Jetstar to add an extra row of seats in A320 refresh

first_imgJetstar is adding a row of seats to its Airbus A320 aircraft operating in Australia and New Zealand in a major refresh it says will not reduce already tight legroom.The refresh, due to start in August and be largely complete by the end of the year, is the airline’s first since it launched in 2004.It will introduce a new generation of ergonomically-designed Recaro seats on 43 existing A320s used on domestic and short-haul international flights and will be accompanied by LED lighting, carpets and a new colour scheme. Ten aircraft are due to be replaced and the new aircraft will be configured with the new cabin, a Jetstar spokesman said.The seat count on the A320s will rise from 180 to 186 seats per aircraft using an Airbus Spaceflex design that removes galley space at the rear of the aircraft and moves the toilets.It will also add up to six overhead lockers to increase baggage space and add an additional row of extra legroom seats to 24 the number of seats offering a 32-38 inch seat pitch compared to the average pitch of 28-29 inches.Jetstar noted the Airbus design is used by more than 26 airlines, including Lufthansa, JetBlue and EasyJet.It estimates it will cut costs by 2 to 3 per cent and Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Salter said this would allow the airline to keep offering low fare while maintaining “a great customer experience’’.He said it would allow the airline to carry more leisure customers, particularly at peak times.“Our cabins will look and feel like new and we think this will be a win for customers and have great business benefits as well,’’ Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Salter said“The new seats are comfortable and our customers will have the same amount of legroom and space as they currently do on our A320 aircraft.“This is the latest cabin design from Airbus, which is smarter about the way space is used on the aircraft and allows for an extra row of seats and more baggage space.’’Jetstar has carried 200 million passengers since launch and now services 82 destinations in 16 countries through its own network and that of its joint ventures.In addition to A320 family aircraft, it flies Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on long-haul routes and is due to get A320neos from the 2018-19 financial year.last_img read more

Soweto’s university on the train

first_imgAll aboard for education. Professor Isabel Hofmeyr in discussionwith a commuter on a train to Soweto.Sermon on a Train encourages dialoguebetween the lecturer and the audience.(Images: Sermon on the Train)MEDIA CONTACTS• Molemo MoiloaSermon on the Train+27 84 892 0610RELATED ARTICLES• SA university puts lectures online• South African academics shine• University honour for Tutu• Education in South AfricaNosimilo NdlovuSowetan commuters are being given a taste of university education, with top South African academics giving free lectures on trains as part of the Sermon on the Train art project.The initiative takes up the old South African tradition of public preaching on trains in a different way, and aims to challenge the concept the “public lecture”.Final-year fine arts students Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in central Johannesburg started the project in early 2009 with academics from the university. The idea was that, while universities do occasionally give lectures open to the general public, these are not public enough.“Ordinary members of the public do not form part of the group of individuals that attend university public lectures,” said Mokgotho. “Hence, the sermon seeks to bring an exchange between the creative community and greater society.”Moiloa said Sermon on the Train began as a once-off art project for their degree. “Since then the project has taken on a life of its own,” she said. “Though we are still graded on the project, it has a greater public significance that has become separate to our degrees.”The sermons take place in the late afternoon, targeting workers returning home from work. They begin at Park Station in the city centre, where commuters board the train, and end in Soweto in the southwest of Johannesburg. Audiences are encouraged to ask questions and discuss issues with the lecturer, creating the opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of knowledge.The project kicked off in March, with the first lecture was given by Professor Anitra Nettleton, head of History of Art at Wits. On a train trip to Dube in Soweto, she spoke on the topic “Meditations on the African Avant Garde”.“The sermons serve as a critique of public access to information and the isolation and elitism often endemic in tertiary institution – particularly in relation to ordinary members of the public,” said Moiloa.All on boardThe first sermon was well received by the audience, to the relief of the organisers and lecturer. Soon other academics approached Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho, offering to do sermons.The second sermon was delivered by Wits architecture lecturer Professor Kirsten Doermann on a train to Orlando Station in Soweto in August. She read from a lecture by the radical avant-garde Greek architect Elia Zenghelis, dealing with democracy, urbanisation, globalisation and the role of the architect.Despite the seemingly daunting topic, the sermon set off critical discussion between the students, lecturers and commuters, confirming Moiloa and Mokgotho’s view that the initiative would encourage dialogue.In October award-winning writer and academic Professor Isabel Hofmeyr from the Wits School of Literature and Language Studies presented the third sermon, called “Revelations”, on the train to Phomolong, Soweto.Discussing African and Indian literature, Hofmeyr spoke of the birth of a new world power order, with the Indian Ocean as the central point of orientation. She handed out printed copies of the sermon to all commuters, which many read from top to bottom.Bridging social gapsMokgotho said their art had been about “re-observation and the defamiliarisation” of the everyday – questioning the way people saw the world and finding the aesthetic in the simple.More than this, according to the students, Sermon on the Train aims to raise questions about access, social divisions and the stereotypes that get entrenched by keeping people separate. The work also chips away at the hierarchy that separates students from lectures by encouraging lecturer-student collaborations.The university continues to provide resources to allow the project to grow further. “We have received major support,” Moiloa. “The university has sponsored the last two sermons because they feel it makes strides in some of the objectives of the university itself. This has resulted in a workshop and tutorial information packs we give out on the trains.”Some have argued that having a public lecture in a public space is imposing on that public. But Moiloa and Mokgotho believe it is no different to other performances such as public preaching, and are set to continue their journey.last_img read more

Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference approaching

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers can learn how to do everything from increasing sales using social media to producing barley for malting during a daylong conference offered by horticulture, entomology and local foods experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference is Feb. 2 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, in Loveland.OSU Extension has organized a grower school for more than 30 years in southwestern Ohio, but this conference will be different and bigger than in previous years, said Greg Meyer, an OSU Extension educator.“In addition to focusing on more topics, we’ve moved the event location to a conference center which allows us the space to offer more class options, including sessions on fruit, vegetables, greenhouses, specialty crops and marketing,” he said.Ohio Private Pesticide Applicator Credit will be available for Core, Category 3 and Category 5, Meyer said.Fertilizer certification is required for growers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale.“This conference will include a three-hour fertilizer training class which will meet the requirements to obtain your fertilizer certification,” he said. “Participants must attend the entire three-hour class.A fertilizer certification class focused on fruit and vegetable production will also be offered.Workshop topics include:* “New Apple Rootstocks for Ohio.”* “Pumpkin Integrated Pest Management: An Update on Research and Management of Pumpkins.”* “Biological Control of Insects in Greenhouses and High Tunnels.”* “Super Berry Production and Marketing.”* “Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training.”* “How to Decide the Amount of Insecticide and Water to Use on Tree Fruits.”* “Managing Bacterial Diseases in Vegetable Crops.”* “Management of Soil-borne Diseases in High Tunnel Vegetable Production.”* “Collective Marketing: The Co-op Model.”* “New Apple Variety Selections for the Midwest.”* “Bio-control of Cucumber Beetles.”* “How to Develop an Integrated Pest Management Program for Your Greenhouse and High Tunnels.”* “Understanding Food Marketing Regulations.”* “Blackberry and Raspberry Season-Extension Methods.”* “Managing Worms on Vegetable Crops.”* “Hops Production in Ohio.”* “Increasing Sales Using Social Media.”* “Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides.”* “From Traps to Trends: Spotted Wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Management.”* “Squash Vine Borer Control.”* “Producing Barley for Malting.”* “Pricing Your Food Products for Direct to Consumer Marketing.”* “Mixing Pesticides: Avoiding Mistakes that Reduce Effectiveness.”Registration for the conference is $50 by Jan. 22 and includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a USB memory stick containing all of the conference handouts. Registration is $60 by Jan. 31.Online registration is available at A schedule of workshop presentations can be found at For more information, contact Meyer at 513-695-1311 or [email protected]last_img read more

