Airbus has had yet another stellar year with commercial aircraft deliveries in 2017 up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers.Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016.The 2017 total comprises 558 single-aisle A320 Family (of which 181 were A320neo); 67 A330s; 78 A350 XWBs and 15 A380s.Read: Boeing’s bumper yearAnd just to show that wasn’t a one-off Airbus recorded 1,109 net orders from 44 customers.Airbus order and delivery graphic for 2017. AirbusAt the end of 2017 Airbus’ overall backlog stood at 7,265 aircraft valued at US$1.059 trillion at list prices an extraordinary number by any measure.Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft commented: “A new Airbus delivery record coupled with our fifth best order intake wraps up a remarkable year for us. This outstanding achievement is a testimony to the dedication of all our teams, and makes the company fitter, stronger and ready for the opportunities ahead.”With this year’s performance, Airbus has steadily built on deliveries year on year – with 15 consecutive years of production increase.From its four A320 Family plants in Hamburg, Tianjin, Mobile, and Toulouse, Airbus is on track to achieve rate 60 per month on single-aisle by mid-2019.It also said that the A350 XWB is on track for rate 10 by the end 2018. .The company had a host of milestones in 2017, which included: delivery of its 100th A350 XWB; the delivery of its 50th A320 Family aircraft from its FAL in Mobile; delivery of Emirates’ 100th A380; first flight of the A330neo; certification of the A350-1000; first A321neos delivered with CFM and P&W engines; inauguration of the new A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin, China, with two first deliveries; and structural completion of the first Beluga XL.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the CIO Forum held in conjunction with the Insight 2009 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. While being held adjacent to Disney’s theme park, the theme of this event was appropriately titled “Vision Voice Value”. I spent two days discussing best practices, sharing lessons learned from Intel IT and comparing notes and strategies with leading CIOs, IT Directors, Managers and Administrators in the Health Care profession. Our focus? ways to deliver and articulate the business value of IT. I had the opportunity to: participate in a roundtable discussion of ~15 Health Care CIOs titled “The value of IT in improving financial performance” present to 50-60 CIOs on the business value of server refresh present to 20-30 IT Directors and Administrators on using the Xeon ROI tool as a way to justify server investment To enable this transformation from cost center to value center, we concluded that the accountability remains with IT, as IT professionals and CIOs must individually and collectively demonstrate business value through our investments and establish are relationship of IT predictability, trust and credibility with our business partners. These are core themes I have seen very visibly inside Intel IT as I began my journey to the center of IT a few short months ago. My second observation from this event reinforces some personal experiences I have had working with many other IT professionals in the past several months. With the global recession and it’s impacts to capital funding, the need to justify IT investment is greater than ever – and the competition internally for capital $ is very high. We may never go back to the way it was. We have seen this inside Intel IT’ organization as well and as a result, created at server refresh savings estimator tool to share what we learned in justifying our investment a proactive server refresh strategy in 2007 and staying committed to that investment in 2009. Thanks, ChrisIf you like this, follow me on twitter I demonstrated the server refresh savings estimator tool at the event to both the CIOs and IT Directors / Administrators and the feedback was very positive (“session was well worth my time”). Prior to the event, I also had the opportunity to work with Deborah Gash (CIO for Saint Luke’s Health Services) and her staff. Debe provided a glowing endorsement of the tool (Thanks Debe !!) after demonstrating the business value from a project already completed and the in intent to use it for several future projects. I invite you to learn more about why we created this tool and how to use it. If you have a question or want to give us feedback on how to enhance it – just let me know with a comment on this blog. My final thought comes from a blog written by Don Sears at eweek. Don discusses about the need for IT to be right, accurate, credible and trustworthy is so important whether you are working inside IT or with IT. Credibility and Trust is something that is hard to gain and easy to lose … so it is easy to understand why being right is key to working with IT. Getting it wrong can have huge consequences. One of the most thought provoking questions at the CIO roundtable that has stuck with me is … “How does your CEO (or your business customers) view IT?” … as a cost center (necessary evil) or as a value center (strategic enabler). While no one directly answered this rhetorical question, it was clear that our collective mission is to migrate IT from cost center to value center. This migration will not be immediate. It happens over time. Join us at IT@Intel and share your insights on our shared journey to transform IT from a cost center to a value center for business. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sacked Australia vice-captain David Warner on Thursday avoided questions on the ball-tampering scandal upon his arrival at Sydney airport but promised that he will speak on the issue in a couple of days time.Warner, who was sent back home by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test last weekend, landed in Sydney with his wife and two daughters but avoided the media due to the presence of his family members.”As you can understand, it has been a tough, emotional time for my wife and kids,” he said, when asked if he knew head coach Darren Lehmann had just resigned in South Africa.Steve Smith’s tearful apology for ball-tampering: It hurts and I am deeply sorry”At the present time, you’ll hear from me in a couple of days.”At the moment, my priority is to get these kids in bed, and rest up and get my mind a bit clear so I can think, and talk in a couple of days. Thanks guys.”Earlier in the day, Warner took to social media to apologise for his “mistakes” and took “responsibility for it.”Warner further said the ball-tampering incident was “a stain on the game we all love” and informed that people “will hear” from him in a few days.”To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way back to Sydney. Mistakes have been made which has damaged cricket. I apologise on my part and take responsibility for it.advertisement”I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans. It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy. I need to take deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. You will hear from me in a few days,” Warner wrote on Instagram.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks downSteve Smith, who was also sent packing with Warner and Cameron Bancroft, broke down during a press conference at the Sydney airport upon his return from South Africa.WATCHSmith took full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal and said he was deeply sorry for the episode that rocked Australian cricket.”I am sorry. What happened in Cape Town has already been laid down by Cricket Australia. I made a serious error of judgment and I take full responsibility.”It hurts … I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids … I just want to say sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia, to the fans and the public.Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith consoled by father as he breaks down during press conference”If any good can come from this, it can be a lesson to others. I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I am sorry,” said Smith as he tried to control the tears.”I want to say that I’m very sorry … I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions… It is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”Smith and David Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia. Following CA’s decision, BCCI barred the duo from playing in the Indian Premier League this year.Ball-tampering scandal: I panicked, I lied and I am devastated, says Cameron BancroftCameron Bancroft, who was caught by TV cameras trying to tamper the ball, was banned for nine months. Smith has also been banned from leading Australia for a futher 12 months after his return to international cricket. Warner will never be allowed to lead Australia again.
Argentina 1 Venezuela 1: Sampaoli’s men held to costly draw Dejan Kalinic 09:27 9/6/17 Getty Images Despite a dominant performance, Argentina drew 1-1 at home to lowly Venezuela in World Cup qualifying. Argentina were held to what may prove to be a costly 1-1 draw at home to Venezuela in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.The hosts dominated in Buenos Aires, but remarkably fell behind early in the second half when Jhon Murillo struck for Venezuela.Venezuela, bottom of the CONMEBOL table, had been on the back foot throughout, and Argentina managed a quick response through a Rolf Feltscher own goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Jorge Sampaoli’s men were unable to find a second, having frustratingly been denied throughout the first half by Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez.A hamstring injury to Angel Di Maria in the first half made it even trickier, while Lionel Messi was unable to have a major impact.The draw was enough to at least lift Argentina into fifth – the play-off spot – heading into the final two matches in October.Sampaoli made three changes to the starting side held in Uruguay, with Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega and Lautaro Acosta replacing Gabriel Mercado, Lucas Biglia and Marcos Acuna.Also coming off a 0-0 draw – theirs against Colombia – Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel brought in Arquimedes Figuera, Junior Moreno and Murillo for Tomas Rincon, Josef Martinez and Darwin Machis.Argentina made a superb start in front of a vocal home crowd, almost taking a fourth-minute lead.Mascherano played a fine pass through for Mauro Icardi, who was denied by the legs of Farinez in a one-on-one.The hosts continued to push, with Di Maria particularly lively down the left as an opener appeared certain to arrive.It almost came midway through the first half, but Farinez brilliantly denied Icardi after the Inter forward got on the end of a Di Maria cross.In a huge blow, Argentina lost Di Maria to an apparent hamstring injury in the 25th minute, before Paulo Dybala fired wide.Farinez was called into action again just before the break, the 19-year-old diving to his right to push away a 20-yard effort from Messi.Argentina had dominated, but they stunningly fell behind in the 50th minute.A blistering counter-attack led to Murillo being put through by Sergio Cordova, and the 21-year-old made no mistake with a fine finish to give his side a shock lead.Argentina needed a quick response and they got it, Acuna – Di Maria’s replacement – doing brilliantly down the left before his cross was turned into his own net by Feltscher.