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KLM serves draft beer at 35,000 feet

first_imgThe trolley was used for the first time on a scheduled flights between KLM’s hub at Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Curaçao aboard Boeing 747 aircraft. The draft beer was reserved for passengers travelling in KLM’s business class. Passengers also could enjoy a special Indonesian rice table as their meal. How does it work? The beer that is served from the draft trolley is delivered cold to the aircraft in kegs which are enclosed in highly-insulated shells. These keep the beer at the right temperature, guaranteeing cold draught beer is on tap throughout a hot flight. A select group of cabin personnel have received special training to pour perfect beer at altitude, which in no way differs from the draught beer passengers are used to on the ground.It took KLM and Heineken years to develop the trolley, which carries a highly innovative keg. The “BrewLock” keg works on air pressure instead of CO2.This is because air pressure in an aircraft cabin is very different from air pressure on the ground. The air pressure brings the “BrewLock” up to the right pressure, compensates for the low pressure onboard, and builds up the pressure at the tap.“We are continuously innovating at Heineken to ensure our customers can enjoy a high-quality Heineken experience wherever they are. This new beer dispenser enables passengers to drink brewery quality draught beer fresh from the tap, making their journey even more spectacular,” says Lennart Boorsma, Marketing Manager Global Innovation at Heineken. KLM on Wednesday set a new first!The Dutch airline became the first airline in the world to launch a draft-beer trolley on board and serve freshly tapped beer at 35,000 feet. The unique draft-beer trolley is the result of a collaboration between KLM and Dutch brewer Heineken. Both companies worked for a long time on the draft-beer trolley and had targeted to introduce the concept already in July, but certification by the aviation authorities took longer than anticipated. Joining forces with Heineken is part of the airline’s product vision in which the Netherlands takes center stage. KLM in recent years also has invested a lot in upgrading its inflight product.  last_img read more

South Africa scores for ease of business

first_imgIt measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 10 areas in the life-cycle of a business, namely: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency. The country’s ranking for “getting credit” (1st, tied with the UK), “protecting investors” (10) and “dealing with construction permits” (31), remained unchanged. According to the index – part of the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2012, which was released on Thursday – the five economies in which it’s easiest to do business are, in order: Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United States and Denmark. South Africa registered its biggest drop for “paying taxes”, slipping six places from 18th to 24th, with businesses needing to make nine tax payments per year and having to devote around 200 hours per year to ensuring tax compliance. South Africa made a massive gain in the “starting a business” category, jumping 30 places, from 74th in 2010/11 to 44th for 2011/12. This places South Africa in second position on the African continent, behind Mauritius (23rd), which has topped the African list for the past four years. Botswana (54), Namibia (78) and Zambia (84) rounded off the top five countries for ease of doing business in Africa. It also made gains in “enforcing contracts” (up four places to 81), “resolving insolvency” (up two to 77), and “trading across borders” (up two to 144). Businesses also had to pay a tax of 24.4% on company profits, higher than average for businesses in sub-Saharan African and OECD countries, though overall taxation as a percentage of profit remained lower than the sub-Saharan and OECD average. “South Africa made starting a business easier by implementing its new company law, which eliminated the requirement to reserve a company name and simplified the incorporation documents,” the report states. The country also registered a strong gain in “registering property”, where it moved up 14 spots from 90 to 76, as a result of “making transferring property less costly and more efficient by reducing the transfer duty and introducing electronic filing”.center_img South Africa’s ranking slipped, however, for “getting electricity”, with the number of days needed to obtain an electricity connection rising above the sub-Saharan African and OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) average, resulting in a drop of two places, from 122nd to 124th. 20 October 2011 “South Africa introduced a new reorganisation process to facilitate the rehabilitation of financially distressed companies,” the report added. Electricity, taxes The World Bank’s 2011/12 report, entitled “Doing Business: Doing Business in a more transparent world“, sheds light on how easy (or difficult) it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-sized business when complying with the relevant regulations. South Africa has climbed one place to 35th out of 183 countries on the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business Index, boosted by SA’s new Companies Act, which has made it easier to start a new business in the country, and by its retention of first place for ease of access to credit. New company law SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Aussie women seal Trans Tasman victory

