Etihad Airways finds investments in Alitalia Air Berlin Jet Airways not paying

first_imgAn Etihad Airways plane is seen at Minsk international airport near the village of Slabada, Belarus, May 19, 2016Reuters fileEtihad Airways has been on an investment spree in the past five years to embark on a journey of high growth but that has apparently not paid off. Two of its investments — Alitalia and Air Berlin — are in trouble, raising questions on its $4 billion splurge.”Etihad was seeking the equivalent of five years of organic growth overnight, but shortcuts in aviation rarely work. Mostly you’re buying into bad debt, bad mistakes—and skeletons in the cupboard,” news agency Bloomberg quoted aviation analyst Mark Martin, who heads Dubai-based Martin Consultancy LLC.Read: Jet Airways-investor Etihad Airways could merge with Emirates: EconomistThe news agency said that the investments were in the form of shares, bonds and others. While the investment in Alitalia was $1billion (49 percent stake), the carrier had put in $2 billion in Air Berlin.The Italian carrier filed for bankruptcy early this month amid rising losses after its approximately 12,400-strong workforce rejected pay cuts as part of an effort to revive the ailing carrier. It operated about 120 planes and flew 22.6 million passengers last year. The 70-year-old flagship carrier had sought a bailout package in 2008 and again in 2014 when Etihad rescued the loss-making airline.Driving home the operational inefficiency of Alitalia, the New York Times reported that compared to the Italian carrier, Irish low-cost carrier RyanAir has a fleet of 300 aircraft that carry about 100 million passengers and employs 11,000 employees.  German carrier Air Berlin’s aircrafts are pictured at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, September 29, 2016.Reuters fileAir Berlin is facing a different kind of problem, facing a challenge from Germany’s low-cost rivals and full-service airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG.Etihad Airways had recently appointed Robin Kamark as chief executive officer, Airline Equity Partners to revisit the carrier’s investments in Air Berlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways , Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional and Virgin Australia, Reuters had reported on April 24.Etihad in IndiaEtihad picked up 24 percent stake in India’s Jet Airways, or 2.72 crore (27.2 million) shares at Rs 754 per share in April 2013. On Friday (May 19, 2017), the closing share price of Jet was Rs 519.20.The April 2013 deal was pegged at Rs 2,050 crore (~$379 million).Jet Airways (excluding Jet Lite) has a market share of about 15 percent in India’s domestic air traffic; low-cost carrier IndiGo is the largest, with a share of about 40 percent. There are 12 carriers in the country, including state-owned Air India. A Jet Airways passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 24, 2013.Reuters filelast_img read more

Houston Leads The Way In Innovative Cancer Procedures

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 3Dr. Jesse Selber is a plastic surgeon who specializes in cancer reconstruction at MD Anderson Cancer Center.Just last month, he performed a procedure that was the first of it’s kind. Using the tissue from a patient’s twin sister, he, along with a team of surgeons were able to perform a multi disciplinary surgery, where they removed a rare tumor and replaced it with a large piece of tissue.“The transplant itself was a 13 hour, two room endeavor where we started on Mary Jane, the sister, carried it across the the next room to Marian, who had the big hole in her back, and we started to connect the blood vessels,” he says.Selber says family members usually offer to donate their tissue, but aren’t well-matched.In this case, the sisters were both 100 percent genetically compatible and identical. Selber says this form of reconstructive surgery was the most extensive MD Anderson had ever done and is one of the largest tissue transplantation’s on record. It’s also one of the only cases performed on identical twins.Dr. Selber is not foreign to medical innovation. About two years ago, he help reconstruct a scalp and skull, while transplanting a kidney and pancreas at the same time on a single person.Selber says it’s not so much new technology being used making this possible, but a new way of thinking. 00:00 /01:15 Sharelast_img read more

