Air Transat slammed fined for handling of hourslong tarmac delay

OTTAWA — A federal agency has ordered Air Transat to cover out-of-pocket expenses for passengers who were caught in an hours-long tarmac delay this summer as part of a ruling that slams the airline’s handling of the fiasco.The Canadian Transportation Agency said Air Transat broke its tariff agreement with customers about when they can be let off a flight due to a tarmac delay.The ruling made public Thursday comes almost four months after two flights — one from Rome, the other from Brussels — sat on the tarmac in Ottawa for almost five and six hours, respectively, with passengers not allowed to disembark.How Air Canada is vying to lure U.S. international travellers to fly through TorontoTransat calls on government to remove joint venture provision from Bill C-49One of the two aircraft ran out of fuel during the delay, then lost power, causing the air conditioning system to shut down.During two days of hearings in August, passengers described how tensions mounted as temperatures rose, a child threw up on board one plane and ultimately a passenger on the Brussels flight called 911, attracting widespread media attention.A number of people who were on board the planes told the hearings they would have given anything to be allowed to disembark, even if it meant additional delays or a two-hour drive back to Montreal.Weather caused the two flights to be diverted to Ottawa on July 31, along with about 20 other planes in an incident that appears to have taxed airport resources in the national capital to their limit. Fuelling teams, for instance, ran out of fuel on several occasions.Among the planes was an Airbus 380, the largest to land that day.The need to find a place to park that Air Emirates flight forced crews to move the two Air Transat planes to the airport taxiway, where they could be neither refuelled nor serviced. As a result, they ended up being among the last planes to be refuelled.The airline argued it shouldn’t be held liable for what happened, blaming the airport authority and refuellers among others for the delays.Transportation agency members agree that Air Transat was not solely responsible for the delays, but said the extraordinary situation didn’t relieve Air Transat from its commitment to its customers.The agency said Air Transat’s tariff agreement with customers is too broad and gives pilots too much discretion about when to let passengers leave an airplane, despite wording that says passengers have the option of disembarking after a 90-minute delay.Air Transat must amend the wording to require passengers to disembark after a delay of four hours, unless there are safety, security, or air traffic control issues that prevent it.The airline is also being ordered to amend its rules to update passengers every 30 minutes. It also said the airline must ensure there are working bathrooms and provide medical assistance as needed during long delays.A representative from Air Transat was not immediately available to respond to the ruling.The federal government’s proposed air passenger bill of rights, which is stuck in the Senate, would set strict new standards for airlines to follow when flights are cancelled or delayed. read more

Annan begins official visit to Ukraine discusses global hotspots with President Kuchma

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with President Kuchma, the Secretary-General said they had discussed Ukraine’s role in the UN, including its active contribution to UN peacekeeping.“And we did discuss crisis spots around the world and the need for us to use political means to resolve all these problems and our differences, because, quite honestly, in most of these situations there’s no military solution and the only way out is political dialogue and a political solution,” he said.Asked about the international response to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, Mr. Annan noted that during the emergency phase attention had been focused on the problem. “And now we should not take our eyes off the ball and we must remain focused, particularly in dealing with the human aspects of the crisis,” he said. “We are going to remain engaged and I assured the President that in my own contacts with world leaders I will encourage them to do the same.”On his arrival in Ukraine on Sunday, the Secretary-General was asked at a press briefing about Ukraine’s intention to join NATO. In reply, he noted that the European continent was “coming together,” and added, “I think it is important that Ukraine is making these attempts to get closer to the rest of Europe.”Mr. Annan pointed out that all European Union countries were striving to share common values of democracy, human rights and governance based on the rule of law. “Ukraine is becoming an important part of that movement, and I’m pleased about that,” he said. read more

