Caviar at Mach 2

first_imgOn February 7, 1996, a scheduled British Airways flight set a world speed record that will never be broken in our lifetime. The fastest passenger flight in history was made twenty years ago between London’s Heathrow Airport and New York’s JFK, a distance of 3, 000 nautical miles, flown in only two hours and 53 minutes. The airplane was the incomparable supersonic Concorde.On that epic transatlantic run, British Airways Concorde G-BOAD, the tenth Concorde built, was piloted by veteran Captain Leslie Scott and First Officer Tim Orchard. The official FAI-recorded flight time was two hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. “Alpha-Delta” was the highest-time Concorde flown with 23,397 hours, and currently resides at the Intrepid Air Museum in New York. Its maximum cruising speed of Mach 2.04 (1,350mph) was faster than man’s very first Mach 2 flight achieved with the experimental rocket-powered Douglas D-558-II in November 1953.There have been numerous stories of how Concorde’s speed was used in unique ways by high-end clientele. There was the New York tycoon who saved more in interest than the cost of his ticket by closing a deal in London the same day the contract was written, or the rock star who had his personal barber flown by Concorde to New York to administer a trim before the singer’s concert at Madison Square Garden that same evening. The airplane was chartered by numerous travel groups for round-the-world supersonic tours of everything from museums to golf courses.Read: Concorde to start charter flights by 2020?However, there was one short-lived Concorde service that never quite made the headlines, yet offered the mass public a chance to experience the near-supersonic realm – or at least a full afterburner takeoff. Flown as an interlink with British Airways and Air France in 1979, Braniff International Airlines established Concorde flights from Dallas, Texas (DFW) to London and Paris, respectively, with a fuel stop and crew change at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).Due to FAA regulations, the aircraft’s registration was changed from British or French to U.S. using ScotchCal adhesive numbers for flights from DC to Dallas, and the aircraft was restricted to subsonic speed while flying over land. (The cabin Machmeter read “Mach 0.99” during cruise.) All three cockpit crew wore Captain’s stripes, and all 100 passengers were afforded sumptuous First Class service. The best part, however, was the air fare for this two-hour flight. While it may have cost as much as $6,000US to fly one-way transatlantic, one-way fare from IAD to DFW was only $79US.last_img read more

SA to commercialise electric car

first_img10 November 2010 Initiatives are under way to commercialise the Joule, a South African developed electric car, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said during a G8 ministerial conference on global environment and energy in transport in Rome. The brainchild of Cape Town-based company Optimal Energy, the Joule debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 and has since received a facelift at the Milan-based Zagato Total Design Centre. “This project will have broader spillover effects, including the creation of a legislative and regulatory environment to allow the operation of electric vehicles, relevant testing infrastructure for electric vehicles, local manufacturing for domestic and global markets, initiation of charging infrastructure and educational campaigns on electric vehicles.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNews “South Africa has developed and is implementing a number of measures in the development and use of cleaner alternative fuels,” Ndebele said. The prototype phase of the battery-operated six-seater is now complete, and the necessary modifications have been made. Ndebele told G8 ministers in Rome this week that the project was part of South Africa’s plan to move towards a low-carbon economy across all modes of transport. “Our automotive sector would be profoundly affected by the long-term shift from the internal combustion engine to cleaner technologies, such as electric vehicles,” Nedeble said.center_img But before the commercial version hits the streets, further refinements and feedback from consumers and the media will be incorporated into a test fleet, which will be hand-built, like the prototype, by Hi-Tech Automotive in Port Elizabeth. The Joule is expected to go into full-scale production at the end of 2013, to appear on South African showroom floors in mid-2014. Test fleet on the way As part of its energy supply interventions, South Africa phased out leaded petrol in 2006. “These measures entail high-level coordination with relevant government departments, investors and development finance institutions, to ensure a coherent and coordinated approach to the development of the sector.” Powering towards a ‘green’ economylast_img read more

