How much does each airline seat cost?

first_imgIt sounds incredible but it’s true. A First Class suite on some airlines cost $250,000 each and even the humble economy seat can cost $10,000!The reason is very simple. The seats must withstand a 16G crash force and remain fixed to floor tracks.History In the 1960s and 1970s aircraft seats had to withstand an 8G crash force but crash investigators found that in many crashes passengers were killed not by the crash itself but by seats that subsequently went flying through the cabin. Regulators toughened up the standards to better protect passengers in case of the incredibly rare event of an air crash. The new standard of 16G is five times more than your everyday crash dummy.last_img read more

Google vs. World: 79 Places Google is Being Sued or Blocked (Map)

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Google#international#web When you’re at the top of the heap, everybody watches you closely. Many people are sure to think you’re in the wrong. If you’re Google, that means you’ll be the subject of lawsuits. All around the world.You may have heard about some of these suits in the news, but it’s unlikely you’ve heard of them all. Competitive intelligence consultancy Aqute created a Google Map of all the lawsuits Google faces and the places where one of the company’s sites is blocked. Were you aware that YouTube is blocked in Afghanistan? That a rare-coin salesman in Florida is suing Google for listing his home address as his business address, putting his coins and family at risk. Check out all these legal challenges on the map below.The map is based on news coverage over the last 12 months, so some are referencing suits like the one with Viacom that are technically closed by now.Blue markers on the map below designate lawsuits, red markers places where a Google property is being blocked.Google must have one very busy legal team. It was the company’s own idea to organize the world’s information, though. That’s a sure path to controversy.View Google vs the world in a larger map Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Kolkata Test: Indian pacers create a new record in thrilling draw at Eden

first_imgIndia pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav created a new record during the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Umesh picked up 17 wickets in total which is the most by Indian pacers in a Test match in India. It was also the first instance in 262 Tests when no Indian spinner managed to pick up a single wicket in a home Test.Bhuvi, in particular, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he finished with eight wickets (four wickets in each innings) in the match and deservedly bagged the man-of-the-match award. Shami picked up four wickets in Sri Lanka’s first innings and two in the second while Umesh scalped two in the first and one in the final innings.Chasing 231 in the final innings, Sri Lanka held on for a thrilling draw, finishing at 75/7, with the match being called off early for the third day in succession due to bad light.Captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on Bhuvneshwar after the match.”It was important to make something out of the game with whatever time we had. As you mentioned, conditions changed drastically into day four- five. We showed character after being on the back foot initially,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.”Bhuvneshwar has picked up pace. Bowls heavier balls than before and hits the right areas. He’s grabbing his chances and is a massive contender to start every Test match for India. He’ll do us good in overseas conditions, and not just in home conditions.advertisement”He’s going to be an important part of our plan going forward in all formats. He’s doing well in the shorter formats and now 8 wickets in this Test. Credit to him; he’s working hard and it’s paying for him,” he added.Earlier, Kohli led India’s fightback with a stunning 104* off 119 balls which included 12 boundaries and two sixes. India ended up with 352 for 8 and declared as soon as Kohli reached his 18th Test hundred with a six off Suranga Lakmal in the fag end of the second session.It was Kohli’s 50th century in international cricket and his first Test ton at the Eden Gardens.”I didn’t try to think about the situation and pressure. The shots started coming off. Luckily, they took the new ball – the old ball was soft and it wasn’t easy to get it away – and I thought I might as well go for it. If you have the intent,  luck favours you too. Little bit of luck, bit of inside edge in the seventies,” Kohli said on his hundred.In fact, so dominant was India’s pace battery that India’s star spin twin,  R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled a total of 10 overs in the entire match. Ashwin was not even called on to bowl in the final innings. Imagine India trying to win a Test match on the fifth day and Ashwin not even getting an over.The next Test match will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur from November 24.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be built

first_imgEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be builtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Farhad Moshiri is determined for their new stadium to be built.Planning permission is set to be submitted in the second half of this year, with the first ‘spade in the ground’ anticipated in early 2020.After a number of false dawns over previous projects Moshiri is adamant the stadium will be built.”It has nothing to do with my vision, it is a necessity. That must be understood – we don’t have a choice, we don’t have a Plan B or a Plan C,” he said at their AGM.”Very much like Arsenal and Tottenham that had to build a stadium – they were not given stadiums like West Ham or Manchester City.”We have a lot of experience so I think we will complete this stadium, be sure that will happen. And I will throw as much money as needed.”Private markets will provide £350m, naming rights will give us some more and we maybe have an equity gap of £100m.”I think this club, under the management of Marcel and leadership of Denise (Barrett-Baxendale, the club’s chief executive) is sufficiently robust to see the project through. It is no luxury, we have to get it done.”If we want to have a big club we need a modern stadium and we will get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FCS Jacksonville State Leads Auburn At The Half

