Bag tracking technology could save airlines $US3 billion

first_imgAirlines are being urged to introduce technology which will see fewer bags lost while saving them money.A new report estimates that using radio frequency identification technology to track bags could save airlines $US3 billion over the next seven years and reduce the number of mishandled bags by 22 per cent by 2022. The figure assumes RFID is deployed at 722 airports, representing 95 per cent of passengers globally, by 2021.Radio Frequency Indentification (RFID) tags allows airlines to accurately track bags in real time at key points of a journey and airlines which have already deployed the technology, such as US carrier Delta Air Lines, have seen a 99 per cent success rate for tracking luggage.  Delta also found the technology provided it with more data and tracking information.The report by the International Air Transport Association and global technology provider SITA said RFID would address mishandling of bags during transfer from one flight to another by ensuring ground handlers could track bags more efficiently.It could  be deployed for less than 10 US cents a passenger but generates savings of more than 20 US cents per passenger, the report said.Although baggage operations have dramatically improved over the past seven years, mishandled bags still cost the industry $US2.3 billion annually and a major frustration for passengers.About 23 million bags were mishandled last year, down from 47 million in 2007 despite a sharp increase in passenger numbers. SITA estimates this has already saved the industry $22.4 billion. Ultra high frequency RFID has been the standard for airline baggage since 2005 and has a number of advantages over the traditional barcode used to track luggage: it is not line of sight, it has a greater range, a high read speed, ruggedness and low cost.Yet it is compatible with the existing technology and the report suggests one area barcodes could remain the best choice is in sorting bags because a system needs to know which particular label has been read at an exact point.Officials releasing the report in Dubai noted that RFID supported  IATA’s Resolution 753 requiring that by 2018 airlines keep track of every item of baggage throughout its journey by focusing on four events. These events are the handover of the bag from the passenger, the loading of the bag on the aircraft, unloading and transfer and the unloading during the arrivals process.“ Deploying RFID globally will increase accuracy and reduce mishandling rates, said SITA chief technology officer Jim Peters. “This is a win-win situation – passengers will be happier, operations will run smoother and airlines will save billions of dollars.”IATA head of global baggage operations Andrew Price said there had been more work in recent years to help airlines reap the benefits of RFID technology,“The advances in the technology and the immense benefits it brings to the airline industry has prompted IATA to revisit and fully explore the benefits of RFID today,’’ he said.last_img read more

Seven hurt in China Eastern turbulence

first_imgSeven people were taken to hospital  after sustaining injuries on a China Eastern jet approaching Sydney Airport hit turbulence on Tuesday afternoon.Flight MU777 from Kunming in South-west China was operating a new service to Sydney Airport which launched last week .  Reports suggested that about 10 people were initially treated by paramedics at the airport gate .Sydney Airport tweeted that emergency services were on site to treat the passengers after the flight encountered turbulence upon landing.A  NSW Ambulance spokesman described the injuries as minor with  three patients treated for neck pain, one for back pain, one for a jaw laceration, one  for a wrist injury and another for minor  head injury.All seven were taken to Sydney hospitals.ABC radio reported that some passengers may not have had their seat belts fastened.last_img read more

SA, India sign oil, gas exploration deal

first_img17 August 2012 State oil company PetroSA and Indian oil and gas exploration company Cairn India Group signed a farm-in agreement for crude oil and natural gas exploration in the Orange Basin on the west coast of South Africa in Cape Town on Thursday. The agreement is for the offshore area on the north western border between South Africa and Namibia, which covers an area of 19 922 square kilometres. It is currently in the initial stages of exploration after PetroSA acquired a 1500 square kilometre three-dimensional seismic survey in 2009. The Orange Basin is an emerging hydrocarbon province, with the potential of oil and gas discoveries, and Block 1 will serve as an anchor exploration asset in South Africa, according to PetroSA. Cairn India will hold a 60% interest in the block, through its wholly-owned South African subsidiary, and will be the operator, with PetroSA holding the remaining interest. This falls in line with PetroSA’s ambitions to grow into a leading integrated African energy company. “The company seeks to nurture strategic alliances with experienced international companies across the oil and gas value chain. The partnership with Cairn India starts an exciting new chapter and represents another positive development in that direction,” the company said in a statement. “We are delighted to join hands with one of Asia’s most successful exploration companies. Cairn India brings with it extensive geo-technical and operating capabilities that will combine very well with our experience and understanding of the region,” said PetroSA vice president for new ventures, Everton September. “We have a shared mindset, and together are extremely well placed to realise the full potential of Block 1.” Cairn India Director for Strategy, P Elango, said his company was pleased to partner with PetroSA. “This is an important first step for the company’s growth beyond the Indian subcontinent.” “We see an attractive opportunity to leverage our capabilities in a rapidly emerging area and aspire to build a wider business in the region,” he said. Source: read more