first_img@Eden_RichardsA spirited Kiwi side has fallen 9-6 to Australia in Game Two of the Women’s Open competition, with the Aussies clinching both the Women’s division and the overall Trans Tasman Series in the process.New Zealand put up a fight for the full 40 minutes, but Australia’s class was too much as they repelled everything the Kiwis threw at them.The Aussie set the platform for the win in the first half, starting the better of the two sides.But it was only after a tight first five minutes that Australia broke the deadlock, scoring through Marikki Watego to make it 1-0 in the 6th minute.New Zealand hit back immediately, with Patricia Hopcroft diving to score in the left corner during the 7th minute to tie the score at 1-1.Yet as it had been all tournament… Australia had an answer.Watego cut through the Kiwis’ line and passed to Tamika Upton out wide who scored the easiest of touchdowns to make it 2-1 in the 9th minute.However, a hungry New Zealand side replied minutes later, with Jessica Mahar taking on the right middle to score and make it 2-2 10 minutes into the first half.In what was a soft try for New Zealand to concede, a shift to the left from Australia saw Hannah Dyball score in the 11th minute to give her side a 3-2 lead.Ashleigh Kearney doubled Australia’s lead in the 13th minute, crossing over on the left wing to make it 4-2.The minutes before half-time were always going to be make or break for the Kiwis and a drop in concentration saw them concede two late tries in the last four minutes.Samantha Rodgers and Watego were the scorers, with Watego’s second coming after the half-time buzzer.New Zealand’s Cassandra Engler also bagged a touchdown of her own in this period, but it was Australia on top at the break as they jumped out to a 6-3 lead.The Kiwis needed to be the first to score after the break and they did just that, crossing through Tara Mohi to cut the margin to two touchdowns.A tight 10 minutes of play followed and it took a touchdown from Australian Laura Peattie to break the deadlock and give the Aussies a 7-4 lead with nine minutes to go.New Zealand had to be the next to score and they were, with Arria Tainui-McIntyre taking advantage of an offside Australian defensive line to score.That made it 7-5 with five minutes to go in what was a thrilling contest going down to the wire.But Australia crossed in the 37th minute to ice the victory, with Rodgers crossing on the left flank to take the deficit out to three touchdowns.New Zealand scored with two minutes to go to give themselves some hope, but it wasn’t to be as Australia crossed late to seal a 9-6 win.Celebrations followed the victory for Australia, with despair engulfing the Kiwis as they gave up any hope of taking home the Trans Tasman trophy.Australia 9 (Watego 2, Peattie 2, Rodgers 2, Kearney, Upton, Dyball touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Tainui-McIntyre 2, Hopcroft, Mohi, Mahar, Engler touchdowns)Related LinksWomen’s Openlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer warns Man Utd squad: I can lay down law

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer warns Man Utd squad: I can lay down lawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’ll have no problem “laying down the law” with the players.Solskjaer was quizzed yesterday about how he can get Paul Pogba back on the rails.”Maybe I should get the hairdryer out of my pocket,” said Solskjaer.”I’ve got a haridryer – when my hair needs lifting I use it on myself – but I’m also not afraid of, if you like, laying down the law.”You know with your kids, when they disappoint you, you tell them off, you don’t give them some chocolate do you?”So you treat players similar to how you treat your kids, really, because you want the best for them, you want to guide them, your want to help them.”But if I get disappointed? Ask Noah, or Karna or Elijah [Solskjaer’s children] or some of the players I had at Molde.”Once in a while you really have to tell them the standards we’ve got.” last_img read more

5 days agoHyypia says Gerrard could handle Liverpool manager’s job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hyypia says Gerrard could handle Liverpool manager’s jobby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia says Steven Gerrard could handle the manager’s job.Gerrard is already being linked with the Liverpool job (for the post-Klopp era) after just one season as Rangers manager. Does Hyypia believe Gerrard could cope with the pressure of being in the hot seat at Anfield? “Why not?” stated Hyypia to the Daily Mail. “Stevie was a good player and he’s doing well at Rangers.”He’s getting the experience of managing there and he’s doing well. I can’t say any reason he couldn’t do it.” last_img

