Annette Francis APTN National NewsA group of northern youth are hammering, sawing and sanding their way through their summer vacation.They’re in Ottawa for some hands on learning in carpentry.The course is being held at Algonquin college.“It’s prepared me for class hours doing things on our own,” said student Mikaela Vandell. “Finding our way through college, navigating and whatnot and just getting a taste of living in residence and coming to school on our own and finding our way.”Contact Annette here: email@example.com
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is reducing the size of its workforce assigned to driverless car technology as the company reorganizes amid weakening sales of iPhones, its biggest moneymaker.The company acknowledged the cutbacks in a Thursday statement, without specifying the number of jobs affected. CNBC reported that more than 200 employees were dismissed from Apple’s self-driving car division, known internally as “Project Titan.”Apple says some of the employees who lost their jobs in the driverless car division have been reassigned to other parts of the company. Apple says it remains committed to helping build robotic cars, something it has been working on for several years but hasn’t made as many inroads so far in the field as Waymo, a Google spinoff that began a decade ago.The Associated Press
“Mercenaries pose a threat not only to security, but also to human rights and potentially to the right of peoples to self-determination,” said Faiza Patel, who currently heads the Working Group on the use of mercenaries. “It is crucial that States cooperate to eliminate this phenomenon.” While traditionally mercenaries are understood to be soldiers hired to fight in an armed conflict or to overthrow a government, they have been used by governments in some recent conflicts against their own populations. In Côte d’Ivoire there is “considerable” evidence that the Government used some 4,500 Liberian mercenaries to avoid the results of a democratic election at the end of 2010, according to a news release issued by the five-member Working Group. In Libya, foreign fighters’ involvement in the repression of peaceful demonstrations was reported earlier this year. Such mercenaries were allegedly recruited from neighbouring African countries and Eastern Europe. Ms. Patel, who presented the group’s report to the General Assembly on Monday, told a news conference at UN Headquarters today that the panel will be visiting both Côte d’Ivoire and Libya in the next few months. Over the past year, it made three country visits – Equatorial Guinea and South Africa in 2010, and Iraq in early 2011. In addition to mercenaries, the “ever-expanding” activities of private military and security companies continue to raise a number of challenges, Ms. Patel said. “Providing security to its people is a fundamental responsibility of the State and outsourcing security to private military and security companies creates risks for human rights, hence the need to regulate their activities.” She noted that these companies continue to undertake a growing range of activities in an increasing number of countries from drug-eradication programmes in Colombia to post-conflict reconstruction. “And it is not just governments who take advantage of their services, but also NGOs [non-governmental organizations], private companies and the United Nations,” she added. For the Working Group, “the potential impact of the widespread activities of private military and security companies on human rights means that they cannot be allowed to continue to operate without adequate regulation and mechanisms to ensure accountability.” 1 November 2011A United Nations expert panel today warned of an alarming resurgence of the use of mercenaries in armed conflict, and called for regulating private military and security companies, whose activities raise numerous human rights challenges.
Radhakrishnan said the Narendra Modi-led Central Government, which had so far ensured the release of over 1,000 Tamil fishermen after coming to power, was taking every possible step to permanently stop the arrest of fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy on crossing the maritime boundary line by holding direct talks with the Prime Minister and the President of the island nation. India is prepared to resume the operation of a ferry service between Colombo and Tuticorin and it was up to the Sri Lankan Government to take a final decision in this connection, Indian Minister of State for Shipping and Highways Pon Radhakrishnan said.Radhakrishnan also said that even as the Centre is taking all out efforts to find a permanent solution for the fishermen being arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while crossing the border, the Tamil Nadu fishermen should carryout their fishing operations in a restrained fashion, The Hindu newspaper reported. Moreover, steps were being taken to conduct talks between the fishermen of the two nations. Until a permanent solution was evolved, the Tamil fishermen should carryout their fishing operations in a restrained fashion, he appealed.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on Apple product event (all times local):10 p.m. MondayApple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models that are so similar to last year’s lineup, they may be upstaged by details about the company’s upcoming video service.The company will show off its latest iPhones Tuesday at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. But the buzz surrounding its bestselling products has waned, as have sales, in the absence of compelling new features.The research firm IDC estimates iPhone shipments plunged 25% during the first half of this year. That has put more pressure on Apple to generate revenue from a services division that will soon include a video service called Apple TV Plus, which the company may also describe in more detail Tuesday.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 12:13 pm MDT Bill Clinton says Obama should follow through on pledge to let Americans keep health coverage WASHINGTON – Adding pressure to fix the administration’s problem-plagued health care program, former President Bill Clinton says President Barack Obama should find a way to let people keep their health coverage, even if it means changing the law.Clinton says Obama should “honour the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”The former president, a Democrat who has helped Obama promote the 3-year-old health law, becomes the latest in Obama’s party to urge the president to live up to a promise he made repeatedly, declaring that the if Americans liked their health care coverage, they would be able to keep it under the new law.Instead, millions of Americans have started receiving insurance cancellation letters. That, coupled with the troubled launch of the health care law’s enrolmentwebsite, has prompted Republican critics and frustrated Democrats to seek corrections in the law.House Republicans have drafted legislation to give consumers the opportunity to keep their coverage. Ten Senate Democrats are pushing for an unspecified extension of the sign-up period and in a private White House meeting last week several pressed Obama to do so. