Dubai-based Emirates has reduced its passenger fleet to two aircraft types after the retirement of its last Airbus A340 and A330 planes from active service.The move makes the Gulf juggernaut the world’s only airline to fly just Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.Airlines try to minimise the number of aircraft types they operate to reduce costs in areas such as maintenance and spare parts as well as to try and standardise the passenger experience.Having a big fleet of any aircraft also gives a carrier additional clout with the manufacturer in terms of pricing negotiations and determining aircraft features.With 85 A380s and 160 B777s, Emirates is the biggest operator of both aircraft types.The just retired A330, A6-EAK, was the last of a fleet of 29 and had travelled almost 45 million kilometres — the equivalent of 60 return journeys to the moon — since it joined the fleet in 2002.The last serving four-engine A340, A6-ERN, had joined the fleet in 2004 and was one a fleet of five.“The average age of the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft phased out from the fleet is 16.5 years —- a figure which is well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years,’’ the airline said in a statement. “In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a higher level of comfort and safety.’’Emirates says the retirement of the older aircraft will be balanced by younger, more modern aircraft entering the fleet and its average aircraft age will remain one of the industry’s youngest at 5.2 years.The 85th A380, the first of a new generation of a the superjumbos, and the airline’s 125th Boeing 777-300ER were delivered in the past two weeks and are among 36 new aircraft — 20 380sw and 16 777s — to be delivered to Emirates this calendar year.The order includes Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with upgraded business class seats and other features including a lower fuel burn ratio to come to be delivered from November.The airline has 234 aircraft worth over $US 112 billion on its order book, including 150 new Boeing 777X aircraft to be delivered from 2020. The new fuel -efficient 777s will sport composite wings and feature larger windows, higher ceiling, and a wider cabin.
Nedbank Dream Catchers – riders who raised more than R15 000 in 2012 – from left to right: Bastiaan Smit, finance executive at Nedbank Retail; Veronique Breugelmans, a Reach For A Dream volunteer; Bronwyn du Preez, Business IT Strategist at Nedbank Retail; and, Louise Davies, from Nedbank Wealth.(Image: Nedbank Dream Riders)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nkosinathi MsizaNedbank: Communications+27 11 295 3560Ray MaotaOver 200 youngsters will benefit after a team of passionate and dedicated cyclists raised over R1-million for the Reach for a Dream Foundation, which helps youngsters with life-threatening ailments fulfil their life dreams. A growing teamA team of 488 cyclists took part in the 2012 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg and collectively raised R1 050-million (US$118 801) for various projects. Dream Riders began in 2007 when eight employees at Nedbank, one of South Africa’s big four banks, collected sponsorships from friends and family for every kilometre of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge they completed.By joining the team, each cyclist commits to raising at least R1 200 ($135) in sponsorships and donations, while riders can ride either the 40km, mountain bike or road race as a Dream Rider. The annual 94.7 Cycle Challenge is the world’s second-largest timed cycle race, after the Cape Argus Cycle Race, which takes place each year in Cape Town.Between 20 000 and 30 000 riders complete the challenging 94.7km course every year. The event’s main sponsors are radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Momentum, the life insurance company. Volunteering to helpKone Gugushe, the divisional executive of corporate social responsibility at Nedbank, explains: “We encourage our employees and clients to volunteer in support of our corporate service initiatives objectives to develop and grow volunteerism in the workplace as a logical extension of our vision-led, values-driven ethos, as well as our deep green aspiration of being highly involved in the community and environment.”Nedbank’s staff members are encouraged to play their part in uplifting and empowering communities through volunteering for such initiatives. Some of those for which they volunteer are: the Local Hero Programme, which encourages and honours individuals who participate in volunteer work by supporting their projects financially; and the Team Challenge Programme, a 10-month staff volunteerism programme in which staff form teams that support various non-profit organisations. Reaching for the dreamGugushe said: “Reach for a Dream gives hope and fulfils dreams of over 200 children with life-threatening ailments in our society and we believe that this contribution will enable them to help more children … Additionally, through such initiatives, we are able to extend our reach and make a meaningful difference where we might not have been able to reach ourselves.”Bronwyn Feldwick-Davis, Reach for a Dream’s projects and marketing manager, said it was a landmark year for the foundation as the number of riders doubled, and together they raised R1-million ($113 147).