Chicago and Los Angeles Could Get Google Fiber And Thats a Very

first_imgDecember 9, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img The second and third largest cities in the U.S. have the potential to score some serious startup swag: Google has just announced that it is considering bringing its ultra-fast Google Fiber Internet service to Los Angeles and Chicago.The deals are far from complete, and if approved, will take years to be up and running, but the wheels are in motion. Faster Internet would mean more opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups in both cities.“In Chicago, fiber Internet will help bolster a fast-growing startup scene by fueling incubators like 1871, venture capital funds like Chicago Ventures and hundreds of small businesses,” says Jill Szuchmacher, the director of Google Fiber Expansion, in a blog post announcing the news. “In L.A., faster Internet may mean that indie musicians and YouTube stars can spend less time worrying about bandwidth, and more time creating their next project.”  Related: Chicago: The New B2B BoomtownLos Angeles and Chicago are the biggest cities Google Fiber has considered so far. The first step in the process of determining feasibility for Google is to do a detailed analysis of the city’s existing infrastructure and land structure.Right now, only three cities have the Google Fiber Network: Provo, Utah; Kansas City, Mo.; and Austin, Texas. Another half dozen cities are in various process of installation, including Salt Lake City, Nashville and Atlanta.Google Fiber delivers Internet at 1,000 megabits per second, or 1 gigabit per second. That’s many multiples faster than the Internet in most U.S. cities, though not all. The city of Chattanooga, Tenn., is a — potentially surprising — leader in Internet connectivity speed in the U.S. The Southern city’s economy got a boost when the metro-area installed 1 gigabit Internet service, which it claimed that was 200 times faster than the national average. In October, Chattanooga upgraded the Internet broadband again and now it has service as fast as 10 gigabits per second available. The service has proven transformative for the once dilapidated, rundown and polluted city.Related: 3 Sizzling Stats to Consider About Silicon Beach 2 min readlast_img read more

March 22 2017ANDREAS KAPSALIS returns to Arcosant

first_imgMarch 22, 2017ANDREAS KAPSALIS returns to Arcosanti for a Solo Guitar Performance in the Arcosanti cafe on Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm. “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.” – Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer“Andreas is reinventing the art of guitar playing. He is the next level.” – Jim Tulio, Grammy Award winning producerConcert Ticket: $20 ($10 for students)
Buffet Lunch available at Cafe: $10For ticket purchase, please call 928.632.6217Andreas Kapsalis is a Greek American guitarist and composer born in the suburbs of Chicago. His first exposure to music was through his mother, Frances, a student of opera, and his father Peter, a violinist. Andreas began teaching himself guitar at the age of 11, reading and writing music as well as music theory. At the age of 18 he suffered a hand injury; during his recovery period, he began developing his 10 finger tapping techniques. Under the tutelage of composer and producer Jim Tullio, a student of Aaron Copland, he refined his compositional approach on the guitar using these techniques. Tullio produced Andreas’ first EP with Andreas’ arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s composition Blue Rondo a la Turk, which garnered attention from the composer himself, who said “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.”Andreas began performing nationally with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio and recorded two discs featuring his compositions. While performing in LA, he was invited to apply for the Sundance Composers Labs. He was awarded the fellowship, an honor awarded to only six composers a year. This was his initiation into film composing. At the end of the Sundance Composers Lab, Andreas was invited by the directors to complete a score for their documentary film “Black Gold” among the documentaries selected for the January premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Founder of the Sundance Institute and Festival, Robert Redford, noted this was the first time in Sundance Institute history that documentary fellows and a composer fellow had an “official selection” at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, he composed scores for several documentary and feature films such as “Pig Business” and “Mulberry Street” to name a few. He also has been commissioned by Northwestern University and Notre Dame to compose music for their silent film festivals as well. Following this, Andreas performed and recorded several discs with Polish singer/contra bassist Megitza and the AKGI duo. He has been performing internationally, solo and in various ensembles for festivals and concert series in North America, Europe and Asia, such as Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Guitar Festival in the Phillipines.In addition, concerts have taken place in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. 
Most recently Andreas was invited to Armenia to participate in “Sounds of Peace” a musical exchange featuring 60 artists from 10 different countries. Throughout his career he has also enjoyed teaching guitar for many years, first at the Kapsalis Music Shoppe, Elgin Community College, and Northwestern University Mini Courses. Being very much a self taught musician with a relatively unique playing technique and musical perspective, together with the variety of cultural experiences in the world of music, and as a traveler, Andreas continues to be inspired and eager to share the beauty of music and how it can enrich one’s life. Among his many projects, Andreas is composing and arranging pieces for a solo album.last_img read more