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has proposed legislation that would require insurance companies to reinstate the cancelled policies.The White House says it is working on changes that would ease the impact of the cancellations for some people. But the fixes under consideration are administrative actions, not congressional changes to the law.White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday reiterated the White House argument that the cancellations apply to only about 5 per cent of Americans who obtained health care insurance. He also argued that more than half of those people receiving termination notices would benefit from better insurance at lower prices either through expanded Medicaid or through new health care marketplaces.For the remainder, Carney said, “The president has instructed his team to look at a range of options.”The issue facing the administration now is how to ease the impact on people who are losing their plans and don’t qualify for subsidies to cover higher premiums. Carney said the White House opposes a House Republican bill, proposed by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., that would allow insurers to keep selling insurance that doesn’t offer the type of benefits required by the new law.“Any fix that would essentially open up for insurers the ability to sell new plans that do not meet standards would create more problems than it fixed,” he said.Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who advised the Obama administration on the health care law, said the White House has few if any administrative options available.One solution, he said, would be to offer a “transitional tax credit” to those consumers who are losing their insurance and must pay more for new coverage that meets the law’s standards.“I don’t know how you do that without Congress’s permission, and they’re not going to give it to you,” he said.Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second ranking Democratic leader in the Senate, on Tuesday said that while the law does face problems, he said some of the changes proposed by Republicans “are not friendly proposals. They’re designed to derail this effort.”In an interview with CNN, Durbin cautioned that if consumers are permitted to keep policies that don’t meet the law’s minimum requirements “it’s going to be difficult for the insurance industry to produce a product that really is going to serve our needs and that they can adequately tell us what it costs.”Asked whether Obama lied to the public when he promised people that they could keep their policies, Durbin said: “A couple more sentences added would clarify it.”In his interview with the website www.OZY.com , Clinton overall praised the health care legislation. “The big lesson is that we’re better off with this law than without it.”Carney noted that Clinton’s own efforts to pass health care legislation during his presidency were blocked.“The goal here is to achieve what President Clinton and presidents both Democratic and Republican sought to achieve in the past,” he said._____Follow Jim Kuhnhenn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jkuhnhenn
Marvin Gaye’s children, Sony reach settlement in case against Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ FILE – This Dec. 13, 2013 file photo shows Robin Thicke performing at Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Marvin Gaye’s children have dismissed their lawsuit against EMI after claiming the record label didn’t pursue copyright infringement against Robin Thicke because “Blurred Lines” has similarities to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” A Los Angeles judge Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, granted Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s dismissal against EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2014 2:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Marvin Gaye’s children have settled claims against a music company owned by Sony over Robin Thicke’s Grammy-nominated hit song “Blurred Lines.”The Gayes had accused EMI of not pursuing a copyright infringement case against Thicke because “Blurred Lines” has similarities to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday granted Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s dismissal of their lawsuit against EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Documents say the Gayes and Sony have an agreement and claims against Sony can’t be brought again. A representative for the Gaye family said the terms of the settlement were confidential.Dueling lawsuits between the Gaye family and Thicke remain active.Thicke and his collaborators T.I. and Pharrell Williams asked a federal judge in August to rule they didn’t copy “Got to Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines,” which is nominated for record of the year and other awards at the Jan. 26 Grammy Awards. Their song has sold 6.6 million tracks and was last year’s biggest hit. It spent 12 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.Gaye’s children accused the performers in October of copying elements of his music for “Blurred Lines.” Their lawsuit sought to block Thicke from using elements of their father’s music in other songs and claimed Thicke improperly used Gaye’s “After the Dance” for his No. 1 R&B hit “Love After War.”Representatives for Sony and Thicke didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking comment on Tuesday. A representative for Gaye’s children said in a statement they hope “the infringement claims will be resolved swiftly and in an appropriate manner.”Marvin Gaye, whose other hit songs include “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get It On,” was shot dead by his father in 1984. The family’s statement said they plan on celebrating the late singer’s 75th birthday this year.___Follow Mesfin Fekadu at twitter.com/MusicMesfin
^^^ I don’t know, the Nats seem fine.neil: In a weird way, I think the fact that Washington is still the best in the East on paper probably informed their decision to stand pat. They are playing the long game: They want to re-sign Harper and run it back.sara.ziegler: I feel like deGrom was wishing last night that he had been traded.nrakich: Yeah, the Mets are another team that did almost nothing.gfoster: They didn’t trade deGrom or Zack Wheeler. They did get a decent pitcher (maybe?) for Asdrubal Cabrera. They got a ham sandwich for closer Jeurys Familia.nrakich: Maybe their uncertain GM situation played into that?neil: I think that’s definitely true. Hard to make massive franchise-altering decisions as a three-headed GM crew. Much easier to do nothing. But this has “Mets didn’t sell high on Matt Harvey, Part II” written all over it.gfoster: The Mets’ problem is the same as it always is: They operate like a big-market team and yet they have a small-market budget.nrakich: Yeah, holding onto deGrom/Noah Syndergaard would be totally defensible if they were planning on being big players in this offseason’s insane free-agent market and contending next year. But they just haven’t earned the benefit of the doubt on that.neil: Right, holding on to these guys is the right call only if you plan on bolstering the team around them and winning in a short-term window. But it’s not like this dumpster fire of a roster is just a few pieces away, and the Wilpons have seldom proved willing to spend to truly address the team’s problems anyway.gfoster: OK, let’s talk about a team that does like open the wallet: the Dodgers.neil: Who apparently want to acquire every multi-position infielder in baseball.sara.ziegler: That’s how you solve injuries to key players.neil: Yes, I actually really like what they did. They have a ton of flexibility and depth.And now they also have someone to police the unwritten rules of baseball etiquette.sara.ziegler: Shut up, Neil.neil: Haha.sara.ziegler: And they added John Axford! Whom I had forgotten was still in baseball!gfoster: What does that infield even look like when Justin Turner gets back? I guess Chris Taylor can be moved anywhere, and Max Muncy plays a few positions.nrakich: Yeah, Machado probably goes to short and Taylor becomes a super-utility guy.neil: And that’s the beauty of it — they have a bunch of those guys who can move around.gfoster: Maybe Taylor plays pitcher’s helper.sara.ziegler: Muncy can play ANYWHERE. (On my fantasy team, at least.)nrakich: But I agree with Neil that I really like that approach. The Dodgers don’t worry about being overstocked; they just acquire talent regardless of position.gfoster: Any underrated moves?sara.ziegler: The Indians got a little heat for not making bigger moves, but I like what they did. They made the smaller trades they needed to bolster their bullpen and outfield.The Tribe also made an interesting prospect swap with the Cardinals, getting speedy centerfielder Oscar Mercado for in exchange for two lower-minor prospects. Seems like a good move when considering the imminent free agency of Michael Brantley, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Melky Cabrera.nrakich: Fun fact: Going by FanGraphs WAR, Leonys Martin was the best player traded on deadline day. An underrated pickup, IMO.sara.ziegler: That’s kind of amazing. I agree, Nathaniel.neil: I also liked Atlanta getting Kevin Gausman. He’s underrated as a guy who chews up innings at a league-average rate. He’s averaged 2.9 WAR per year over the past couple seasons, and it on pace for basically exactly that this year.nrakich: Another guy who could benefit from moving out of the AL East.sara.ziegler: What do we think about Houston picking up Roberto Osuna?nrakich: Oh man, Sara, what don’t we think?I thought it was an incredibly cynical and disappointing move, but totally in character for the Astros — find market inefficiencies wherever you can, the human element be damned.sara.ziegler: Doesn’t seem like Justin Verlander is a big fan.neil: Well, Jeff Luhnow assures us he’s changed🙄gfoster: If I were running the Astros, I would have hid that move on the same day you traded for a Machado, Harper or deGrom type. The optics are REALLY bad for them that their lone significant move was picking up the guy on a domestic violence suspension.sara.ziegler: Wouldn’t it be nice if domestic violence carried the same weight as steroid abuse? 🤔 gfoster: The Rays have a rotation?!?!neil: LOL.As of now, it’s Glasnow and only Glasnow: nrakich: And Meadows has been in the big leagues for all of 150 at bats.Plus, is Archer really that good?gfoster: He’s a little overrated, I guess.nrakich: Archer is a household name, and he always has a good FIP (fielding-independent pitching), but he hasn’t lived up to it for several years.sara.ziegler: I would take 102 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched.nrakich: Don’t get me wrong, I love his peripherals. But he’s on his third straight year now with an ERA over 4. Something isn’t translating; I don’t think we can call it luck anymore.gfoster: In the AL East though. He won’t be facing the Red Sox and Yankees every other night now.neil: (On the other hand, he’s also not facing Chris Davis.)gfoster: Chris Davis is actually 98 of those strikeouts.sara.ziegler: I think that, for where the Pirates are in the standings, this isn’t a bad move. The Cubs and Brewers are catchable, and even if Pittsburgh doesn’t make the playoffs, this was an OK trade for the future.nrakich: I did find it interesting how the Pirates and Cardinals went into deadline day in essentially the same position, but the Pirates decided to buy and the Cardinals decided to sell. I feel like the Cardinals were the smart ones there.gfoster: Speaking of the AL East … the Orioles finally fully committed to the firesale. They unloaded Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado, their entire bullpen, etc. Do we like what they got back?sara.ziegler: They got a LOT, but I’m not sure there’s a lot of value in there.neil: Yusniel Diaz was one of the best prospects acquired at the deadline.nrakich: That’s the thing about prospects, though — they’re lottery tickets. It’s good to get a lot of them, because then you will get lucky on more of them.gfoster: So they went out and bought 20 lottery tickets. That usually works.neil: And as we wrote about, many of the buyers had already emptied their farm systems in previous deals, so there weren’t as many future stars to be had in these deadline deals.nrakich: They also unloaded, what, $35 million? Baseball Twitter is speculating that they’ll use that money to be active in the international market.gfoster: Boston was relatively quiet. We have a Red Sox fan (Nathaniel) here and a quasi-Red Sox fan in Neil. Was there anything else they could have done?neil: They should have gotten bullpen help!!!sara.ziegler: They should have foreseen the Chris Sale injury and gotten another starter.Lance Lynn was there for the taking!neil: You mean Nate Eovaldi isn’t equivalent to Chris Sale???sara.ziegler: Um…nrakich: At first glance, the Red Sox look fine as is; they’re a loaded team, projected to finish with the best record in baseball. But as Neil has written extensively, the best teams should actually be the most desperate to buy, because the playoffs are such a crapshoot and you want to maximize your chances there when you can. That’s a long way of saying that, yeah, they should have done more.I would’ve liked to see them get future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre. Ian Kinsler kind of plugs that hole, but Beltre would look so good in that lineup.gfoster: We are big Adrian Beltre supporters here at FiveThirtyEight (as evidenced here and here).nrakich: That said, there’s another trade deadline at the end of August — the waiver trade deadline. Beltre could still be traded before then.gfoster: Yes, that’s key. The Astros got Verlander in this period a year ago.neil: I’ve long been a Kinsler fan, so it’s nice to see him in a position to impact another World Series run.sara.ziegler: It does sorta feel like the Red Sox and Yankees just kept pace with each other.Which is what they do.nrakich: 💪💪💪 racegfoster: The Yankees were more busy. Lance Lynn, Zach Britton, J.A. Happ. Not exactly star power, but they seemed to fill in any remaining holes in rotation and bullpen. Anything missing for them? Besides humility?nrakich: You know what Steinbrenner always used to say: Any season where you don’t trade for Bryce Harper is a disappointment.neil: In this insanely top-heavy year, the Yankees, Red Sox and other top contenders with roughly 100 percent playoff odds are just about making small tweaks for the real battles to come.gfoster: But it’s all for naught if you don’t win a one-game playoff, which presumably features Severino and not, say, Lance Lynn.sara.ziegler: Lynn wins Wild Card game in mop-up role after Severino gives up three runs in the first.neil: Not that Sara the Twins fan is bitter. ^^gfoster: Let’s talk Harper. Did the Nats do the right thing?nrakich: I will probably get some pushback on this, but I think the Nats should have bought. They’re still the best team in the NL East, with FanGraphs projecting they will go .577 the rest of the way.But there’s also a good argument for selling. Their Doyle Number was 0.3. Harper would have extracted a nice haul from a team like the Indians, who badly needed him. (Their outfielders have a .699 OPS on the season.)But they didn’t do either!They traded Brandon Kintzler, and that’s it.As Neil has