Taxi body’s low-cost airline takes flight

first_img19 September 2011Taxi body Santaco’s new low-cost airline will open up air travel to many South Africans previously unable to access it, President Jacob Zuma said at the airline’s launch at Lanseria Airport on Friday.Zuma said the South African National Taxi Council’s (Santaco’s) new venture showed growth of the country’s aviation industry.Due to the high cost of air travel and a perception that air travel was the exclusive preserve of a privileged few, many South Africans did not have access to air travel.Opening air travel ‘to the masses’ “Santaco is therefore opening air travel to the masses, building on the contribution of other low-cost airlines that entered the market recently,” Zuma said.Santaco Airlines ran a test flight from Johannesburg to Bisho in the Eastern Cape on Friday.The airline will initially operate one or two flights a day between Lanseria and Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and then on to the Cape Town International Airport.Its main target is Johannesburg customers, who often have to make a 14-hour road trip for a funeral in the Eastern Cape only to return five hours later. Commuters will be taken from Joburg taxi ranks to the airport, then transported to a taxi rank at their destination.“Our potential is to make the bush into the city,” Santaco president Jabulani Mthembu said when the announcing plans for the airline earlier this year, explaining that the airline would focus on regional airports.“We specialise in awkward areas because that’s where our business is.”First fully black-owned airline Zuma congratulated the council for giving South Africa its first fully black-owned airline.“The venture is significant because it’s a practical example of economic and social emancipation in both ownership and consumption.”The airline is owned by over 10 000 taxi owners, making it one of the most broad-based black empowerment ventures in South Africa.Zuma said the government would continue to invest in infrastructure to support growth in the taxi industry and in public transport in general.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Judiciary Committee Still Has Questions for Facebook

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… curt hopkins Tags:#Facebook#Government#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Despite the rollback on some of Facebook’s heavily-debated privacy changes, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary still has questions for Facebook’s CEO. On Friday, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) sent Mark Zuckerberg a letter requesting additional information on Facebook’s privacy activities. “(W)e would appreciate a detailed explanation of the information about Facebook users that your company has provided to third parties without the knowledge of the account holders — particularly in circumstances in which the user did not expressly opt for this type of information sharing.”Conyers goes on to say: “Please explain your prior policies with respect to user consent for information sharing, and with whom any information was shared. Also, please detail how the new policies Facebook is adopting differ from past practices, including whether the burden is on the user to opt in or opt out of the relevant privacy settings.”The blog Inside Facebook interprets the Judiciary Committee’s interest like this. “The first sentence of the excerpt, above, appears to be about the nature of how Instant Personalization works, along with an allusion to the more general changes that Facebook made to General Information in recent months.The second sentence appears to be about those general changes.The final sentence appears to ask if the new changes impact Instant Personalization’s opt-out setting.”Because of its popularity and its sweeping changes to a default public status for all users, Facebook has definitely assumed center focus in the discussion on online privacy. But other issues, like use of private information in online advertising, has also assumed importance enough to attract the attention of the Congress.If nothing else, the continued interest in Facebook by the U.S. government indicates that regardless of users’ feelings, Congress isn’t done with it yet. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts last_img read more

Mourinho says long-term tenure at Man United unlikely

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mourinho joined United in 2016 on a three-year contract with the option to stay until at least 2020. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “It is impossible to last for so long (at one club),” Mourinho said. “If, in this moment, I wanted to finish my career in two, three, four or five years then I would say yes, I want to finish my career with Manchester United.”The Portuguese coach was responding to comments he made about his future at United in an interview conducted with French television that aired on Sunday. In that interview, he also spoke in glowing terms about Paris Saint-Germain and the French club’s bid to shake up the established order in Europe with their recent recruitment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The answer is that nothing is happening: I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not leaving for PSG,” Mourinho said about his situation. “I am at Manchester United and I have a contract. And that is it.”“I was asked,” he added, “how is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 to 20 years in the same club? I think Arsene Wenger is the last one at Arsenal. It is impossible for us with everything that surrounds the job, all of the pressures that surround the job.” Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho listens to questions during a news conference at Benfica’s Luz stadium in Lisbon, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Manchester United will face Benfica Wednesday in a Champions League group A soccer match. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)LISBON, Portugal — Jose Mourinho believes the days of a coach lasting “15 to 20 years in the same club” are over, making it unlikely he will end his managerial career at Manchester United.Speaking ahead of United’s Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday, the 54-year-old Mourinho said he plans to stay in soccer management for “15 years minimum.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle injury in Celtics’ season-opener View commentslast_img read more