Ohio Legislature changes transfer on death designations following certain life events

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many Ohioans choose to avoid the probate process by using a transfer on death designation. Since 2000, Ohio has permitted property owners to use transfer on death designations to transfer property upon the owner’s death. Since 2009, Ohio law has required property owners to make transfer on death designations by using an affidavit instead of a survivorship deed. Under a new Ohio law, transfer on death affidavits may automatically terminate after certain life events.The new changes took effect on December 13, 2016 when the Governor signed Senate Bill 232 into law. Under Senate Bill 232, a transfer on death designation made either by a deed or by an affidavit to an owner’s spouse terminates if the property owner obtains a divorce, dissolution, or annulment.  The new law applies to new and pre-existing transfer on death designations.Because the law applies to pre-existing transfer on death designations, it may be a good time for property owners to revisit their estate plans. Property owners should be aware of the effect of divorce, dissolution, or annulment on their transfer on death designations.The Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s analysis of Senate Bill 232 is available at: information on transfer on death designations is available from the Ohio State Bar Association at: more from Hall click here.last_img read more

Blog Review: Tim Eian

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Opens Its DoorsPassive House in the Woods Goes Energy-PositiveWisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner Tim Delhey Eian is a German-trained architect and Master Carpenter whose Minneapolis firm, TE Studio, specializes in Passive House design. His blog, Tim Eian is, unsurprisingly, about all things Passivhaus.The Passivhaus (or Passive House) standard, which originated in Germany, sets extremely strict performance limits for energy consumption and air tightness. Eian is a certified Passive House consultant who designed the first certified Passivhaus in Wisconsin, a project called Passive House in the Woods. (GBA has published two stories on the Passive House in the Woods project: one in May 2010, and another in October 2010.)Eian writes that his interest in building started early, at the age of 3, as his family’s new home was being constructed in Germany. He later worked as an intern with an architect, entered a carpentry apprenticeship and then earned the title of Master Carpenter (presumably this actually means something in Germany, unlike the self-bestowed label we sometimes see here in the U.S.). He later graduated with an architectural engineering degree from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Eian’s blog is a little unusual. You won’t find long conversational essays. Instead, you will be directed to several articles on Passivhaus construction that are are in the form of “knols,” or “units of knowledge,” named for the Knol wiki project launched by Google in 2008.Many of Eian’s blog entries are Tweet-like announcements of upcoming lectures he will be giving, links to newspaper or magazine articles about his work, and upcoming open house dates.I found the real meat elsewhere, at the Passive House in the Woods site accessible via a link on Eian’s blog.The project clearly represents a major effort for Eian’s company and the many experts that collaborated on it. The net-zero energy house measures 1,900 sq. ft. and has R-70 walls, an R-95 roof, and an R-60 slab. It is heated with solar energy and electric floor mats. It’s an uber-project in every way.The site gives an excellent description of how the project developed, with some snappy graphics showing power consumption, power production from its photovoltaic array, and its carbon footprint. It also includes entries from a number of project players, including Eian, the homeowner (a local physician), and the builder. If you’re interested in plumbing the depths of how these houses are built, this is a good place to visit.Here are some excerpts from both Eian’s blog and the Passive House site: A word from the builderFrom Steve Swanson of Morr Construction Services: “It has been both a privilege and an education to be involved in the discussions concerning construction details, weighing in with cost and durability concerns as well as feasibility and implementation. Our work qualifying subcontractors bids has put Morr Construction Services Inc. into the role of educator as well as overseer because many of the subcontractors are operating on a different level than what they are used to.” On the cost of Passive House building“Another important point when talking about cost of a Passive House is this one: Passive House is based on a return on investment model that negates up to 80% of operating costs for utilities for the life of the building. Over time therefore, a Passive House will be the cheapest structure one can own. While the first-day cost may be slightly inflated, subsequent operating cost are substantially lower and much less exposed to a volatile energy market. Many of the Passive House improvement will return their investment in half the life of a mortgage, or even less. Case studies in Germany have shown that the energy savings of a Passive House alone can pay for the cost of construction over the life of the mortgage.”center_img On the plumbing system“The plumbing system is very simple. The design of the home puts most of it in one single wall that extends vertically from the basement to the second floor throughout the home. This means short waste and supply pipe runs, and an economical installation. The supply lines are copper, and continuously insulated for efficiency. The waste lines are PVC, and mostly insulated. Warm waste water is used to pre-warm the well-water that is being pumped into the hot water tank, upping the efficiency of the hot water system. Additionally, hot water is being pre-heated by a solar thermal collector on the roof. Last but not least, an electric on-demand water heater can boost the water temperature if the combination of waste-water heat recovery and solar thermal pre-heating do not make it hot enough. 85% of the hot water needs will not require the on-demand unit.“The plumbing system in a Passive House is similar to ordinary plumbing systems with the exception that pipe runs are continuously insulated, and that air-admittance valves are being used instead of vent stacks.” Living in a Passive HouseFrom owner Gary Konkol: “This relationship of the house to the sun, outside and weather has heightened my awareness of the outdoors in my day-to-day living. The large windows and grand views only add to this awareness. It is a comfortable awareness and increased connectedness to the larger world; even if it is only outside my window…“As I was shoveling this morning I saw little footprints of a mouse or vole had circled my garage looking for a crevice to gain entry. No such luck for the little rascal, he’ll just have to stay in the woodpile this winter. Such a nice perk of a Passive House, it’s built very tight and by extension, so is my garage, at least for rodents!” On the ventilation system“The ventilation system is at the heart of each Passive House. This building will utilize a Passive House certified Lüfta heat recovery ventilator from Germany, supplied by Peak Building Products. It will be combined with a 600 foot PEX earth loop provided by Rehau—buried below frost on the property. This system will pre-warm, or pre-cool and dehumidify the incoming ventilation air and boost the system’s efficiency to well above 90%. The Luefta machine will supply the entire home with outside air year-round, and exhaust air from the bathrooms and kitchen.”last_img read more