written, doing nothing is pretty much the worst thing you can do.gfoster: Meanwhile, the Nats are still batting in the bottom of the seventh against the Mets, up 164-1. Keith Hernandez now pitching for New York.neil: LOL.sara.ziegler: nrakich: Yeah, that’s a ridiculous double standard. No way Houston trades for Osuna if he’s not eligible for the playoffs.sara.ziegler: Great point.nrakich: Although if I were commissioner, I’d have never instituted the no-playoffs-for-PED-users rule in the first place.gfoster: Colorado was oddly quiet? Do they know they are a half-game out of first?nrakich: They had a higher Doyle Number than the Braves!neil: Yeah, that was kind of a head-scratcher.nrakich: That would have been an interesting destination for Harper. (Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez are both not getting it done.) Could you imagine the dingers?gfoster: His home runs would be landing in Vail.neil: Another one that could blow up (or be brilliant) is the Cubs getting Cole Hamels. He has been very bad this year, and not good in a couple of years, but maybe you write that off to playing in Texas. He certainly has a great postseason reputation, and the Cubs’ rotation has been so bad that every little bit helps.nrakich: Hamels’s home run to fly ball ratio is 21 percent. I have to believe that’s gonna come down.To Neil’s point, he also has a 2.93 ERA on the road compared with 6.41 in Texas.gfoster: Last question: What was the biggest disappointment of the deadline?nrakich: I think the biggest disappointment, as a fan, was not seeing anything truly epic go down. There are good reasons for that, but the outlook for the rest of the season is basically what it was before the deadline.sara.ziegler: Definitely, Nathaniel. The trade deadline is way more fun when the big names switch teams. I would have loved to see Harper go to the Dodgers or deGrom to the Brewers. That kind of move always makes the stretch run more interesting.It’s substantially less fun when your team is bad and sells off guys you liked. *sad trombone*neil: Yeah, if there was a disappointment, it was that the most earth-shattering names being floated didn’t really get moved. We even got a brief tease overnight Monday that Harper might be on the move. But nope.gfoster: I wanted a relative underdog to take a bigger swing. Oakland was super quiet, despite being in a great position and having an interesting team. The only ballclub in this tier that went for it was Pittsburgh, and that deal was pretty much panned.nrakich: To borrow one of our favorite expressions from the politics desk, the deadline didn’t change my priors much. This is a Red Sox/Yankees/Astros/Dodgers/Cubs world, and everyone else is just living in it.gfoster: Feels like a Debbie Downer ending for us? But at least these last two months will be fun. The top teams are all absolutely loaded.Update: Nationals have taken a 754-5 lead in the eighth. Mr. Met is pitching and his stuff doesn’t look good. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): It’s officially August, which means the MLB trade deadline has passed and baseball’s contenders (more or less) have all their pieces in place for the stretch run. There were a boatload of moves over the past couple of weeks and a bunch at the buzzer yesterday, so let’s sort it out with a Slack chat! Let’s start with this: What was the most surprising move (or nonmove) of the past month?Also: Sorry for promising bagels and then not bringing bagels.sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, general editor): I feel betrayed.neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): I guess it doesn’t count as “surprising” that the Mets froze up and didn’t do anything significant of note with their most tradeable assets…sara.ziegler: The Brewers stockpiling infielders when they needed a pitcher is a little confusing. But I guess when you can’t get Jacob deGrom, you get … Jonathan Schoop.nrakich (Nathaniel Rakich, elections analyst/baseball writer): Yeah, Sara, I thought that was a lateral move for the Brewers. Schoop has the same WAR (FanGraphs version) as Jonathan Villar, whom the Brewers traded. But they also gave up two prospects, including their No. 4 prospect, Luis Ortiz.Schoop brings power while Villar brings speed, but the Brewers are already tied for third in the National League in home runs.sara.ziegler: I’m still really bummed that the Brewers didn’t demand Eric Hosmer from the Padres to complete their reconstruction of the 2015 Royals.nrakich: Most surprising to me was the Pirates’ trade for Chris Archer. They made a big show of dumping Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen during the offseason, and now they turn around and get Archer, who is a poor excuse for Cole. Cole, meanwhile, has gone absolutely bananas in Houston.neil: That I agree with ^^nrakich: Cole has a 2.55 ERA and 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings this year. If the Pirates had that, they’d be in prime Wild Card position right now. Instead, they get a third of a season of Archer and his 4.31 ERA.neil: The Pirates have been hot recently — they’ve won 16 of 20, including Tuesday night vs. the Cubs — but it was almost the worst time to get hot, because it convinced them to buy after (like you said) acting like sellers for a while. That said, Archer is under team control longer than Cole would have been, so it’s not a totally win-now move for Pittsburgh.sara.ziegler: Yeah, I don’t think the Pirates took their Doyle Number to heart.gfoster: But don’t you respect a team for going for it? There’s less of that now with all the teams trying to tank — as Neil wrote this week. Also, I don’t think Austin Meadows or Tyler Glasnow are THAT good. They could be almost selling high.nrakich: Ooh, fightin’ words. The tarnish has gone off their prospect shine, but there’s still time for them to turn it around.gfoster: They are touted prospects, but are they stars? Will the Pirates regret this in five years?nrakich: Glasnow has turned things around after a rough start to the season:
Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 12:11 PM Share9 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3302548 Source: AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via APAROUND 20,000 PEOPLE were evacuated from an area today in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region near the border with Russia after a massive fire at a military arsenal.The fire at the depot in Balaklia, which holds large-caliber artillery rounds and is one of Ukraine’s largest, erupted early this morning, prompting the evacuation and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to fly to the area to monitor the blaze, which is still raging.An area the size of 40 kilometers around the depot has been closed for flights.Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said at a briefing that the fire had likely been staged by Russian or separatist saboteurs who probably used a drone. Poltorak said there was no immediate word on casualties. Short URL 10 Comments Pictures: 20,000 people evacuated from area after massive fire at Ukrainian arms depot Ukrainian authorities said that they suspected Russian involvement. By Associated Press Mar 23rd 2017, 12:11 PM 8,309 Views Source: AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via APThe separatist authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk have rejected Poltorak’s accusations, arguing in statements carried by the Interfax news agency that the blaze was likely rooted in corruption and incompetence among the Ukrainian military.There was a fire at the same arsenal in 2015 but the military managed to quickly put it out before munitions started detonating. The huge depot held about 138,000 metric ton of ordnance. Source: AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via APUkraine’s chief military prosecutor, Anatolii Matios, also said on Facebook that the blaze was sparked by an act of sabotage and dismissed charges that the fire was an attempt to cover up ammunition theft from the depots, saying it had been protected by nearly 1,000 guards.The Kharkiv region lies just north of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where Ukrainian troops have been fighting Russia-backed separatists. The conflict has killed more than 9,800 since April 2014. Source: AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via APUkraine’s defense ministry said controls on the border with Russia have been tightened.Read: Ukraine bans Russia’s Eurovision singer from entering the countryRead: Donald Trump takes Twitter aim at Germany and claims it owes ‘vast sums of money’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Public television organisation the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) spent £193.6 million on hiring talent in 2016-2017, compared to £198.3 million in 2015-2016.Its BBC annual report and accounts 2016-17 also showed that the employee wage bill has increased for the organisation’s 21,271 staff members, rising from £990 million in 2016 to £1 billion in 2017. Total remuneration, including pension, restructuring, and social security costs, increased from £1.3 billion to £1.4 billion. This includes employees across the PSB Group, BBC Worldwide, other commercial businesses incorporated within the BBC, but excludes agency and freelance staff.An annex to the annual report, BBC pay disclosures July 2017, details individuals at the BBC who are paid more than £150,000 from license fee revenue in each financial year. The organisation is required to publish this information on an annual basis under the terms of its Royal Charter.Presenter Chris Evans is listed as the highest paid on-air talent at the BBC, earning between £2,200,000 and £2,249,999. Presenters Claudia Winkleman and Alex Jones are the highest paid women, earning £450,000-£499,999 and £400,000-£449,999, respectively. Casualty actors Derek Thompson and Amanda Mealing are the highest paid actors at the BBC, earning between £350,000 and £399,999, and £250,000 and £299,999 respectively.Tony Hall, director general at the BBC, said: “Of the 43,000 talent contracts with the BBC last year, less than a quarter of 1% were paid more than £150,000.“The BBC produces some of the nation’s most loved television and radio and the most trusted news, while operating in a competitive market with the likes of Sky, ITV, Netflix and Amazon. It is widely acknowledged that on the whole the BBC pays less than its competitors while delivering high-quality and award-winning content.“We have significantly reduced the total bill spent on paying talent, down again this year by 2.5%. The bill for top talent is down 10% year on year, and down by a quarter over the last five years. The amount we pay the very highest earners has dropped by 40% across the same period. At the same time, there has been significant cost inflation across the industry, so that BBC has made savings in an environment where costs are significantly up.“However, the great majority of the public say that they want the BBC to try to have the best talent on its programmes. The BBC does not exist in a market on its own where it can set the market rates. If we are to give the public what they want, then we have to pay for those great presenters and stars. The public agree.“The BBC has led the way on transparency, which is unique in the media market, publishing salaries of senior managers earning over £150,000 since 2009, and numbers of talent in pay bands since 2010. It is our aim to pay senior managers less than the market rate, and those at the top of the organisation are paid less than half of what their commercial rivals receive.“On gender and diversity, the BBC is more diverse than the broadcasting industry and the Civil Service. We have set the most stretching targets in the industry for on-air diversity and we’ve made progress, but we recognise there is more to do and we are pushing further and faster than any other broadcaster.“At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two thirds are men and one third are women. We’ve set a clear target for 2020: we want all our lead and presenting roles to be equally divided between men and women. And it’s already having an impact. If you look at those on the list who we have hired or promoted in the last three years, 60% are women and nearly a fifth come from a BAME background. Meeting our goal on this is going to have a profound impact not just on the BBC, but the whole media industry. It’s going to change the market for talent in this country.”
LAHORE: A Pakistani court on Tuesday summoned an official of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police on a petition filed by Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed challenging his arrest in the terror financing cases. The Lahore High Court held the hearing after Saeed and 67 other leaders of Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat (FIF) filed a fresh petition removing the objection of the Registrar office. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The LHC Registrar office earlier had raised an objection on the petition of Saeed and others that they attached pictures of mosques with it (petition) which were built on the occupied land in order to give it a “religious colour”. “A two-member LHC bench comprising Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi and Justice Mushtaq Ahmed on Tuesday issued the notice to the CTD to file a reply on Saeed and others’ petition within two weeks. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The court also summoned a CTD official concerned after two weeks to explain about the arrest of Saeed and others in terror financing,” a court official told PTI after the hearing. The petitioners’ counsel Advocate A K Dogar gave arguments in the court. Dogar said Saeed has no link with Al-Qaeda or any other terrorist organisation. “Hafiz Saeed also has no connection with the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba,” he said. Advertise With Us Dogar further said the Indian lobby has been propagating against his client as he was not involved in the deadly Mumbai attacks. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which was responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. He was arrested on July 17 in a terror financing cases. He is kept at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail in high security. The JuD chief and others prayed to the LHC to declare that the property detailed in the petition was “dedicated for the purpose of mosques and is being used as such, therefore, the FIRs are without lawful authority and of no legal effect.” The CTD had registered 23 FIRs against the petitioners on the charges of “terror financing” in different cities of Punjab province. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets and properties made and held in the names of Trusts or Non Profit Organisations (NPO), including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust. “These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held and used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.