Mia Tindall brings pet dog to support her mother Zara at horse

first_imgSavannah Phillips, Isla Phillips and Mia Tindall Credit: GoffPhotos.com Mr and Mrs Tindall announced at the end of last year that they had sadly lost the baby they were expecting just a month after they announced the pregnancy.A spokesman for the couple said:  “Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Tindalls also live on the estate. Mia was born at nearby NHS hospital the Gloucestershire Royal in 2014.Mrs Zindall last year missed out on a place at the Rio Olympics after she failed to make the equestrian team because of problems with her horse. She was part of the silver medal winning team at London 2012.  Mia was pictured with her cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips, whose parents are Autumn and Peter Phillips, Mrs Tindall’s brother. Her well-behaved pet dog appeared to follow dutifully wherever Mia led him.  Three-year-old Mia Tindall brought an extra supporter along as she attended the Gatcombe Horse Trials to cheer on her mother Zara.She was pictured devotedly walking the family pet Boxer, called Spey, at the event. Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips and Mia Tindall  Mia was joined by her former rugby player father Mike Tindall as they attended the horse trials in Gloucestershire, which took place on Mother’s Day. Mrs Tindall rode Fernhill Facetime in the equestrian event on her mother Princess Anne’s estate.  Zara Tindall took part in the event Credit:Steve Parsons /PAcenter_img Mia with her father Mike TindallCredit:Steve Parsons /PA Mike Tindall Mia Tindall Mike Tindall with his daughter Mia  Mike Tindall with his daughter Mia Credit:Steve Parsons/PA Mia Tindall with her pet dogCredit:REX/Shutterstock Zara Tindall rides Fernhill Facetime at the Land Rover Gatcombe Horse trialslast_img read more

Care homes should prioritise wifi to make sure grandchildren come to visit

“Wi-fi can be the difference between allowing a medical professional, a GP to see a patient urgently and making that decision as to whether they need to be rushed into A&E and actually whether they’re OK, it’s a UTI and they need a course of antibiotics. “It can help manage staff rotas so businesses become more efficient, there’s a continuity of care and also the business is sustainable,” she told an audience at the event organised by think tank the Resolution Foundation. Research published by Citizens Advice has found that one in five care homes do not offer wi-fi to residents and one in four care home staff did not know whether or not it was available.”Where wi-fi is not available, residents would have no access to Skype, Facebook, email or other services that might be used to keep in touch with friends and family unless they arrange mobile internet for themselves at extra cost,” the charity warned.  Care homes need to prioritise wifi to make sure grandchildren come to visit, care minister Caroline Dinenage has said. Speaking at an event in London the minister said not enough homes allowed their residents to access wi-fi. She said internet access could help older people stay in touch with their families and encourage younger members to come and visit more often. “Wi-fi actually can encourage your grandchildren to come and visit. Because they will sit there, and you can do something together,” she said. Dementia patients can be helped by “incredible online tools to help people and trigger memories and for therapeutic things,” she added. Online systems are available which allow patients and their families to upload photo albums, music playlists and videos that they can then watch together. She added that a lack of internet access could cause problems with access to medical care and information as well as making it more difficult to organise staff rotas.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Court ruling nixes accidental porn viewing convictions

first_imgThere’s been plenty of debate over the years as to what constitutes wrongdoing when it comes to your web browser. Are files that wind up on your hard drive evidence enough, if they’re limited to your browser cache? A judge in New York thinks not, and he’s brought down the banhammer on accidental porn viewing convictions.According to Senior Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick’s ruling, merely viewing illegal images (child porn, for example) does not constitute possession or procurement under New York law. An additional step must be taken for that to be the case — such as saving images to a separate folder on an internal or external hard drive — in order for an offense to occur. Either that, or you’ve got to have demonstrable knowledge of how a web browser works.While on the surface this might look like a green light to browse child porn, the truth is that it’s more about protecting people against wrongful prosecution for happening upon the wrong link at the wrong time. There are all kinds of snares set on the web nowadays, and they’re pulling people into all kinds of kinds of dangerous situations.That includes dragging them onto sites slathered with illegal content.But if your cache happens to be riddled with such images, you’re still fair game. The judge’s ruling was based on the fact that prosecutors failed to prove that the defendant knew what a browser cache was or how it worked, and was therefore unaware that anything was being saved to his hard drive as he (or someone else, as he claimed) surfed. If you’re fully aware of what a cache is and the way it functions, you’re still on the hook.More at MSNBC, via Slashdotlast_img read more

