Donegal holiday home named amongst best in the country

first_imgA Donegal holiday home has been named amongst the best in the country in a national travel awards scheme by Sykes Holiday Cottages.Mulroy View, a five-bedroom cottage overlooking Mulroy Bay near Kerrykeel in County Donegal, picked up the silver award.The property is ideal for families and friends celebrating special occasions or looking to explore this part of the country. The Donegal property was only bettered by Marino, an impressive rental property in Liscannor, County Clare.It took home gold thanks to its cosy living spaces and spectacular sea views. The property has a nautical theme, with décor inspired by the nearby fishing village and harbour.Bronze was awarded to A Country View Cottage, a rental close to Athenry in County Galway with its own games room including a full-size snooker table and minibar.Now in its third year, Sykes received 2,500 entries from throughout the UK and Ireland across 30 categories – ranging from Best for Romance to Best for Glamping, alongside regional winners. All three properties beat off tough competition from others shortlisted, but the judges were impressed by their style and facilities, as well as occupancy rates and customer feedback on cleanliness, comfort, location and value for money.Harriet Kerr, commercial director at Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “The Sykes Gem Awards have given us the chance to celebrate unique holiday homes and their owners. More and more travellers are opting for staycations over holidays on the continent, and last year we saw a boost in bookings to Ireland.“Because of this, those with a second home or money to invest are increasingly turning to holiday letting – who knows, we may see them on the Sykes Gems shortlist next year!”Graham Donoghue, Sykes Holiday Cottages’ CEO, added: “We launched the awards to recognise and reward the hard work of the owners who are part of the Sykes family. Back then, we had no idea how popular they would be, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the response and this year received a record number of submissions.“I love being part of the judging panel – you hear about peoples’ passion for holiday letting and everything they do to go above and beyond to deliver unforgettable breaks throughout the UK and Ireland.” Cormac O’Suilleabhain, from Tourism Ireland, said: “Awards like this one serve to shine a spotlight on Ireland and the brilliant breaks available here. I was blown away by the standard of the entries, so it was tough to choose between them, but all three properties are very deserving winners.”Donegal holiday home named amongst best in the country was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sykes Holiday Cottageslast_img read more

South Africa’s Gift of the Givers turns 23

first_img11 August 2015Gift of the Givers, the internationally renowned aid organisation that is based in Pietermaritzburg, reached a milestone when it celebrated its 23rd anniversary on 6 August.It has been congratulated on its achievement by a number of organisations and government departments.“We honour our association with an organisation that has made an incalculable contribution to the upliftment of the under-privileged, not just in South Africa but around the world,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs.The department noted the humanitarian and disaster relief work done by the NGO. “Gift of the Givers provides aid to 40 different countries around the globe. Its humanitarian services know no boundaries of race, colour, or creed.”Thanking people for their support, whether that be through donations or contribution of skills, the NGO said: “There will be no celebration, no party, no cutting of cake but only a silent prayer of thankfulness to the Almighty, for through His permission, we have managed to serve millions of people worldwide.“We appreciate the contribution of every single person, be it cash or kind, be it R1 or R100 000; be it in the form of prayer, words of support, well wishes, advice or promoting our activities through whatever manner.”Gift of the Givers workers were described as South Africa’s brand ambassadors. As part of its humanitarian aid, the organisation provides highly skilled medical personnel to those most in need.“Twenty-one years into democracy, South Africa continues to face challenges that are the legacy of centuries of discrimination and deprivation of the majority,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs. “But we have much to be proud of: we have come a long way.”About Gift of the GiversThe organisation describes itself as the largest disaster response NGO of African origin on the African continent.Based in the KwaZulu-Natal capital, it was established by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, a South African, on the instruction of a spiritual teacher, Sheik Muhammed Saffer Effendi al Jerrahi, in Istanbul, Turkey on 6 August 1992.Since then, Gift of the Givers has delivered lifesaving aid in the form of search and rescue teams, medical personnel, medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in 41 countries, South Africa included.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Remembering ‘Uncle Kathy’: Ahmed Kathrada 1929-2017