MA MannanGazipur City Corporation mayor MA Mannan on Monday resumed office three days after his suspension.Also a leader of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Mannan along with pro-BNP councillors went to Gazipur Nagar Bhaban on Monday noon and sat in his office.Leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies welcomed Mannan with flowers in front of the main gate of the city corporation office around 1:00pm.Speaking to journalists, Mannan said, “I have won the legal battle and now I am here to discharge my duties.”The government on Saturday suspended the pro-BNP mayor for the third time, in connection with a case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission.But on the very next day, Sunday, the High Court stayed the suspension order for three months when Mannan challenged the suspension.The authorities had appointed pro-Awami League Ward Councillor Asadur Raman Kiron as the acting mayor barely half an hour after the letter of Mannan’s suspension reached the Gazipur City Corporation office.On 12 June last year, the ACC filed a case against pro-BNP mayor Mannan and Golam Kibria with Joydebpur police station on charge of misappropriating over Tk 4.9 million of the city corporation by creating 999 unsigned fake vouchers.ACC submitted the charge sheet with Gazipur special judge court on 12 January this year last. Later on 18 January, the court accepted the charge sheet.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina attends the High-Level Leaders’ Dialogue on Climate Change: Implementation of the Paris Agreement Towards COP24 and Beyond at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the developed countries and world leaders to come forward with support for climate change adaptation and wider ‘capacity building’, reports UNB.“We need support for climate change adaptation and wider ‘capacity building’ and also for technology development and transfer in areas like agriculture, public health and disaster management,” she said.The prime minister was delivering her statement at the High-Level Leaders’ Dialogue on Climate Change: Implementation of the Paris Agreement Towards COP24 and Beyond held at the UN Headquarters.UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was present at the programme.Sheikh Hasina hoped that member states will utilise the opportunity in COP24 to have a more focused discussion on climate finance to put the world on track to meet pre-2020 ambition and long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.Mentioning that Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries, she said, “Climate change threatens our life and livelihood of our 160 million people.”In Bangladesh, she said, they have mainstreamed climate actions and disaster risk reduction in the national plan. “We’ve investment of over 1 per cent of our GDP to address the climate change impacts. Moreover, US$ 450 million has been allocated from our own resources for adaptation and mitigation purposes,” she said.The prime minister said Bangladesh has also transformed its agriculture making it more resilient to the impacts of climate change.Hasina recalled that she announced in New York five years back that as a responsible member of the international community, Bangladesh would never exceed the average per capita emission of the developing world.“Our commitment to low-carbon, climate-resilient development is firm. We plan to move to ‘Carbon budgeting’ and resilient industrialisation. We wish to ‘de-carbonise’ our ‘manufacturing pathways’,” she said.Hasina said Bangladesh has installed around six million solar home systems and provided two million improved cook stoves among the poorest.She also said Bangladesh is developing stress-tolerant crop varieties to cope with climate change impacts.“In spite of our limitations, we allocated US$385 million to our own funds for adaptation and mitigation.”
It’s not often that the stars align like they are this week. No matter what flavor of technology gets your modem dialing, you’ll be getting your fill this week. Everyone from Apple to HP has something big going down, and you’ll have a front row seat. Let’s preview some of the big points of interest.Apple’s four-day WWDC show is kicking off Monday June 10th, and all signs point to the big reveal of iOS 7. This is the first version of iOS since former software head Scott Forstall left the company, leaving Jony Ive in command of interfaces. We’ve been hearing rumors of a flatter, more modern design. Also on the potential agenda is an updated Macbook Pro and Macbook Air running Intel Haswell processors, but everyone hoping for a retina screen on the Air might be disappointed.E3 is the other big conference coming up next week, and it overlaps with WWDC. E3 is starting on Tuesday June 11th, and runs through June 13th. At this show we’re going to get more information on the next generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Sony detailed the PS4 software a few months back, but the hardware is still a mystery. The Xbox One is a known quantity now, but game announcements and demos are likely from Microsoft.The other big gaming story is the release of The Last of Us on Friday June 14, a PS3 exclusive title set in a post-apocalyptic zombie-infested world. This third-person action game will feature intense melee combat and an assortment of ranged weapons. It’s being developed by Naughty Dog, a division of Sony and the same studio responsible for the Uncharted games. The visuals are reportedly stellar and the gameplay addictive. Early reviews are solid.If you haven’t gotten your fill of conference news, HP is having its Discover meetup June 11-13th. It’s mainly a business and government-oriented show, but it might give us some clue as to where the beleaguered PC maker is going.Last but not least, Superman is returning in Man of Steel on Friday June 14th. This re-reboot of the classic franchise stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Expectations are high with director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) at the helm, and Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Inception) producing.Get ready for a big week of news, and keep your internet box tuned here.