Ohio FFA members well represented at National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As usual, Ohio FFA will be well represented at the 2017 National FFA Convention. Here is a list of Ohio participants to watch for this week in Indianapolis.American FFA Degrees – 397                                                         American Star in Agribusiness Finalist – Shaun Wenrick, Anna American Star in Agriscience Finalist – Chrysta Beck, Pettisville National Officer Candidate – Mary Buehler, Anna Honorary American DegreesLeah Amstutz, ColumbusKaren Cooley, WilliamsfieldAndrew Muntz, Columbus National Proficiency Award FinalistsAgricultural Communications – Kolt Buchenroth, Kenton-OHPAgricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Maci Krites, Miami East-MVCTCAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Aaron Hendrich, Eaton-MVCTCAgricultural Sales-Entrepreneurship – Katie Bendickson, Miami East-MVCTCAgricultural Sales-Placement – Sierra Drewes, New BremenAgriscience Research Plant – Jacob Dennis, PettisvilleBeef Production-Placement – Clinton Liming, Felicity-FranklinDairy Production-Placement – Clair Schmitmeyer, VersaillesDiversified Agricultural Production – Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Michael Klein, West HolmesDiversified Horticulture – Nathan Stacklin, RidgemontDiversified Livestock – Adam Blumenschein, FairbanksEnvironmental Science and Natural Resources Management – Collin Brinkman, FayettevilleEquine Science-Placement – Juanita Miller, West HolmesFiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Reed Aller, St. MarysFood Science and Technology – Ann Marie Shelby, Zane TraceForage Production – Keaton Fout, RidgemontForest Management and Products – Isaac Stephenson, Houston-UVCCGrain Production-Entrepreneurship – Todd Peterson, Miami TraceHome and/or Community Development – Alex Baird, Felicity-FranklinSpecialty Crop Production – Alyssa Westgerdes, Miami East-MVCTCSwine Production-Entrepreneurship – Collin Dunaway, Felicity-FranklinTurf Grass Management – Jason Jenkins, West HolmesVegetable Production – Andrew Harshbarger, VersaillesVeterinary Science – Kayla Bruns, Versailles National Chapter Award-Models of Excellence FinalistsOtsegoNational Chapter Award-Premier Chapter FinalistsGrowing Leaders –Ridgemont Building Communities – Ridgemont Two-Star Chapters – Amanda-Clearcreek, Anna, Black River, Cardington, Cedarville-GCCC, Clear Fork, Covington-UVCC, Crestview, Eaton-MVCTC, Elgin, Kenton-OHP, Mowrystown, National Trail-MVCTC, North Union, Peebles, Talawanda-Butler Tech, Upper Sandusky, Wauseon, Zane Trace  Three-Star Chapters – Bowling Green, Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Houston-UVCC, London, Lynchburg-Clay, Miami East-MVCTC, Miami Trace, New Bremen, Otsego, Ridgemont, South Central, VersaillesNational Agriscience Fair FinalistsAnimal Systems Division 3 – Allison Sanders, Global ImpactAnimal Systems Division 4 – Genevieve Tautkus and Malia Jones, JohnstownAnimal Systems Division 5 – Gretchen Lee, PettisvilleAnimal Systems Division 6 – Piper Lewis and Mackenzie Lowery, WestfallEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 1 – Matthew Pack, LoudonvilleEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 2 – Macyn Hall and Madalyn Woodall, Felicity-FranklinEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 4 – Kylie Blair and Jessica Gillum, Miami East-MVCTCEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 5 – Jordan Skates, PettisvilleEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 6 – Allison Rapp and Sarah Harner, Xenia-GCCCFood Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Macey Donovan, Felicity-FranklinFood Products and Processing Systems Division 2 – Kiersten Chandler and Sara Doane, Felicity-FranklinFood Products and Processing Systems Division 4 – Katie Shelby and Gabby Wycinski, Zane TraceFood Products and Processing Systems Division 5 – Erin Jennings, Felicity-FranklinFood Products and Processing Systems Division 6 – Grant Lach and Grace Lach, Bloom CarrollPlant Systems Division 2 – Landen Tull and Madison Jenkins, Felicity-FranklinPlant Systems Division 3 – Kayla Wyse, PettisvillePlant Systems Division 6 – Tayler Gage and Diamon Carder, Edgewood-Butler TechPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 1 – Grant Portz, LoudonvillePower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 2 – Ellie Sharp and Natalie Brueggemann, Felicity-FranklinPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 3 – Trina Orr, UticaPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4 – Jared Hamilton and Joseph Glassmeyer, Felicity-FranklinPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 6 – Brenden Bayes and Jared Minor, WestfallSocial Science Division 3 – Loryn Wright, AyersvilleSocial Science Division 4 – Paige Miller and Kennedy Shartzer, Anthony WayneSocial Science Division 6 – Olivia Pflaumer and Julie Everidge, Zane Trace Career Development EventsTBD after convention National Band ParticipantsSeth Taylor-Clyde, Katherine Tilford-Talawanda Butler Tech, Jamie Walter-Liberty Union National Chorus ParticipantsShay Bolton-Parkway, Katelyne Crouch-Pymatuning Valley, Seth Feikert-Triway, Cheyenne Gillett-National Trail MVCTC National Talent ParticipantsGarrett Allen-Ohio Valley, Chase Cummings-Waynesfield Goshenlast_img read more