Jet skier rescued after riding out to island and getting stuck

first_img Image: Flickr/Bods Oct 24th 2016, 8:09 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3042862 Short URL 12 Comments A JET SKIER was rescued yesterday after they made their way out to an island and their craft sank, according to the Irish Coast Guard.The incident happened at about 3.30pm when rescuers received a call about missing a jet skier off Howth harbour in north county Dublin.The Irish Coast Guard team in Howth, the Coast Guard Rescue 116 Helicopter and the Howth RNLI lifeboats were all immediately tasked to the scene.After 30 minutes of searching the water and coastline, the coast guard helicopter spotted the jet skier on the north of Ireland’s Eye with their jet ski submerged under water.Ireland’s Eye is a small uninhabited island that’s located about a kilometre north of Howth harbour. The jet skier was stranded on the opposite side of the island from the harbour.After the casualty was rescued they were taken back to shore to a waiting ambulance. The jet skier was wearing a life jacket and was not seriously injured.Read: Sailing sloop with two on board rescued off Old Head of Kinsale >Read: Half a century ago Colin saved a girl from drowning; today he wants to find out what happened to her > Monday 24 Oct 2016, 8:09 AMcenter_img Ireland’s Eye pictured from the Howth shoreline. Image: Flickr/Bods 22,230 Views Jet skier rescued after riding out to island and getting stuck Their craft sank during the incident yesterday. By Rónán Duffy Ireland’s Eye pictured from the Howth shoreline. Share Tweet Email last_img read more

How the tragic loss of a child inspired a family to help

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There’s nothing that can prepare you for the tragic loss of a child, and the enduring grief that follows.Maria Mihos and her husband George know this first-hand.Tuesday 11 December would have been their first-born son’s sixth birthday. Haralambos Harrison Mihos was born premature at 23 weeks and three days, weighing just 660 grams. In critical condition, he fought for 21 hours of his life. By the next morning his body had shut down.“We’ll never know why this all occurred,” Maria told Neos Kosmos.“I had an infection – the Strep B strain; most women can have this in a pregnancy and go through with no issues. However this may’ve brought on the sudden labour for me.”Following Haralambos’ passing, a nurse at the hospital, which Maria wished not to name, offered to bring the baby to the couple, instead of them going to the morgue. They were thankful for the offer, but were shocked with the events that would follow.“They brought him to me in this zipped up black freezer bag – if you can picture like a bassinet-style, but it was fully zipped up. They were in a rush and whatnot, so they just placed him at the end of my bed … They said ‘we’ll be back in 10 to 15 minutes max’ obviously because he’s in a freezer and they can’t keep him cold,” she recalls.Left alone with their baby, Maria looked to her husband and then back at the bag, and proceeded to slowly unzip it.“Our precious boy [was] lying peacefully in the outfit we had placed him in after his first and final bath we had given him just a few short hours before.“Then they took him away and that was pretty much our only time that we spent with him until his funeral,” she says – recalling that moment as “bittersweet,” a memory which is forever imprinted in their minds.Maria with baby Haralambos Harrison. George and Maria with baby Haralambos Harrison.Maria with baby Haralambos Harrison. In the months that followed, as part of her own healing process, Maria went on to do a lot of research into infant death, and during her search came across the Cuddle Cot.A small cot, it is designed with a cooling system fitted to lie beneath the baby to give bereaved families the chance to keep their baby close, and to spend as much uninterrupted time with them as they wish before saying their final goodbye.“I thought it just would have been more comforting to have that instead of the memories that we do have. He could have been with us for as long as we wanted, it’s not rushed, it’s as close to normal as you can get,” Maria explains.A Cuddle Cot.Since then it has been a rollercoaster six years for Maria and George, who after losing Haralambos have gone on to have three children: Connor Konstantinos George, aged five; Nina Mersina, aged three-and-a-half; and Louis Lambros aged two – all of which were difficult pregnancies.It was just four months after Haralambos’ passing that Maria fell pregnant with Connor via IVF again. Told she had an “incompetent cervix,” she was bedridden in hospital and monitored closely from 24 weeks pregnant.Connor was then born at 27 weeks, and spent 86 days in the NICU and Special Care Nursery, during which he overcame the odds, and went home fit and healthy.While they have had their hands full, over the past six years their memories of Haralambos have remained a constant. Wanting to do something to honour their son’s memory with a lasting legacy, the opportunity came in late August. To coincide with pregnancy loss awareness month in October, they teamed up with charity Bears of Hope to launch a fundraiser to raise $6,000 – the cost of supplying a hospital of their choosing with a Cuddle Cot.“Now I’ve had a bit of time to breathe, but I reflect everyday. I can say it’s made us stronger, but there are many days that I don’t feel like that. All you hear from people is ‘oh wow, you’re so strong, and you show such courage’. Yes, life has gone on, and Harrison now has three baby siblings… but we go through the motions everyday. The grieving process is not something that passes; it’s like a part of my heart will always be missing,” says Maria.“So if this is just something little that we can do to help and support families that will unfortunately go through it, because it continues to happen; if you can make the healing process from the beginning a little bit easier, that’s what we hope we can do.”Baby Connor Konstantinos George.Connor defied the odds, going on to be a healthy, happy baby.George and Maria Mihos with their children Connor Konstantinos George, Nina Mersina, and Louis Lambros.A Christmas stocking for each of the Mihos children, including baby Haralambos Harrison.George and Maria.Baby Connor Konstantinos George.Along with honouring baby Haralambos’ memory, for Maria, by sharing the fundraiser with family and friends online via social media and email, it has also been a way of raising much-needed awareness about infant death, which is still very much a taboo topic.“Before all this, I didn’t know of anyone who had experienced a neonatal loss. But it’s amazing after the fact, so many people either know someone or may have gone through it themselves whether or not it was an early miscarriage, stillbirth at full term or neonatal loss and some people have never spoken about it,” she says.“You celebrate a birth; the baby books that you read do not really focus or discuss SIDS, stillborn or neonatal death. Unfortunately, we have experienced everything that tends not to be focused on too much in the books.”With Wednesday having marked what Maria has dubbed Haralambos’ sixth “Angelversary,” it was only fitting that they had surpassed their $6,000 to make their Cuddle Cot donation to St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Fitzroy where Maria, with the help of her obstetrician Dr Guy Skinner, had her three subsequent babies.Meanwhile, in addition to the money raised, a particularly generous donation was made by a family in honour of their matriarch’s passing and that of Haralambos, for the sum of $6,000.“It wasn’t planned that we’d be doing the presentation the day after Harrison’s 6th Angelversary… but in a way I’m kind of glad that it was, because it makes it a little more poignant and will help with our healing, because our healing is still everyday… it’s a grieving process that will last until the day we meet again.”The Mihos family at the St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Fitzroy on Thursday honouring baby Haralambos’ memory with the donation of a Cuddle Cot.The family visited baby Haralambos on Tuesday to commemorate what would have been his sixth birthday.The Mihos family at the St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Fitzroy on Thursday honouring baby Haralambos’ memory with the donation of a Cuddle Cot.The Cuddle Cot fundraiser will remain open until the end of the year. For those wishing to donate, visit https://cuddlecot.gofundraise.com.au/page/MariaMihos0last_img read more