first_imgFormer Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada died today, following a long illness. He was 87. After 1994, Kathrada served as a parliamentary counsellor in the Office of President Nelson Mandela.Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada was a South African anti-apartheid activist, former political prisoner and later a respected politician. A long and illustrious life in public service and for the greater good was highlighted by his friendships with some of South Africa’s greatest leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Kathrada died after a long illness on 28 March 2017. (Image: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation)CD AndersonAffectionately known as Kathy to friends and family, Ahmed Kathrada was born in the small North West town of Schweizer-Reneke on 21 August 1929.His political awakening came early, when he was at the Johannesburg Indian High School. He joined the Young Communist League of South Africa, here he first distributed pamphlets on street corners.Before Kathrada was 18, he was jailed for participating in the South African Indian Congress’s Passive Resistance Campaign. Soon after this, he met ANC leaders Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela for the first time.After briefly studying at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Kathrada was selected to lead a South African youth delegation to the World Federation of Democratic Youth, held in Berlin in 1951. The event broadened his worldview and escalated his political awakening.He took the opportunity to spend time with various communist youth organisations in Hungary and Poland before returning to South Africa to continue his activism.During the late 1950s, Kathrada played an increasingly active role in civil disobedience against the apartheid government, and was a prime mover in the alliance between the ANC and South African Indian Congress. He was arrested, banned and placed under house arrest several times during the decade.In 1962-63, Kathrada escaped house arrest and, with members of the ANC, continued as a covert dissident until his arrest in July 1963 at the ANC refuge, Liliesleaf Farm, in northern Johannesburg. Kathrada was tried alongside Mandela, Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others, in what infamously became known as the Rivonia Trial. All the accused, including Kathrada, were sentenced to life imprisonment for acts of sabotage against the state. Kathrada spent 26 years in prison – 18 years on Robben Island before he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town.While in prison, he completed his university studies, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in criminology and history, and Honours in history and African politics. During his lifetime, Kathrada was also awarded four honorary degrees, including from Wits and the University of Missouri in the United States.Sisulu wrote of Kathrada with great affection and respect about their shared time on Robben Island: “Kathy was a tower of strength and a source of inspiration to many prisoners, both young and old.”Kathrada was released in October 1989, less than six months before the ANC was unbanned. He was elected to the organisation’s national executive committee at its first official national conference in 1991. He headed the ANC communications and public relations department until 1994, when he was elected a member of parliament in South Africa’s first democratic government under the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. Kathrada was also a parliamentary counsellor in the Office of the President.He had a close, advisory relationship with Mandela, both during and after his presidency. Forged when the two spent their days in the midst of the anti-apartheid struggle, and strengthened in the quarries of Robben Island, Mandela and Kathrada shared a moral obligation to combat institutionalised racism and inspire the South African people. But the two friends also shared a love of literature, music and nature.Between 1995 and 2006, Kathrada was the chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council. As someone who had been imprisoned on the island, he fervently campaigned to preserve and share the important and often painful history of the island prison.He officially retired from political life in 1999. Kathrada wrote and compiled several books on his life and the history of the struggle against apartheid. His most profound work was a collection of writings from his time in prison, titled A Simple Freedom, published in 2013.In his lifetime, Kathrada was honoured with numerous awards, both at home and abroad, including the ANC’s Merit Award for dedicated life service to the organisation and country, the Freedom of Johannesburg, a Presidential Order for Meritorious Service (Gold) and India’s Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.Photographer Adrian Steirn, who profiled Kathrada for the popular 21 Icons photo series in 2013, spoke admiringly of the struggle stalwart’s humbleness and his love of language. “You’d never think that such a gentle man with so much humility and humour had spent his lifetime in jail. One of the things that struck me was that words and phrases were his companions.”Ahmed Kathrada, in his own wordsHis hope for South Africa“When one can be satisfied that every child goes to bed with a full stomach, gets up smiling, goes to school properly clothed, not to have to walk a great distance to school. When that happens, then only can we be satisfied.”His life in prison“When you have been deprived of freedom of speech for so many years, you never get fed up of talking.”“That’s what one misses most in prison. It’s an artificial society without children and you want to even just hear a child crying. That’s how bad it is and that deprivation was the very worst. Not the food, nothing else. Just the deprivation of engaging with children.”Reconciliation“We have to work together and towards improving the future of our country, but while realising our weaknesses and making use of our strengths.”Forgiveness“We can’t live a life of bitterness, revenge and hatred. As difficult as it may be, we have to forgive.”In 2013, Kathrada delivered a touching eulogy following the death of his friend, Mandela.“Today, mingled with our grief is the enormous pride that one of our own has during your life, and now in your death, united the people of South Africa and the entire world on a scale never experienced before in history. Remarkably, in these last few days, the masses of our people, from whatever walk of life, have demonstrated how very connected they feel to you; how the story of your life is their story and how their story is your story.”The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, established in 2008, is dedicated to deepening non-racialism in South Africa and the world, and also focuses on developing youth leadership. Former president Kgalema Motlanthe is currently the foundation’s chairperson.Thousands of South Africans pay tribute to the life and work of Ahmed Kathrada on Twitter:#AhmedKathrada Tweets #Kathrada Tweets Kathrada is survived by his wife, former minister of health and public enterprises Barbara Hogan.Source: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Wikipedia, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Why Microsoft is Celebrating Apple’s Patent Win Over Samsung