Nintendo’s last generation console, the Wii, had a problem: it could break your TV. You may remember all those videos that appeared on YouTube back in 2007-8 of people losing grip of their Wii Remote mid swing and throwing it into their expensive plasma or LCD TV. The result was usually the need to buy a new TV due to a cracked screen. Nintendo quickly realized this was an issue and started bundling a safety strap with controllers. You could also request the strap be sent to you for free.The new generation Apple TV is going to have the exact same problem, and Apple intends to make a profit from your fear of it happening.Apple has added a touch surface and motion control elements to the remote in the form of an accelerometer and gyroscope. Game developers are expected to take full advantage of motion input. This will inevitably lead to people swinging the remote around, losing their grip, and throwing it in the direction of their HD or expensive 4K TVs.Unlike Nintendo, Apple has realized this potential problem before launch. Of course, Apple has a different take on what it should do about the issue. Where as Nintendo bundled a safety strap with the Wii Remote, Apple fully intends to charge you extra for what it is calling a Remote Loop safety strap.The Loop is basically exactly the same as the Wii Remote strap. It is listed as a forthcoming accessory for the new Apple TV, which means you’ll need to purchase it. And with this being Apple, don’t expect the Remote Loop to be particularly cheap. An official Apple HDMI cable is $19, which you also need for the Apple TV. Maybe the Loop will be a quarter of that, let’s guess $5?I didn’t particularly enjoy having a strap around my wrist when using the Wii Remote, and I expect most Apple TV owners won’t bother with the Remote Loop, especially as it isn’t free. With that in mind, expect a whole new round of YouTube videos showing TVs being smashed by a small black object.One final thought: destroying your TV with the Apple TV remote is bad, but don’t forget you can also use an iPhone as a controller. Lose grip of that mid swing and you’ll potentially smash a TV and break your phone. That Remote Loop investment looks ever more tempting…
Test hard drives for bad sectors with Hard Disk Validator by Martin Brinkmann on July 30, 2018 in Software – 24 commentsHard Disk Validator is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices to test any connected hard drive for bad sectors and related issues.Failing hard drives are quite the problem. While it is possible to mitigate data loss with the creation of regular backups, it is also necessary to find a suitable replacement for the drive, connect it to the PC and migrate data to it.Hard drives are made up of sectors that data gets written to and checksums that should match the data of a sector. The checksum data does not match the data of the sector in bad sectors; this can be caused by power outages, unexpected restarts, failing hard drives, and other issues, for instance the one that throws “The memory could not be written” error messages.Hard Disk Validator may be used to run a series of checks on hard drives to find out of they have bad sectors or are becoming less reliable in other areas.You can run Hard Disk Validator directly after you have downloaded the archive to the local system and extracted it. Note that it requires an older version of the .Net Framework, and that it may be installed during setup on newer versions of the Windows operating system.We have reviewed comparable programs in the best. Check out HDDScan, Disk Scanner, or HDD Guardian to name just a few.Hard Disk ValidatorThe program interface is straightforward. Select one of the connected drives at the top, and then one of the available test scenarios on the right. Note that the developer suggests to run only read tests on the operating system drive. He suggests to either connect the drive to a secondary PC to run the test, or boot into a recovery environment to run it from there.As always, it is recommended to create a backup of the entire hard drive before you use Hard Disk Validator.You may run the following four operations:Read — tests read capabilities. Will test all sectors of the hard drive to find bad sectors.Read – Wipe Damaged – Read — Same as above. Only difference is that the program attempts to overwrite bad sectors to read again from them to verify if they are okay.Read – Write – Verify – Restore — Writes test patterns to disk to verify them to make sure sectors are okay. Restores the original data afterward.Write – Verify — Same as above but without the restoration of the original data.Tests take different execution times with read being the fastest. The program displays all sectors of the hard drive and uses color codes to indicate the status of the sector. Green means everything is okay and red that the sector is damaged.Closing WordsHard Disk Validator is a program that you run when you suspect that a hard drive may be failing, or for verification on a regular schedule. There is no option to schedule scans so that you have to run the program manually whenever you want to verify hard drives.The program reveals bad sectors of hard drives to you and may be used to fix them if the issue has not been caused by hardware failures.Now You: Do you check your drives regularly?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 3 votes Software Name Hard Disk ValidatorOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://github.com/TalAloni/HardDiskValidator Advertisement
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Agfa’s technology strategy also saves storage and sharing costs. In addition, said the report, hospitals have begun to employ the Enterprise Imaging Exchange Suite as part of a merger and acquisition strategy that looks to merging clinical needs ahead of infrastructure needs. This strategy help providers keep patients’ continuity of care needs at the forefront.The report features various use cases and opinions of actors throughout the image sharing chain, providing insight to a new and evolving market. In each, the value and ease-of-use of Agfa HealthCare’s solutions is highlighted. Agfa HealthCare’s image sharing solution covers use cases from trauma to telemedicine to home health and more. This approach has helped broaden the definition of image sharing with new use cases that were not previously considered.In trauma, where time is of the essence, Agfa’s solution does not require either a cloud or VPN and can get images where they need to be in a matter of seconds. In telemedicine, Agfa’s technology can be used to allow patients, caregivers and referring providers to upload images to specialists for consult, either as a second opinion or as a follow-up to a prior visit. 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Japan National Tourism OrganisationVisit Japan Source = Travel Managers Australia TravelManagers Australiabecome a Personal Travel Manager hereAbout TravelManagers TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2014. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 480 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Hakone Banquet Dinner: dinner is served, traditional Japanese-style, for a very happy Jennifer JonesKonnichi Wa to TravelManagers from JapanJapan may be only one-twentieth the size of Australia but it punches well above its weight for cultural, historical and gastronomic diversity. Two of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) are now more confident in selling this fascinating destination to their clients thanks to invitations from Japan Holidays to participate in a seven-day famil hosted by the Japan National Tourism Organization.Jennifer Jones is TravelManagers’ representative for Wahroonga on Sydney’s upper north shore. She says her clients are already benefiting from her new-found knowledge of Japan.“Having had the opportunity to experience first-hand what Japan has to offer, I can now suggest various experiences in certain cities, from a three-hour bike and kimono experience in Kyoto, to a sushi-making lesson in Tokyo.”Jones says she was surprised and impressed by the diversity of experience available to visitors.