La Poste propose son coffrefort virtuel gratuit

first_imgLa Poste propose son coffre-fort virtuel gratuitFrance – La Poste propose un coffre-fort virtuel où ses clients peuvent garder des documents importants en scan. Ce service, qui sera lancé dès la mi-avril, est gratuit.Diplômes, fiches de salaire ou feuilles d’impôts… tous ces documents pourront être rangés dans un coffre-fort virtuel que proposera La Poste avec Digiposte. D’autres entreprises proposent ce service mais il est soit payant, soit limité en terme d’espace. Pour Jean-Michel Molette, président de Digiposte, cette solution propose “une boîte aux lettres numérique, intelligente et sécurisée permettant de traiter son courrier numérique de façon extrêmement simple”. La Poste compte aussi aller plus loin en annonçant que le client pourra payer des factures d’électricité ou de téléphone par le biais d’Internet. Une initiative écologique, qui devrait permettre de supprimer d’importantes quantités de papier.Le 12 mars 2010 à 12:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New No 1 Contender for the WWE Championship to be announced on

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2 COMMENTS Google+ Twitter I hope not Cena, most likely Bray. WhatsApp Dinesh Jr. Pinterest gtafan4life Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW center_img Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live July 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm July 26, 2016 at 8:52 pm WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) no bray man….most like future superstar dean ambrose……………..forever Facebook Shane McMahon issued the following tweet announcing that a new No. 1 Contender for Dean Ambrose’s WWE Championship will be announced tonight on Smackdown Live.We will have full coverage of WWE Smackdown Live tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.Tonight on #SDLive, @WWEDanielBryan and I will name a new #1Contender to @TheDeanAmbrose @WWE World Championship. #TuneIn #TheMoneyShow— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) July 26, 2016 Comments are closed.last_img read more