Researchers identify regulatory mechanism underlying obesity

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Obesity − as research in the past decade has shown − is first and foremost a brain disease. Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München, partners in the German Center for Diabetes Research, have now discovered a molecular switch that controls the function of satiety neurons and therefore body weight. The findings were published in the journal ‘Nature Metabolism’.The worldwide epidemic of obesity has reached record levels, and what was once a problem only of industrialized countries is now also affecting the developing world. Consequently, scientists are working with great commitment to identify the mechanisms underlying the disease in order to find new treatments. Researchers at the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) of Helmholtz Zentrum München have recently taken a further step in this direction.Related StoriesHarnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesityNovel program in England’s third largest city helps reduce childhood obesityUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyYin and yang of energy metabolism”Whether we’re hungry or feel full is largely determined in the brain – specifically in the hypothalamus,” explains IDO scientist Dr. Alexandre Fisette, together with Dr. Carmelo Quarta lead co-authors of the aforementioned paper. “Two groups of neurons in the hypothalamus control body weight and energy balance via various molecular messengers. Like yin and yang, they help strike a good balance.” While neurons known as Agrp increase appetite, their counterparts, Pomc neurons, produce a sensation of satiety. However, if the interplay between the two is disturbed, the result can be obesity or type 2 diabetes.”In our recent study we discovered that a transcription factor called Tbx3 plays a key role in this mechanism,” says Carmelo Quarta, describing the new findings. “Specifically, in the absence of Tbx3, the neurons responsible for producing a feeling of satiety are no longer able to synthesize the expected molecular messengers.” Applying a broad range of techniques, the scientists were then able to show that Tbx3 plays a pivotal role in maintaining energy and sugar metabolism.Lack of Tbx3 leads to an identity crisis”Both in a preclinical model and in fruit flies, the absence of Tbx3 leads to a kind of identity crisis of satiety neurons, resulting in obesity,” says Alexandre Fisette. The same signaling pathways also appear to be present in humans: “In preliminary experiments with human neurons, we were able to show that they are no longer able to carry out their function in the absence of Tbx3,” Carmelo Quarta adds.”Humans with genetic defects in the Tbx3 gene have long been reported to suffer from obesity,” explains study director Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Matthias H. Tschöp, CEO of Helmholtz Zentrum München and holder of the Chair for Metabolic Diseases at the Technical University of Munich “Our study explains for the first time the underlying mechanisms and once again focuses attention on the central role of the brain in regulating energy metabolism. We hope that Tbx3 may come into consideration one day as a target for drug therapies.” Source: read more