Your Current Supply Chain Is Toast, But Its Replacement Will Be Awesome

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… paul brody Related Posts 3D printing, intelligent robotics, and open source hardware stand to revolutionize modern-day manufacturing. These disruptive forces will usher in a new manufacturing paradigm that is managed by software and data files — something we call the “software-defined supply chain.”For more than a year, my colleagues and I have been carefully studying the likely impact and implications of these technologies. We wanted to see if these new technologies could alleviate many of the constraints and the fixed costs of a traditional supply chain, and if so, to what extent?What Software-Defined Supply Chains Save YouTo verify this, we built an integrated supply chain model and then tore apart a series of electronics items — including a mobile phone, a hearing aid, a washing machine, and an industrial display.In each case, we wanted to know if we could make that product in a new software-defined supply chain model and, if so, what the economics would look like, in the present, as well as in the coming decade, and see if we could forecast the cost and capability path of these technologies.While we found that a software-defined supply chain model quickly becomes cheaper to operate, that alone was not the most impactful finding. Instead, it was the vast reduction in scale that it enables.On average, by the end of our forecast period, we determined that our products, when made in a software-defined supply chain model, would be 23 percent cheaper, on average, than they are now in traditional manufacturing. Even more importantly, the scale required to achieve a cost-effective result was up to 90 percent lower.Why They’re More EfficientEconomies of scale matter because the fixed costs and lead times associated with manufacturing have traditionally been high. Designs can take months to complete, and then many objects require dedicated capital equipment like molds, casts and machine tools. Companies work hard to drive component standardization and re-use so they can spread those large investments across the highest possible volume of production to keep costs low.By contrast, software-defined supply chains use 3D printers and open source designs to eliminate or dramatically reduce many of those fixed costs and, in so doing, reduce the need for high product volumes to achieve more competitive pricing.Out of the four products we tested to understand the benefits of a software-defined supply chain, the levels of median economic scale were shown to be 75 percent lower over a span of five years and up to 90 percent lower over a decade.Though we did not account for it in our supply chain model, the impact is likely to be understated and open sourcing will also command significant reductions in design cycle-time as companies and consumers increasingly start their projects from proven designs.More Flexibility — And More CompetitionFor enterprises, the implications of significantly reduced economies of scale should be a mixture of an opportunity and a threat. To start with, things that used to be very difficult — making a final buy of spare parts — may no longer be necessary. Need a part? Print one. No need to keep nearly as much inventory on hand, either.There are challenges, however, to be aware of. If the typical volumes required to be efficient today imply that 3-5 major companies are serving a particular market, they will in the future suggest that it is possible that as many as 30-50 smaller companies could serve the same market profitably. Industry leaders will have to contend with the risk of significantly increased competition, much of it driven by local sources.Companies that are well positioned for the future are the ones that are thinking ahead about how they can re-work their supply chains to profitably serve these smaller niches.One IBM client we spoke to currently makes products in volumes of millions of each SKU. In the future, they anticipate that a typical production run may be as little as 5,000 units – and they are restructuring their entire supply chain, product design, and distribution model accordingly. Ultimately, they believe that they must be efficient with a production run of one unit. This defines a snapshot of the future.You can read the full IBM report on the Software Defined Supply Chain here, or on the IBM IBV app available through iTunes and Android.This post originally appeared on IBM’s A Smarter Planet blog. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#3d printing#IBM#Software Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Mamata speaks to professor who was assaulted by student wing of TMC

first_imgA professor at Nabagram Hiralal Pal College in West Bengal’s Hooghly district was beaten up at the campus gate by members of the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, the student wing of the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Two youth have been arrested in connection with the case. Videos of the incident showing the professor getting repeatedly punched in the face and falling to the ground went viral and sent shockwaves across the city, prompting the TMC to tender an apology. On Thursday, local TMC MLA Prabir Ghosal and party district president Dilip Yadav visited the college where they met the professor and apologised. Mr. Ghosal said that “outsiders” who had assaulted the professor would not be spared. The incident occurred when TMCP members allegedly tried to force female students to say “Mamata Banerjee Zindabad” and “Trinamool Zindabad”. The professor had tried to intervene and was thrashed by the youth. Subrata Chattopadhyay, a teacher at the college, lamented about the condition in which they have to work but said that he felt reassured after receiving a call from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee soon after the incident. He added that the CM assured him of “stern action against the miscreants”.last_img read more