Need a Mobile Web App Template? Mobile Boilerplate 1.0 is Here

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Mobile Boilerplate 1.0 has just launched, providing developers with a trusted template for building mobile Web applications. The site provides templates and documentation that can help developers create cross-platform mobile Web applications which work on modern-day smartphones, but also offer fall-back support for older BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices. The project itself is not a standalone framework, but works with jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, Phonegap and Appcelerator.The homepage for the project showcases two hilariously, but accurately, titled lists: “Why It is Awesome” and “Why It is Aweome-er.” Both detail the many features provided by this new toolkit, such as:Cross-platform compatible (Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian)CSS class to target IE Mobile 7Home screen icon (Android, iOS, Symbian)Cross browser viewport optimization for Android,iOS,IE,Nokia,Blackberry, OperaOptimized viewport scaling (Android, iOS, Mobile IE, Blackberry, Opera)Option to enable iOS start-screen in full screen modeBetter font rendering on IE MobileAdaptable markup and CSS skeletonCSS stylesheet for low-end devicesMobile sitemapMobile MIME type supportBuild tool for mobileIntegrates well with PhoneGap and Appcelerator And then, the “awesome-er” features like: Tags:#apps#How To#mobile#news Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Not a Framework & Not a “Build Once, Deploy to 1000+ Devices” SolutionTo be clear, the Mobile Boilerplate is not meant to be a “build once, deploy everywhere” solution, but instead offers a set of best front-end (markup, CSS) practices for mobile Web developers to utilize in order to leverage the features of high-end smartphones like those running Android or the iPhone, for example, while still providing some basic support for older Web browsers.Interested developers can learn more by visiting for more inspiration, there’s a thread on Quora listing several good examples of HTML5 mobile websites here.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts HTML5 offline caching for smartphonesHide URL bar to maximize screen areaButton clicks that don’t wait for the default 300ms delayed click eventTextarea autogrowHide Safari browser chromeMobile bookmark bubbleBrowser Database Wrapper APIRobust optional User Agent Detection in .htaccessMobile optimized default CSSMedia queries polyfill for Windows MobileGoogle Analytics for low end mobile devicesVersion 1.0 of the toolkit offers two different downloads – the documented version with hints and links and the comment-free version. The project is also available on github here. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

DGCA gives clean chit to Baijayant Panda

first_imgFormer Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Panda, who was accused of flying a helicopter at low height over the ecologically sensitive Chilika Lake, has been given a clean chit by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation.The DGCA found no violation of its rules and regulation. The Odisha police had requested the DGCA to conduct a technical probe into the case.“The DGCA had investigated the complaint of dangerous flying by helicopter over the Chilika Lake. On investigation it was found that one helicopter belonging to Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys Limited (IMFA) had flown non-stop cross-country from Bhubaneswar airport overflying Rajhans, Puri, Konark and finally landed at Garadpur. No other helicopter had flown over Rajhans on September 15 last,” says the report received by the Director of the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar.Report sent to police The report has also been sent to the Odisha police. “Helicopter was airworthy and flight crew licences were current and have a reasonable experience on the type. No significant deviation in the flight plan timing and actual timing has been observed,” noted the report“Based on the fact and evidence, it could not be established that a helicopter had flown dangerously below the assigned altitude or had landed at the Chilika Lake. There was no violation of DGCA rules and regulations observed,” it added.Soon after the DGCA probe report, Mr. Panda took to Twitter, saying “total clean chit by DGCA on Odisha government’s cooked up case against me and my helicopter flying, and sealing a hangar at Biju Patnaik airport, Bhubaneswar, for the past 1.5 months, immobilising 3 choppers (including two against which there were no allegations whatsoever)!”The former MP, who had been suspended from BJD, was facing a police investigation for flying at low height over the Chilika which allegedly disturbed aquatic fauna. The Puri district police had also seized his hangar at the Biju Patnaik airport where three helicopters belonging IMFA, his family-controlled company, were kept.last_img read more

