Air travel growth slows

first_imgGrowth in passenger and freight demand in the bellwether airline industry is slowing and industry officials warn that terrorism and the Brexit vote make it unlikely there will be an uptick any time soon.Total global passenger traffic was 4.6 per cent higher in May compared to the same month in 2015 but international passenger growth slowed for the third consecutive month to 4.3 per cent.The increase in global freight traffic was a lacklustre 0.9 per cent as growth flat-lined across all regions except Europe and the Middle East.  Air freight is a key indicator of global economic health.“Global trade has basically moved sideways since the end of 2014 taking air cargo with it,’’  said International Air Transport Association director general Tony Tyler. “Hopes for a stronger 2016 are fading as economic and political uncertainty increases. Air cargo is vital to the global economy but the business environment is extremely difficult and there are few signs of any immediate relief.’’The important  Asia-pacific market, which accounts 38.9 per cent of global air freight market, entered negative territory with a May fall of 0.7 per cent compared to 12 months ago and cargo holds that averaged just over half full.Latin America was hardest hit with freight tonne kilometres down 9.7 per cent and even the normally vibrant Middle East market reported a modest rise of 3.2 per cent.A regional breakdown of May international passenger traffic painted a rosier picture but a 5.1 per cent rise in Asia-Pacific traffic was outstripped by a 6.4 per cent increase in capacity and IATA said the strong upward momentum of recent months had stalled.The Middle East carriers again led the field with an 11.8 per cent increase followed by Africa at 9.5 per cent. Latin America recorded growth of 5.1 per cent, while Europe turned in an increase of 2.1 per cent to leave North America last at 0.5 per cent.Domestic demand was up 5.1 per cent globally but Australian, Brazilian, Russian and Japanese airlines all cut capacity in the face of falling or negligible growth. Australian domestic capacity was down 2.9 per cent on growth of 0.4 per cent while capacity in Brazil fell 8.1 per cent as traffic contracted 7.7 percent.Mr Tyler blamed a combination of factors for a slip in passenger demand growth to more historic levels after a strong start to the year.“These include continuing terrorist activity and the fragile state of the global economy,’’ he said. “ Neither bode well for travel demand. And the shocks of Istanbul and the economic fallout of the Brexit vote make it difficult to see an early uptick.’’last_img read more

Video: South Africa’s Dreamfields Project

first_img8 April 2010“My name is Zukisa. My friends call me ‘The Wall’ – nothing can pass me, even Ronaldo” … a team of young footballers who call themselves the A-Stars feature in a commercial filmed by Justin Bonello of BBC TV programme “Cooked” in aid of the Dreamfields Project, which uses football for community development in South Africa.According to Bonello, he was driving back to Cape Town after filming in Somerset West one afternoon last year when something he saw provided a moment of inspiration.“There were these impromptu soccer matches taking place on the side of the N2,” Bonello writes on the Dreamfields Project blog. “I started thinking: ‘Would I want my son to play soccer here?’ And the answer was no.“We then started looking for a charity we could partner with.”Bonello got in touch with Dreamfields, shared his vision for a short film – and the crew from Cooked in Africa Films was soon headed for Nyanga township where, under the direction of Corne van Rooyen, they began filming the A-Stars boys.The result was stunning – and the judges of the M-Net Vuka! Awards agreed. The Vuka! Awards were set up to encourage film companies and ad agencies to make TV commercials for causes close to their hearts. The Dreamfields commercial made it through to the finals of the 2009 competition.“We decided to put together a positive story with real kids,” says Bonello. “We produced it in six hours, with no budget, and made the finals with some of the big boys. Brilliant!”The Dreamfields Project, brainchild of journalist John Perlman, is using the excitement generated by the 2010 Fifa World Cup to bring soccer fields and equipment – as well as business skills and new social partnerships – to disadvantaged communities across South Africa.The project, which has already attracted some heavyweight corporate backing, raises money to upgrade existing sports facilities in townships and rural areas, and to build new fields in at least 32 regional soccer centres by the end of 2010.The organisation also supplies communities with “Dream Bags”, each containing 11 footballs and 15 full sets of kit, and works with the government and other organisations to bring coaching and sports management skills programmes to communities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

USDA adds flexibility for cover crop management in 2020

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2018 Farm Bill mandated changes to the treatment of cover crops for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, which add more flexibility to when cover crops must be terminated while remaining eligible for crop insurance. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) developed new guidelines and policy provisions to enact these changes, which will be available beginning with the 2020 crop year. With these changes, NRCS is now recognized as an agricultural expert resource for cover crop management systems.“USDA is working to quickly implement the 2018 Farm Bill to better serve our customers,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “These new guidelines will provide more flexibility for our customers who want to plant cover crops to meet their production and conservation goals for their farms.”Producers now know up front that insurance will attach at time of planting the insured crop. Cover crop management practices are covered by Good Farming Practice provisions, and the guidelines are no longer a requirement for insurance to attach.“Now, cover crop management practices will be treated like all other farming decisions such as fertilizer application, seeding rates, and tillage practices,” Northey said.More InformationCrop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.Cover crops have the potential to provide multiple benefits in a cropping system. To learn more about cover crop termination guidelines, selection tools and more, visit the NRCS Cover Crops and Soil Health webpage and RMA Cover Crops webpage.last_img read more