first_imgjJcksonville State's Jenkins seen in game against Auburn.Twitter/@NickJuskewycz There were plenty of interesting possible upsets on the college football slate today, but we didn’t tab Jacksonville State over Auburn as one of them. However, the Gamecocks, who went 10-2 in FCS play last year, are half way to a stunning win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They lead the Tigers 10-6 at halftime.Auburn and Jacksonville State traded field goals early on, but the Gamecocks’ quarterback Eli Jenkins threw an impressive touchdown pass to Josh Barge to take the lead in the second quarter.Jacksonville State currently leads 6th ranked #Auburn 10-6, late in the second quarter. #JSUvsAUB pic.twitter.com/B50kBpQDXD— CFB Nation (@UofCFB) September 12, 2015There is plenty of time life, but Auburn fans have to be concerned with how the team has come out against what should be an overmatched opponent.last_img read more

A chronology of events in the Site C dam project in British

first_imgVICTORIA – A chronology of events in British Columbia’s Site C hydroelectric dam project:Late 1950s: The location for a third dam on the Peace River is first looked at after the locations of WAC Bennett Dam and Peace Canyon Dam were identified.1970s: Engineering work is done to determine the feasibility of a third dam.1989: Plans for Site C are shelved because of local opposition to the project.March 2001: The chairman of BC Hydro says he would like to see the project revived and get fast-track approval from the government.April 2004: BC Hydro includes Site C in a package of initiatives it is studying to boost the province’s long-term supply of hydroelectricity.December 2007: Preliminary cost estimates for Site C show the project could cost between $5 billion and $6.6 billion, doubling previous estimates by the province.April 2010: The B.C. government announces plan to build Site C.December 2013: Public hearings begin on the project.May 2014: A joint review panel gives no clear yes or no answer but says B.C. will need new energy at some point. It says the project would cause significant adverse effects on the environment and wildlife, as well as Aboriginal communities and farmers in the area.October 2014: Provincial and federal environmental certificates are issued.December 2014: The B.C. government makes the decision to go ahead with construction.July 2015: Construction begins on Site C.July 2015: The B.C. Supreme Court dismissed a petition by the Peace Valley Landowner Association challenging provincial environmental approval of Site C. An appeal was dismissed in September 2016.August 2015: The federal court dismissed an application by Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations challenging environmental approval of Site C by the federal government. An appeal was dismissed in January 2017.February 2016: A judge orders protesters to leave their tent camp near the construction site after BC Hydro seeks an injunction.December 2016: The government says the project is on schedule and on budget.March 2017: The government says more than 2,000 workers are employed at Site C.Aug. 2, 2017: The province’s newly sworn-in NDP government asks the B.C. Utilities Commission to review the project as it considers cancelling or delaying its construction.Aug. 28, 2017: A United Nations panel says construction of the dam should be stopped until there is a full review of how it would affect Indigenous land.Nov. 1, 2017: The B.C. Utilities Commission says the project is over budget and behind schedule in its report to the government, which promises a decision on Site C’s future by the end of the year.Dec. 11, 2017: Premier John Horgan says the dam will be completed but the price tag is expected to rise from $8.3 billion to $10.7 billion.(Source: The Canadian Press, BC Hydro, B.C. government)last_img read more

