jacket. But what you may not know is that his love for music was just as strong as his love for fashion, as strong as the leather-and-chain combo attached to a vintage quilted lambskin Chanel bag (okay, I may have taken the analogy one step too far). This is evident, not only in the hottest hits compilation he released in partnership with Vogue, Les Musiques Que J’aime, but also in the certain “je ne sais quoi” he brought to his professional and personal relationships with celebrities who happen to be both musically and fashionably inclined. It’s present in the clothing he designed for Rihanna and Lady Gaga or the Jean-Roch music video he starred in with Snoop Dogg. In fact, Lagerfeld put his magic touch on many genres, from shooting an exclusive single cover for Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out,” to directing the pontificator of happiness, Pharrell Williams, in a promo video for Chanel.It’s no surprise then that when news of his passing was released from the Parisian fashion house that pop stars whose closets and artistry have benefited from the impact of Lagerfeld’s stylistic visions clamored to social media to pay tribute to the imaginative, forward-thinking purveyor of timeless aesthetics.Pop’s cupcake princess, Katy Perry, paid homage to his witty sense of humor and gorgeous heart of gold. Facebook Disco diva Cher, tweeted about his wicked little sense of humor: J Balvin shared a photo of himself with Karl and Pharrell making prayer hands with the caption “Descansa en paz leyenda Karl Lagerfeld: which translates to “Rest in Peace, Legend.” Miley Cyrus paid tribute while reminding us to “do what pioneers like Karl would want us to do.”center_img Ciara, whose goodies I bet you want, thanked him for photographing her first high fashion shoot. Kylie Minogue reflected on how she couldn’t get Lagerfeld’s ability to be unique, masterful, funny, generous out of her head. The ethereal human leader of the machines, Florence Welch, thanked him for everything. Sheezus herself, Lily Allen, shared her gratitude and wrote that Karl, and Chanel, had made her feel like a princess. The much debated, never recreated, Courtney Love, talked about how weird the world would be without Karl. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & More Honor Fashion Visionary Karl Lagerfeld Twitter News Music’s emblematic and transformative connection to fashion will always be clear (some would say as clear as the mother of pearl embellishing the sides of your oversized black early 2000s Chanel sunglasses, and I swear this is my last analogy…), and thanks to the direction and impact of designers like Lagerfeld, it always will be.Ozuna, J Balvin & More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee At Premio Lo NuestroRead morelast_img read more

President Hamid for stern actions against hajj management irregularities

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid addresses a dinner event hosted for Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban on Saturday. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid on Saturday said negligence, irregularities and corruption in hajj management must be dealt with an iron hand, reports UNB. “Over 95 per cent hajj pilgrims travel to Saudi Arabia through hajj agencies. Past experiences show that many agencies don’t live up to their promises of providing pilgrims with various facilities once they reach Makkah-Medina. As a result, the pilgrims have to face untold sufferings,” he said. The President was addressing a dinner event hosted for Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban in the evening. Abdul Hamid said when hajj pilgrims face any problem in Saudi Arabia, the government has to intervene in the issue. “Such activities tarnish the country’s image. Such fraudulence with the pilgrims is not expected.” He, however, acknowledged huge contributions of private agencies to the hajj management. Mentioning that the hajj management has so far completed smoothly this year, the president expressed the hope that other hajj activities will be done well, too and urged all concerned to remain aware in this regard. Pointing to the Hajj Ulema-Mashayekh team, he said, “Your inclusion in the hajj mission for the first time is undoubtedly a very important matter. It proves that the present government believes in upholding proper respect and dignity of Islam and the scholars.” Abdul Hamid expressed the hope that hajj pilgrims will be able to perform hajj smoothly with their advice and guidance. “Besides, your experience of performing hajj will have a positive role in the hajj management in the future,” he said. About pilgrims’ immigration, he said they had to wait in Jeddah for long to complete their immigration procedure. “But from now on, Bangladeshi pilgrims are completing the immigration procedure at Dhaka airport instead of Jeddah which eased their sufferings.” Describing the pilgrims as goodwill ambassadors of Bangladesh, he urged them to be cautious about their language and behaviour so that others do not get any negative message about the country. State minister for religious affairs Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, state minister for civil aviation and tourism M Mahbub Ali, state minister for public administration Farhad Hossain and 10 Ulema also spoke on the occasion. Secretaries concerned to the president were also present during the programmme. This year, hajj flights started on 4 July and will continue till 5 August. A total of 127,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh.last_img read more

