Asian airlines fill more seats

first_imgAir traffic remains  buoyant in Asia with the Kuala Lumpur-based Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reporting good growth in July passenger numbers as airlines filled more seats.AAPA reported that July passenger numbers were up 10.2 per cent compared to a year ago at 26.2 million. That translated to a healthy growth of 8.4 per cent in terms of the way airlines normally measure traffic, revenue passenger kilometres.The association said the strength on both regional and long-haul routes combined with a 7.3 per cent rise in available seat capacity to push up average international passenger loads by 0.8 percentage points to 81.8 per cent for the month.There was also a welcome 3.9 per cent increase in air cargo volumes for Asian airlines in July. This  outstripped modest capacity growth to increase the average international freight load factor by 0.4 percentage points to 62.1 per cent.AAPA director general Andrew Herdman said the first  seven months of the year saw Asian airlines post a solid 6.8 per cent increase in the number of international passengers to bring the total to 170.3 million.“International air cargo demand has been relatively weak, with year-to-date demand registering a 1.5 per cent decline compared to the same period a year ago, but we have seen a modest pickup in air cargo volumes during the past couple of months,” he said.“The overall demand outlook for air passenger markets remains positive, as air travellers in the region continue to enjoy the benefits of affordable fares, although demand for some European destinations has been affected by security concerns.“Given highly competitive market conditions, Asia Pacific airlines are focusing on carefully managing costs, whilst continuing to deliver high levels of customer service.”last_img read more

Miss Earth South Africa plants trees for Africa Day

first_imgMiss Earth South Africa director, Catherine Constantinides, shows learners from Midrand Primary School how to plant trees. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Africa Day was celebrated on Wednesday, 25 May, and what better way for former and current Miss Earth South Africa participants to recognise it than to plant a tree.The Miss Earth South Africa organisation was at Midrand Primary School in Gauteng to celebrate Africa Day with learners by helping them plant 15 trees on the school grounds. Learners were also taught to stop littering, to recycle and to have pride in their environment.Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides, instilled the message “Waste stops with me” and encouraged learners to take it to their homes and communities. She also told learners to be proud of Africa. “Some people call it Africa. We call it home,” she said.Spokesperson for Miss Earth South Africa Ella Bella Constantinides said the catchphrase is meant to teach children to take responsibility of waste and recycling. “[Waste stops with me] is where we understand that energy waste stops with me, food waste stops with me and water waste stops with me. Learners must stop and ask, ‘How can I take this into my home? How do I tell my parents what it is we need to be doing at home?’”Planting trees in the school was part of the lesson teaching learners to take responsibility for their environment, said Ella Bella. “Every day, learners will pass the trees knowing they planted them and they’re taking ownership of them.”Waste management service provider for Johannesburg, Pikitup, partnered with Miss Earth South Africa at the event. Two Pikitup mascots, known as the Eco-Rangers, were on hand to teach learners to keep their school clean using the catchphrase, “Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink”.Participants of the 2016 Miss Earth South Africa were at Midrand Primary School to plant trees and teach learners how to take care of their environment.Fifty-four trees for 54 nationsElla Bella said the Miss Earth South Africa organisation planted 54 trees in different parts of Johannesburg on the day, signifying the number of countries in Africa. “The 54th tree was planted at 54 on Bath, and that tree was planted to create a bit of awareness: 54 trees and 54 countries that make up the African continent. It means people want to plant trees and get out into nature and create something special.”She said the event should remind all Africans that we need to take care of our immediate environment. “We need to make such a noise that people should understand that we’re fighting for our home. Our home is Africa, it is South Africa; our home is the Earth.“We need to understand that we need to look after our planet but before that we have to look after our people and the people on this continent are important to us.”Pikitup Eco-Rangers used the catchphrase “Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink” to make their message memorable to learners. Miss Earth South Africa empowers womenElla Bella said that as an organisation, Miss Earth South Africa seeks to empower women through environmental education. “We need to look after our immediate environment. We need to understand that every action in South Africa has a ripple effect, not just in the country but in Africa as well.”One of the 2016 participants from Gauteng, Bhijal Parbhoo, said she decided to enter the pageant as she feels she wants to make a real difference to South Africa. Parbhoo, who runs a women’s and kids’ wear store, said she loves putting a smile on people’s faces. “I feel there has to be someone to make a difference in South Africa and I really want to make a contribution to it.”last_img read more