Kyle Lowry Could Make Toronto An NBA Finals Dark Horse

By just about any measure, the last three seasons have been the best time to root for the Toronto Raptors in their 20-year history. The Vince Carter era was thrilling but brief, and Chris Bosh’s dinos never quite realized their potential. Since 2013-14, however, the Raptors’ winning percentage has hovered around 60 percent, and their efficiency differential has been roughly 3.5 points per 100 possessions — numbers that those previous runs only approached in spurts.For all that success, however, Toronto has had trouble making any kind of dent come playoff time. As my ESPN colleague Zach Lowe wrote about Tuesday, each of the team’s past two postseasons ended with a first-round exit, and although the Raptors were upset both times — implying they had the talent to potentially go further — 49-win teams don’t typically vie for NBA championships anyway.1There are rare exceptions, but even conditional on making it past the first round of the playoffs, only 13 percent of teams that won 48 to 50 games in a season went on to the NBA Finals. If this season’s version of the club is basically the same, expecting different results would be irrational.These Raptors, however, have a secret weapon that their predecessors lacked: skinny Kyle Lowry.Technically speaking, this is Lowry’s fourth season with Toronto; he even logged the second-most minutes of any Raptor during the failed playoff runs of 2014 and 2015. But that version of Lowry was — how can we say it? — less svelte, and far less productive. By Box Plus/Minus (BPM), Lowry’s 2014-15 season was the worst he’d had in four years. This season, though, Lowry profiles like a top-five player according to the advanced metrics. And his sudden improvement could finally give Toronto the star power necessary to truly compete for a championship.Lowry’s evolving gameBefore this season, Lowry appeared to be on an evolutionary arc many players go through, trading a higher usage rate for less efficient scoring. In his rise as one of the game’s best guards, he’d once ranked in at least the 70th percentile of NBA players in both true shooting percentage and usage. That isn’t an easy thing to do. But last season, Lowry seemed to have surpassed the workload at which he could maintain a reasonable level of efficiency — a situation exacerbated by the banged-up state he found himself in as the season progressed. As a result, his offensive numbers dipped: He settled for more midrange shots and drew fewer fouls; he ran the pick-and-roll less often (and less efficiently); and over the course of the season, he struggled with his jump shot in a way he hadn’t for years.Although Lowry was pretty clearly not being himself, the Raptors won the Atlantic Division and locked up the No. 4 seed in the East. But the team was also unceremoniously swept by Washington, a series in which Lowry kept a high usage but saw his efficiency completely collapse. This seemed like a bad sign.Perhaps even more troubling, it was getting harder to find evidence that Lowry — a player with a good two-way reputation — was still among the league’s best defensive guards. Going into last season, he’d ranked up around the 80th percentile of NBA guards in defensive BPM over his career — a ranking corroborated by play-by-play plus/minus metrics and tracking data from Synergy Sports Technology — numbers underpinned by smart, bruising pick-and-roll defense. But in 2014-15, Lowry’s defensive indicators offered mixed messages. Although he still gave the Raptors’ defense a boost while on the floor, the team was also significantly worse defensively than it had been the previous season, and Lowry often looked slow, clunky and, at times, indifferent when trying to fight through ball screens. So this season should be encouraging for Raptors fans, at least by this metric. But after years of watching Chris Paul-led teams underachieve in the playoffs, it’s fair to ask whether this algorithm oversells the title chances for a point guard-driven squad. And as it happens, controlling for the entire skill set of a team’s best player, we found a slight tendency for teams led by players with a lot of value tied up in passing to perform worse in the postseason than we’d expect from their BPM. This could be due to any number of causes — from defenses keying in on passing patterns in a long playoff series to the way a playmaker’s value is only maximized when complemented