“This makes the Dream Riders one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and enables us to distribute the funds to all of our seven branches. Nedbank once again sponsored all the costs for the team, for which we are so grateful,” she said. “This allows all the money raised by the cyclists to go directly to dreams and projects and not expenses.” How the money helpsReach for a Dream helps youngsters aged from three to 18. According to Dream Riders, to fulfil a dream for a child who has a life-threatening illness, on average costs R3 500. The diseases that the youngsters who benefit from this project have include cystic fibrosis, HIV/Aids, renal failure, type 1 diabetes, and leukaemia.They have varying wishes, among them going scuba diving, going shopping, going to the airport, going on a steam train ride, meeting the president, and going on a submarine ride.Reach for a Dream says that for children with life-threatening illnesses, the magic of childhood may be lost in the emotional, physical and financial strain of dealing with their disease. The foundation tries to alleviate some of this strain, which often affects the whole family, by creating a different environment for the child – one that is not focused on her or his illness.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many in agriculture were disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a lower court ruling allowing the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.While this action relates to the EPA’s “blueprint” for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it has national implications related to the power and reach of the federal government under the Clean Water Act.“The EPA has consistently pushed the legal limits of the Clean Water Act, with the Chesapeake Bay blueprint and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule being two of the most recent examples,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association president , who farms on the Chesapeake Bay watershed in southern Maryland. “When Congress passed the Clean Water Act, their intention was to create balanced, practical policies to protect America’s water resources with a clear division of power between states and the federal government. In both of these cases, the EPA’s actions represent an unlawful expansion of their authority. That’s why we joined this petition on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and we are party to a lawsuit challenging the WOTUS rule.“We support the goals of the Clean Water Act, and we remain committed to working with the EPA and other stakeholders to protect our water resources.”
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Caroline FlackInstagramLove Island’s Caroline Flack seems to be enjoying her single life to the fullest. Prince Harry’s ex was spotted leaving Babington house after spending two nights there with 31- year- old rugby bad boy, Danny Cipriani.Before leaving the house, Danny could be spotted bidding a goodbye kiss to Caroline. The couple apparently were spending a romantic getaway for two days and things were pretty spicy between the two. This recent outing comes after Danny spent weeks wooing her via texts. “Danny is infatuated,” a source told to The Sun.The couple booked the Babington house, Somerset, where apparently Caroline is a regular. Other people who were there at the same spot too, could not help but notice how intimate the couple was getting in public, “Danny couldn’t keep his hands off her. He’s obviously very into her, and to be fair they make a great- looking couple,” the source further added. Another source told the Sun that Danny definitely has a thing for her. “It’s nothing too serious at this stage, but they had a great couple of days,” the source clarified. Both have been single for quite some time and both have been seeing other people in the past few days a lot.While, Caroline was spotted with his personal trainer, Bradley Simmonds earlier this year and with Strictly pro AJ Pritchard at the National Television Awards in January. Caroline’s last serious relationship was when she was engaged to Andrew Brady but, the couple separated last year. She has also dated Prince Harry for a brief period in 2009.Even Danny has a string of famous exes including Kelly Brook, Katie Price, actress Lindsay Lohan and TV sports host Kirsty Gallacher. He is involved in a drunk and brawl case and cheating accusations. The couple got intimate quickly and keeping his reputation of being a lothario, Carolyn and Danny were quickly over each other. “If anything it looked as though she was calling the shots and he was a bit infatuated. But they were around for a few days so things are obviously going pretty well,” the source added.The pair stayed at the same room where Carolyn always stays, they even enjoyed a Cuban- themed evening at the venue. Before leaving the spot, Danny was spotted leaning in through the driver’s window and kiss Caroline.