Kissparts 32″ Charming Long Wavy Color Curly Full Sexy Wig With Free Wig Cap and Comb : Let your hair down

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-10-27 10:24:32Reviewed Item Kissparts 32″ Charming Long Wavy White Color Curly Full Sexy Wig With Free Wig Cap and CombRating 2.0 / 5  stars, based on  5  reviewsPrice£13.88 arrived well within the time it said and looks like the pictureLet your hair downKissparts 32″ Charming Long Wavy White Color Curly Full Sexy Wig With Free Wig Cap and CombBrand New .100% High quality Heat Resistant Japanese Kanekalon fiber materialEasy to wash and care just using a little mild shampoo in cold water. Please don’t use Hair Drier or Put the wig expose to Intense Heat.A wig cap and wig comb included, Great for gift, Halloween, concerts, theme parties, weddings, dating, and any other occasion.It should fit most people’s head. All you should need to do is adjust the hooks inside the cap to the correct size to suit your head;SATISFACTION GUARANTEED – If you’re not satisfied, simply return it for 100% refund. I didn’t know it had arrived until my husband walked through the door declaring that it was time he had a haircut – and there he stood wearing this wig. After that my neighbour had to try it – she’s a tiny little 85 year old, so you can perhaps imagine the laughter. Anyway, fun aside, this is a lovely colour – a shimmery silvery grey/blonde. The hair is very long with a slight wave and curl, and a very heavy, long fringe, which could be trimmed accordingly if required. It comes complete with a special metal-toothed comb and a hairnet in which to keep your own hair. I wish i’d had this when i was a teenager when i craved long hair; it’s amazing how different wearing a long wig can make you feel. This, i can already see, will be great fun at parties, and with hallowe’en around the corner we’ll probably be fighting over who gets to wear it. I may be able to take some photographs at a later date. I was sent this free of charge in order to evaluate and review it. Arrived well within the time it said and looks like the picture, first wig so can’t compare but i think it looks good. last_img read more

Manure Science Review Aug. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Aug. 12’s Manure Science Review will feature a demonstration of smoke testing — a way to show how fast a liquid, including liquid manure, can flow through and out of a farm field.Frank Gibbs, retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and now of Rawson, Ohio-based Wetland and Soil Consulting Services, will give the demonstration.A video showing smoke rising from the soil during one of Gibbs’ tests can be seen athttp://go.osu.edu/GibbsSmokeTest.Manure Science Review, set for Union City in western Ohio, is an annual learning event for farmers and others in the industry. The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University is a co-host.Details about the event and how to register are at http://go.osu.edu/MSR2015. Registration is $30 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.Earthworm holes and cracks in the soil — called “macropores” — can play big roles in the flow of liquids from a farm field, said Sam Custer, a co-organizer of the event and an educator with Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm.Generally, macropores improve a soil by helping water soak in and crop roots go deeper.But they also can give liquid manure a path to a fast, early exit — a waste of valuable crop nutrients and a possible source of water pollution.A smoke test provides a visual representation of a soil’s macropores, Custer said. It shows where they are and the flow they can carry.The test involves pumping smoke into a farm field’s underground plastic drainage pipes, or tiles. The smoke travels laterally through the pipes, which have drainage holes all along them; rises through those holes; then rises through macropores and up through the soil. Eventually, white smoke swirls at the soil surface.The process goes in reverse for a liquid, which starts at the soil surface, moves downward through the macropores, enters the drainage holes, and collects in and flows through the tiles, which then empty into a waterway.Understanding that flow can improve both a farm’s bottom line and water quality, Custer said. Steps can be taken to keep liquid-manure nutrients in a field where they’re needed – as fertilizer for crops and a way to boost yields — and out of streams and lakes where they can cause such problems as algal blooms.Possible ways to stop the outflow of liquid manure from drainage tiles include adding shutoff valves to the tiles and digging catch basins, according to an article by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The article features some of Gibbs’ macropore research with USDA-NRCS.Custer said both the smoke testing demonstration and Manure Science Review overall have the same aim: to show how “to incorporate manure to get the best economical value and to be environmentally sound in our management practices.”For more details on the event, contact the college’s Mary Wicks at 330-202-3533 orwicks.14@osu.edu.last_img read more