Wallsend moves to five nights

first_imgThe Wallsend Spring Touch Football competition has expanded to five nights a week to cope with the excessive demand. Wallsend will offer Men’s on Mondays and Wednesdays, Mixed on Mondays and Fridays, Women’s on Wednesdays, with Juniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays.In lieu of this great achievement, Wallsend are having a two page spread in the Newcastle Herald with a cover story about their success. Growing participants is not their only claim to fame with other major successes in recent months.Wallsend were crowned Club Champions at the recent NSW Country Championships in May in Dubbo with division wins in the Men’s 20’s and Men’s 40’s. Fifteen players and three coaching staff were chosen from Wallsend to represent New South Wales in the upcoming 2008 State of Origin series.Wallsend’s 2008 Autumn Competition’s Grand Final Day was also a huge success with twenty-two grand final games being played and around six hundred spectators in attendance. For more information about the Wallsend Touch Association, please visit their website – www.wallsendtouch.com.aulast_img read more

Belarus pay TV operator Cosmos TV Belarus has expa

first_imgBelarus pay TV operator Cosmos TV Belarus has expanded the line-up offered on its MMDS service as part of its upgrade to DVB-T2 and MPEG-4-based digital-terrestrial broadcasting.The operator has increased the number of channels on the platform from nine to 30, adding channels including Ocean TV, Discovery Science, Discovery World, Moya Planeta, Sovershenno Sekretno, Zoopart, Yeda, Nono TV, Nauka 2.0 and Russian Extreme TV to its Cognitive package and Nashe Novoye Kino, Kinokhit, TV XXI, Paramount Channel, Paramount Comedy, AMC, CBS Reality,, TV 3 Russia and Muzhskoy to its Premium package.The new channels will only be available to viewers with DVB-T2 and MPEG-4 compatible receivers.Separately, Belarus-based service provider Beltelecom has added Cartoon Network to its Zala TV service.last_img read more

Breastfeeding can have protective affect against high blood pressure in women confirms

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 23 2018A new systematic review of the literature not only confirmed that breastfeeding for as short as 1-4 months can have a protective affect against high blood pressure in women, but that lactation also can protect women across an extended follow-up of years to decades. Among 15 studies reviewed that had longer-term follow-up, 67% of those evaluated for elevated blood pressure—and 100% of the studies that assessed for an outcome of hypertension—showed a protective association with lactation, as reported in an article published in Breastfeeding Medicine, the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.Related StoriesWomen’s pre-pregnancy obesity changes breast milk contents which can affect infant growthAdequate consumption of milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic diseasesMothers can transfer life-long protection against infection to infants by breastfeedingThe article entitled “Effect of Lactation on Maternal Hypertension: A Systematic Review” was coauthored by Eliana Bonifacino, MD and Jennifer Corbelli, MD, Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA; Eleanor Schwartz, MD, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento; Hyejo Jun, MD, Health Center for Women, Saint Paul, MN; and Charles Wessel, University of Pittsburgh, PA.The researchers found that, compared to the studies with short-term follow-up, those that included longer durations of follow-up were more likely to show a positive association with breastfeeding.”Once again, it is confirmed that breastfeeding provides major health benefits not only to the infant but, also, no less so, to the nursing mother,” says Arthur I. Eidelman, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine. Source:https://home.liebertpub.com/news/new-study-confirms-association-between-breastfeeding-and-lower-risk-of-maternal-hypertension/2462last_img read more