first_imgmarkhachman The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#Microsoft#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Microsoft was pretty much a bystander in Apple’s patent battle with Samsung, but the Windows folks couldn’t be happier with Apple’s $1.05 billion victory. By signing a patent deal with Apple and taking its own direction for smartphones, Microsoft is now better positioned to become a viable alternative to the Apple ecosystem.Trouble for Samsung – which will appeal the ruling – threatens to tarnish the entire Android ecosystem (though Google may believe Android itself is immune, see Two Ways Samsung’s Court Loss To Apple Is Actually Good For Google). But Microsoft’s patent cross-license with Apple means we won’t be seeing similar suits between Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft’s OpportunitySo is this a genuine opportunity for Microsoft and its Windows Phone operating system?No. Not directly.Microsoft still has to convince consumers to buy into its ecosystem and raise its U.S. market share from a few percentage points to something more substantial. But the decision could encourage phone makers to lean away from Android and more toward Windows Phone, gaining Microsoft “shelf share” that could someday lead to actual sales.“Microsoft can actually benefit from the Apple-Samsung verdict, as Windows Phone doesn’t look as expensive or controversial as Android,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal at Moor Insights & Strategy, in an email. “What once was a ‘free’ OS, Android now costs the Microsoft license fee, the potential Apple license fee, and the threat of legal battles with Apple. This could push smartphone vendors like HTC, Sony, LG and even Huawei and ZTE closer to Windows Phone.”Android’s Doomsday ScenarioThe doomsday scenario goes like this: In September, Apple will ask the court for an injunction, preventing Samsung from selling the infringing devices within the United States.If Apple successfully bars the phones at the heart of the case from the U.S. market, the result will be a gaping hole on store shelves. While the ruling doesn’t include Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, an injunction would likely force Samsung to concede market share or spend heavily to aggressively develop new, non-infringing models to fill the gap. Apple then marches through the ranks of other Android phone manufacturers, filing similar suits, winning fines and royalty payments, and possibly injunctions as well. Consumers are left wondering whether or not the phone they preordered will be barred from shipment before launch date – an unlikely scenario, but one that would undermine consumer confidence in Android.Eventually, Apple would turn against Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, for a final showdown – though Google’s “core” version of Android could be a tougher nut to crack As Google noted in a statement, Most of these [patents] don’t relate to the core Android operating system.”What Does Microsoft Get?So what does Microsoft actually gain from all of this? Three things:First, there’s the simple answer: Microsoft’s patent deal offers protection. While the relationships could certainly sour, Microsoft must feel like it can operate with relative impunity at the moment.Second, Microsoft can continue down its own development path without feeling like Apple is looking over its shoulder. While Microsoft’s Modern UI (formerly known as Metro), the “live tiles” or widgets that continually update, the “charms” and the Windows “home” button seem easily differentiated from Apple’s design, it’s always a good idea to avoid expensive, time consuming lawsuits – even if you eventually prevail.“[The deal should] provide a stronger opportunity for both of Microsoft’s new platforms – Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 – because they come with indemnification against Apple, suddenly making them far safer,” Rob Enderle, an independent consultant, told the BBC.The third benefit may be the most important: tarnishing Android with the litigation brush leaves Microsoft looking squeaky clean by comparison. Manufacturers now have to factor in a “total cost of ownership” formula when choosing which mobile operating system to use – and that formula now has to include the very real threat of litigation.From a consumer standpoint, the court case isn’t likely to sway Apple or Android partisans, but it could subtly push the general public away from Android.They could run toward the safe bet: Apple. But they might be open to something new:As Bill Cox, marketing director for Microsoft’s Phone division, tweeted following the verdict: “Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now.”last_img read more