In times of trouble, radio plays just music in Kashmir

first_imgFor 12 days now, it’s back-to-back songs and no shows on all five major FM radio channels in Kashmir, in the wake of the complete communication blockade, including the Internet. Vijdan, a Radio Jockey (RJ) with ‘Radio Mirchi,’ is waiting for the restoration of the Internet to get connected with his fan base again. “It’s difficult to reach office due to security restrictions. With Internet and phones down since August 5, it is impossible to produce shows. We are running back-to-back songs for now,” Vijdan told The Hindu. There are five popular FM stations in Kashmir valley. All were started to provide entertainment to the young population of the Valley, where cinema halls were closed down in 1990s. Though there was a bid to reopen cinemas in 1999, it failed to take off. RJ Nasir of FM Tadka used to run a popular show, ‘Srinagar Local 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.’ The show would run songs on listeners’ demand. “I would receive around 50 calls from listeners for my show. These are difficult times to reach out to our audience base. The absence of Internet ‘derailed’ my ‘Srinagar Local’ too. I check the Internet connection every day but feel sad to see the red light on since August 5. My show completely depends on the Internet connection,” Mr. Nasir told The Hindu.In an indication of the ground situation, the government-run Doordarshan and Radio Kashmir too have had to discontinue with popular debate shows, as the offices remain out of bounds for civilians and participants because of extra security deployment around these installations.last_img read more

Irving-less Celtics hold off Raptors for 12th straight victory

first_imgRead Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Boston (12-2) was playing without Kyrie Irving after he took an inadvertent elbow to the face from teammate Aron Baynes on Friday night against Charlotte. Irving has a minor facial fracture but has not been diagnosed with a concussion as initially feared.Jaylen Brown added 18 points, and Rozier helped fill in for Irving with 16 points off the bench. Boston shot just 40.2 percent from the field.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, and Kyle Lowry had 19 points and seven assists for Toronto. The Raptors dropped to 7-5 after winning two straight.“They are the best team in the NBA right now, 12 in a row,” Lowry said. “They’re playing unbelievable, everyone is picking up slack.”Jayson Tatum’s acrobatic layup with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Celtics up 95-90.ADVERTISEMENT Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeRozan missed a potential go-ahead stepback jumper with 19 seconds remaining. Tatum got the rebound, but elbowed Fred VanVleet in the face for an offensive foul that was confirmed by video review.DeRozan had another look to give Toronto the win, but missed a turnaround jumper with 2 seconds left. Serge Ibaka scooped up the rebound, but lost the ball as time expired.“He shook him, he was wide open, vaulted up, and I’ll take that shot 999 times out of 1,000,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about DeRozan’s effort.Brown, who was guarding DeRozan on the final possession, was a bit surprised himself that the shot didn’t go down.“That’s a shot that DeMar DeRozan probably hits nine times out of ten,” Brown said. “I got a late contest, but he missed this one so we’ll take the win.”STREAKINGBoston’s 12-game winning streak is tied for its third-longest in the last 30 years. The Celtics also won 12 straight from Jan. 11-Feb. 3, 2009. Toronto has never snapped an opponent’s winning streak of 10 or more games in franchise history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.MASKED KYRIEIrving visited a facial specialist Sunday and was fitted for a mask after being injured Friday. The last time Irving played in a mask was on Dec. 15, 2012, when he scored a then-career-high 41 points versus New York with Cleveland.PASSING BARGNANI Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) and Jayson Tatum (0) celebrate at the buzzer as Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) and Fred VanVleet walk off the court after an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Al Horford turned back the clock in his return from a two-game absence with a concussion.Horford scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting to help the Boston Celtics hang on to beat the Toronto Raptors 95-94 on Sunday for their 12th straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “He’s playing young again,” teammate Terry Rozier said.Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists against his former team in Atlanta on Monday night, the same day an elbow to the head from Kent Bazemore sent him into the NBA’s concussion protocol. Horford also missed nine games last season with a concussion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHorford disagreed with Rozier’s assessment, thinking he’s playing even better.“I don’t know if young Al Horford played like this, to be honest,” the former four-time All-Star said. “You know, it’s been years of just working on my game and try to play this new way.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Lowry’s 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the first quarter moved him past Andrea Bargnani (6,581 points) into fourth place on Toronto’s scoring list. Vince Carter is third with 9,420 points.TIP-INSRaptors: DeRozan had 20 or more points for the seventh straight regular season game in Boston and is averaging 22 points in that stretch. … Norman Powell left the game with a right hip pointer.Celtics: Boston held an opponent under 100 points for the 11th time in its last 12 games. Opponents are averaging 92.2 points during the winning streak. … Rozier scored at least 10 points in a career-best three straight games.UP NEXTRaptors: Continue a three-game trip Tuesday night against Houston.Celtics: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night in a tuneup for Thursday night’s home showdown with defending champion Golden State. United States beats Belarus to win its 18th Fed Cup title John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READlast_img read more