Canadian Pacific Railway says tearing up NAFTA poses limited risk to company

first_imgCALGARY – The potential dismantling of NAFTA is a concern because of its impact on the overall North American economy, but its direct effect on Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) would be limited, CEO Keith Creel said Thursday.Transportation analysts have identified the end of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as sometimes threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump, as one of the biggest risks to Canadian railways this year. Negotiations to modernize the deal start again next week in Montreal.“We’re paying attention to it but, at a micro level, our direct commodity exposure is fairly modest,” Creel said on a conference call with analysts after reporting fourth-quarter financial results that slightly beat analyst expectations.“Thirty per cent of our business is cross-border, but this number overstates our true exposure,” said Creel. “Our cross-border is primarily agricultural products — stuff like grain, potash, fertilizers, chemicals … The reality is the U.S. relies heavily on these raw materials that we’re shipping south to support the overall economy.”St. Louis-based analyst Dan Sherman of Edward Jones said he agrees with Creel.“We need the wood, we need the potash. Those things are important for us,” Sherman said. “So we’re probably going to continue to buy it from Canada, and if there’s a slightly larger tariff, that’s going to make hardly any difference.”Analyst Kevin Chiang of CIBC World Markets said in a report earlier this month that a U.S. government move to disband the continental free trade agreement could cause a similar reaction to the immediate 10 per cent drop in market values in the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.CP Rail said Thursday that fourth-quarter revenue grew by five per cent to $1.71 billion from $1.64 billion in the same period a year ago, aided by enhanced service offerings and strategic partnerships with customers.It said net income rose to $984 million in the last three months of the year from $384 million a year earlier. That was mainly due to a non-cash provision of $527 million to account for deferred income tax recoveries from U.S. tax reforms enacted in December, which more than made up for tax increases by the Saskatchewan and B.C. governments.Freight revenue from metals, minerals, and consumer products grew 30 per cent, while energy, chemicals and plastics jumped 20 per cent.Chief marketing officer John Brooks said on the call he expects 2018 revenue growth in “the mid-single digits” and adjusted earnings per share growth in the low double-digits, thanks to strong global potash demand, a large Canadian grain crop and steady coal shipments.Sherman said he’s also bullish on CP Rail’s prospects, noting it has more capacity to grow than its competitors.CP Rail says its operating ratio, a measure of operating expenses as a percentage of revenues, fell slightly to 56.1 per cent in the fourth quarter from 56.2 per cent in the year-earlier period. It was 57.4 per cent for 2017, down from 58.6 in 2016.For the year, revenue was $6.55 billion in 2017, compared with $6.23 billion in 2016.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Democrats plan more pressure on Trump to reopen government

first_imgWASHINGTON — Newly empowered House Democrats are planning to step up pressure on President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers to reopen the government.This comes after there was no weekend breakthrough to end a prolonged partial government shutdown, with Trump standing firm in his border wall funding demands.Trump showed no signs of budging on his demand for more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, though on Sunday he did offer to build it with steel rather than concrete, a concession Democrats panned.With the shutdown lurching into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans.Catherine Lucey And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Presslast_img read more

TV viewers may soon switch service providers without changing set top box

first_imgNew Delhi: TV viewers may be able to switch their DTH or cable service providers without changing the set top box (STB) by the end of this year, according to regulator Trai’s Chairman R S Sharma. “Since last two years we have been trying to make STBs interoperable. Large part of problem has been resolved. There are some business challenges (which) remain… we are looking at this to happen by end of this year,” Sharma told reporters at an event here Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe added that interoperability in a product should not come as an “after thought” but should be in place at the product planning stage itself. “Open systems are going to be the future. Entire back-end of Aadhaar has been developed on open source software except biometric de-duplication system,” Sharma said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman released a study on open ecosystem for devices in India, prepared by the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) and consultant firm KPMG, which showed that 89 per cent of mobile phones in the country work on open source operating systems. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSharma cited interoperability as one of the key factors behind the success of the Indian mobile phone industry where no subscriber is required to buy a new phone if he wants to change his service provider. “Many apps/services are being accessed primarily on smartphones now. Prevalence of the Open OS has also facilitated smartphones supporting multi-lingual capabilities and also led to the enhancement of the Skill India program by the government,” ICEA Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said. The report found that Open OS mobile operating systems have expanded the smartphone market in India by reducing barriers to entry. According to the study, smartphones sold in India increased from 2 million units in 2009-10 to 117 million units in 2017-18, corresponding with the increase in smartphone makers from seven in 2009 to around 80 in 2018. India overtook the US to become the second largest mobile phone market in the world in terms of number of units, with the Indian smartphone market growing at a compound annual growth rate of 37 per cent (in value terms) to reach Rs 1.43 lakh crore in 2017.last_img read more

AAP alleges horse trading

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hours after Arvind Kejriwal derided what he called the BJP’s attempts to “buy Aam Aadmi Party leaders”, one of his party lawmakers in Delhi joined the ruling party. AAP senior leader Manish Sisodia slammed BJP claiming that they offered money to buy MLAs. “Earlier, we said that BJP has offered Rs 10 crore to our 7 MLAs and here is the proof,” said Manish Sisodia.The exit has hit AAP just days before voting in Delhi on May 12 for the national election. Earlier this week, AAP leader Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, had alleged that seven lawmakers had been offered 10 crores to switch sides. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesArvind Kejriwal on Friday, had hit out at Vijay Goel for saying that 14 AAP lawmakers were in touch with the BJP and ready to switch. “Modi ji, will you topple every government run by an opposition party by buying lawmakers? Is this your definition of democracy? And from where do you bring so much money to buy MLAs? You have tried to buy our MLAs many times. Buying AAP leaders is not easy,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in a tweet. Vijay Goel had refuted AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s allegation of the BJP offering Rs. 10 crore to lawmakers to switch and said AAP lawmakers wanted to quit their party out of “frustration and humiliation”, so the BJP “did not need to buy them”. “The lawmakers want to leave AAP because the party has strayed from its objectives,” Mr Goel claimed.last_img read more