Last flight for Air New Zealand’s Boeing 767s

first_imgAir New Zealand is marking the end of an era spanning more than three decades as it operates its last Boeing 767 service on Friday.The Boeing 767-300ER operating flight NZ108  is due to fly out of Sydney at 6.35 pm local time and land in Auckland just before midnight New Zealand time.The kiwi carrier has been operating the widebody Boeing twin-engine jet since September, 1985 and this week retires its two remaining 767 to make way for the fuel-efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as part of a fleet simplification program.That plan will see sees the airline operate a simplified fleet of Airbus A320s, Boeing 777s and the 787-9s.  AIrNZ has 13 Dreamliners on order with two more due to arrive later this year as part of a delivery schedule running until late 2018.The two 767s have been sold and to be converted to freighters.Air NZ operated both the -300 and -200 variants of the 767 and used the aircraft on most of its long-haul routes as well as across the Tasman.“The Boeing 767 aircraft has been a stalwart at Air New Zealand for more than 30 years now but moving to operate the modern 787-9 Dreamliners on our long-haul routes will allow us to be more efficient and have a consistent wide-body fleet which will deliver benefits to both the business and customers,’’ Air NZ chief operations integrity and standards officer David Morgan said. “The use of the larger Dreamliners will result in a capacity increase of around three percent on the trans-Tasman and Pacific Island routes.  Customers also get to experience our Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins on the 787-9 aircraft.” The popular 767 was Boeing first twin-engine jet, the manufacturer’s first with a two-crew glass cockpit and sported a “super critical” wing design. It was introduced into commercial service by AirNZ partner United Airlines in 1982.Initially used on US domestic services, it achieved a milestone in 1985 when it received regulatory approval for extended overseas flights and later came to dominate trans-Atlantic services.Not counting military variants, Boeing produced  six members of the 767 family: The 767-200, -200ER, 767-300 stretched version, -300ER, -300 Freighter, and 767-400ER with its 5,600-nautical mile range overwater.last_img read more

White House Takes Small Step To Patent Reform By Vetoing iPhone Ban

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Patents#Samsung dan rowinskicenter_img The White House has decided that it wants to have a say in the in the ongoing patent wars that have waged between smartphone manufacturers over the past several years. This weekend, the Obama administration vetoed a ruling from the International Trade Commission that called for an import ban on older Apple mobile products, including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G after the ITC found those products infringed on a patent from Samsung. The ITC veto is the first of its kind in nearly 25 years, The Wall Street Journal reports. Samsung had won the ruling to ban long-tail Apple products from the ITC in June based on patents surrounding cellular connectivity and wireless standards.U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman of the Obama administration explained that the White House is vetoing the ITC’s ruling based on the fact that Samsung’s patents are what are known as “standard essential patents.” These standard patents usually concern technologies that are pivotal for every device to perform basic operations, such as using cellular connectivity.In January this year, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a new policy on standard essential patents stating that those type of patents need to be licensed by their holders on “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms and as such should not be used in cases of patent litigation between two companies. The January policy stemmed from a ruling by the Federal Trade Commission on a Google antitrust case and the use of the patents it acquired when it bought Motorola in August 2011.Froman explained the veto in a letter to Irving A. Williamson, chairman of the ITC:The Policy Statement expresses substantial concerns, which I strongly share, about the potential harms that can result from owners of standards-essential patents (“SEPs”) who have made a voluntary commitment to offer license SEPs on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (“FRAND”), gaining undue leverage and engaging in “patent hold-up”, i.e., asserting the patent to exclude an implementer of the standard from a market to obtain a higher price for use of the patent than would have been possible before the standard was set, when alternative technologies could have been chosen.The Effect On Patent LawsuitsAccording to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung was disappointed in the ruling, feeling that it has tried to license these patents to Apple in the correct legal manner and that Apple has been unwilling to accept the license. For its part, Apple lauded the Obama administration for “standing up for innovation” and that Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system.The belief among many essential patent holders is that the administration’s decision was a bad one, upsetting a status quo that has developed over decades in how essential patents are licensed. The ITC injunction against the importation of Apple products that had not licensed the patent in question from Samsung was a bit of a surprise given that usually standard essential patents lawsuits do not end up in import bans and the parties are usually forced into a FRAND licensing agreement. On the other hand, many people will ask that if the situations had been reversed and it was Apple that had an import ban on Samsung based on essential patents, would the White House would have vetoed the ITC ruling? Apple is a darling in the U.S. tech industry and a favorite among many government officials. Was the White House playing favorites for one of the country’s biggest tech companies?The ITC obviously won’t like the veto, just on the basis that the White House undercut its decision making in a fairly important case. Froman was careful in his letter to Williamson to say that the veto was, “not an endorsement or a criticism of the Commission’s decision or analysis.” He said that Samsung may still pursue its case through the court system.The ITC has become a central figure in patent battles in the U.S., as companies go to the agency to get quick results on patent fights rather than duking it out in Federal courts in cases that can often take months or years before going to trial. If the ITC has its authority diminished by the threat of presidential veto, companies with patent issues may choose to keep their battles in the courts, spending more time and effort on legal maneuverings. Consumers may get something good out of this, though: they will likely see less bans on smartphones and tablets including both new models and long-tail units, such as the older iPhones and iPads at issue in this case.The iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are both still available to consumers in the U.S. but perhaps not for long. Apple traditionally sunsets discounted older products when it comes out with newer models. The new iPhone is expected to be announced by Apple near the end of September while newer iPads are expected by the end of the year. So, while the effect to consumers in the short term from this ruling is likely minimal, the overall precedent set by the White House in this case could have effects on future patent battles between tech giants. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