a month agoRochdale midfielder Rathbone excited to face former club Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rochdale midfielder Rathbone excited to face former club Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale midfielder Oliver Rathbone is looking forward to facing his former club Manchester United in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.22-year-old Rochdale was part of the United academy until leaving for the Dale in 2016.”It’d be incredible,” said the midfielder. “It’s always been my dream to play at Old Trafford and I spent lots of years at the club aiming to do that – that was always the end goal.””My path has taken me on a different route, which has been a great learning curve, so to come back and play with this team would be very special.” last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Dallas Star’s Tyler Seguin

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites Today we speak to Dallas Star’s hockey player, Tyler Seguin.My roots are Canadian but currently my time is split between Toronto in the off-season and Dallas, Texas where I play for the Dallas Stars. You could say hockey is in my DNA considering my whole family plays or has played. The passion I feel for the game started at a young age and never stops growing. My dream as a kid was to be play in the NHL and that came true at 18 when the Boston Bruins drafted me. My rookie year was surreal because we won the Stanley Cup and I was only nineteen. Next stop was the Dallas Stars two years ago. Dallas is a special city and the fans are great. My focus off-season is to keep working as hard as I can to be ready for next season and to have another Stanley Cup win.Fashion became a bit of a hobby for me over the years. I have an appreciation for anything that has a distinct design aesthetic from cars to the perfectly tailored suit. I have an ever-growing collection of watches, cufflinks, and there are also a few cars in my garage. There is a tradition in hockey of the players dressing for games in suits. Having to sort out suits for the games really opened doors for me to experiment with my own personal style. I have developed knack for selecting shirts, ties, and shoes that express my personal style.My off-season is my time to chill, hang with my family/friends and fit in plenty of fishing, golf, and travel. I recently had the chance to collaborate on designing my own limited edition snapbacks that are currently a staple in my summer wardrobe. They will be available one my website soon.As for my personal style:Jeans:My current favorites are Hugo Boss’ Hugo Red Collection Slim FitShirts:Dress:PradaCasual: James Perse – V necks and Sueded Jersey PoloATM by Anthony Thomas Melillo – Basic T-shirts and hoodiesPants:I mix it up on pants from a few places but in the current rotation  are Rag and Bone, standard issue.Suits:My suit closet is full but two that stand out recently are Calvin Klein Collection Crosby Slim Fit and Lanvin two-button.Shoes:Favorite sneakers right now – Common Projects but I have a substantial sneaker collection that seems to keep just growing.Dress shoes: right now my go tos are Louis VuittonAccessories:Watches – BreitlingJewelry – David YurmanHat – My own custom TS snapbacksOuterwear:Belstaff – Tech JacketFavorite Cologne:Usually none but sometimes – Vetiver 46 – Le LaboYour favorite App:SnapChat but always changingFavorite piece of technology:Sennheiser RS 220 wireless headphonesNext tech purchase:BeoPlay A2 speaker by B&O for traveling.Photo courtesy of Nino Munoz. 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion last_img read more