Gems jewellery exports dip 848 in AprilJuly this fiscal

first_imgNew Delhi: Gems and jewellery exports declined by 8.48 per cent to $9.7 billion during April-July this fiscal, mainly on account of slowdown in demand in major developed markets. According to data from the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), exports stood at $10.6 billion in the same period of 2018-19. The labour-intensive sector contributes about 15 per cent to the country’s overall exports. The decline in shipments is mainly due to negative growth in the export of cut and polished diamonds, coloured gem stones, and gold jewellery. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to the data, cut and polished diamonds exports contracted 17.5 per cent. Similarly outbound shipments of coloured gem stones dipped by 10 per cent during the first four months of the fiscal. Exports of gold jewellery declined by 4.8 per cent to $4 billion. But, exports of gold medallions and coins grew to $309 million during the period under review. India’s main export destinations are the US, Europe, Japan and China. America accounts for about one-fourth of the country’s total gems and jewellery exports. The gems and jewellery exports declined 5.32 per cent to $30.96 billion in 2018-19.last_img read more

Battle over BC mega dam heading to courts

first_imgAPTN National NewsNow that premier Christy Clark has approved the Site C dam, residents and First Nations in northern British Columbia are ramping up their court case.The dam is expected to flood 5500 hectares of land along the Peace River along the eastern edge of the province.Government officials say it will provide enough electricity to power nearly a half a million homes.But local First Nations say the dam is a non-starter.APTN’s Tina House reports.last_img

Abaco man death suspected suicide say Police

first_img Related Items:#HopeTownLighthouse, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 15, 2017 – Abaco – Police suspect it is a suicide and say foul play is not suspected at this time after a 41 year old man of Hope Town, Abaco was found at the #HopeTownLighthouse on Saturday.    Police were called to the scene around 10am and found the body unresponsive.The man was taken to the Marsh Harbour Clinic where he was pronounced dead by a doctor.    There will be an autopsy to say for sure, how the man died.last_img

Common Craigslist scam hits another San Diego family

first_img , 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After apartment hunting, one San Diego family thought they found the perfect place for their daughter through Craigslist- but it was too good to be true. What ended up as a scam, as we found out, turned out to be a common one.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti explans what happened, and the warning this family has for future renters. Common Craigslist scam hits another San Diego family September 10, 2018center_img Posted: September 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Obama Reiterates Threat to Veto Defense Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR During a rare visit to the Pentagon, President Obama on Monday reiterated his threat to veto the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill because it relies on a budget framework that would shortchange the nation’s future by restraining spending on non-military aspects of national security such as education and research.“We’re not going to eat our seed corn,” Obama said, reported CQ.The military has the best troops in the world in part because “we’ve got a strong economy and we’ve got a well-educated population and we’ve got an incredible research operation and universities,” the president said. “We shortchange those, we’re going to be less secure,” he said.The defense authorization bill adopts the GOP budget framework, which adds $38 billion to DOD’s war account to sidestep the statutory spending caps. The GOP budget, however, forces non-defense spending to stick to the caps. “Part of our national security is making sure that we have a strong economy and that we continue to make investments in things we need like education and research,” Obama said.Separately, staff for the House and Senate Armed Services committees are continuing to work out differences in the two versions of the authorization bill. Committee leaders soon will tackle major areas of disagreement, including acquisition reform.  Defense budget expert Mackenzie Eaglen told the Hill that acquisition reform is the “biggest sticking point” between the two bills. One key difference is language in the Senate version shifting more decision-making authority from the defense secretary to the military services, a change opposed by the administration that could draw a veto from the president, according to Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.“This is the only provision that could sway a decision by the president to veto it if he were not planning to do so already. If it stays, it is a near certainty it will garner a veto,” she said.last_img read more