Sensor stickers transform the human body into a multitouch surface

Sensors now make it possible to capture touches on the body very precisely, even from multiple fingers. Researchers have successfully tested a new prototype sensor in four different applications. Provided by Saarland University “The human body offers a large surface that is easy to access, even without eye contact,” said Jürgen Steimle, a professor of computer science at Saarland University, explaining the researchers’ interest in this literal human-computer interface. The development was challenging because the such sensors could not measure touches precisely enough, nor could they capture them from multiple fingertips simultaneously. The prototype sensor, named Multi-Touch Skin, looks similar in structure to the touch displays that are well known from smartphones. Two stacked electrode layers, each arrayed in rows and columns, form a kind of coordinate system, at whose intersections electrical capacitance is constantly measured. Capacitance is reduced at the point where fingers touch the sensor, because the fingers conduct electricity and therefore allow the charge to drain away. These changes are captured at each point, and thus touches from multiple fingers can be detected. In order to find the optimal balance between conductivity, mechanical robustness and flexibility, the researchers evaluated different materials. Silver was chosen as the conductor, PVC plastic for the insulating material between the electrodes, and PET plastic for the substrate; the sensor could be printed using a household inkjet printer in less than a minute.”So that we could really use the sensors on all parts of the body, we had to free them from their rectangular shape. That was an important aspect,” explains Aditya Shekhar Nittala, who is doing his doctoral research in Jürgen Steimle’s group. The scientists therefore developed software for designers to create their own desired sensor shapes. In the program, the designer first draws the outer shape of the sensor, then outlines the area within this outer shape that is to be touch-sensitive. A special algorithm then calculates the layout that will optimally cover this defined area with touch-sensitive electrodes. Finally, the sensor is printed.The usefulness of this new freedom of form is demonstrated in one of the four test prototypes, each of which the scientists produced with their novel fabrication method. It was designed to fit a test participant’s right ear. The subject could swipe upward or downward in order to use it as a volume control. Swiping right or left changes the song being played, while touching with a flat finger stops the song.For the Saarbrücken scientists, Multi-Touch Skin is further proof that research into on-skin interfaces is worthwhile. In the future, they want to focus on providing even more advanced sensor design programs, and to develop sensors that capture multiple sensory modalities. Citation: Sensor stickers transform the human body into a multi-touch surface (2018, May 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Mobile on-body devices can be precisely and discreetly controlled using a tiny sensor 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. Saarbruecken computer scientists have developed novel skin sensors that allow mobile devices to be controlled from any point on the body. Credit: Saarland University Explore further read more

New app offers interactive experiences for Disney guests

first_img Citation: New app offers interactive experiences for Disney guests (2018, June 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further With the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studies, Walt Disney World is also offering guests a new mobile app called Play Disney Parks. The app debuts Saturday, the same day that Toy Story Land opens to the public.Entertainment options include interactive themed games, Disney trivia, digital achievements and music playlists.Scott Andress is vice president of Digital Guest Experience for Disney. He explains that the app is designed to give people an alternative to a “heads down” cellphone experience. The idea is to turn wait times for rides into engaging entertainment for families and friends. It is available for iOS and Android platforms. It is free to download and use.The app can be used at the four parks just outside Orlando and two at Disneyland Resort. Want to see Disneyland without going there? Try Street View © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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.last_img read more