Snap Snap Go: The Mobile Internet Equivalent Of Fast Food

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#iPhone#Meme Playing Snap, Snap, Go, a new iPhone-only app, is kind of like eating at a fast food restaurant. It’s wonderful – at first. But the fun fades much too quickly. And then you’re consumed with a sense of regret and shame because even though you just had sort of a pleasurable experience, you know it can’t possibly be good for you.If Snap, Snap, Go – which describes itself as “a picture game for awful people” – turns out to be as popular as fast food, it may mark the end of civilization’s progress. Because that would mean smartphones – the most advanced personal computing and communications devices ever created – are really all about making us giggle. Which certainly isn’t “awful,” but still a vast comedown from the awesome, life-changing uses promised for our amazing mobile computers.Snap BattleTellingly, Snap, Snap, Go’s positioning isn’t quite right. It’s really for “awful people,” it’s for the awful person in all of us. Here’s how it works: After downloading the app, you sign in using your Facebook account. For beginners, the game presents a series of meme-like questions, such as: “Eat Just One,” and asks you to vote for which of the of two pictures it shows you best corresponds to the question. Your choices might be a bowl of jelly beans versus chili cheese fries, for example. There are also plenty of “awful” battles. Such as: “I lie to get __,” “Donald Trump could wear it as a toupee,” or “Ron Jeremy owns 10 of these.” These are distressingly hard to resist. The real “fun” begins when you challenge your Facebook friends – or random opponents. (None of my friends use the app, which I’m sure means something, so I challenged random people.) Again, the app presents you with a series of meme-like questions. For example, “Why is my phone sticky?” (Yes, I know.) You then snap and post a picture that you think best answers the question – as do your opponents. If you don’t have an, er, provocative picture of your own, the game lets you cheat and grab a photo from Flickr. Then others get to vote on whose photo they like best. (That’s where the pictures come from in the beginner’s example above.) If your opponents don’t respond quickly, the game lets you “nudge” them. Beyond that, there’s not much else you can do. Another problem is that the game doesn’t immediately provide you with results – who won, who lost, how many people voted for one picture over another. I often got bored waiting and moved on to a new snap battle. The game does make it easy, however, to encourage your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the action.Like fatty, salty, fast food or that silly new pop song you can’t stop listening to, the app does its best to keep you hooked. Who could resist responding when asked to come up with a picture for what “always gets you laid?” The free app is rated 12+, despite “mild mature” themes. The app does make it easy to report inappropriate pictures, which is a good thing. While playing for less than a day, I encountered one picture that I thought was borderline inappropriate.“Wisdom” Of The Crowd?The game’s developer states that “witty or funny responses often win, the more awful, the better you do, but it all depends on the wisdom of the crowd.”Wisdom of the crowd is a bit of a stretch. This game is about stealing a few moments of amusement – the app equivalent of Lolcats.  Somewhere on the Internet sits a very well-constructed research paper discussing the psycho-social reasons why we humans love silly pictures and random, mindless contests with strangers, and further outlines the implications of such behavior. That’s great, and a huge validation of the enduring value of the Interent.  On the other hand, I have already spent far more time playing Snap, Snap, Go than I ever will reading that paper.  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Related Posts brian s hall 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Coach room sealed at Karni Singh Shooting Range