Opening statements slated for trial of Navy SEAL accused of murder in

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:19 AM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 18, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Opening statements are scheduled Tuesday at the trial of a Navy SEAL accused of fatally stabbing a wounded teenage ISIS fighter in Iraq and shooting at Iraqi civilians.Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, 40, faces life in prison if convicted of murdering the teen in May 2017, as well as shooting a male and female civilian, and shooting at an unknown number of other civilians later that year in Mosul, Iraq.The highly decorated veteran is also accused of posing with the teen’s body in a photograph, while he and other SEALs held a reenlistment ceremony while standing over the body. Navy prosecutors estimate that the ISIS fighter was about 15 years old.Prosecutors also allege that Gallagher tried to bribe fellow SEALs not to talk about the incident to NCIS investigators.Gallagher’s defense team says the allegations come from a group of disgruntled subordinates who felt their platoon commander was too tough on them. His attorney, Timothy Parlatore, alleged in a television interview that Gallagher’s accusers are lying.“We intend to annihilate the government’s case,” Parlatore said.A statement released over the weekend by Gallagher’s defense team called the allegations “a smear campaign full of lies.”The trial has also been dogged by allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, with the trial judge finding that Navy prosecutors used tracking software to spy on the defense team’s email accounts.The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, removed Cmdr. Chris Czaplak from the case just before the trial was set to begin, ruling the prosecution sent emails to the defense and a Navy Times reporter that were embedded with code that would track the recipients’ email activity. Cmdr. Jeffrey Pietrzyk has replaced Czaplak.The judge also ordered that Gallagher be released from custody due to violations of his Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights and reduced the maximum possible sentence of life without parole to life with the possibility of parole.Gallagher’s defense team unsuccessfully sought to have the case thrown out following the email allegations.Gallagher — a 19-year Navy veteran — has received public support from President Donald Trump, who commented in a social media post earlier this year that Gallagher should be moved to less restrictive confinement and has hinted at pardoning him.Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, has also advocated pardoning Gallagher and stated publicly that he also posed with an enemy combatant’s corpse during his time in the Marines.RELATED STORY: Sean Gallagher talks about a letter he wrote to his brother Eddie Gallagher before the trial began center_img Opening statements slated for trial of Navy SEAL accused of murder in Iraq June 18, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Eddie Gallagher FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

100 Black Men of South Florida gives out over 6K food baskets

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – The tradition lives on: 100 Black Men of South Florida are once again spreading holiday cheer to residents in need.Members and volunteers came together to assemble and box Thanksgiving food baskets at a Publix supermarket in Aventura, Saturday. The baskets will ensure more than 6,000 Miami-Dade County residents will be able to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal.The baskets include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rice and other holiday favorites.They were prepared by 100 members and students from the organization’s Leadership Academy program and members of community-based organizations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Kothagudem SCCL contact workers demand hike in salaries stage

first_imgKothagudem: The contract staff of Singareni Collieries Company Limited along with the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) State vice-president (Singareni wing) Y Krishnaiah demanded the company management to solve the issues of contract workers working in housekeeping wing of the company. On Tuesday, the workers staged a protest at the General Manager’s office in Kothagudem. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Krishnaiah demanded the management to enhance the salaries of contract workers who have been for many years with meagre payments. He also sought the management to credit the salaries into workers accounts by 7th of every month as the delayed deposit of salaries post 15th of every month was causing hardships to them. After the protest, the Union leaders and workers submitted a memorandum to General Manager K Basavaiah urging him to address the issues of contract workers.last_img read more

Singer R Kelly charged with prostitution and soliciting minor in Minnesota

first_imgSinger R KellyTwitterSinger R Kelly has found himself in hot water once again as allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor surfaced in Minnesota. Kelly has reportedly been charged with prostitution and soliciting a minor girl at a concert back in 2001.The R&B singer, who is currently in a New York prison, is facing 18 total counts of sex crime charges in Chicago and New York for incidents that took place within a span of 20 years.The singer was arrested last month by the NYPD in Chicago as he was charged with federal sex trafficking allegations. R Kelly even applied for bail last week but the plea was denied. Kelly reportedly met an underage girl in Minneapolis at a promotional event. After giving her an autograph, Kelly wrote down a phone number and asked her to call, stated Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.The girl was later invited over to the singer’s hotel and eventually brought to Kelly’s room by one of his associates. The underage girl was then offered $200 to take off her clothes and dance for him, to which she complied.Freeman also added in a news conference that sexual contact did occur between the girl and Kelly. However, there was no intercourse involved. The girl was later given VIP seating for the concert.”It is despicable that Mr Kelly used his fame in order to prey on underage girls,” Freeman said during the conference.”While there are more numerous charges in the Illinois and federal cases, we wanted to make sure that our victim here in Minneapolis also receives a measure of justice. We fully expect that at some future date, Mr Kelly will have to account for his actions in Hennepin County,” added Freeman.Freeman concluded that the victim and her brother were interviewed before any charges were filed. Kelly has been charged with a series of cases pertaining to minor sexual abuse and child pornography. He has denied all the allegations against him.last_img read more