Watchdogs cite lax medical and mental health treatment of ICE detainees

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 15 2019It’s Saturday morning and the women of the Contreras family are busy in Montclair, Calif., making pupusas, tamales and tacos. They’re working to replace the income of José Contreras, who has been held since last June at Southern California’s Adelanto ICE Processing Center, a privately run immigration detention center.José’s daughter, Giselle, drives around in an aging minivan collecting food orders. First a hospital, then a car wash, then a local bank.Giselle’s father crossed illegally from Guatemala more than two decades ago. He worked in construction until agents picked him up and brought him to Adelanto. José languished there for three months without his diabetes medication, Giselle said. Now, she said, the guards give it to him at odd times during the day and night. And ICE agents took his eyeglasses so he can’t read legal documents or write letters, she said.”My aunt tried to take in glasses for him, but they don’t allow for us to give them anything,” Giselle said, steering the minivan. “They tell us that they give them everything they need.” But as to reclaiming his glasses, “No. … He doesn’t have glasses.”Giselle said that her 60-year-old father is terrified of being deported, and that the regimented world inside Adelanto is driving him into a deep depression.”His conversations now have become shorter,” she said. “He doesn’t talk to us and ask, ‘How’s your day? How you been?’ He’s always looking down at the ground; he doesn’t want to make eye contact for the same reason that he’s so depressed.”Jose’s sister, Maria Contreras, visits her brother every Saturday. She has urged him to see a psychologist at Adelanto, but he tells her that even though he filled out a medical request, he doesn’t get any help. “No response, or anything,” Maria said.Adelanto sits on a desolate stretch of road in the high desert about an hour north of the city of Riverside. Nearly 2,000 men and women are held here. Some arrived recently during the surge in border crossings. Others lived in the U.S. — undocumented and undetected — for years. In the visiting room, where detainees are brought in wearing blue, orange or red baggy pants and tops, a sign on the wall reads, “Don’t give up hope.”The facility — run by a federal contractor, the GEO Group, a for-profit company based in Boca Raton, Fla., that runs private prisons — has a troubled past. During an unannounced visit last year, federal inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General found “nooses” made out of bed sheets in 15 out of 20 cells. The inspectors found guards overlooked the nooses even though a detainee had committed suicide using a bedsheet in 2017 and several others had attempted suicide using a similar method. The government audit concluded GEO Group guards improperly handcuffed and shackled detainees, unnecessarily placed detainees in solitary confinement and failed to provide adequate medical care.A separate investigation of Adelanto and other immigration detention facilities in California released in February by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra found similar health and safety problems and concluded that detainees were treated like prisoners, some kept in their cells for 22 hours a day, even though they have not been charged with a crime. A state law passed in 2017 directs the state to inspect and report on the treatment of immigrant detainees held in California.The alleged cases documented in the most recent report by Disability Rights California, a watchdog group with legal oversight to protect people with disabilities in the Golden State, are grim: detainees slitting their wrists; discontinued medication for depression; and ignored requests for wheelchairs and walkers. At least one detainee claimed that guards pepper-sprayed him when he did not stand up, and a second time while he tried to hang himself.Related StoriesParticipation in local food projects may have positive effect on healthCombat veterans more likely to exhibit signs of depression, anxiety in later lifeResearchers set out to define recommended ‘dosage’ of work for optimal wellbeingIn a written statement, the GEO Group said it “strongly disputes the claims” in the report, and that the remedies recommended by Disability Rights California “were already in place.””We are deeply committed,” the company said, “to delivering high-quality, culturally responsive services in safe and humane environments.” An ICE spokesperson said, in an emailed statement, that the GEO Group’s Adelanto facility is in “full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.”But Mario, who was inside Adelanto for six months in 2018, said the report describes his own experiences there.”What’s happening is all those claims that have been made against GEO and the staff in the medical department are finally being backed up by reports,” Mario said.He requested his last name be withheld because he’s out on bond and still fighting deportation. Mario is now 32; he crossed the border illegally with his parents when he was 5.In 2017, he was convicted of a misdemeanor and ICE agents picked him up at his home in Ontario, Calif. At the time, Mario was seeing a therapist for depression and taking medication. It took three weeks to get back on antidepressants, he said, and the sessions with the psychologists at Adelanto were only cursory.”They keep their actual sessions to five to 10 minutes,” he said. “It’s basically like a quick check-in. They just ask you, ‘How are you? Do you have any suicidal thoughts? When is your next court date?’ It’s one of those things that I feel is basically done just to say, ‘All right, we did it.’”Mario is gay and lived in a room with three other men, including a gay man from Mexico who was seeking asylum. The two became close friends.”He was persecuted in Mexico because of being gay,” Mario said. Months of detention “and not getting any mental health care really took a toll on him. And that’s when he cut himself. He cut his wrist with a razor blade that we get to shave. And after that he was placed in solitary confinement for about a week.”Mario said when his friend came back to their room, he was taking some sort of medication.”After that, all he did was sleep,” Mario said. “When the food was ready I’d go call him: ‘OK, it’s time to eat.'”Other detainees and immigration lawyers described a similar pattern, of GEO psychiatrists prescribing antipsychotic medications that make people sleep much of the time. It’s one of the reasons people were reluctant to seek help, Mario said. But also, like other detainees, he was worried about being labeled as depressed.”I couldn’t express whenever I was feeling extremely sad or depressed or anxious because I was afraid that would be used against me in court,” he explained.Judges cannot use mental health conditions to deny legal status to a detainee, according to immigration attorneys.Although the GEO Group said any problems detailed in the Disability Rights California report had long been addressed, last month detainees in Adelanto staged a hunger strike. The detainees gave an attorney a handwritten note, which was released by the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, an advocacy group.Chief among their demands was speedier access to good medical care.last_img read more