#VamosTodosUnidos Así fue el gol argentino para el empate parcial 1 a 1 en el Antonio V. Liberti. pic.twitter.com/RNbbPMnwKy— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) September 6, 2017Icardi then appeared to be brought down by Mikel Villanueva in the area on the hour-mark, but penalty shouts were rejected.The hosts continued to push for a winner, but their final pass continually let them down as Venezuela held on for a shock draw. read more
There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information on finals day of the 2011 New South Wales State Cup.The State Cup website will be updated regularly with results and match reports, as will the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) website. These sites can be accessed by clicking on the following links:www.nswtouch.com.auwww.statecup.sportingpulse.net NSWTA’s social media pages will also be updated regularly throughout the event, and you can find out everything you need to know by ‘liking’ or ‘following’ these pages:www.twitter.com/nsw_touch http://www.facebook.com/pages/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714 To join the Twitter conversation during the day, please use the hashtag #statecup. Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated with highlights through the event, and can be found by clicking on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
Vine/Sanjay KirpalaniFlorida fans will have a player to root for when the Elite 11 quarterback competition takes place at The Opening this summer. St. Thomas Aquias’ Jake Allen, a Florida verbal commit, was invited to compete after his performance at today’s regional camp in Miami.#Gators QB commit Jake Allen invited to the Elite 11. https://t.co/IftMV2Scr9— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 6, 2016Allen made some nice throws during the drills today.Jake Allen rocking the USPS hat and delivering the mail #GETOPEN #Gators https://t.co/PnQiwJTRq7— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 6, 2016Jake Allen with a great throw just off Trevon Grimes fingertips. https://t.co/S6IDbMqmhR— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 6, 2016Here is Allen’s recruiting profile, via 247Sports. The Elite 11 takes place at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-10.
The finals of the first Jamaica Customer Service Song Competition will be held on Wednesday, September 19, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Ten schools have qualified to enter the competition, developed by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for the Jamaica Customer Service Association’s (JCSA) National Customer Service Week to be observed from September 30 to October 6. Story Highlights The winner of the competition, which encourages Jamaicans to practise excellent customer service at all times, will receive $80,000 cash and will perform live at the JCSA’s 16th Annual Service Excellence Conference on September 24 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. The finals of the first Jamaica Customer Service Song Competition will be held on Wednesday, September 19, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, beginning at 1:00 p.m.Ten schools have qualified to enter the competition, developed by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for the Jamaica Customer Service Association’s (JCSA) National Customer Service Week to be observed from September 30 to October 6.The winner of the competition, which encourages Jamaicans to practise excellent customer service at all times, will receive $80,000 cash and will perform live at the JCSA’s 16th Annual Service Excellence Conference on September 24 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.Music Development Specialist of the JCDC, Avory Crooks-Campbell, told JIS News that the idea to host the competition in collaboration with the JCSA was born out of a need “to see a culture of good customer service develop in Jamaica”.“We know it wouldn’t happen overnight, but what better way to plant the seed to ensure that it is with our young people, because they do benefit from good customer service practices and we want them to perpetuate this, so we can ensure that Jamaica is a better place,” she said.Mrs. Crooks-Campbell said the schools were preselected based on their performance at the JCDC Performing Arts Music Competition held this year. “They are all schools with very good music programmes,” she added.She said the schools are required to create an original song (both words and tune) with lyrics reflecting customer service best practices under the theme of the Conference, ‘Be the Magic: the Making of Memorable Customer Experiences’.She said a team of adjudicators will select the winning song based on the criteria shared with the teachers and students.The Music Development Specialist said that musicianship is one of the key criteria for winning the competition.