first_imgBangkok-based Thai AirAsia X has passed a major international safety audit, the International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA), that covers more than 1060 separate parameters.Thai AirAsia X is a JV between Thai nationals Tassapon Bijleveld and Julpas Krueospon with 51% share and Air Asia X with 49%.Thai AirAsia X operates 8 A330s to 7 destinations in Asia.The operational safety audit is compulsory for IATA members and airlines that have completed the audit have a safety record almost four times better than those that have not.See the video of ANA A380 superjumbo turtle being painted.Now 427 airlines have completed the audit, which is renewed every two years.The completion of the audit elevates the Thai operation from three stars to six-stars out of a possible seven-star safety rating with AirlineRatings.com.The airline is the fifth in AirAsia Group to become IOSA accredited following AirAsia X Malaysia in 2015, AirAsia Indonesia in August 2018, AirAsia Malaysia in September 2018 and AirAsia Philippine in November 2018.Nadda Buranasiri, Group CEO of AirAsia X, said the carrier’s completion of the IOSA accreditation process confirms the ongoing focus on continual improvement in the areas of operational and safety integrity and is a testament to the hard work of the whole team at AirAsia X Thailand.“I would like to thank all our team members for their diligent and stringent work to ensure robust safety and service procedures that meet the highest world safety standards.  Our achievement of IOSA is a credit to all of your efforts and will instill further confidence amongst our passengers,” Mr. Nadda said.IATA is a world-recognized aviation industry operations, management and standards control inspection and evaluation agency.  The IOSA accreditation process covers eight key areas, namely; corporate organization and management systems, flight operations, operational control – flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling, cargo operations, and operational security.The awarding of the IOSA accreditation is expected to be a major boost for the airline.The IOSA certification audit is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.The audit covers eight functional and operational areas: organization and management system, flight operations, operational control, and flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling operations, cargo operations, and security management.IOSA was introduced to stem the increasing number of crashes in the late 1990s and into the beginning of the last decade.The AirAsia Group airlines fly to 165 destinations in 25 countries.It has just ordered or reconfirmed orders for 100 A330s for its AirAsia X operation.Also, it is evaluating Airbus’ long-range version of the  A321neo as it moves to target more destinations within a range of seven hours.Powered by CFM International’s LAEP-1A engines, the A321neo LR,  is due to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2018 and is designed to carry up to 240 passengers 4000 nautical miles.last_img read more

first_imgThe increasing usage of BitTorrent services has been a living nightmare for big industry publishers. The RIAA is one of the most notable opponents of BitTorrent sites due to most users using the service to pirate music among other things. Some of these opponents fail to see the upside to using BitTorrent technology as a great marketing tool. However, a Program Director at the University of Seattle has chosen to use BitTorrent to generate buzz and spread his latest eBook to the masses.Pirate My Book PleaseIn an extensive guest post on TorrentFreak, a well known BitTorrent blog, Dan Morrill told his experience with offering his latest eBook, ‘Selling Books On Amazon, Tips and Secrets‘ on popular BitTorrent tracker Mininova. Dan explains that his initial reason for releasing his eBook using BitTorrent was not for marketing purposes, but “to control the release and gather good stats on the process.” We don’t think he could’ve picked a better service. Within the first 24 hours, Morrill’s eBook had been downloaded close to 700 times. Based on the stats he received from Mininova, Morrill was also able to pinpoint the countries in which the eBook was being downloaded the most. Africa ranked high on the list, which is understandable because of the relatively large amount of e-commerce businesses that are set-up in Africa. Morrill was surprised to see India contributing to 5.2% of the overall downloads.Operation BitTorrent a SuccessMorrill rated his overall experience as highly satisfying and recommends using BitTorrent as a great content distribution channel for those that don’t mind. The expansion of the BitTorrent network will only increase in the next few years. In doing so, we think this may be a tool that publishers will eventually start taking a lot more seriously than they do now. It’s undeniable that BitTorrent can prove to be an effective marketing tool for a cheap price when used correctly. Nine Inch Nails concluded the same in March of this year when they uploaded part 1 of their 4 part album Ghosts I-IV to numerous BitTorrent sites. It became the #1 most downloaded album on The Pirate Bay, which helped to increase their sales tremendously for the rest of the album. We can only wonder when others will catch on to the effectiveness of using BitTorrent sites to market and distribute content. You can download Dan Morrill’s eBook ‘Selling Books On Amazon, Tips and Secrets‘ here. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… corvida 1center_img Tags:#p2p#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgToday LinkedIn shared its Q3 financials in its second-ever earnings statement as a public company. Its user base has increased by over 60% this year, and unique visitors grew substantially as well. Revenue has more than doubled. For the first time, hiring solutions comprised more than half of LinkedIn’s quarterly revenue. That became the company’s biggest source of revenue in Q1 2010.LinkedIn appears to have found a unique position as a place for jobs and and employees to find each other and is clearly pushing to cement that role. It’s building new products, like Apply Through LinkedIn job applications, and recently launched Classmates, a new, data-driven tool targeted at students and recent graduates, which its biggest growing demographic. The earnings overview breaks down between premium subscriptions, marketing solutions and hiring solutions. The number of members paying for premium subscriptions doubled in the last year, growing at a faster rate than other subscriptions. These accounted for 20% of revenue. Marketing solutions comprised 32% of revenue. Hiring solutions are now LinkedIn’s most profitable product, making 51% of the company’s revenue. The company reports strong growth in the U.S. and internationally. It recently translated the site to Russian, Romanian and Turkish; it will be adding Japanese over the next few months. This year LinkedIn also added more offerings for job recruiters with Talent Pipeline which helps centralize the way recruiters find, track and stay connected with potential hires and promotions. The company bought real-time, search startup IndexTank and social contact management startup Connected. Tags:#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification alicia eler Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgA group of Missouri senators started filibustering Monday afternoon, and continued into Tuesday, over a potential incentives package for General Motors. That filibuster has now ended.Columbia Sen. Caleb Rowden joined Wake Up Columbia on Tuesday morning:(This story was last updated at 5:58 a.m. Wednesday.)last_img