The US is on the cusp of an offshore wind energy boom

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: The U.S. is on the cusp of an offshore wind energy boom. Why aren’t energy companies capitalizing on it? (2019, March 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-cusp-offshore-energy-boom-companies.html “To me, this is like when oil was first discovered in the U.S.,” says Jerome Hajjar, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. It’s a moment of untapped potential that, if harnessed properly, could transform the way the U.S. uses energy, he says.Like oil, wind energy can be harvested to power the country. Unlike oil, wind energy—which is captured and transformed into electricity by giant fan-like structures called wind turbines—is totally renewable. These wind turbines can be installed in groups, either on land or at sea, to create a power plant known as a wind farm. The country’s coasts are rich with potential for wind farms, but much of these coastal waters are undeveloped. There’s one fixed-bottom wind farm (a wind farm with turbines attached to the soil beneath the ocean, not floating on top of it) on the East Coast, Hajjar says, off the coast of Block Island in Rhode Island.So, why aren’t more energy companies capitalizing on the offshore wind energy potential of Massachusetts and its coastal cohorts? Part of it has to do with another key East Coast feature: hurricanes.It will require specialized equipment and in-depth engineering research to stabilize offshore wind farms on the United States coasts, Hajjar says.And that’s where he, and his Northeastern colleagues Andrew Myers, Luca Caracoglia, Jennie Stephens, and others come in.”We’re dedicated to trying to help spur this industry here,” Hajjar says. “We can do the research that’s needed to help the industry build safe and effective wind farms and in turn create a whole new workforce.”That research is already underway. This week, Hajjar and his colleagues put their heads together with industry leaders, public officials, and other academics from the U.S. and France in a conference called the French-American Innovation Day. The conference was co-chaired by Myers, who is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.Organized by the Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States, Northeastern University, and the University of Nantes, the conference, held this year at Northeastern, converged some of the leading thinkers and doers around wind energy to trade knowledge and collaborate on building the future of wind energy.At the end of 2018, Hajjar and his colleagues teamed up with the Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Research to release a report that outlined a blueprint for developing comprehensive wind energy infrastructure in the United States.Massive wind farms can be found throughout the U.S., particularly in southern California and in the middle of the country where high wind speeds create prime conditions.But the coastal waters just off the country’s eastern seaboard are also ripe with potential. They could be transformed into wind farms that provide enough energy to power the entire United States, Hajjar says.The waters off Massachusetts in particular, says Hajjar, are like “the Saudi Arabia of offshore wind.” That is to say, coastal Massachusetts has the natural resources to be a global leader in wind energy production, the way Saudi Arabia has one of the largest oil reserves in the world.The East Coast has “supreme wind conditions” in both shallow and deep water, Hajjar says. Massachusetts in particular, which has shallow water further from the coast than other states, is prime real estate for ocean wind turbines.”The capacity is out there,” Hajjar says. “We just need to work together to build it.” When it comes to wind energy, the United States is sitting on a gold mine, so to speak. Largest US offshore wind farm gets green lightcenter_img Explore further It will require specialized equipment and in-depth engineering research to stabilize offshore wind farms on the United States’ east- and west coasts, says Jerome Hajjar, CDM Professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern. Credit: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University Provided by Northeastern Universitylast_img read more