“We want to ensure that the songs are musically sound. We will look at the arrangement. We will look at the selection of the genre, because we have asked that it be limited just to the Jamaican style…mento, reggae, dancehall. We want to keep it Jamaican,” she added.Additionally, she said that the content of the lyrics must have a customer service message and also resound with the theme for this year’s National Customer Service Week.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s day two of the annual High on Ice Winter Festival. There are a number of events happening on Saturday in Fort St. John to celebrate including the Mayors Carving Challenge, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Dog Sled Races, Free Swimming, Soup Stock, Live Music and more.See the full event schedule below.Make sure to bundle up before heading out to the High on Ice Winter Festival. The forecast calls for a high of minus 17 on Saturday, but the wind will make things feel more like minus 28. Make sure to follow the City of Fort St. John Recreation Page on Facebook for details on any event changes due to weather. For full event details visit the City’s website. SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation The weather should improve by Monday when the temperature should be minus 12.Below is the event schedule for the rest of the Family Day long weekend. High on Ice – Schedule – Saturday All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 8 am-3 pmBackcountry Ice Fishing Derby – register on siteCharlie Lake Rotary Boat Launch 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmFREE Bouncing Beans sessionKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 amStory WalkCentennial Park 12-2:30 pm& 3:30-6 pmPETRONAS Energy Free SkatePomeroy Sport Centre 1 -3 pmYAC: Snow Bowl-O-rama *Free for youth ages 12-18Fort Lanes Bowling Alley 2 pmHuskies Jr. B Hockey Game vs. Grand Prairie – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Arena 4-7:30 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate – from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 4:30-7:30 pmBalloon Twisting with Wiggy’s CreationsCentennial Park Tent 4:30-7:30 pmCarnival Games & Free PopcornCentennial Park Tent 6 pmFire & Ice Closing CeremonyCentennial Park 7 pmLaugh your Ice Off – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 9 am-4 pmMayors Carving ChallengeCentennial Park 10 am-4 pmCommunity Ice Carving Competition – must pre-registerCentennial Park 10 am-2 pmDog Sled RidesThe Horse Ranch – in Baldonnel 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-6 pmDodgeball Tournament – must pre-registerKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 am-3 pmLive MusicCentennial Park Tents 11 am-3 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmNEAT Presents: Soup Stock – remember your mug and spoon!Centennial Park Tents 12 -2 pmEngage Sport North: Mukluk Rush – Obstacle CourseCentennial Park 12 -4 pmCaltech Surveys presents: Face PaintingCentennial Park Tents 1 -3 pmBergen Financial presents: Mukluk Free SwimNorth Peace Leisure Pool 2 pmMukluk Rendezvous X Country Skiing LoppetBeatton Provincial Park 5 -7 pmEngage Sport North: Try Sledge Hockey & BroomballNorth Peace Arena 5 -9 pmPizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing (19+)Beard CompetitionCentennial Park Tents 5:30pmSunrise Rotary: Evening Under the Stars Gala – Tickets RequiredPomeroy Hotel «‹12›» All DayIce SlidesCentennial Park 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 1-3 pmProm Fashion ShowTotem Mall High on Ice – Schedule – Monday High on Ice – Schedule – Sunday
New Delhi: As the campaigning for the Lok Sabha election has reached in its last spell, Congress general secretary Priyanka Vadra Gandhi sought the blessing of Mahakal (Lord Shiva) at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain to secure the victory of his party candidates at most of the remaining seats.The Congress general secretary offered her prayers at the Shiva temple along with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. As per Nath, Priyanka Gandhi offered pooja archana and sought the blessings of Baba Mahakal for happiness and prosperity of the region. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe tradition of paying obeisance to Mahakal (the supreme form of Lord Shiva) is not new for the leaders of the Gandhi family. Earlier Indira Gandhi, the grandmother of Priyanka had visited the Mahakaleshwar Temple in December 1979 and came to power with an absolute majority by winning 353 seats in the Lok Sabha elections of 1980. Following the footsteps of her mother-in-law, Sonia Gandhi had also visited the Mahakaleshwar Temple in December in 2008 and won the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and secured 206 seats. However, the Congress failed to win the Madhya Pradesh assembly poll which was held in 2008. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHoping a similar miracle, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also visited the prominent Shiva temple in October 2018, just a few months ahead of the announcement of dates for the national elections of 2019. Priyanka is the fourth member of the Gandhi clan who sought the blessings of Lord Shiva prior to the polling for the last of the seven-phased general election. The last phase of polling is scheduled on May 19 and counting of votes will be done on May 23.
