first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants fielded calls and explored various trade scenarios involving Madison Bumgarner around the trade deadline, but an extended July hot streak and a desire to contend convinced the front office to hold onto the team’s ace.With one month left in the regular season, Bumgarner’s future with the Giants will once again become a frequent topic of discussion.The 30-year-old left-handed starter is set …last_img read more

first_imgIberia will offer a premium economy product on its long-haul fleet from next year in a move that brings the Spanish airline’s widebody cabin configuration in line with the other IAG airlines flying long-haul. The first premium economy-equipped Iberia aircraft will enter service next summer on routes connecting the airline’s Madrid hub to Chicago O’Hare in the U.S. and to Buenos Aires, Bogota and Lima in South America.The oneworld carrier said it will offer premium economy class on 37 of its long-haul aircraft. It will retrofit eight of its current Airbus A330-300s and 13 of its A340-600s with the new seats, while its 16 new Airbus A350-900s will come factory-equipped with the new cabin. Delivery of the A350s will begin in 2018. The remodeling of its to A330s and A3430 will take place next year and in 2018.Iberia did not specify how many premium economy seats it intends to install on its aircraft but said the seats would be 19 inches wide with a 37-inch seat pitch between rows, compared to 17- or 18.1-inch width and 31 to 32-inch seat pitch on its A330/ A340s in standard economy.  Seat-back entertainment screens will be 13 inches wide, as opposed to the 9-inch screens in standard coach. Iberia says the new seats recline by an additional 40 per cent over those in its standard economy cabin.Customers flying in premium economy class, or turista premium, will also enjoy adjustable head and foot rests, get noise-cancelling earphones, a blanket and an amenities kit. In addition, premium economy passengers will have priority in boarding and leaving the aircraft, better food options and an increased baggage allowance.Iberia may be one of the last European legacy carriers to introduce a premium economy, but it will be the only airline with the concept flying between Spain and Latin America, according to its  Chief Commercial Director Marco Sansavini.“Iberia is the sole airline that will offer this intermediate seating class on direct flights between Spain and Latin America, which should strengthen our leadership of this market,” he said.Virgin Atlantic was the first airline to come up with the concept of a premium economy class in 1992 as Mid Class, a service aimed at the cost-conscious business traveler who travelled economy but still required extra space in which to work or relax. The product was rebranded as Premium Economy in November, 1994.Premium economy is well established with full-service international carriers in Europe and Asia, but it is rare in the Middle East and U.S. legacy airlines are only now jumping on the trend.American Airlines, a partner of Iberia in the oneworld alliance, will introduce premium economy on its new Boeing 787-9 aircraft with cabins featuring 21 leather seats with a 38-inch pitch and an increased width with a 2-3-2 arrangement. Premium economy passengers receive priority check-in and boarding, enhanced meals with complimentary wine, beer and spirits and amenity kits.The airline’s first 787-9 was delivered Sept. 13 and it will have four by the end of the year, from an order for 22. But it will only start selling a seat in premium economy from early 2017.Delta Air Lines will introduce premium economy when it takes delivery of its first Airbus A350,  due in Spring next year.last_img read more

first_img31 August 2016The September Jive art exhibition and music seminar series will celebrate HeritageMonth with a tribute to the musical heritage of South Africa. Curated by former Gallo Music archivist Rob Allingham, with support from the Southern African Music Right Organisation (Samro) and the French Institute of South Africa, it will be held at Alliance Francaise in Parkview, Johannesburg, from 1-30 September 2016.A series of events will provide a platform to meet, discuss and engage with theundeniable diversity and fertile history of South African music. It will comprisetwo art exhibitions, as well as panel discussions and screenings of music documentariesand music-themed films.The primary aim of the month-long event is to promote South African musicalheritage to a wider audience, from an academic, historical and visual perspective.Entrance to the exhibits, discussions and viewings is free throughout the month.ExhibitionsThe South African Music Graphics exhibition will present more than 150 of thecountry’s most important, unique album sleeve designs, dating back over 100 years.Curated and selected by some of the country’s most knowledgeable collectors andart designers, including