Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on 20th March 2015. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network. Read: Editors review of VietJet Air“The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The range of aircraft we offer today is unrivalled, meeting every airline requirement from 100 to over 500 seats with maximum efficiency, uncompromised comfort and broad customer appeal.”“We are especially pleased to be delivering today’s aircraft to VietJetAir, which is a rising star in the fast-growing Asian region. With the A321, VietJetAir will be able to increase capacity on its most popular routes while benefiting from the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft.”“We are excited to be adding the A321 to our fleet today as we continue to develop our innovative value-based model in Asia-Pacific,” said Mr. Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director of VietJetAir. “Based on our proven experience, we are confident that our decision to operate an all Airbus fleet will bring us unbeatable economies of scale while offering our passengers a comfortable travel experience. It will be a great honour for us to welcome the 9000th Airbus aircraft to its new home in sunny Vietnam.”See: VietJet Air’s safety and in flight product ratingVietJetAir first took to the skies at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 22 A320 Family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia. The A321 delivered today is the first of seven ordered by the airline as part of a major aircraft acquisition plan for up to 100 A320 Family aircraft announced in early 2014.Since delivering its first A300 in 1974, Airbus has developed the world’s most modern and comprehensive product line. Today this includes the market-leading single aisle A320 Family and the industry’s most extensive Widebody Family, comprising the super-efficient A330, the all-new A350 XWB and the world’s largest aircraft, the flagship double deck A380.The 9000th delivery comes less than two years after Airbus reached its last milestone of 8000 aircraft-delivered in August 2013. Over the last 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to reach over 600 aircraft a year today – a figure that is set to rise further as the demand grows.
11 November 2010South African artist William Kentridge has been awarded the 2010 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, becoming the first African recipient of Japan’s highest private award for global achievement.The awards, now in their 26th year, are regarded as Japan’s equivalent of the Nobel awards. Only three prizes are given each year, in the categories of Arts and Philosophy, Advanced Technology, and Basic Sciences.The prizes honour “significant contributions to the betterment of humankind” and each comes with a cash award of 50-million yen (about R4.2-million).Kentridge received the award in Kyoto on Wednesday. Speaking to Johannesburg radio station Eye Witness News, he said the year had been remarkable for South Africa as a whole and that this award had made him more proud to be a citizen.He was given the award for his insights into and reflections on human nature through his art.“Using a simple technique that he himself calls ‘stone-age filmmaking’ – namely, the laborious process of filming, frame by frame, a series of ceaselessly changing charcoal and pastel drawings – Mr Kentridge has injected the traditional technique of drawing into diverse media, including animation, video projection and stage set design,” reads the Kyoto Prize website.The judges continue: “In so doing, he has created a new contemporary vehicle of artistic expression within which various media fuse together in multiple ways. Although his works deal with the history and social circumstances of a specific geographic area, they have acquired universality through their deep insights and profound reflections on the nature of human existence.’It was felt that his work, “full of sharp intelligence and profound poetry”, continues to exert “great influence” on other artists, giving people worldwide “courage and hope that their attempts and practices may still be effective and fundamental, even amid the stagnation of our contemporary society, swirling with political and social unrest”.The prize was initiated in 1985, given by the non-profit Inamori Foundation, established by Dr Kazuo Inamori, the founder and chairman emeritus of Kyocera and KDDI Corporation. Inamori believed that “a human being has no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of society, and that the future of humanity can be assured only when there is a balance between our scientific progress and our spiritual depth”.So far, the prize has been awarded to 84 people, and one foundation, from 15 different countries. Laureates range from scientists, engineers and researchers to philosophers, painters, architects, sculptors, musicians and film directors. The United States has produced the most number of recipients at 34, followed by Japan with 14, the United Kingdom with 12, and France with eight.Dr Shinya Yamanaka received the 2010 award for Advanced Technology. He pioneered technology for producing induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cells without the use of embryos.Dr Laszlo Lovasz received the award for Basic Sciences. He provided a link among numerous branches of the mathematical sciences, making “outstanding contributions to the academic and technological possibilities of the mathematical sciences”.Source: City of Johannesburg
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Ounce Labs Ounce Labs is a private company, so financial details on this second acquisition are not being released. Ounce does testing on application source, aimed at detecting flaws that might compromise security and compliance. The company will be absorbed in to IBM’s Rational software business, which manages enterprise architecture. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Today, IBM announced two acquisitions: source code and application security company Ounce Labs, and SPSS, a provider of predictive analytics. Both purchases arrive on the heels of IBM picking up the privately-held Exeros in May. Downturn or not, IBM isn’t picking these companies up on the cheap. SPSS — a publicly traded firm — was bought for $1.2 billion, which breaks down to an all-time high of $50 a share. With others by Intel and Oracle as well, the recent flush of acquisitions shows things are picking up for the software sector. SPSS SPSS, whose primary business is predictive analytics, will become a part of the Information Management division of Big Blue. Their software has some overlap with the Business Analytics and Optimization (BAO) consulting service. But in a statement on the acquisition today, IBM said they see SPSS as being an extension of their Information On Demand strategy. steven walling Software Acquisitions Looking Up?The price SPSS garnered is not a particularly shocking revelation, since IBM envisions selling their service to industries such as financial services, health care, and crime prevention in the public sector. But these pair of announcements are just part of a slew of recent mergers, like the Oracle and Sun deal that was recently approved by shareholders, that signal a boost in the prospects for getting acquired if you’re in software. Tags:#enterprise#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Six uncapped players have been named in the Manpreet Singh-led Indian hockey squad for the tour of Belgium and Netherlands.The European tour begins with India taking on Belgium on August 9 in Boom.Chinglensana Singh has been named Manpreet’s deputy while some of the key players who featured in the World League Semifinal have been rested.The six uncapped players who have been picked include goalkeeper Suraj Karkerawho, who had missed the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year due to an injury. The others are Junior World Cup heroes Varun Kumar, Dipsan Tirkey, Nilakanta Sharma, Gurjant Singh and Armaan Qureshi.Talented defender and dragflicker Amit Rohidas, who had an outstanding season with 2017 HIL winners Kalinga Lancers, too finds himself in the squad.”We will continue to test some of the younger players in this tour in order to give them the international exposure in this new Olympic cycle.”The team has been training in SAI Bengaluru where we have been working on improving our counter control and defence apart from working on variations that can improve our goal scoring.”It is important for the youngsters to face top teams like the Netherlands and Belgium early in their career which will undoubtedly benefit our long-term goals,” said chief coach Roelant Oltmans.India are scheduled to play five matches on their Europe tour.Ahead of their departure, the national squad will continue their camp till August 5.Squad:Goalkeepers: Akash Anil Chikte, Suraj Karkera.Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Kothajit Singh, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Varun Kumar.advertisementMidfielders: SK Uthappa, Harjeet Singh Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh (Vice-Captain) Sumit Nilakanta Sharma.Forwards: Mandeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh,Armaan Qureshi.