A chemical derived from broccoli sprouts can be used to manage schizophrenia symptoms, scientists have found, paving the way for treatments that reduces unwanted side effects of traditional medicines. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University in the US characterised a set of chemical imbalances in the brains of people with schizophrenia related to the chemical glutamate. Supplementing with broccoli sprout extract, which contains high levels of the chemical sulphoraphane, may someday provide a way to tweak the level of chemical glutamate. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSulphoraphane is found in a variety of cruciferous vegetables, and was first identified as a “chemoprotective” substance decades ago, researchers said. “It’s possible that future studies could show sulphoraphane to be a safe supplement to give people at risk of developing schizophrenia as a way to prevent, delay or blunt the onset of symptoms,” said Akira Sawa, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. Schizophrenia is marked by hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking, feeling, behaviour, perception and speaking. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraDrugs used to treat schizophrenia don’t work completely for everyone, and they can cause a variety of undesirable side effects, including metabolic problems increasing cardiovascular risk, involuntary movements, restlessness, stiffness and “the shakes.” In a study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers looked for differences in brain metabolism between people with schizophrenia and healthy controls. They recruited 81 people within 24 months of their first psychosis episode, which can be a characteristic symptom of schizophrenia, as well as 91 healthy controls from the community. The participants were an average of 22 years old, and 58 per cent were men. The researchers used a powerful magnet to measure and compare five regions in the brain between the people with and without psychosis. The researchers found on average four per cent significantly lower levels of the brain chemical glutamate in the anterior cingulate cortex region of the brain in people with psychosis compared to healthy people. Glutamate is known for its role in sending messages between brain cells, and has been linked to depression and schizophrenia, so these findings added to evidence that glutamate levels have a role in schizophrenia. Additionally, the researchers found a significant reduction of three per cent of the chemical glutathione in the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex and eight per cent in the thalamus. Glutathione is made of three smaller molecules, and one of them is glutamate. Next, the researchers asked how glutamate might be managed in the brain and whether that management is faulty in disease. They first looked at how it’s stored. Since glutamate is a building block of glutathione, the researchers wondered if the brain might use glutathione as a way to store extra glutamate. The researchers questioned if they could use known drugs to shift this balance to either release glutamate from storage when there is not enough, or send it into storage if there is too much. The team used the drug L-Buthionine sulfoximine in rat brain cells to block an enzyme that turns glutamate into glutathione, allowing it to be used up. The researchers found that theses nerves were more excited and fired faster, which means they were sending more messages to other brain cells. Shifting the balance this way is akin to shifting the brain cells to a pattern similar to one found in the brains of people with schizophrenia. Next, the researchers wanted to see if they could do the opposite and shift the balance to get more glutamate stored in the form of glutathione. They used the chemical sulphoraphane found in broccoli sprouts, which is known to turn on a gene that makes more of the enzyme that sticks glutamate with another molecule to make glutathione. When they treated rat brain cells with glutathione, it slowed the speed at which the nerve cells fired, meaning they were sending fewer messages. The researchers said this pushed the brain cells to behave less like the pattern found in brains with schizophrenia.