Cricket Australia launches inclusionary policy for transgender and gender diverse people

first_imgTwitterCricket Australia (CA) on August 8 announced new guidelines to support transgender and gender diverse people competing to play top-flight and community cricket.According to a media release by CA, it has developed an Elite Cricket Policy and Guidelines for Community Cricket for supporting the players who fall under the transgender and gender diverse category. The policy falls in line with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Eligibility on the Basis of Gender Recognition.According to CA Ceo Kevin Roberts, there is no reason for discriminating people based on who they are and CA ensures the inclusion of those people in cricket at every level. He mentioned that since strength, stamina and physique are important factors in top-flight cricket, there will be certain criteria which will have to be fulfilled for participation.He further mentioned that the clubs and associations have been asked to encourage the participation of the people who are subject to any kind of harassment or discrimination due to their sexual identity.Today we take a major step to ensure inclusiveness is at the heart of Australian Cricket.Learn more about the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in the game: https://t.co/XbewXwazH4#ASportForAll pic.twitter.com/cRlM2TKx21— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) August 7, 2019″It doesn’t make any sense that today, people are discriminated against, harassed or excluded, because of who they are. And that’s not right. Today we demonstrate our commitment to include people with an affirmed gender identity in the game at every level and ensure all people in our communities experience Australian cricket’s inclusive culture,” Kevin Roberts was quoted as saying by IANS.”As strength, stamina and physique are all relevant factors when competing in competitive sport, transgender and gender diverse players will be supported to participate in elite cricket, subject to certain criteria through the implementation of this policy,” he added.He further said the guidelines provide robust guidance for clubs and associations to encourage the participation of all. “It support frameworks for people who are subject to any form of harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sex or gender identity,” said Roberts.According to the policy, any player who is going to participate in the elite female cricket must establish that their concentration of testosterone in serum was less than 10 nanomoles per litre throughout the last 10 months. A referral process by an expert panel has also been set up to ensure fairness in participation. Australian female cricketers Alex Blackwell and Megan Schutt welcomed the decision by Cricket Australia.last_img read more

SUGAR Volt Boeing puts vision to work in hybrid electric aircraft

first_img This is designed as a plane that will combine electric power with traditional fuel. Boeing sees it as an energy-efficient model for future commercial flying. The Volt concept is a hybrid propulsion system, using both jet fuel and batteries, a greater wingspan and open-rotor engines. It plugs in at the airport, charges its batteries up, and flies its mission. To enable portions of flight with low or zero emissions, electricity is used as a supplement or replacement. Dual-turbine engines would be powered by traditional jet fuel, and at cruising altitude, the system could turn over to electrical power. Adding energy-plus points, the SUGAR Volt’s longer wings allow for greater lift and the wings can fold when landed to accommodate airport gate space. Boeing noted that the fuel burn reduction and the ‘greening’ of the electrical power grid can produce large reductions in emissions of life cycle CO2 and nitrous oxide. Hybrid electric propulsion also has the potential to reduce noise. In the SUGAR study, the team reported that hybrid electric engine technology was a “game-changing technology” and a “clear winner” because it met NASA’s goals to reduce fuel burn, greenhouse gases, nitrous oxide emissions, noise and field length. Bradley recently said that Boeing is looking at a 2030 to 2050 time frame for the SUGAR Volt. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Boeing has been working on a project that signifies the future of commercial air transportation. As the story goes, about five years ago at a conference on advanced aircraft technologies, posing questions on what the future of aircraft would look like, somebody stood up and said, “What about an electric airplane?” Almost everyone laughed. Boeing personnel did not laugh. Can we make an airplane that has batteries that actually works? They took it as a challenge, in designing a commercial plane capable of low-emission flights. Marty Bradley, technical fellow with Boeing Research & Technology, and part of its SUGAR (Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research) project, has been talking about the company’s hybrid electric design, the SUGAR Volt, ever since. © 2012 Phys.org Earlier this year, Bradley said that “There is a lot of uncertainty as to how good batteries will be in 2030 to 2050. But we are quite encouraged to see battery companies starting to show real products with much higher performance.”On the larger scale, Boeing’s SUGAR team is working to identify future commercial transport concepts for NASA. The team is looking at various concepts and technology options for future years. These include hybrid battery-gas turbine propulsion, fuel cells, fuel cell–gas turbine hybrid propulsion systems, cryogenic fuels, cryogenically cooled engines and associated technologies, advanced batteries and open rotor/turboprop technologies.The SUGAR Volt, one of the concepts, shows potential to meet NASA’s environmental goals, as the SUGAR Volt will emit less carbon dioxide and less nitrogen oxide than aircraft in operation today.Hybrid is a concept making frequent news in aviation on other fronts. According to reports in November last year, Israel’s El Al Airlines planned to outfit 20 of their Boeing 737s with electric drive units that will provide power for the planes to taxi while on the ground. Several other companies were exploring similar ideas. Bloomberg this year reported that airlines continue studying new technologies and one study area, similarly, is taxiing. Equipment makers such as Honeywell are devising electric motors that can move jets, which would allow pilots to taxi without having to depend on main engines or diesel tractors. The first new aircraft with electric-taxi technology may be in production in as few as three years, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.center_img World’s first aircraft with serial hybrid electric drive Citation: SUGAR Volt: Boeing puts vision to work in hybrid electric aircraft (2012, December 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-sugar-volt-boeing-vision-hybrid.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Deceptive behavior may deceivingly promote cooperation