Assistive robot learns to feed

first_imgAbout a million Americans with injury or age-related disabilities need someone to help them eat. Now NIBIB funded engineers have taught a robot the strategies needed to pick up food with a fork and gingerly deliver it to a person’s mouth. ADA presents the strawberry to a volunteer. The inset shows the face recognition system the robot uses to precisely deliver the strawberry to the volunteer’s mouth. Credit: Eric Johnson/University of Washington More information: 1. Towards Robotic Feeding: Role of Haptics in Fork-Based Food Manipulation. Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee, Gilwoo Lee, Hanjun Song, and Siddhartha S. Srinivasa. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Vol. 4, No. 2, April 2019.2. Transfer depends on Acquisition: Analyzing Manipulation Strategies for Robotic Feeding. D. Gallenberger, T. Bhattacharjee, Y. Kim, and S.S. Srinivasa. ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. 2019. Provided by National Institutes of Health Citation: Assistive robot learns to feed (2019, April 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-robot.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Siddhartha Srinivasa, Ph.D., the Boeing Endowed Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, is known as a passionate roboticist who builds complete robotic systems that integrate perception, planning, and control to perform practical functions in the real world. Currently, Srinivasa and his team have turned to helping the million or so individuals in the U.S. alone who need someone to help them eat. Their development of a robot named ADA, which refers to its Assistive Dexterous Arm, is reported in the April Issue of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.Says Grace Peng, Ph.D., director of the NIBIB program in Mathematical Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis, “We have supported this group’s outstanding work developing systems for wheelchair control based on understanding the user’s intent. This current paper paints an excellent picture of the parameters that need to be considered from an engineering point of view to develop a feeding robot.”Early in the design of ADA the engineers realized they had to start from the ground up. In this case ground zero was skewering pieces of food onto a fork. They began by watching, measuring, and cataloguing how people do it. Not entirely surprising to trained engineers, different skewering strategies were employed based on the size, shape, stiffness, pliability, and other physical properties of foods that included strawberries, banana pieces, melon cubes, strips of celery, and baby carrots.The team used the data collected on the strategies people use to eat different foods to program ADA to accurately identify each item on a plate, and then perform the optimal movements that result in successfully skewering each item and delivering it to the recipient’s mouth. For example, unlike a strawberry, which is sturdier, the softness of a piece of banana required skewering at an angle to avoid the piece simply sliding off the fork. Strips of celery required a specific approach for both skewering and delivering the food to the mouth properly. The robot was taught to stick the fork into one end of the strip, and then lift and turn the piece so that the opposite end of the celery, clear of the fork’s sharp tines, was cleanly presented to the recipient.The group’s work is aimed at helping people who are unable to perform essential tasks live more independently. Says Srinivasa, “We think our technologies can help those dependent on a caregiver to feed them every day to regain some independence and control over their lives.”In addition to that important goal, Srinivasa points out that ADA can also be a help to often overtaxed caregivers, who, in this case could set up the food and robot and then attend to other tasks or focus on socializing with the clients. “In this way we see ADA as a win-win for caregivers and their clients that will ultimately improve the experience for everyone involved—especially as the country’s population ages and the need to optimize strategies for their care increases.”Prior to publication of the research team’s results in April, the development of ADA won the Best Demo Award at the Neural Information Processing Systems meeting in December 2018, and the Best Tech Paper Award at the joint Association for Computing Machinery / Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Human Robot Interaction in March 2019. Explore further How to train your robot (to feed you dinner)last_img read more