In the opening encounter of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, hosts England managed to put up a score of 311/8 after South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. In an innings where the advantage fluctuated at different times between the two sides, the hosts relied on four half-centuries to post a highly-competitive total.The innings started on a strange note with South Africa choosing to open the bowling with Imran Tahir instead of their pacers Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada. But the move worked beautifully as the leggie dismissed Jonny Bairstow on the second ball of the innings for a duck. However, Joe Root and Jason Roy got over the early shock and started scoring freely. They took England’s score to beyond hundred but after getting to their respective fifties, both men were dismissed in a short space of time.Then the partnership of Eoin Morgan, the skipper, and Ben Stokes started rebuilding the innings. Batting with caution but also a bit of positivity, the two built up a key partnership of 106 runs before Morgan held out in the deep while attempting a big shot against Tahir.Stokes though, held the fort and kept pushing England forward. His innings of 89 proved to be an anchor around which the English lower order batted and pushed the total beyond 300.For South Africa, both their leading pacers staged a good recovery to restrict the vaunted English batting line-up while Tahir’s two key wickets were also very important. With the conditions not looking bad for batting, any side can win this contest.
Obaidul Quader file photoRuling Awami League secretary general Obaidul Quader has requested party leaders to refrain from making irresponsible comments that may embarrass the government, reports UNB.Addressing a meeting organised by Shecchasebok League at the Bangabandhu Museum in Dhanmandi, he urged the party leaders not to deliver irresponsible statements that can cross limits and embarrass the government.Suggesting party insiders to conquer the hearts of the people to get nomination for the impending national election, Quader warned their men of not depending on merely framing their photos along with Bangabandhu and Sheikh Hasina for getting the nominations.”Those who are busy doing their publicity using the name of Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina have no political commitment,” he said.
Kamal Hossain. Photo: The Indian ExpressJatiya Oikya Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain in an interview with The Indian Express said that he has been working to restore the rule of law and democracy in Bangladesh.When asked if he is the principal challenger, “I am no challenger. I am just an 80-year-old man… I am just working to restore the rule of law, democracy in the country,” he told the Indian daily newspaper.Sitting at his third-floor lawyer’s chamber in Dhaka’s Motijheel area, Kamal said, “I am waiting for the election day. The election day is a liberation day. It will be second liberation day if it’s free and fair election,” he added.Just minutes earlier, four days before the country goes to polls, a couple of senior policemen came to his chamber, to express concern over his security.“Police officials told me that they were concerned about my security. They will provide security at my chamber and house if necessary,” Kamal said.But, this octogenarian is not giving up his fight.That’s what he has done for over five decades of his life — from being a lawyer to Hasina’s father Mujibur Rahman in 1968 to being the opposition alliance leader, challenging Hasina’s 10-year rule in the upcoming elections.As a 31-year-old, he defended Mujibur Rahman in the Agartala conspiracy case in 1968 against the then Pakistan government.After Bangladesh was liberated in 1971, he was the first law minister of the country and headed the constitution drafting committee, and is regarded as the architect of Bangladesh’s constitution in 1972.He also served as the country’s foreign minister, when he held parleys with Sardar Swaran Singh and was key to Bangladesh joining the UN in 1974.“I was just practising law when BNP’s (Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s) secretary general Fakhrul Islam came to meet me a few months ago and asked me to lead the front. I was aware of what was happening throughout the country, so I agreed,” he said calmly, talking about his becoming the leader of the opposition alliance. He was referring to the crackdown against civil society activists and journalists, as well as the opposition, in the last few months.The BNP, whose leader Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February this year over corruption charges, has stitched up a rainbow coalition, with Kamal at the helm of affairs. Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman also faces life imprisonment. He has been living in London for a decade.But, over the hour-long conversation with The Indian Express, Kamal also expressed his discomfort towards the BNP’s track record with India as well its decision to field 22 members of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.“I am sorry to say that fielding ex-Jamaat people is stupid. I had given it in writing that there will be no support to Jamaat, no bringing in religion, fundamentalism, extremism, and so on,” he said, with a sense of frustration at realpolitik.