6 Things You May Have Missed in the News

first_imgNew cameras, lenses, software, and record breaking box office numbers. Here are the latest and greatest articles from the past few weeks.We’ve seen plenty of headlines since our last news roundup. Check out this list of industry news you may have missed.1. Rokinon Announces XEEN, a New Line of Cinema Prime LensesImage via nofilmschool.comSamyang/Rokinon have announced XEEN cinema prime lenses. It’s rumored that they will offer Canon EF mount, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, and PL mounts. Check out more details about these new lenses over at No Film School. You can also try to decipher the new homepage for the lenses at xeenglobal.com.2. Panasonic GX8Panasonic’s latest mirrorless camera is the new GX8. The camera shoots 4K and apparently offers some revolutionary stabilization. The classic style body boasts a 20.3 megapixel sensor, making it the first micro four thirds camera to surpass 16 megapixels. The camera will set you back $1200. See more over at Gizmodo. 5. Universal Pictures Already Has the Highest Grossing Year Ever for a StudioUniversal Pictures has already grossed $5.53 Billion in 2015, and it’s only August. That breaks 20th Century Fox’s $5.52 Billion record for the entire 2014 year. Jurassic World had the biggest global opening of all time, following the studios box office domination for Furious 7. Minions had the second biggest opening weekend for a animated film, while 50 Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the highest-grossing films. All this and the studio is about to release the anticipated N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Check out more at Entertainment Weekly.6. DJI Releases the Phantom 3 StandardAfter the release of the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, DJI released a new camera for this beginner edition of their famous entry-level quadcopter. The Phantom 3 Standard comes with a camera that shoots 2.7K video at 30fps and 12 megapixels photos in RAW or JPG.The camera settings and controls will and run through the updated DJI Go app. A single charged battery averages 25 minutes of flight time. The Phantom 3 Standard starts at $799. This version is $200 cheaper than the Phantom 3 Advanced, and honestly feels like an unnecessary addition to the Phantom series. 4. DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta Release & TutorialWe previously mentioned the release of the DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta. As users begin checking out the changes, we are starting to get a taste of the improvements in this color grading software.Casey Faris, from Ground Control Color, sent us this awesome in-depth tutorial. Not only does it show off some of the new features, but it’s also a great intro to DaVinci Resolve for newcomers. 3. Canon C300 Mark IIWhen Canon first announced the ME20F-SH, we questioned the need for a 4 million+ ISO camera. Now they’ve finally released some updated info on the highly anticipated C300 Mark II. Canon’s Jon Sagud met up with Zacuto for a great look at the new features. When released, the body alone will cost you $15,999. That price point may be enough to make people jump from Canon to another brand. Discover any new gear you need to buy? Was this news roundup helpful? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Gagan Narang wins bronze in 10m Air Rifle, gives India its first medal at the 2012 Olympics