“I would have no problem recommending Japan to anyone because I could provide honeymooners with a different set of experiences to a history buff or a family,” she explains.TravelManagers’ Sheri Foreman, representative for Eagle Heights in the Gold Coast hinterland, also participated in the famil. She says clients who are anxious about the language barrier or personal safety have nothing to fear.“I felt genuinely welcomed to Japan. The feeling of personal safety and level of courtesy were even higher than I had expected.”Jones agrees with this observation.TravelManagers’ Jennifer Jones and Sheri relished the opportunity to soak up traditional Japanese cultural experiences during their week-long famil“The Japanese people were very friendly and obliging, making us feel welcome wherever we went,” she says. “It’s also very kid-friendly so it definitely suits the family market.”For both PTMs, a visit to Hiroshima was a special highlight of their time in Japan.“Hiroshima leaves you with a deeper understanding and compassion for the Japanese people and their level of suffering as a result of the dropping of the atomic bomb,” explains Foreman.Jones agrees that their time in Hiroshima lived up to expectations.“The Japanese people have built an amazing Peace Park and Museum. Many of the victims of the A-Bomb who are still alive today give talks to share their experience with visitors: it was very insightful and very moving.”Equally jaw-dropping but for a different reason was Jones’ first experience of the world-famous Shinkansen or “bullet train”.“To stand on the platform when a bullet train goes past is literally jaw-dropping – I have never seen anything move so fast in my life!”Both Jones and Foreman also savoured the opportunity to try as many Japanese gastronomic delights as possible. From vanilla and green tea-flavoured ice cream to kushikatsu (deep fried meat and vegetable skewers) or okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), Japan is foodie heaven.“Coffee is not as we know it though,” adds Foreman. “It’s usually canned and bought from a vending machine – you choose the colour red for hot or blue for cold!”For less adventurous diners, Foreman says there were plenty of options to suit a more Western palate.“The shopping arcades and train stations often have a whole floor of restaurants, where hungry travellers will usually have the choice of traditional Japanese or more Western-style meals. They’re sometimes on the top floor so you get to enjoy great views of the city while you eat,” she adds.According to Foreman, another highlight was the three-hour bike ride through the back streets of Kyoto, including the geisha district and the parkland with its beautiful temple and shrines.“I felt we were able to experience everyday Japan, as the Japanese live – and after all the yummy food we’d eaten, the exercise was very welcome too!”Jennifer Jones PTM – Kimono Experience: TravelManagers’ Jennifer Jones is a fan of her traditional Japanese kimonoJones was equally impressed with her time in Kyoto. With a population of close to 1.4 million people, it was much bigger than she had expected.“The train station is huge, with lots of shops and an amazing shopping mall with many well-known international brands.”After an action-packed itinerary that squeezed in as many highlights as possible, both Jones and Foreman says they would happily return to Japan.“I would like to visit Japan again in all four seasons as I believe each will provide an entirely different experience,” Foreman says. “Japan is ideally suited to those who wish to travel the length and breadth of it, soaking up the atmosphere and different experiences. I’m excited to start sharing what I’ve seen with my clients.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.
Continuing its celebrations of the 2018 Year of Gastronomy campaign, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) will be setting up its colourful food truck once again, at Sydney’s SMOOTH Festival of Chocolate, a food-lover’s festival being held for the first time at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.Festival-goers will have the chance to sample the Tastes of Macao with free plates of specially-prepared Macanese delicacies, including African Chicken, Pork Chop Buns and the iconic Macanese egg tarts.A crowd of more than 40,000 is expected to converge on the festival this coming weekend – 1-2 September.For three hours each day from 3 September to 8 September, the truck will be in and around Sydney locations including in the CBD at Circular Quay, Martin Place and Central Station, as well as suburban Parramatta and Chatswood.The truck will then venture south along the motorway to Melbourne for appearances in Carlton, Federation Square, St Kilda and South Bank (14-18 September). 2018 Year of GastronomyMacao Food TruckMacao Government Tourism Office
Technology and fashion meet economyEVA called on the Boeing Company’s long-time working partner, Teague, to completely redesign Economy Class on its new 787 Dreamliners. It selected a colour palette that complements shades used in Royal Laurel Class and has created a cabin that is exquisitely elegant.EVA selected ergonomically designed Economy class seats from RECARO, which feature leather headrests that adjust as much as six inches from the top of the seatback to the highest position. It added customised neck supports with functions, allowing passengers the flexibility to adjust the angle in six directions. It also upgraded the IFE with 12-inch HD touchscreen monitors at every seat, giving passengers more comfort and satisfying entertainment needs 30,000 feet in the air.In addition to this first Boeing 787-9, EVA expects to take delivery of three more of this model, followed by its first Boeing 787-10 in the second quarter of next year. EVA plans to be operating a total of 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners by 2022.EVA estimates that it will launch the new Dreamliner on its maiden flight by the end of October 2018. It will fly the aircraft on its Taipei–Hong Kong route until its second Dreamliner is ready to deploy and it can extend the plane’s services to Japan. EVA will steadily expand Dreamliner service to more routes in its network as it adds more of the aircraft to its fleet. Go back to the enewsletterEVA Air has unveiled a brand-new Business class cabin that will enter service next month when the carrier begins operation using a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.The Dreamliner is configured with 304 seats across two cabins, featuring 26 Royal Laurel Class Business seats and 278 seats in the Economy class cabin.EVA chose Designworks, a BMW Group company, to synchronise the airline’s international brand image and the Dreamliner’s unique craftsmanship into the design of this latest generation of Royal Laurel Class seats. The design team stepped away from conventional aircraft design and used core concepts of space and brand to create tailor-made business class seats seamlessly integrated into a bespoke cabin environment. The team used mature, muted colours to enhance the feeling of a comfortable, spacious environment.EVA’s new Royal Laurel Class business cabin seats are 23 inches (58.4 cm) wide and recline into flat-bed positions that can stretch out to as much as 76 inches (193 cm) long, enabling passengers to lie down, get comfortable and sleep on long-haul flights.“We wanted EVA’s business class experience to be fresh and memorable for passengers and to make service, design and brand all work together,” said Design Director Johannes Lampela from Designworks’ LA Studio.“Our goal was to take a proven seat platform and make it unique to EVA. From privacy, service, interaction, stowage and amenities, we explored the holistic passenger experience.”EVA created more comfortable personal spaces by equipping its redesigned Royal Laurel Class seats with adjustable privacy panels and generous built-in storage cabinets. The airline upgraded the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems with 18-inch HD touchscreen monitors, the latest noise-cancelling headphones, extra-large fold-out tables for dining or work and auxiliary outlets and USB ports for recharging personal devices or accessing files from Media Player, Photo Viewer and PDF Reader. Go back to the enewsletter