“Had I known (that Jamaat leaders will be given BNP tickets), I would not have been part of it, but I will not stay a single day if these people have any role in the future government,” he told The Indian Express on Wednesday.On BNP’s poor track record with India, he said, “BNP has told India that we have been wrong. When Khaleda Zia went to India, she told them. It was part of their rehabilitation process, she began to correct (the position).”On politics in Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia, he says, “Why should we have dynasties ruling our part of the world? Look at Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka.”The BNP is also helmed by the Zia family.Kamal, who is the only still-active member of the Mujibur Rahman cabinet, recalled of his equation with India: “I had a great equation with Indira Gandhi and her foreign minister Swaran Singh. We discussed the knotty issue of land boundary with so much ease.”He recalled the “joy of building a nation” after the 1971 liberation war, the development of Bangladesh from a province to a country, saying, “The foreign ministry was in two rooms in InterContinental hotel, and the law ministry did not have enough books, so we had to bring our own personal collection to consult law books.”He said they improvised, and it was an “exciting time”. But, he said that independence meant that the government belonged to the people, according to Article 7 of the Bangladesh constitution, which he proudly drafted, along with others.“Right now, democracy is compromised, and democracy is critically important. Independence is meaningful when there are free and fair elections,” he said.Wearing a black suit and surrounded by his books on law, he said, “Our people have to recover the ownership of the country. So, this election is about recovering the state from the usurper.”On his alliance with the BNP, he said, “Such unity of forces has happened earlier as well. For Bangladeshis, the appeal to unity has had resonance. That the country belongs not to a particular party or a family.”On what his role would be if the opposition came to power and whether he would become prime minister or not, he said, “I don’t say yes or no… but I am committed to participate in the democratic processes, with no designation, no salary.”He said he seeks to end “narrow partisanship of police and administration”, adding, “there is beautiful Bangla word for it, doliyokoron.”“Look at the police, what are they doing? Policemen have become doliyo lathiyas (party’s soldiers)…”During all five decades of his career, he said, he has not seen as many arrests as he has this time.“A total dictator,” he said, without naming Hasina even once during the hour-long conversation.“We need real cooperation with India. India’s enlightened self interest should look at our own interest,” he said, as he indicated that India has been leaning towards Hasina’s Awami League.He also had a word of advice for future governments in Dhaka and Delhi on cooperation, including on transit rights and access to ports.“Some of this should be done in a more transparent manner, (things like) who negotiated and what is negotiated… The legitimacy is in question, but any reasonable Bangladeshi will accept them. But there is a feeling that India niye nilo (India has taken something).”Someone who loves poetry and reading fiction, including Indian Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, Hossain is also friends with former president Pranab Mukherjee and former NSA Shiv Shankar Menon. “But, I have not had any discussions with them for a year now. Maybe after the elections, I should go and discuss things,” he ended.
The cost for gas continues to fall in Houston, following the rise in prices after Harvey.For the fourth consecutive week, the average price for a gallon of gas has dropped.At two-dollars and 27-cents, it’s six-cents less than a week ago.Daniel Armbruster of Triple-a-Texas says Houston is just about keeping up with the national average drop in gas prices.The price of gas is still about 30-cents higher than it was, at this time last year. Share
Darjeeling: An international film festival is being planned in the hills and foothills of North Bengal, with the primary objective of promoting the region as an important shooting location.”We are planning an international film festival in Darjeeling and Siliguri. I have already held meetings with the Film Federation of India in this regard. They will be organising it and we will provide the necessary logistics,” said Goutam Deb, state Tourism minister. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe film festival will be held from August 21 to 25. “Our main aim is to invite major productions houses from all over the country and showcase the area, mainly the hills and the foothills, as a shooting location. The region will reap the benefit of this,” the minister said. It may be recalled that Darjeeling has been an important shooting destination since ages and several blockbusters have been shot in the Hills. Of late, the Terai and Dooars region has also started attracting filmmakers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Last year, there was a South Indian film shot with Rajinikanth in the lead. Director Goutam Ghosh is scheduled to shoot his next project in Kalimpong from next week” stated Deb. The minister said that along with actors from Bollywood, directors of acclaim and big production houses will be taking part in the festival as well. Two screens of a multiplex in Siliguri, along with the Dinabandhu Mancha will be used to screen the films. “A two-day closing ceremony will be held in Darjeeling. It will either be held at the multiplex or at Chowrasta” added the minister. The Dinabandhu Mancha is getting a technical upgrade to make it suitable for the festival. He stated that along with the focus on this region as a shooting destination, people of the region will also get to enjoy the true flavor of an international film festival. “I will be meeting the Chief Minister and will be apprising her of the plans for the festival,” added Deb.