first_imgSpatial patterns can explain the counterintuitive results of the new study, such as that deceitful behavior may fare better if it is costly and that a higher success rate of identifying defectors does not necessarily favor cooperative behavior. These consecutive snapshots show the cyclic dominance that emerges during a simulation, including (top left) dominance by pure defectors (red), to (top right, bottom left)) dominance by conditional cooperators (blue), to (bottom right) dominance by deceitful defectors (green). Credit: Szolnoki and Perc © 2014 Phys.org For researchers who study the evolution of cooperation, deceitful behavior seems to throw a wrench in mechanisms that promote cooperative behavior. Questions arise such as, under what conditions does deception evolve? How effective are strategies to identify deceitful behavior? And how can deceitful behavior coexist with cooperative behavior?In a recent paper published in The New Journal of Physics, Attila Szolnoki at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, and Matjaž Perc at the University of Maribor in Slovenia and King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, have addressed these questions using a variant of perhaps the most popular tool for studying cooperation—the prisoner’s dilemma game. The general idea behind the prisoner’s dilemma game is that players can choose to cooperate or defect. Although the choice to defect will always provide a higher individual payoff, mutual cooperation provides a higher collective payoff. To avoid being exploited, cooperators may deny cooperation toward defectors, if they are able to identify them. To avoid being identified, some defectors may therefore attempt to hide their real intentions from cooperators. Naturally, this trick is costly, and for its execution the deceitful defectors need to bear an additional cost. The main question is, under such conditions, which strategy is evolutionarily the most successful?After running simulations, some of the researchers’ results were intuitive. As expected, high costs of deceitful behavior work against deceitful defectors, while low detection probabilities help pure defectors who do not bother with hiding their intentions. However, looking at the results in greater detail yields some unexpected findings. “We show that the introduction of deceitful strategies, in our case defectors who try to hide their true intentions, may affect the competition between cooperator and defector in very unexpected ways,” Szolnoki told Phys.org. “Naively, one would expect that, the better the radar of cooperators at identifying deceitful defectors, the better the conditions for cooperation to evolve. But it is not necessarily so. If the cost of hiding is moderate, then the extra cost of detection opens the door for even more defection.” More information: Attila Szolnoki and Matjaž Perc. “Costly hide and seek pays: unexpected consequences of deceit in a social dilemma.” New Journal of Physics 16 (2014) 113003. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/11/113003 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: New Journal of Physics As the researchers explained, although high costs of deceitful behavior eventually hurt deceitful defectors, in the short-term high costs actually benefit them because the pure defectors are harmed even more, and are the first of the three strategy groups to die out. Deceitful defectors may coexist and die only when the costs of deceit become very high, then leaving only the conditional cooperators. This finding leads to the counterintuitive conclusion that, up to a certain point, deceitful behavior fares better if it is costly.A second unexpected result involves the probability parameter. By definition, a higher detection probability means more pure defectors are caught, which sounds like it should hurt pure defectors and promote cooperative behavior. But the results showed that, although high detection probabilities do hurt pure defectors, competition between pure defectors and deceitful defectors means that deceitful defectors actually benefit. Oddly, lower detection probabilities that indicate an imperfect ability of cooperators to properly detect defectors may be a viable option for cooperators.The researchers explain that the counterintuitive results arise from self-organized spatial pattern formation. The interactions among the three competing strategies lead to the spontaneous emergence of cyclic dominance, with certain strategies dominating under different conditions and at different times in the simulation, separated by phase transitions.”Interestingly, we have detected extensive parameter regions where all three strategies can coexist because they effectively play the rock-paper-scissors game,” Perc explained. “This finding highlights the importance of cyclic dominance, which is probably much more widespread in real life than we usually assume.”Also very interesting is how the coexistence driven by cyclic dominance can terminate. Either, one strategy gradually goes extinct, or there are diverging fluctuations in the amplitude of