An Open Letter from TFA CEO; NRL-TFA Strategic Alliance

first_imgTuesday, August 20, 2013On behalf of Touch Football Australia (TFA) please refer to the below/attached Open Letter to TFA Members by Colm Maguire, CEO TFA,  in relation to the recently announced strategic alliance between NRL and TFA.Related News:An Historic Day for Touch FootballTFA – NRL Partnership – CEO Member Letter An Open Letter from TFA CEO; NRL-TFA Strategic Alliancelast_img

a month agoAndrei Pyatov warns Man City: Shakhtar Donetsk always play to win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andrei Pyatov warns Man City: Shakhtar Donetsk always play to winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveShakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Andrei Pyatov insists they’re capable of beating Champions League opponents Manchester City.Shakhtar host the English champions tonight.Pyatov said, “I am not a soothsayer, but I know that Shakhtar always plays for victory. “Therefore, obviously, we will go for the maximum result. But we understand with whom we will play. “Tomorrow we will see everything: which of the two will do better and who will deserve the victory.” last_img

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Ole’s 3-point vision we share

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward: Ole’s 3-point vision we shareby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the board are fully behind manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Woodward has given his full backing to Solskjaer, despite the dismal run the Norwegian has endured since getting the job full-time.“Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have,” said Woodward.“We must win trophies, we must play attacking football and we must give youth its chance.“Last season we were the Premier League’s leading club in terms of the most match minutes given to our own Academy graduates.“We should all be proud that the significant investments we have made in our Academy – spanning recruitment, facilities and analytics – are now bearing fruit.“There’s a lot more we need to do in that but that’s coming in the next few years.“We know this is a strong competitive advantage for us and an area that we’ll continue to focus on and invest in. But this remains the heart of the club.“The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be.“We saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.“Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years.“He’s building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates. No-one is bigger than the club.” last_img read more

Saganash rode orange wave to victory

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe NDP’s Romeo Saganash easily took his northern Quebec riding despite facing accusations early on his Cree background would prove a liability with local voters.Saganash received double the number of votes compared to his nearest rival.The results probably surprised Bloc Quebecois candidate Yvon Levesque who claimed the region would never elect and Aboriginal person.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was there during Quebec’s night of surprises.last_img

Toronto and US stock markets down for the week despite strong jobs

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index and U.S. markets ended down for the week despite strong jobs reports on both sides of the border on mounting concerns that a run of good corporate earnings may end.The fast pace of the rise in U.S. government bond yields is pressuring the most expensive stocks signalling that prices matter once again, says Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“While we are seeing ongoing healthy macroeconomic indicators, there’s pressure on the stocks because of lofty valuations, coupled with potentially weaker than expected margin profiles,” he said in an interview.The jobs reports issued Friday showed good topline numbers. Canada’s job market gained 63,000 positions in September, pushing the unemployment rate lower to 5.9 per cent. And the U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 per cent, the lowest since 1969.Yet investors are troubled by rising U.S. wages that could spark inflationary pressure.Average hourly pay in September rose 2.8 per cent from a year earlier. And Amazon this week raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour.That “will put pressure on all retailers to push up their wages to remain competitive. So all of this is inflationary which is driving the higher long-term yields,” Yie added.He expects equity markets could remain volatile if wages continue to rise and the Federal Reserve remains hawkish.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 60.50 points to 15,946.17, after hitting a low of 15,895.50 on 208.2 million shares traded.All but three subindexes traded lower, led by energy, base metals and information technology. Canadian energy stocks haven’t been helped by the run-up in the price of oil because of the ongoing pipeline construction problems that is contributing to a wider-than-usual discount being paid for Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.Health care, industrials and utilities closed higher.Canada’s two large railways primarily drove the industrials sector, in part, because they are more insulated to wage pressures, said Yie.“Companies like that are able to pass through a lot of commodity price increases as well as operating cost increases and these are the business that we like, those that are able to pass through so ones that have pricing power.”In New York, the decline was steeper. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 180.43 points to 26,447.05. The S&P 500 index was down 16.04 points to 2,885.57, while the Nasdaq composite was off 91.06 points at 7,788.45.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.30 cents US, down from an average of 77.52 cents US on Thursday but up five cents on the week.The November crude contract was up one cent at US$74.34 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 2.2 cents at US$3.14 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $4 at US$1,205.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.45 cents at US$2.76 a pound.last_img read more