first_imgDays after Mail Today reported about the shameful ‘leaking roof’ during the 34th Delhi State Shooting Championship 2018, another shocking news coming from the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.This time Jaspal Rana, chief coach of the junior national pistol team, has alleged that the coach’s room at the 25m range, which is used by the coaches of the National Squad (NSQ) for the past six years, has been ‘summarily’ sealed.Rana has written a letter, a copy of which is with Mail Today, to Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and SAI (Sports Authority of India) DG Neelam Kapoor, questioning the move.”While state governments, public sector undertakings and media await the return of the shooters and supporting coaches; there has been a development at the Dr KSSR which is shameful to say the least.”I am shocked to report that the coach’s room that is a single room at the 25m range in Dr KSSR, which since the past six years is being used by the coaches of the National Squad (NSQ) to plan, manage & support in the national camps & training, the shooters representing country as well as used to provide equipment testing/ gunsmith work benches, has been summarily sealed under the directions of the Administrator, Dr KSSR,” it said.”All the equipment including computer, printer, gunsmith tools, drill, inventory ledgers, consumables as well as kettle, refrigerator and hot plate have all been sealed within the room and the coach’s denied access to the same. Only upon submitting written request to access on 24.08.2018, the coach’s were permitted to remove under watch of the guards, the weapon grips urgently needed that were owned by the NRAI.advertisement”The reason or rationale behind the unprecedented, unprovoked and arbitrary action of sealing of room and preventing access to equipment by the administrator, Dr KSSR is unknown. It is requested, that instructions may be issued to de-seal the concerned room and to permit the coaches to help and assist the national squad shooters by conducting repair and service of the equipment/ weapons from the room,” it added.However, a SAI official rubbished Rana’s claims. “It is not true. The VIP lounge has been made for all coaches to relax and have refreshment,” he told Mail Today on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri thinks he needs more time to make Chelsea top

first_imgOn the eve of the Premier League derby at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City, Chelsea chief Maurizio Sarri asked for patience after his team suffered two defeats in their last three Premier League outingsAfter an outstanding start of the season, the Blues have struggled to maintain the impressive performance in the past few weeks, having failed to secure all three points in three out of their previous four league clashes.After running unbeaten in 18 games across all competitions, the London outfit has suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium. What’s more, they allowed the returnees, Wolverhampton Wanderers, to come back from a goal down and clinch a 2-1 victory last midweek.However, former Napoli manager believes he needs to get some time to help his side return to the top of the Premier League.“What happens if Guardiola had no time in City? Maybe the best team in the world (would not have been) City in the last year,” he told Evening Standard.“My problem is to improve my players, to solve the situation, to solve problems, to try to gain a lot of points.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Then there is the club that will decide what is better for them.“For him (Guardiola), it’s impossible to improve 20 players in the first season.“He told me, in the first season, you have to work only on 14, 15 players otherwise you are in trouble.“You need a season just to understand the real situation here (in England).”With Chelsea expected to take on the Citizens on Saturday’s afternoon, Maurizio Sarri is poised to take Guardiola’s scalp as his team trails the unbeaten Premier League leaders by ten points.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 27 Vehicle Rollover Septic Tank Overflow Driver Disappears

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, December 27, 2018:State Police and Fire Department responded to a vehicle rollover with entrapment on 93 North, near Exit 41. (2:51am)2-vehicle crash on Lowell Street resulting in one being transported by the Fire Department. Airbag deployed. One vehicle towed. (8:05am)Andover Police reported a road rage incident. Operator of U-Haul pick-up truck approached a party with a sledge hammer on Ballardvale Street. Unknown direction of travel. Police unable to locate. (10:19am)A Lawrence Court homeowner reported a package was taken from their mailbox on December 23. (12:15pm)Fire Department responded to brush fire in media on 93 South. (2:39pm)A Draper Drive caller reported a vehicle was running for about an hour across from her house with no one inside. Police investigated and spoke with mother of vehicle owner. Son forgot to shut it off before heading to the mall with his friends. (3:35pm)A resident reported a blue pickup truck struck their fence, trash barrels, and a school zone sign before taking off towards Salem Street. Part of bumper left behind. Tewksbury Police notified. DPW notified. (9:01pm)Septic tank at NuPath on Woburn Street was overflowing, causing water to flow into the roadway, creating icy conditions. DPW notified. (11:23pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Boeing details fixes to get 737 Max flying again