first_imgA move to confer honorary doctorate for Chess icon Vishwanathan Anand was today at the centre of a raging storm after the HRD ministry reportedly raised questions over his Indian nationality but Minister Kapil Sibal stepped in to apologise to him.The HRD Minister, who called Anand over telephone in Hyderabad, said there was no question of his ministry raising queries being raised over Anand’s citizenship and that he has persuaded him to accept the doctorate.But the chess wizard politely turned it down for the present saying he would accept it on a later date because of his travel schedule and prior commitments now.Anand was to have been conferred the honorary doctorate along with Prof. David Mumford of Harvard University at a function here last night coinciding with the current International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad.Bureaucratic hurdles caused by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry put paid to the plans of University of Hyderabad to confer the honour on the 39-year-old champion, who lives in Spain for the last few years but holds an Indian passport.As reports on the unsavoury episode broke out in the media, Sibal sought to do some damage limitation. He called Anand in Hyderabad over telephone and expressed his apologies, apparently over questions raised in regard to his citizenship.”But in the case of Vishwanathan Anand there is no question (of questions over his citizenship). We are sorry for what has transpired. I told him even if some Indian were to acquire foreign nationality we are still proud of him,” the minister told a hurriedly-called press conference in Delhi.advertisementHe blamed bureaucratic procedures in the delay on clearance of the doctorate degree for Anand, who maintained he had always played under the Indian flag and held an Indian passport.”I don’t understand this issue. I am in Hyderabad to play with Mathematicians and enjoy the Congress,” said the Grand Master who went ahead to play a game of Chess simultaneously with 40 mathematicians.He defeated all his opponents barring one in a game that lasted over three hours and participated in a question-answer session with them. With one, the game was drawn. The media was told not not to put any questions.Earlier, he was accorded a grand welcome at the Congress venue and Anand remained unfazed and did not not betray any emotions over the treatment meted out to him.Anand’s wife said the minister was apologetic when he spoke to the player and wanted the matter to be put to rest now now.But she made it clear that the issue of questions over Anand’s nationality did not not come as a surprise to them as they were asked to give a copy of the passport, which she had sent to the HRD ministry in June last year.Giving his version of the story, Sibal dismissed suggestions that the ministry had doubted Anand’s nationality.”There is no question, there is no issue. There is no question of nationality (about Anand),” he said adding that he had cleared the file on Anand’s name for conferring the doctorate on May 22 last year.But, he said, there were five other names. “When I went to the Visitor it came back to me with reference to an individual. Then the University event was over. This issue arose when another file came regarding a foreigner. If I had known I would have put my foot down,” he said.Sibal said he told Anand that the honorary degree could be conferred today itself. But he indicated that he had some problem about this evening. “Then I told him that any date of his convenience for the function was okay. He has accepted it,” the minister said.He said procedural error has led to problems regarding doctorate for Anand. Immediate corrective action was taken.It should not nto take time (to implement such decisions) but sometime it happens, he said adding this was not not the time for apportioning blame on anyone.Hailing Anand for his achievements, Sibal said “Vishwanathan Anand has done India proud like Arjun Atwal (who won a top professional golf championship in the US yesterday). We should be proud of those who climb the heights of global excellence.”Meanwhile, the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) expressed sadness over not not being able to confer the honorary doctorate on Anand because of “insensitive bureaucratic obstructions”.The ICM executive committee has conveyed its deep apology to Anand over this development, its Chairman M S Raghunathan and Secretary Rajat Tandon said in a statement.advertisementThey said the idea of conferring an honorary doctorate was mooted as early as in October 2009. The UoH took up the proposal and did all the necessary work and submitted it for clearance to The HRD Ministry, they said.Despite repeated follow-up by the university, the HRD Ministry did not forward this proposal for signature by the President of India, they claimed adding, as a result “this unfortunate turn of events had taken place”.Tandon earlier told reporters that as per UoH Vice Chancellor Syed Hasnain’s direction they had made necessary arrangements for conferring the Ph.D degree tonight itself.”He (Anand) changed his mind and he is not willing to take the degree. He doesn’t want it (degree) due to the controversy,” Tandon said.Asked whether Anand has said no, Raghunathan said, “He has not told me”.last_img read more

first_imgFor once, the excitement is not about cricket, rather some rubber smoking Formula 1 action at India’s own racing track at Buddh International Circuit. The country is all set to host its first Grand Prix. The final touches are being given to the preparations and everyone is eagerly waiting for the race weekend that is being billed as a “car-nival”. The world’s third most watched sporting event after the Olympics and the Football World Cup is finally set to enthral Indians on their own soil. Come October 28 to 30, the 12 teams with their 24 mean machines will sweat it out and burn the rubber on this newly laid track. The venue is all prepared to host the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, from tri-colour stands to one of the best elevation changes. It all looks in good shape. In fact the cars, equipment and cargo have already started arriving. The Buddh International Circuit has a capacity of over 1 lakh. The drivers and the F1 officials will stay at the organisers’ plush property — Jaypee Resort — in Greater Noida. All the hotels in the national capital region are already overbooked and with rooms at a premium, the rates have gone through the roof. Most of the hotels in the luxury and business category in the capital are looking forward to cashing in on an uncharacteristically busy weekend.last_img read more