Athenahealth fetches 57 billion cash buyout offer

first_imgAthenahealth shares soared Monday after the struggling medical billing software maker received a $5.7 billion cash buyout offer.Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital plan to give athenahealth shareholders $135 per share in a deal that will take the company private. That represents a roughly 12 per cent premium over the closing price of athenahealth shares on Friday.But the latest deal is smaller than a $6.5 billion bid that prominent investor Elliott Management Corp. made in May.Elliott Management made its offer for $160 per share in cash after saying it had grown frustrated with athenahealth’s struggles, which included missed guidance targets and churning through five chief financial officers in the last four years.A month after Elliott made its offer, co-founder and CEO Jonathan Bush said he was stepping down.Athenahealth said Monday that Elliott Management supported the latest deal offer. Evergreen Coast Capital is an Elliott affiliate that invests in technology.Athenahealth, based in Watertown, Massachusetts, makes medical record, revenue cycle and care co-ordination products and delivers most of it through the cloud. On Friday, it reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations, but its revenue fell short of the average forecast on Wall Street.The latest athenahelath bid offers “a decent valuation for what has increasingly appeared to be a struggling business,” Leerink analyst David Larsen said in a research note.“We believe that following the long and tumultuous sales process it is unlikely another bidder will emerge,” he wrote.Evergreen and Veritas plan to pair athenahealth with Virence Health, which Veritas bought earlier this year. The combination will operate under the athenahealth brand and stay headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. Virence Chairman and CEO Bob Segert will lead it.Athenahealth’s board of directors unanimously approved the deal, which the company expects to close in the first quarter. Shareholders still have to vote on it.Athenahealth stock jumped about 9.5 per cent, to $131.73 while broader indexes slipped Monday morning.last_img read more

MUTTON TAKA TAK SLOOPY BAO

first_imgIngredients For Mutton Taka Tak Mutton (boneless) 150 gm Yellow Pepper 30 gm Red Pepper30 gm Green Capsicum 30 gm Garlic 6 gm Ginger 5 gm Green Chilli 8 gm Meat Masala 10 gm Degi Mirch10 gm Coriander Powder8 gm Garam Masala 8 gm Chat Masala 7 gm Lemon Juice 10 ml Salt 7 gm Coriander Leaves 5 gm Onion 25 gm Tomato Puree 50 gm Peri Peri Powder 3 gm For Bao Lotus Flour 13 gm Fresh Yeast 3 gm Vinegar 10 ml Baking Powder 2 gm Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASugar 15 gm Milk 40 ml Preparation For Mutton Taka Tak Heat oil in a pan and saute ginger and garlic till golden brown. Add onion and green chilli to it and again saute it. Once onions become translucent, add bell pepper to it. Now, add mutton and saute it nicely. Sprinkle all spices over it and mix it nicely. Add cooked tomato puree to it and let it cook for a while. Top it with chat masala, lemon juice and coriander leaf. For Bao Sieve the flour, mix all then ingredients and make a soft dough. Keep it aside for 1 hour at room temperature. Then make round shape (35 gm each) and steam it. Garnish it with peri peri powder. (Courtesy: Chef Ramesh Rana, Decode Air Bar)last_img read more

Hazare hails news of former SC judge Ghose being tipped for Lokpal

first_imgMumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare Sunday welcomed the news that former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was being considered for appointment as the chief of country’s first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman. Justice Ghose, who retired from the Supreme Court in May 2017, is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Speaking to reporters, Hazare said, “I welcome the decision of appointing the country’s first Lokpal. The people’s movement for it, going on for 48 years now, has finally won.” Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Hazare has led several agitations and hunger protests demanding the appointment of Lokpal at the national level and Lokayukta in states. He had sat on a hunger strike in February-March in his native Ralegansidhi in Ahmednagar district over the non-appointment of Lokpal. The Lokpal Act, which envisages establishment of anti-graft body Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013.last_img read more