Boeing apologizes for Max crashes as Airbus rakes in sales

first_img A French Army Eurocopter Tiger helicopter performs during the inauguration the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019. The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP) Boeing executives apologized Monday to airlines and families of victims of 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, as the U.S. plane maker struggles to regain the trust of regulators, pilots and the global traveling public. Citation: Boeing apologizes for Max crashes as Airbus rakes in sales (2019, June 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-boeing-max-renewed.html French President Emmanuel Macron, center, French Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, attend the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019. The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP) A French Army Eurocopter Tiger helicopter performs during the inauguration the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019. The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP) An Airbus A330neo aircraft performs during the inauguration the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019. The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP) French President Emmanuel Macron, center, French Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, attend the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019. The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP) “Now they have apologized,” said Ningsi Ayorbaba, a mother of three whose husband Paul Ferdinand Ayorbaba was killed in the Lion Air crash. “I hope this is a good signal” for families like hers that have filed lawsuits against Boeing.”No amount of money can bring my loved one back, but I want Boeing to be more transparent in the compensation process for the sake of the children” of victims left behind, she told The Associated Press.Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry spokesman, Hengki Angkasawan, said his government needs “transparent work of the aircraft maker to fix the problem.”Boeing has acknowledged botched communication with regulators over a cockpit warning system in the 737 Max, and is promising more transparency about its promised fix. Explore further Alpha jets from the French Air Force Patrouille de France fly during the inauguration the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019. The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP) CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problemcenter_img Right after the launch, the Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation signed a letter of intent to buy 27 of the new Airbus planes.That’s a new challenge for Boeing, which said Monday it is still working on plans for a possible jet in the same category—dubbed New Midsize Airplane, or NMA. It would fill a gap in the Boeing lineup between the smaller 737 and the larger 777 and 787.The air show also hosted the kickoff of a joint European fighter jet, and is seeing a growing focus on electric planes and other planet-friendly technology. Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said only that Boeing’s apology “is consistent with our opinion.”An Ethiopian who lost her younger brother in the Ethiopian Airlines crash said Boeing’s apology is not enough to return lost loved ones, and expressed concern about Boeing’s push to return the 737 Max to the skies. French President Emmanuel Macron, center, French Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, attend the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019. The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP) In addition to safety concerns, the global economic slowdown and trade tensions are weighing on the mood at the air show.Boeing announced only lackluster orders at the start of the show, while rival Airbus announced a bevy of new sales and launched a new long-range single-aisle jet, beating Boeing to a market that both aviation giants predict will grow.In the biggest new plane announcement expected at Le Bourget, Airbus formally launched its long-range A321XLR. The plane should will be ready for customers in 2023 and be able to fly up to 4,700 nautical miles.Chief salesman Christian Scherer wouldn’t say how much the plane would cost to develop. Some victims’ families welcomed Boeing’s gesture. Others called it too little, too late.Boeing was in a visibly contrite mood at the opening of the Paris Air Show, where safety was on many minds as the global aviation elite gathered to showcase and trade cutting-edge, costly technology.”We are very sorry for the loss of lives” in the Lion Air crash in October and Ethiopian Airlines crash in March, Kevin McAllister, CEO of Boeing’s commercial aircraft, told reporters. A total of 346 people were killed in the disasters.McAllister also said “I’m sorry for the disruption” to airlines from the subsequent grounding of all Max planes worldwide, and to their passengers facing summer travel disruptions.Boeing executives defended improvements to Max software that has been implicated in the crashes, but couldn’t predict when the plane could fly again.Investigations are underway into what happened, though it’s known that angle-measuring sensors in both planes malfunctioned, alerting anti-stall software to push the noses of the planes down. The pilots were unable to take back control of the planes. The Max is crucial to Boeing’s future. It is the newest version of Boeing’s best-selling plane, and was a direct response to Airbus’ fuel-efficient A320neo. Customers like the fuel efficiency because it saves money and helps them respond to growing public and regulatory pressure to reduce emissions. But Airbus has outpaced Boeing in selling planes in this category.With many of its airline customers and suppliers at the air show, Boeing repeatedly insisted it is focusing on getting the Max re-certified and speeding up production of the planes. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. French President Emmanuel Macron disembarks from an Airbus A330 MRTT to attend the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, Monday June 17, 2019. The world’s aviation elite are gathering at the Paris Air Show with safety concerns on many minds after two crashes of the popular Boeing 737 Max. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more