by other skills (or perhaps it’s just random noise) — but it’s one (albeit minor) reason to consider lowering expectations for Lowry.Except that this season, Lowry’s game has been extremely well-rounded — he ranks in at least the 78th percentile of all NBA players in scoring efficiency, possession usage, assist rate and defensive BPM. Historically, teams whose best players excel in the first and last of those categories tend to exceed expectations in the playoffs at a rate far greater than any penalty that’s levied against passers.Of course, all of this presumes that Lowry’s overhauled game is legit. He’s currently 29 years old, an age at which NBA players are typically already on the downside of their careers, not metamorphosing into championship-caliber stars. Also, there was little in Lowry’s preseason CARMELO projection (our statistical crystal ball for NBA careers) to suggest an imminent breakout, aside from the late-blooming presence of Steve Nash on the fringe of his comparables list. An optimistic look at his strongest CARMELO comps suggested that he might pull a Rod Strickland and stay productive into his mid-30s; a less rosy one saw the possibility of flaming out far sooner, like Michael Adams and Derek Harper. So it’s entirely possible that Lowry will regress toward his previous career norms in the season’s second half.But given the particulars of Lowry’s skill set, and the ways in which he’s corrected his deficiencies of a season ago, it’s also very possible that if his caloric intake doesn’t regress, neither will his output.The question of whether Lowry’s teammates are good enough to support a championship run is still very much open. And even if they are, Lowry may have timed his improvement poorly, elevating his play during a season with two abnormally dominant teams that are soaking up all the league’s title odds. But Lowry’s sudden upgrade to the NBA’s elite class of players gives the Raptors a superstar the likes of which they’ve never had before. At the very least, they now possess a crucial element that was missing from the team’s recent string of good-but-not-good-enough campaigns. The new, slimmed-down version of Lowry has been quicker afoot and more focused in his pursuit of ballhandlers around and through screens, forcing more turnovers and fouling less as a result.2015-16: It’s likely no coincidence that Toronto’s opponents are scoring at a rate of nearly 4 fewer points per 100 possessions with Lowry on the court than they did a season ago. In fact, Lowry’s rehabilitation has been so complete that the Raptors now rank among the league’s top 10 teams at both ends of the floor and he has risen to full-blown MVP candidate status.You’re only as good as your best playerIt’s no secret that there’s a distinct relationship between a team’s championship probability and the quality of its best player, but it takes a truly exceptional player to make a run at a title. In the past, Lowry hasn’t been good enough to move that needle, but this season’s version is inching into the territory where small individual improvements can drastically upgrade a team’s chances of winning a championship.We’d expect a team being led by Lowry at his previous career-high BPM of +5.9 to win the title about 5 percent of the time; at this season’s +7.2 mark, those odds are doubled, to 10 percent. (Not even Carter in his prime led Toronto with a BPM so high.) Add in a decent supporting cast — and it’s debatable as to whether Toronto has one of those, particularly with DeMarre Carroll on ice, but let’s entertain the notion anyway — and suddenly the idea of a championship parade down Bay Street doesn’t seem quite so pie-in-the-sky. This season, Lowry has made course corrections at both ends of the floor. Although his usage continues to grow, his scoring efficiency has bounced back, in part because of smarter shot selection. He’s once again devoting fewer shots to the midrange, allowing his rates of taking threes and drawing fouls to return to their historical norms, and he’s been faster and more aggressive in the transition game as well. On defense, you can really see the effects of Lowry’s offseason weight loss. Last season, Lowry frequently failed when trying to use his strength to fight through screens (both on the ball and off), ceded too many easy buckets on pick-and-rolls and was generally slow to recover when he guessed wrong or his gambles didn’t pay off.2014-15: read more