oscillations. We had to invest exceptionally high computational efforts to explore the details of the latter phase transition.”As the researchers explain, the study of complex social systems can uncover new behavior not seen in traditional complex systems.”In general, the study of phase transitions has a long tradition in statistical physics, which was initially primarily concerned with solid-state materials,” Szolnoki said. “Our work is a beautiful example of the fact how the study of other complex systems, in particular those with a social or biological background, reveals fascinating new behavior that has never been observed before in the realm of traditional models of statistical physics. There is thus a mutually rewarding symbiosis between statistical physics and socio-biological complex systems.”By revealing this hidden complexity behind the evolution of deception, the results provide insight into social dilemmas and highlight the likelihood of unexpected consequences when more sophisticated strategies compete. “The key point is the possibility of cyclic dominance,” Perc said. “If the latter emerges, the behavior of the system can be completely counterintuitive. For example, directly supporting strategy A may actually promote strategy B who is the predator of A. Hence, a well-intended ‘intervention,’ for example by changing the payoffs of the game, can easily yield an undesired outcome. Our study highlights that such considerations are particularly important if the competing strategies are smarter than just plain cooperation or defection.”The researchers hope that the study will inspire future research on the role of deceitful strategies in evolutionary games as well as in human cooperation. Scientists develop new theoretical model on the evolution of cooperation (Phys.org) —Tricking someone into trusting you in order to gain something from them is common behavior in both the animal and human worlds. From cuckoo birds that trick other bird species into raising their young, to cunning salespeople who pretend to sell you a product that will improve your life, deviant behavior takes many forms. But no matter the situation, the result is that a single individual gains something while the community at large loses. 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first_imgBusaboutInstagramsocial mediaThe Great Travel Experiment … so what’s the catch?Busabout is seeking six fearless and travel-hungry social content creators to join its global team, with the successful candidates receiving an all-expenses paid trip worth up to $14,960 (£8,000), travelling with Busabout for as long as eleven weeks.But … in return … they must be prepared to leave their holiday experience in the hands of Instagram’s audience. From tough decisions like skydiving or white water rafting in Lauterbrunnen, and whether or not to swallow a deep fried insect in Bangkok, Instagram users will have the power to decide what happens next. The interactive polls on Instagram Stories will allow Busabout’s audience to have a say in each and every moment of the winners’ global adventures.Last year, Busabout assembled an Ultimate Travel Squad of four content creators who took over Busabout’s social platforms for three months while travelling across Europe. This summer, the opportunity is bigger and better than ever – Busabout is going global. The six winners of The Great Travel Experiment will travel through one of three destinations in which Busabout operates in; South East Asia, Europe, or test-drive its brand new programme in the USA, all while capturing envy-inducing content for the travel company’s social media channels.There are two positions up for grabs in each destination – an Instagram Storyteller who is confident in front of a lens, passionate about travelling and has a knack for telling a great story, and a Videographer with creative flair and experience filming and editing brilliant video content. All successful candidates, no matter their chosen position, will be required to get involved in the challenges set by Instagram’s audience.The South East Asia and USA itineraries both last for six weeks over summer, while the 11 week Europe itinerary hits the hotspots across the continent and culminates with beers and pretzels at Oktoberfest in Munich. All six successful content creators will be paid $375 each (£200) week on top of the all-expenses paid trip.To apply for The Great Travel Experiment simply select your position (Instagram Storyteller or Videographer), suggest a preferred destination and record a 60 second video showcasing the best bits of your very own hometown – extra points will be awarded for creativity. Candidates can apply as a dynamic duo with a fellow creative genius or sign up solo and bond with their new colleague on the road.Apply for one of the content creator positions HERE.Videos can be submitted on the Busabout website and entries are open until 8 April 2019. The Busabout team will select a shortlist and leave the final decision up to public vote on the Busabout website.last_img read more

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