first_img Comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags 32 Photos Boeing said the fixes will “reduce the crew’s workload in non-normal flight situations and prevent erroneous data from causing MCAS activation.” Among them:MCAS will now compare inputs from two sensors, instead of just one. (The system is activated by angle-of-attack sensors near the airplane’s nose.)If the sensors disagree by 5.5 degrees or more, MCAS will not automatically activate. According to a preliminary report from the first crash in October, a faulty AOA sensor was sending incorrect information to MCAS.An indicator on the flight deck display will alert the pilots when the sensors disagree. Until now, Boeing sold a warning light alerting pilots to a fault as part of an optional package of equipment. The aircraft involved in the first crash did not have that light installed.MCAS will kick in only one time if it determines an aircraft’s nose is too high. Also, MCAS will never move the horizontal stabilizer (the flight surface on the tailplane that moves an aircraft up and down) with more force than the pilot can exert on the control column. Both crash investigations show the planes oscillated several times before crashing, indicating that the system activated several times even after pilots recovered from the dives.Flight crews will need 21 or more days of instructor-led and simulator training on the 737 Max, including interacting with MCAS, before they can fly the aircraft. Boeing and the FAA are facing charges that current 737 Max pilot training did not mention the system in order to minimize the cost and time of certifying pilots. That training is now the focus of multiple investigations including one by Congress, which opened a hearing Wednesday.Boeing didn’t give a timeline for the changes or say when the 737 Max, which remains grounded around the world, might carry passengers again. Before that can happen, the FAA and aviation safety agencies in other countries will need to certify the fixes as safe. Airlines will then need to install them and retrain crews. A 747 story: The history of the jumbo jet 1 Share your voicecenter_img Aviation Boeing “The 737 family is a safe airplane family. And the 737 Max builds on that tremendous history of safety that we’ve seen for the last 50 years,” he said. “We’re working with customers and regulators around the world to restore faith in our industry and also to reaffirm our commitment to safety.”Though the official causes of both accidents have not been determined, investigators have found clear similarities. Under scrutiny is a flight control system called MCAS (for Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) that pushes the 737 Max’s nose down when it determines that it’s too high. Preliminary data from both crashes show that flight crews struggled to take control as the airplanes continually dove just after takeoff.  Eager to assure airlines and passengers that its best-selling airplane is safe, Boeing on Wednesday announced how it will update a flight control system that’s at the center of investigations into crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people.Speaking at the company’s 737 factory in Renton, Washington, Boeing executive Mike Sinnett opened the briefing by expressing sympathy for the victims of both crashes and for their families.  2:33 Tech Industry How United Airlines prepares a Boeing 777 between flightslast_img read more

Road rage Reckless bus mows down 5yrold at Nagerbazar

first_imgKolkata: Two persons including a five-year-old girl died in the city in two separate accidents in Nagerbazar and Chinar Park.The traffic at Nagerbazar came to a halt on Tuesday as local people put up a blockade after a five-year-old girl was crushed under the wheels of the bus in which she was travelling. Immediately after the incident, the locals got agitated, protesting against the death of the child due to rash and negligent driving. The girl, identified as Anushka Kar, was a resident of Kalindi near Lake Town and studied at a local English medium school in class one. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn Tuesday morning, the five-year-old had boarded a private bus while travelling to her school, accompanied by her mother. Witnesses said that as soon as the mother-daughter duo got down at Kajipara near Nagerbazar, the bus increased its speed at an alarming rate and before the child could move from the spot, the rear wheels of the bus crushed her underneath. The child was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared her brought dead. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter the incident, local people took to protests in anger over the incident, blocking the road. But even after the police arrived at the spot, the locals refused to withdraw the blockade. Eventually, an altercation erupted between police and the protesters. The locals complained that although the vehicles move recklessly in the area during the wee hours, the police have not taken any adequate measure. The footpath has been taken away by the hawkers, leaving no sidewalk for the pedestrians. The area has become an accident-prone zone as a result. The protesters further claimed that if no action is taken to ensure the safety of common people, the blockade will continue. A resident of the area said: “The little child died as the driver drove the bus in an extremely reckless manner. Exemplary punishment should be given to the perpetrator. Police need to be strict against the rash drivers.” Although police seized the bus which mowed down the child, the driver had managed to escape. The condition in the area later returned to normal in the evening, as the locals ceased their protests. In another incident, at around 3.45 am on Tuesday, a truck which was coming from New Town rammed into another smaller truck, arriving from the Rajarhat Road at Chinar Park, resulting in the death of one person, leaving seven others injured. The injured were later admitted to a local hospital in New Town. The deceased has been identified as a resident of the Basirhat area, a 30-year-old man identified as Bablu Mondal, who succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Both the vehicles have been detained. A case of causing death by negligence has been initiated.last_img read more