A380 superjumbo future in doubt with Airbus and Emirates in talks

first_imgPhoto: Emirates Rumors are swirling around the aviation world that Emirates is about to switch its remaining orders for the giant A380 superjumbo to the smaller and more versatile A350.In a statement, the European manufacturer said: “Airbus confirms it is in discussions with Emirates Airline in relation to its A380 contract, commercial discussions with customers remain confidential”But sources in Dubai tell AirlineRatings.com that the deal will involve Emirates switching its order to the A350.Differences with engine-manufacturer Rolls-Royce relating to the efficiency of engines on the new planes are believed to be a key problem.This would be the end of the A380 superjumbo program as Emirates is essentially the only major remaining airline committed to the programSee Emirates A380 pummeled by hailThe airline has 56 on order (with an option for 16 more) but the production rate is slowing to eight a year then down to six.A380Emirates President Sir Tim Clark has been a great supporter of the A380.It is becoming clear that at these rates the A380 program is not viable and an Emirates re-commitment again to the A350 would be a major boost for that program.The airline ordered 70 A350s in 2014 but later canceled them over range issues for the -1000 model.While the A350 carries fewer passengers than the A380, its fuel economy, burning about 30 percent less fuel per passengers, is a big plus.Emirates President Sir Tim Clark has been the A380’s greatest supporter. In an earlier interview with AirlineRatings.com,  Sir Tim said that “the A380 is a passenger magnet. We operate five a day from Dubai to London’s Heathrow and they are 95 percent full.”He said one of the problems for the giant jet is that “airlines are too conservative and have not put the right interiors into their A380s. Some of the interiors are a disgrace and use 1970s thinking.”“We put all our premium seats on the upper deck and economy on the main deck, but others have mixed them which is inefficient. Our competitors laughed at us when we put showers and a lounge in the A380 superjumbo. But passengers love the showers and they love the lounge,” Clark said.Emirates tried to get Airbus to build a new model, the A380neo, but other airlines were not interested.Airbus warned before striking the deal with Emirates last year for 20 firm A380 orders and 16 options that it would shut down the superjumbo program without it.Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier told media after the deal the manufacturer had determined it could keep production going with as few as six aircraft a year.The manufacturer still maintains the A380 will see a renaissance despite the overwhelming popularity among airlines of newer, fuel-efficient twin-engine planes.Developing storylast_img read more

Whois May Be Retired, Says ICANN

first_imgThe Associated Press is reporting that ICANN may consider shutting down the Whois system, which lets Internet users search for domain name registration information, because of disagreements over how it works. Privacy advocates in favor of shutting down the database feel that individuals should not be forced to give out private information — which is then potentially available to spammers or scam artists — in order to register a domain name on the Internet. Those who want to keep the Whois database operational, feel that it is a valuable tool for doing business and making sure you know who you are dealing with.As the AP writes, the Whois database has many uses, “Law-enforcement officials and Internet service providers use it to fight fraud and hacking. Lawyers depend on it to chase trademark and copyright violators. Journalists rely on it to reach Web site owners. And spammers mine it to send junk mailings for Web site hosting and other services.” There have also been reports that some registrars use Whois search data to register domains that could be lucrative in the domain aftermarket, a practice the New York Times likens to insider trading.Some proponents of the “sunset” plan that would end the Whois database, don’t necessarily want it shut down. Ross Rader, an executive at Tucows who is the chief sponsor of the plan, has indicated that he only wants to force discussion on the issue. “What removing the status quo will do is force all of the actors to come together without the benefit of a status quo to fall back on and say, ‘We are now all screwed. What will we do?’” Rader told the AP. “It will lead to better good-faith negotiations.”My opinion is that nixing the Whois database would be a mistake. There are certainly better ways to conceal contact information, or to keep spammers from scraping the information, but the database has a lot of practical applications and is very helpful to a large number of honest users. I often use it to track down information on web site owners for stories, or to verify information about a web site I may be considering doing business with, for example. Losing it would negatively impact a substantial number of people. “The sense of shock that would settle around certain people would be rapid and immediate,” said Syracuse University professor Milton Mueller. I agree.What do you think? Do the benefits of the Whois database outweigh the potential for abuse? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#news#web last_img read more

ECM: ECM is a Top Priority of Enterprise IT in 2010

first_imgECM is on the minds of Enterprise IT going into 2010.  Forrester Research‘s latest survey quizzed IT and knowledge managers about their priorities for the coming year.  And ECM is at or near the top of many lists.Managers are looking into ECM to gain capabilities like search, collaboration, compliance, web content management, and records management.  In fact, as many as 72% of the managers said that they’re planning to expand or build out their ECM capabilities in 2010.  Only 4 percent felt that there may be a need to scale back on their current capabilities.One problem the report did come up with is that managers have a hard time proving their expected ROIs, although the most often cited reasons for adopting ECM capabilities was to increase employee productivity and to manage large amounts of data.Segments within ECM that are driving the interest include (percent cited by respondents):58% Web Content Management47% Records Management40% Digital Asset ManagementThe very real explosion in the amount of data that businesses are collecting and the variety of rich media content types that IT departments are having to deal with are causing many organizations to decide to invest more in ECM.last_img read more

Data Centers: Growth of the Cloud Deflates On-Premise Data Centers

first_imgWhile growth of data centers at the large cloud vendors is growing dramatically, on-premise data centers are down-sizing, consolidating, hollowing out, or being completely shut down.2015 was the peak for the number of global data centers, according to IDC.  Since 2015, the number of data centers has shrunk from 8.55 million to 8.4 million this year and to reach 7.2 million by 2021.Meanwhile, top cloud vendors are ramping up their data centers quickly.  Last year, Oppenheimer estimated that Amazon AWS uses 1.3 million ultra-powerful servers world wide in their cloud data centers. Oppenheimer estimates that by 2021 the major cloud vendors will control 65 percent of the global compute capacity.John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner, said that “enterprises are moving away from buying servers from the traditional vendors and instead renting server power in the cloud from companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft. This has created a reduction in spending on servers, which is impacting the overall data center system segment.”last_img read more