Government Making it Easier for Persons to Take Advantage of Assets – PM Holness

first_img Speaking at the Official Opening of Spanish Court Hotel in Montego Bay on Sunday, January 27, the Prime Minister underscored that the Government is moving to make it easier for persons to add a greater level of certainty to the economic environment. Story Highlights “In the coming months, the Government will intensify its policy of full asset utilization. We will be looking at all the assets in the government’ portfolio and through a process that is competitive and transparent we will be making them available to the private sector, to persons who demonstrate the drive, the interest, the entrepreneurship, persons who are risk takers, to take these assets and make something of them for the people of Jamaica,” said Prime Minister Holness. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the Government will intensify its policy of full asset utilization. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the Government will intensify its policy of full asset utilization.Speaking at the Official Opening of Spanish Court Hotel in Montego Bay on Sunday, January 27, the Prime Minister underscored that the Government is moving to make it easier for persons to add a greater level of certainty to the economic environment.“In the coming months, the Government will intensify its policy of full asset utilization. We will be looking at all the assets in the government’ portfolio and through a process that is competitive and transparent we will be making them available to the private sector, to persons who demonstrate the drive, the interest, the entrepreneurship, persons who are risk takers, to take these assets and make something of them for the people of Jamaica,” said Prime Minister Holness.In that regard, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Government, “will continue to create the environment in which our entrepreneurs can step up to the plate and play their part in creating the economic growth and prosperity which we all desire.”The Prime Minister further stated that the process will be done through divestment, corporatization and public-private partnerships with some assets being listed on the local stock market.In the meantime, the Prime Minister said there is a need for greater connectivity in the tourism sector. According to Prime Minister Holness, the benefits of tourism must be shared with the people.“If you take away the block and steel, it is the people, it is the culture, it is our music, it is our language, it is our dance, It is all of that put together to form a package that distinguishes us from the rest of the world that makes people want to come here and enjoy. So, the industry must take an instrumental approach to ensuring that the benefits are shared; buy more Jamaican, employ more Jamaican entertainers, put them in your package, make people see them because that is what is going to create the value for your product. We must find ways to make tourism inclusive and beneficial to all the people of Jamaica,” stated Prime Minister Holness.The 120-room S Hotel (Spanish Court) is located on the Gloucester Avenue in the tourist centre of Montego Bay, St. James. The Prime Minister described the opening of the hotel as “another significant investment and is part of the renaissance of the hip strip.”last_img read more

Rickmers Group Slides Deeper into Red

first_imgzoom Hamburg-based shipowner Rickmers Group wrapped up 2016 with a net loss of EUR 341 million (USD 371.5 million), much widened than a net loss of EUR 135.5 million (USD 147.6 million) posted a year earlier.The company’s maritime assets segment suffered a net loss of EUR 271.1 million in 2016, against EUR 58.9 million in 2015. The loss in this segment, which acts as asset manager for the company’s own and third-party vessels, significantly affected the bottom line.Revenues for the period also decreased and amounted to EUR 483.3 million, compared to revenues of EUR 587 million seen in 2015.Revenues from charter dropped mainly due to the expiry of high-margin and follow-on charters at lower market rates as well as increased fleet idleness. Furthermore, revenues from freight declined due to decreasing freight rates and a lower number of completed vessel voyages.On the other hand, revenues from shipmanagement increased due to the acquisition of new contracts for third-party ships under technical management.In April 2017, Rickmers Group, which operates a fleet of 114 ships, reached an agreement with its stakeholders on the group’s financial restructuring.Under the restructuring plan, Bertram Rickmers, the group’s sole shareholder, would reduce his stake in Rickmers Holding AG from 100% to 24.9%. This would enable key creditors, HSH Nordbank AG, the bondholders and possibly one further bank, to acquire a total stake of 75.1% in Rickmers Holding AG.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement At the beginning of the story, Suri has bleached blond hair, contacts to make her brown eyes blue and a bedroom wall full of images of Caucasian models.“Growing up, these images that I looked up to and aspired to were skinny, blond women in magazines, and this is where Suri starts when we meet her. Then she transitions into finding her power when she returns home,” said Wraich, whose other credits include The Good Doctor and Crawford.At one point Suri calls herself “pretty for an Indian girl,” a line that came from Wraich’s own life.“I went to a predominantly Caucasian high school, so I was always the girl who was ‘pretty for an Indian girl,’ ” she said.“At the beginning I took it as a compliment like, ‘Oh, that means I’m pretty,’ and later on in my mid-20s I was like, ‘No, I’m just pretty. I’m not pretty in spite of my race; probably because of it.’ ”Wraich also co-produced the series, which is named after the highway connecting Brampton to the Greater Toronto Area.Toronto-based filmmaker Renuka Jeyapalan directed the series, which is the first feature-length project for Mad Ruk Entertainment, a production company known for its music videos with artists including The Weeknd.“I loved that it was a South Asian woman at the centre and it wasn’t a comedy, it wasn’t something broad,” said Jeyapalan.“It was more grounded and about family in a more authentic way, and not your typical just East-meets-West kind of conflict but really the types of issues that are more complicated.”There are currently three 25-minute episodes available, and while the finale wraps up some elements of the story it leaves the door open to extending the series, which Wraich hopes to do.“It’s taken a lot of things that I’ve felt insecure about or hated about my community and given me a platform to have a dialogue with them about it, in terms of writing inside out,” Wraich said.“I went back and forth in terms of how personal I made this, but if I can’t tell my story, how can I tell anybody else’s?”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Her fictionalized account inspired by the events turned into the new web drama series The 410, written in 2017 after she met with a lawyer who represents some of the accused drivers and he told her to focus on personal elements of her vision.“It was heartwarming to see that this community, because we don’t get our stories told, was so enthusiastic about it,” said Wraich, who shot the series over 12 days at locations including her parents’ house, the Sikh Spiritual Centre Toronto and Brampton public transit. Login/Register With: “Everybody was like, ‘You’re going to tell a story about us, about our community? By all means, take all the resources we have.’ ”Debuting Thursday on CBC Gem, the series also stars Wraich as Suri, an aspiring Indo-Canadian Instagram influencer in Toronto whose truck-driver father is arrested after being caught with a large amount of cocaine. In an effort to make his bail money, she tries to sell a stash of drugs she finds in the family car.Wraich said Suri was partly inspired by a character she saw on the comedy-drama series High Maintenance, a young Muslim woman who tries to buy cannabis.“That was probably the first time I’d seen a South Asian woman represented without hero qualities or desirable qualities or, ‘Oh, she’s a doctor’ or a lawyer or an accountant and she fits into this stereotype,” said Wraich, who was born in Chandigarh, India, and recently moved to Los Angeles. Advertisement As an Indo-Canadian Punjabi growing up in the northwest Toronto district of Rexdale, Supinder Wraich was surrounded by truckers. Her parents have a trucking school and her uncles are drivers in the industry that’s filled with many other Indo-Canadian Punjabis who live in Rexdale and nearby Brampton, Ont., which has a large South-Asian population, says the actor-writer-director. (HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS) “Often I don’t get roles where the characters have problems and issues and they’re not perfect, and that’s what I was really desiring. That’s why I wrote it, because I’ve never played this part and I rarely get to audition for these parts.“The only other comparable character I can think of is Kalinda from The Good Wife in terms of a badass, South Asian female character — but the lead, in this case.”Wraich created an Instagram account for her character under the handle @Indian_Blonde. As an Indo-Canadian Punjabi growing up in the northwest Toronto district of Rexdale, Supinder Wraich was surrounded by truckers.Her parents have a trucking school and her uncles are drivers in the industry that’s filled with many other Indo-Canadians who live in Rexdale and nearby Brampton, Ont., which has a large South Asian population, says the actor-writer-director.So in 2011, when news articles emerged about Indo-Canadian truck drivers being arrested at the border for drug smuggling, Wraich felt connected to the stories and wanted to make a documentary about them. Facebooklast_img read more