State Officials Provide Advice For Preventing Mulch Fires

first_imgSTOW, MA — “Every year around this time, we experience many fires started by cigarettes tossed into piles of bark mulch, which is combustible and can easily catch fire,” says State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “We are asking smokers to dispose of their smoking materials responsibly in order to prevent fires. Don’t toss cigarette butts into mulch or a pile of dried leaves.”“Businesses and homeowners that are sprucing up their landscaping should also provide and maintain safe receptacles for disposing of smoking materials so that people won’t start fires by tossing cigarettes into the mulch,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey, “Metal containers with sand are best.”“If you see a smoldering mulch pile, please call 9-1-1 so the fire department can make sure it is truly extinguished. Mulch can smolder for a long time before erupting into flames,” said Ostroskey.In the past five years (2013 – 2017), there have been 231 fires that started in mulch and spread to buildings. These 231 fires caused one civilian death, one civilian injury, 16 fire service injuries and property damages of $10.2 million. Fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early, and by the time they enter the building to trigger a fire alarm, smoke detector or sprinkler system, the fire is already large. Fortunately, many mulch fires are caught and extinguished before spreading to a building or motor vehicle.Mulch FireFactorOn the Department of Fire Service’s website, there is a Mulch FireFactor, an educational hand-out in both English and Spanish on mulch fire safety and the Fire Code. It can be used by fire departments to educate the community on the regulation and for building managers, landscapers and companies that store and sell mulch, to educate their staff.Nurseries, Landscapers and Property Managers Need to Know the RulesFire officials want to remind building owners, property managers, nurseries and landscaping companies about the proper placement and storage of mulch in order to prevent these types of fires. Ostroskey said, “It’s important for mulch storage piles to be 30’ apart to keep fires from spreading.”Keep Mulch 18” Away From BuildingsHere are some tips for property managers and building owners on how to prevent mulch fires:Keep wood mulch 18” away from combustible exteriors of buildings such as wood or vinyl siding and decks. Don’t put it right up against the building.Use materials such as pea stone or crushed rock for the first 18” as a barrier around the foundation of the building and around gas and electrical meters.Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials.State Fire Code on Mulch ApplicationThe Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00, section 10.14.10.4) prohibits the new application of mulch within 18” around combustible exteriors of buildings, such as wood or vinyl but not brick or concrete. Residential buildings with six units or less are exempted from this regulation, but all homeowners may also wish to adopt these safety practices. The regulation applies to all other buildings including commercial properties.Storage and Manufacturing of MulchThe regulation (527 CMR 1.00, section 31.3.6.4.3) also has safety requirements for those who store or manufacture mulch. It limits the size of mulch piles and requires a distance of 30-feet between piles and 25-feet from the lot line. Large piles of mulch can easily spontaneously combust with all the heat they generate, so it’s important to be vigilant and employ good housekeeping. The distance between piles prevents a fire from easily spreading to another pile or to a building.Permits Required to Store 300+ Cubic Yards of MulchPermits are required from the fire department wherever more than 300 cubic yards of mulch is produced or stored.Arlington Fatal Fire Destroyed 36-unit Apartment and 6 CarsOne of the most destructive mulch fires in Massachusetts occurred on May 5, 2015 in a large Arlington apartment complex. One man died in the fire started by smoking materials discarded in a mulch bed, which spread to a car, then to a building. Thirty-six apartments and six cars were destroyed. The building had no sprinklers and the estimated dollar loss was $6.7 million.(NOTE: The above press release is from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Fire Marshal Offers Tips To Prevent Mulch FiresIn “Government”State Fire Marshal Cautions Smokers, Announces Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Caused Recent Woburn FireIn “Police Log”Massachusetts State Fire Marshal: September Is Campus Fire Safety MonthIn “Police Log”last_img read more