William O Lockridge Bellevue Neighborhood Library Let It Shine The American Civil

first_imgThe Children’s Program of the Essential Theatre in collaboration with the Bright Star Theatre Company will present, “Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement”, a show highlighting the important events and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. The show will be on Feb. 26 at 4 p. m. at the William O. Lockridge- BellevueNeighborhood Library, 115 Atlantic Street S.W. Admission is free, but seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information email,, or call 202-328-0569.last_img read more

Blight Rips at the Heart and Soul of the City

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comI spent some time over the weekend with one of my favorite people in the activist community, Nneka Nnamdi, founder of Fight Blight Bmore. Nnamdi is brilliant and tough as nails; she has invested her considerable prowess into the pervasive and soul killing issue of blight in our city, which overwhelmingly imperils Baltimore’s Black communities disproportionately.It’s no secret I’m a West Baltimore centric kind of guy; I believe Mondawmin is the heart of WB and Penn-North is the soul. Perhaps, it is ironic those two venerable Black communities were the flash points of the Uprising of April 2015. When you consider the storied histories of both (the righteous and the wretched), they are hallowed grounds. But, the heart and soul of West Baltimore, and East Baltimore are being methodically and thoroughly ripped out by blight. We can somewhat measure the impact of violence, murder and mayhem on our communities, although we can never know the full impact on our psyches and spirits. But, plausible metrics on the impact of blight on Baltimore have been elusive. That is something Nnamdi wants to change.“A blighted Baltimore is a bleeding Baltimore,” writes Nnamdi in her “Blight Blog” on Facebook. “Living with blight can be as traumatic as being shot with a bullet. When people hear blight they often think about the disease that affects potatoes and has caused famine. But, in this context blight refers to the condition of real property as vacant, abandoned, dilapidated, misused or underutilized properties,” she writes.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)To state the obvious, Baltimore blight is ubiquitous like summer humidity. Take the harrowing West Baltimore gauntlet of Fulton Ave., for example. Drive up Fulton from the passenger seat perspective, and attempt to take in the structural and spiritual pathology of those neighborhoods. I do it all the time and every time it literally takes my breath away.“The conditions of properties that would cause for a property (or neighborhood) to be called a blighted, slum, tenement and shanty are not new in America,” writes Nnamdi. “Even in Baltimore there has been a long history of slum clearance. The demolitions department as we know it today started with demolition laws put in place in the late 1800s…Due to resident flight from American cities like Baltimore fueled in part by racism, beginning in the 1960s, to surrounding counties, neighborhoods lost population as well as businesses, community institutions  and places of employment,” she writes highlighting a slice of blights sordid history in Baltimore. “These factors in concert with the post-industrial economic downturn of the 1970s and the epidemic abuse of illicit drugs in the 1980s, resulted in numerous abandoned, improperly used, unkempt and/or underutilized properties commonly referred to as blight,” she added.And of course, the negative economic impact of blight on already impoverished communities is devastating, making escape from that poverty an implausible prospect for most.“People living in neighborhoods with blight are not only losing access to home equity, community history and public sector improvements, the are also being exposed to community based trauma resulting in long term stress from fear of unsafe property implosion, toxic exposure, and crime,” Nnamdi writes.“It is estimated that…more than 30 million housing units in the United States have significant physical or health hazards, such as dilapidated structures, poor heating, damaged plumbing, gas leaks, or lead. Using these numbers, the economic impact of blight just in terms of lost home equity is in the billions of dollars,” she writes.In blighted communities hope is scarce and solutions maybe even more so. But, Nnamdi and her allies continue the work.“Any solution applied going forward should be devised with the intent of breaking the cycle of blight that has plagued communities of color and/or poor people,” she writes. “Solutions ought to be developed in a manner that are inclusive, equitable, non-speculative or predatory. These principles are most often present in solutions that are developed organically and close to the problem.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of “Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.”last_img read more