Veterans write to Prez express outrage over using armed forces for political

first_imgNew Delhi: Eight former service chiefs and 148 other military veterans have written to President Ram Nath Kovind, expressing outrage over what they termed using the armed forces for political purposes. The signatories of the letter included former Army chiefs General (retired) SF Rodrigues, General (retired) Shankar Roy Chowdhury and General (retired) Deepak Kapoor, former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal (retired) NC Suri. Three former Navy chiefs Admiral (retired) L Ramdas, Admiral (retired) Arun Prakash, Admiral (retired) Mehta and Admiral (retired) Vishnu Bhagwat also signed the letter, which was sent to Kovind on Thursday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We refer, Sir, to the unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes and even going so far as to claim the armed forces to be ‘Modi ji ki sena’,” the veterans wrote. The military veterans said it was a matter of considerable concern and disquiet among both the serving and the retired personnel that the armed forces are being used to pursue political agenda. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently referred to the armed forces as “Modiji ki Sena” at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh, triggering strong reactions from the opposition parties. The Election Commission too also took strong objection to the comments. In the letter, the military veterans also expressed disappointment over the usage of photos of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman and other soldiers at election campaigns.last_img read more

Key SA pacer Rabada deals with stiff back ahead of World Cup

first_imgNew Delhi: Premier South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada’s stiff back is a concern for Delhi Capitals towards the business end of the IPL but his national team would be more concerned with the World Cup just few days away. Delhi Capitals badly missed Rabada’s services in the game against CSK in Chennai on Wednesday, when they were handed a massive 80-run loss. It was the first time this season Rabada missed a game. Though captain Shreyas Iyer insisted that the management took a precautionary measure by resting Rabada, South Africa would be worried since their veteran pacer Dale Steyn is also injured, playing just two IPL games this season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuDelhi and CSK are two teams which have qualified for the play-offs. “Yes we know what abilities he has. He’s an amazing bowler especially in the slog overs. For sure we missed him but he had a stiff back, it’s good he got to take rest,” said Iyer after the defeat against CSK. Being a World Cup year, physios of all national teams are monitoring their respective players’ workload in the IPL and are in constant touch with their counterparts across the eight franchisees. Rabada has had back issues in the past and last year was out for three months with a lower-back injury and also missed the IPL. He is IPL’s leading wicket-taker at the moment, having taken 25 wickets in 12 games at an average of 14.72.last_img read more