first_imgIndia has won its first medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Gagan Narang won a bronze for the country in the 10m Air Rifle event with an overall score of 701.1.India Today correspondents provided live updates from the Royal Artillary Barracks in London, where the final took place.HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FINAL 5:20 pm | Gagan Narang to S Kannan: “I am glad. I am now an Olympic medallist.”5:20 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang wins bronze on last shot in a nerve wracking final.”5:15 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang makes every Indian proud around the world.” 5:09 pm | India Today: What a comeback by Gagan Narang! A 10.7 with his last shot gives India it’s first medal of the Games. A bronze it is for him. 5:06 pm | India Today: Better this from Gagan Narang. He gets a 10.3 with his ninth shot. But will it be enough to get him back on the podium. 5:04 pm | India Today: Nerves seem to be getting to Narang in these closing stages of the final. A 9.5 has dropped him further down the order. 5:01 pm | India Today: A rather poor attempt by Narang. He could manage only a 9.9 in his seventh shot. This has dropped him down to fourth and out of medal contention. 4:59 pm | India Today: Gagan Narang is in silver medal position now. A 10.6 in his sixth shot moves him up a place. 4:56 pm | India Today: Consistency is Narang’s strength and he’s showing it here. His fifth shot — a 10.4 — gives him a total of 52.1. 4:53 pm | India Today: Another 10.7 from Narang. He’s really turning it on in the final.  Just 0.5 away from the top-spot. His score is good for a bronze at the moment. advertisement4:50 pm | India Today: Gagan bounces back like a champion with a shot of 10.6. His total score is 31.0 for the final and 629.0 overall.4:47 pm | India Today: Narang’s second shot is a bit of a let down. It’s a 9.7. His total score right now is 20.4 in the final.4:45 pm | India Today: Gagan Narang has made a superb start in the final round. His first shot is a 10.7. Joint-second place for now. 4:34 pm | Gaurav Gala: “Can Gagan shoot India’s first medal at London 2012? We’ll find out soon enough.”4:30 pm | Gaurav Gala: “Finalists have come to the arena… Anticipation is building.”4:29 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang enters hall for the final. Historic moment. Ajay Maken is also watching.”HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUALIFICATION ROUNDS Kannan: “Abhinav Bindra says he won’t quit shooting. He will now watch Gagan Narang shoot the final.” S Kannan: “On the bright side, Gagan Narang has qualified third for the final of the event. He scored 598 out of 600.”S Kannan has sent us this picture of a disappointed Abhinav Bindra right after missing the cut  in the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Beijing gold medallist Abhinav Bindra fails to qualify for the finals of the 10m Air Rifle event in London 2012. That’s a massive upset for the Indian contingent. Bindra finished 16th with a score of 594 / 600″S Kannan: “Bindra seems to be faltering again after a good comeback. He’s out of the top-10 at the moment. Narang continues to be strong in fourth position. Last series of shots going on. This is it!”Gaurav Gala: “Bindra showing his class in the second and third series. Making a late charge with 20 perfect shots. Bindra in 7th position.”Gaurav Gala: “Abhinav steadily climbing the leaderboard… 99, 99, 100… 30 more shots left for the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan has shot 20 perfect shots so far. Fingers crossed!”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan Narang still on a roll. He wants this Olympic medal.” Aaj Tak Sports Editor Samip Rajguru has sent us this picture of Sports Minister Ajay Maken at the 10m Air  Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Bindra at 198 / 200. Hoping for a late surge from the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan is taking his time. And its paying off so far.”Headlines Today Sports Editor Gaurav Gala says from London: “Gagan Narang on fire early on in the 10m Air Rifle qualification. He hasn’t missed a perfect 10 yet.”S Kannan: “Shooting arena is packed. Sports minister Ajay Maken is also here.”Mail Today Sports Editor S Kannan says from London: “Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra start their 10 m Air Rifle match.”last_img read more

Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Thiem was broken just four times out of 61 service games in the tournament. He didn’t lose serve during his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, facing only one break point in that match.Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the women’s title.Thiem and Andreescu earned $1.3 million each.Federer and Thiem had split their four previous meetings, but Federer had won both of their hard-court matches without dropping a set.He cruised through the first set in 36 minutes while getting broken for just the second time during his run to his ninth appearance in the final. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set.ADVERTISEMENT “The way he was playing the first set was unreal,” Thiem said. “I had to get used to it.”Thiem earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game, going up 3-1. Federer won just two more games in the set.Both players were on serve in the third set until Thiem collected the only break. Federer tried consecutive drop shots that Thiem retrieved for crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit a winning forehand to lead 6-5.“He did very well when he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot,” Federer said.Federer won just one point on Thiem’s serve in the final game.“Just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered,” Federer said. “I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”Federer advanced to the final after rival Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal match because of knee pain. Thiem also benefited from a walkover, reaching the semis when Gael Monfils withdrew with an Achilles injury.Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, became the first wild-card winner and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.“The fricking champion of Indian Wells,” Andreescu said. “It’s crazy.”She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They clearly enjoyed Andreescu’s fearless style of play. She alternately outpunched opponents from the baseline, tossed up high-arching shots and unleashed well-time drop shots — usually during the same point.A smiling Andreescu was quick to correct a reporter.“It’s not moonballing,” she said. “It’s just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin. We’re not under 12 here.”Her most dominant win during the 12-day tournament came in the quarterfinals, a 6-0, 6-1 rout of two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza. In all, the teen knocked out four Top 20 players.Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her tight right shoulder and arm.Kerber won the next two games, breaking Andreescu to go up 3-2.Appearing tired and nervous, Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point.She did just that.Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game.“I just fought till the end because physically I wasn’t feeling too well,” she said. LATEST STORIES “It just feels unreal what happened,” Thiem said. “He’s such a legend.”Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem served out the two-hour match that ended with yet another error from Federer, a forehand dumped into the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFederer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro last year. Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai recently.Thiem had lost in his previous two ATP Masters 1000 finals. But the 25-year-old Austrian’s solid serve held up against Federer as it had throughout the tournament. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered her face in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped to her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head.Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis.Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches.“When she had the chances, she just go for it,” Kerber said.The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January.“No pressure,” Andreescu said, joking.She’s projected to rise 36 spots to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday.Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon last year.She was a crowd favorite, with fans waving Canadian flags and chanting “Let’s go, Bianca! Let’s go” in the second set. Dominic Thiem, of Austria, celebrates after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Thiem won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer came out playing like his legendary self. Dominic Thiem needed a set to adjust to what he was seeing across the net.Thiem went on to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Joel Embiid’s 40 help Sixers overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52, Bucks SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more