Men Notice Messes As Much As Women Heres Why They Dont Clean

first_imgOn a typical day, men spend a third as much time cleaning as women. Does that make women beacons of cleanliness, while men are genetically unable to see the messiness in their midst? This myth is a common explanation for why men don’t do as much housework as women. Men walk into a room and apparently can’t see the dust bunnies gathering on the floor or the piles of laundry stacked up on the couch.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  It lets men off the hook for not doing their fair share of the household cleaning. But in a recent study we show that men aren’t dirt-blind — they can see mess just as well as women. They are simply less severely penalized for not keeping their spaces neat and tidy. Chore inequality Despite massive gains in education and employment, women still shoulder a larger share of the housework than men. Women today spend, on average, roughly an hour and 20 minutes per day cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. About a third of that is just spent cleaning. Men, on the other hand, spend about half an hour performing these duties — and only 10 minutes scrubbing and tidying. This household chore inequality is evident over time, across professions and even when women work longer hours and make more money. Even in Sweden, where government policies are strongly geared toward promoting gender equality, women do more housework. Swedish women do two times as much daily housework than men even though women are much more likely to work full-time than in other countries. Naturally, the more time spent on chores, the less a woman has to spend on other activities like sleep, work and leisure. The same mess In our study, which was recently published in Sociological Methods and Research, we asked 327 men and 295 women of various ages and backgrounds to assess a photo of a small living room and kitchen area. By random assignment, some participants rated a photo of the room looking cluttered — dirty dishes on the counter, clothing strewn about — while others examined a much tidier version of the same room. All participants looked at the one photo they were given and then rated how messy they thought it was and how urgently it needed cleaning. The first thing we wanted to know was whether men and women respondents rated the rooms differently. Contrary to popular lore, men and women saw the same mess: They rated the clean room as equally clean and the messy room as equally messy. Differing expectations So if “dirt blindness” isn’t to blame, why do women do more housework? One argument is that social expectations are different for men and women. Women may be judged more harshly for having a less-than-spotless home, and women’s awareness of these expectations may motivate them to do more. We tested this idea by randomly telling participants that the photo they were looking at depicted either “John’s” or “Jennifer’s” living space. Then we asked them to rate Jennifer’s or John’s character — how responsible, hardworking, neglectful, considerate and likable they were — based on the cleanliness of their home. We also asked participants to assess the extent to which she or he might be judged negatively by unexpected visitors — extended family, bosses and friends — and how much responsibility they believed Jennifer or John would bear for housework if they were working full-time and living alone, working full-time and married with children, or a married, stay-at-home parent. This is where things got interesting. Participants rated the photos differently depending on whether they were told that a woman or a man lived there. Notably, respondents held higher standards of cleanliness for Jennifer than they did for John. When they were told the tidy room belonged to Jennifer, participants — regardless of gender — judged it less clean and more likely to inspire disapproving reactions from guests than when the same exact room was John’s. We’ve all heard ‘men are lazy’ Still, we did find that both men and women pay a large penalty for having a cluttered home. Compared to their tidier counterparts, both Jennifer and John received substantially more negative character ratings and were expected to garner much more negative judgments from visitors. Interestingly, John’s character was rated more negatively than Jennifer’s for having a messy home, reflecting the common stereotype that men are lazy. Yet participants did not believe John would be any more likely than Jennifer to suffer negative judgment from visitors, which suggests that the “men are lazy” stereotype does not disadvantage them in a socially meaningful way. Finally, people were more likely to believe that Jennifer would bear primary responsibility for cleaning, and this difference was especially large in the hypothetical scenario in which she or he is a full-time working parent living with a spouse. That people attribute greater responsibility for housework to women than men, even regardless of their employment situation, suggests that women get penalized more often for clutter than men do. Judge not People hold women to higher standards of cleanliness than men, and hold them more responsible for it. Some women may internalize or embrace such standards. But for many, it is unlikely a love of cleaning but rather a fear of how mess will be perceived that is the real problem — and one possible reason why many women frantically clean their home before unexpected visitors arrive. The good news is that, with enough collective willpower, old-fashioned social expectations can be changed. We could start by thinking twice before judging the state of someone’s home, especially our own. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. 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Jawa Motorcycles dealerships

first_imgCOMMENTS Published on Jawa Motorcycles is aggressively strengthening its dealership network with plans to add another 35 and take the network to 100 plus across the country soon. The motorcycle major has roped in Classic Legends Pvt Ltd for expanding its footprints in Tamil Nadu with the opening of a showroom in Coimbatore recently, making it the fourth showroom in Tamil Nadu. It has forged tie-ups with new dealers in Tirupur, Salem and Trichy as well. COMMENT March 01, 2019 two-wheelers channels and franchises SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

UK says it does not want to increase tension with Iran

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Britain is not seeking to escalate the situation with Iran, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Friday, as tensions continue between London and Tehran over a seized Iranian tanker and the passage of vessels through the Strait of Hormuz. World 10 Jul 2019 Timeline: Tension between Iran and the West over nuclear plans, Gulf shipping Related News Related News Relations between Iran and the West have been increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar and London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached by Iranian vessels in the strait between Iran and the Arabian peninsula. “We are reacting to what is happening in a measured and careful way and we are being clear to Iran that we are not seeking to escalate this situation,” Jeremy Hunt told Sky News. (Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison)center_img World 11 Jul 2019 Hunt says monitoring tanker situation – Al Jazeera tweet {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 11 Jul 2019 UK will not escort all its ships near Iran, does not want to escalate tensions – sourcelast_img read more