SDMC to conduct mega PTM in primary schools

first_imgNew Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation will conduct mega Parent Teacher Meeting in all of its 581 primary schools on Sunday, with the aim of getting parents’ feedback on the education their children are receiving.The PTM will focus on issues like welfare schemes by the government, the POCSO Act, water conservation, vector-borne diseases, and CPR training. SDMC, in a statement, said that the meeting will be held between 9 am to 12 am in first shift schools and between 2 to 5 pm in second shift schools. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNandini Sharma, Chairperson of the SDMC Education Committee on Tuesday met with the principals of all the primary schools to brief them about the objectives of the PTM and bring them up to speed on issues to be taken up for interaction during the said meetings. The municipality said that it will be an opportunity for both parents and teachers to know about improvement in students’ knowledge, progress in character building, and children’s interests in various co-curricular activities. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSDMC Mayor, Sunita Kangra said that the municipality is going to focus on the overall development of the students as strong, conscious, and healthy children; so that they can, in the future, contribute to making the country strong and self-reliant. She added that the parents will be informed about ways to prevent child sexual abuse among students through teaching their children about the ideas of “good touch and bad touch”. Sharma said that parents will be asked to express their views on the development of intelligence in their children. “The SDMC is keen to enrich the interest of students in learning on the basis of feedback received from parents apart from bringing improvement in the quality of education,” she added. SDMC bans plastic bottles in meetings Meanwhile, the SDMC, in its Standing Committee meeting, has decided that the municipality has banned the use of plastic bottles in all of its meetings and official gatherings. Officials will now have to drink to water from paper glasses and dispensers, provided in these gatherings. The move is expected to save the municipality around Rs 22,000 per month. SDMC official made it clear that dispensers and paper glasses will also be available in SDMC house meetings, departmental and committees meetings. The similar arrangements will also be made soon at all zonal levels.last_img read more

DND ombudsman urges more health support for Canadian Rangers in the North

first_imgOTTAWA – The Defence Department ombudsman says the military should be doing more to provide health support for the Canadian Rangers who patrol vast stretches of the North.In his latest report, ombudsman Gary Walbourne says many Rangers aren’t even aware of their health care entitlements and often fail to report injuries or illness.The report also says mental health services for the Rangers need to be beefed up.The 5,000 Rangers are part-time reservists recruited from northern communities who conduct sovereignty patrols and generally keep an eye on isolated areas.The ombudsman’s report says the military should make it clear to Rangers what health services are available and how to access them.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says he has instructed the Canadian Forces to work with the ombudsman to address the report’s recommendations.“The Canadian Army is already looking at ways to remove barriers, and improve the support and care for the Canadian Rangers,” Sajjan said in a statement.Walbourne said the rules around health issues need to be clear and said the Forces should work with the Rangers to identify their needs and find a way to deliver services.“We found that many Canadian Rangers we interviewed were unaware of their health care entitlements and assumed they would be taken care of by the Canadian Armed Forces,” the report said.“This includes Veteran Affairs benefits as well, which 89 per cent of respondents who were injured on duty did not submit a claim for. It is vital that Canadian Rangers are aware of the benefits entitled to them if they experience a service-related illness or injury.”They may also be reluctant to report problems.“Several reasons were cited for this including: underestimating the severity of the injury, fearing removal from a particular activity, fearing long-term career implications and finding health care through other sources,” the report said. “As access to entitlements may require proof of a service relationship, the implications of failing to track illnesses and injuries are evident.The report pointed out that Rangers live in over 200 small and isolated communities, many of them accessible only by air. In some, doctors fly in only once a month and Rangers who need medical attention are not always seen.last_img read more