Twoyearold falls into pool and drowns in Oceanside

first_img Posted: June 22, 2019 June 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 4:52 PM Two-year-old falls into pool and drowns in Oceansidecenter_img OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A 2-year-old girl drowned in a backyard pool today, police said.A witness told Oceanside police the girl fell into the pool in the 1800 block of Morena Street sometime Saturday. Family members pulled the child from the pool and began CPR until police and paramedics arrived.She was rushed to a hospital, where she died as a result of drowning. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday May 1 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 1, 2019:#1) 3rd Annual Wilmington Special Olympics School Day GamesThe Wilmington and Burlington communities are invited to fill the stands of Wilmington High School Athletic Complex from 9am-1pm for Wilmington’s 3rd Annual Unified School Day Games. This joyful event will feature students from the Wilmington and Burlington school districts in a Unified Sports event – which allows for both students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate side by side in a truly inclusive setting.#2) DEADLINE: Write A Thank You Note To Mrs. FenneyAfter nearly 47 years of teaching in the Wilmington Public School system, Joan (Walsh) Feeney will be retiring in June.Some of her co-workers are looking for comments, short notes or an update from students and families from the past 47 years.If you have a quick note, memory, or an update to share with Ms. Walsh/Feeney, please email either or  by May 1, 2019. Please put Joan Feeney in the subject line of the email. All of these stories and notes will be put into a keepsake journal for Ms. Walsh/Feeney.Please spread the word, but DO NOT share this info with Ms. Walsh/Feeney.#3) Wilmington Yardwaste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 8am to 2pm during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.#4) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council MeetingThe Wilmington High School’s School Advisory Council meets from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in the High School’s Main Office Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, September 7In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

VW would sell assets to repay loan if no other way available

first_imgVolkswagen has told banks supplying a 20 billion euro ($21.1 billion) credit line that it would sell assets if it finds no other way of repaying the one-year loan, two people familiar with the matter said.Europe’s largest carmaker is under pressure to strengthen its finances as it is expected to have to pay out tens of billions of Euros to cover fines, lawsuits and vehicle refits after it admitted to cheating US diesel emissions tests and falsifying carbon dioxide emissions.The biggest corporate scandal in the German company’s 78-year history has forced out its long-time CEO, wiped billions of Euros off its market value and hammered its bonds, making it much more expensive for the company to borrow through its traditionally-preferred route of the debt market.VW secured the 20 billion Euro bridging loan from 13 banks this week and is planning to refinance it by issuing bonds over the next couple of months, the sources said.Under the terms, VW assured the lenders it would sell or list assets worth up to significantly more than 20 billion Euros if it fails to find other sources of money, the people said.Volkswagen declined to comment.”No specific assets have been discussed,” one of the people said, while another person said a potential emergency rights issue was also an option.Investment bankers are pitching ideas to Volkswagen on potential ways to raise money, though decisions are unlikely before more clarity on the scope of penalty payments and recall costs have emerged, the people said.Listings of divisions such as Audi, Porsche or its truck business – which is being carved out now – seem unlikely, but the non-truck parts of VW’s MAN subsidiary are expected to be at the top of the list of potential divestments, the people said.The MAN power engineering operations, whose products include ship engines, mini power plants, special gear units, propulsion components and testing systems, may be valued at 4-5 billion Euros in a potential deal, the people said.The division accounted for all of MAN’s 101 million Euro nine-month operating group profit and for more than a quarter of its 9.98 billion in sales.”Volkswagen may also consider divesting luxury car brands Bentley and Lamborghini or motor bike brand Ducati, although these units don’t really move the needle,” one of the sources said.Separately, VW said the number of cars whose carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption have been understated may turn out to be smaller than the 800,000 announced last month. VW has said it expects costs of at least 2 billion Euros from the issue.Investigations into the circumstances of the manipulations and number of affected vehicles have not been concluded yet, “but many CO2 levels have in the meantime turned out to be quite accurately measured,” a spokesman said.VW’s Skoda subsidiary said on Thursday initial suspicions that the Czech brand was also affected by the CO2 malfeasance have turned out to be wrong.Almost 500 lawsuits have been filed in the United States against VW, Audi and Porsche since the emissions scandal became public on 18 September, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung and broadcasters NDR and WDR said on Thursday, without citing the source of the information.last_img read more