FEMA approves assistance in 68 Missouri counties

first_img(Missourinet) The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Missouri’s request for federal assistance to local governments and nonprofits in 68 counties to help recover from severe flooding and storms this year. The approval of Missouri’s July 16 request means the federal agency will assist with the cost of repairs to damaged roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs tied to the storms and flooding.Brunswick flooding (Photos by Spc. Christopher Saunders and Capt. Phil Fountain)The counties approved for public assistance by FEMA are the following: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Barry, Barton, Bates, Bollinger, Buchanan, Caldwell, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, Douglas, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howell, Jackson, Jasper, Knox, Laclede, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Maries, Marion, McDonald, Mercer, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Newton, Nodaway, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Wayne, Webster, and Wright.FEMA’s decision also makes available assistance through its Hazard Mitigation Program to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property due to natural hazards.Through Monday, FEMA has approved more than 910 households for individual assistance grants and provided more than $4.2 million directly to Missouri flooding and storm survivors to assist with their recovery. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $1.7 million in low-interest loans for Missourians.FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $22 million to Missouri policyholders for flood claims filed since March. More than 1,524 claims have been filed.In a press release, Gov. Mike Parson says the state expects to request the public assistance disaster declaration to be expanded to include additional counties as joint teams can fully assess damage in other counties. He’s meeting Tuesday with western Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat, to talk about flooding and levees.FEMA continues to review the state’s July 16 request to expand assistance to individual residents in the 25 counties of Adair, Barton, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Christian, Clark, Cooper, Dallas, Douglas, Gasconade, Grundy, Harrison, Hickory, Howard, Jefferson, Laclede, Lewis, Macon, Marion, McDonald, Newton, Polk, Saline, St. Louis, and Ste. Genevieve.To register for FEMA assistance, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or register by phone by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Telephone registration is available 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.last_img read more

Tendulkar should be conferred the Bharat Ratna, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday joined the chorus in bestowing the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, on champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar.”Sachin is a Bharat Ratna. There is no doubt that he should be conferred the Bharat Ratna award. Sachin deserves all honours and I am his great fan,” Ganguly said.Tendulkar is one short of scoring a record 100th international centuries.Here to lead Bengal in a crucial Ranji tie against Baroda, Ganguly’s statement assumes significance after the Government of India made necessary changes in eligibility criteria for making sportspersons eligible for the Bharat Ratna award a couple of days ago.The prestigious honour will now be awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance “in any field of human endeavour”, thus bringing in almost all the areas that were earlier left out of the ambit.Till now only those people were considered eligible for the award who had excelled in art, literature, science and public service of the highest order, leaving out other fields such as sports.Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken has said that this move has cleared the decks for Tendulkar, legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand and others.Reports indicated that the change has been brought in through a notification from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) following a recommendation by the Home and Sports Ministries.On Thursday, a research report in Australia described Tendulkar as the greatest ever batsman ahead of even Sir Donald Bradman.last_img read more

Hamburg renews contract of hot prospect JannFiete Arp

first_imgHamburg endured a historic relegation last season, even after being the only ever-present Bundesliga team since its inception in 1963.However, despite battling for years, they have been able to renew the contract with prized asset Jann-Fiete Arp who was a shining star in 2017-18.Arp appeared 18 times and is the first player born in the 21st century to play and score in the German top division. There have been reports that Bayern Munich had been plotting to buy the youngster, who has netted 18 goals in 19 games for Germany’s Under 17 squad. But he has finally settled with Hamburg as he signs a deal through 2020.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Leaving this club was never an option for me,” Arp told HSV.de, quoted in FourFourTwo.”Especially in such a hard time – I cannot and did not want to leave HSV, but give the club back what it deserves. That’s why it was clear to me early on that this path here at HSV has not ended for me yet.”last_img read more

Carlos Pena hints at Rangers stay

first_imgRangers midfielder Carlos Pena has hinted he could remain at the club after his treatment for alcohol addiction.The Mexican, who has seen two loan deals in his homeland with Cruz Azul and Necaxa cancelled, is currently undergoing treatment for alcoholism and still has one-year-and-a-half left on his Rangers deal.The 28-year-old is contemplating his future in football, too, and has interest from two teams in the Mexican Second Division as well as clubs in Turkey and Poland.He said, according to the Scotsman:“I’ve still not recovered 100 per cent, which is why I am following my rehabilitation treatment to the letter. I still have a person who takes care of me.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“But I don’t want my case to be demonised because the illness of alcoholism is a problem which affects many people in all aspects of life.”“I am not scared to say ‘I was an alcoholic’ because it happens in life. I am very calm about it. I don’t regret anything I have done and I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me.”“Everything I’ve done is because I’ve wanted to do it. Nobody forced me to do anything. When I wanted to play football, it was because of me. When I wanted to drink a beer, it was for me. When I wanted to have a child, it was the same.”“I had a problem with alcoholism and that’s why I got involved with Chavez’s clinic, which was very good. If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone. It’s not difficult to change if you want to change.”last_img read more

What to expect in Washington DC politics in 2019

first_img Posted: December 25, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As 2018 comes to an end there has been many developments in the White House this year, including several changes in the Trump administration.White House expert Lauren Wright stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the turnover in staff and what to expect in the new year.Lauren Wright, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she teaches courses on The American Presidency and Executive Power, Women and Politics, and Political Communication. December 25, 2018 What to expect in Washington D.C. politics in 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, Jonathan Halvorson Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more