installation artist Siemon Allen, Allingham, journalistCaroline Hillary and art academic Molemo Moiloa.The My Favourite Sounds exhibition is a multimedia, interactive experienceincorporating photography, sound and social media. Some of South Africa’s bestmusic and media personalities present their favourite South African music. Theexhibition will feature portraits by up-and-coming music photographer DwayneKapula of the various contributors, who include Yvonne Chaka Chaka and JohnnyClegg. There will also be video interviews about what South African music means tothem and what songs and performers in particular have had an influence on theirlives.The exhibitions will provide a digital platform through the event’s Facebook andother social media pages, for the general public to join in and contribute their ownfavourite local recordings and album art.Panel discussionsWednesday, 7 September 18:30Forbidden sounds: music and censorship in the time of apartheidPresented by Rhodes University sociology professor Michael Drewett, the talkwill explore apartheid’s music censorship practices, from the banning of“undesirable” music to keeping the airwaves clear of subversive messages.Thursday, 15 September 18:30Past to the present: old sounds to modern earsThe discussion will be on the current re-issues market, from compilations tooriginal albums, and how its popularity is benefiting undiscovered artists from thepast. The panel will also discuss the successes and challenges faced by four localspecialist music labels in the age of sampling and music copyright.The panel will be moderated by SAFM’s Richard Nwamba , with contributionsfrom musicologist Chris Albertyn, Allingham and legendary radio DJ and recordlabel executive Benjy Mudie.Thursday, 22 September 18:30SA cult albums: divine sounds?This panel discussion will examine the notion of cult underground music and itsplace in popular art.Highlighting the 1968 song Yakhal’ Inkomo by Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi as one of the best examples of a piece of music achieving cult status, the panel will unpack what cult hits mean and how social and political factors work to create a cult classic piece of pop culture.Moderated by Brenda Sisane from Kaya FM, contributors include musicjournalist Percy Mabandu, producer Lloyd Ross and other panellists, to be confirmedcloser to the date.Wednesday, 28 September 18:30A brief history of the South African music industryPresented by music archivist Allingham, this talk will cover a century ofproducing, marketing and distributing local music, from the early years to thegreatest successes and to the digital trends of the present and beyond.Film screeningsFriday, 2 September 18:30Shwabada, a documentary by Nhlanhla MasondoExploring the music and life of composer and multi-instrumentalist NdikhoXaba, described as an artist “for whom jazz is much too small (a definition)”, thisdocumentary explores Xaba’s influence on the relationship between theatre, politicsand music, while creating an intimate portrait of one of Africa’s greatest musicians.Friday 9 September 18:30Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, a documentary by Lee HirshThe popular, soul-stirring documentary on how South African music influencedthe liberation movement, it features exclusive interviews with those who were partof the struggle. Rare film footage documents the vital role musicians played in thefight against apartheid.Friday, 16 September 18:30Dilemma (A World of Strangers) a film by Henning CarlsenMade in 1962 and based on Nadine Gordimer’s exploration of the effects ofapartheid on all its citizens, the film – which was secretly filmed in the country byDanish filmmaker Carlsen – features memorable and historically important musicalperformances by Tandi Mpambane (Klaasen), Abigail Kubeka, Kippie Moeketsi andWanda Makhubu.Africa Shakes, a film by Basil MailerMade in 1965 and influenced by the popularity of the Beatles’ A HardDay’s Night music film, this documentary offers a unique time capsule of thelocal music scene in South Africa during the 1960s, both in the cities and thetownships. The film includes appearances and performances by, among others, BenNkosi, Reggie Msomi, Lemmy “Special” Mabaso and Gideon Nxumalo.Friday, 23 September 18:30Jiving and Dying: The Radio Rats Story, a documentary byMichael CrossTwenty-five years in the making, the film looks at the music of rock band RadioRats and the subversive socio-political lyrics of frontman Jonathan Handley. Theband became a ground-breaking trailblazer in independent rock music in South Africa.Friday, 30 September 18:30Future Sounds of Mzansi, a documentary by Nthato Mokgata and Lebogang RasethabaThe film explores South Africa’s cultural landscape after 20 years ofdemocracy, through the rise of local electronic dance music. It covers theunderground history of the genre and the work of some of its most diverse genre-bending contemporary artists, including narrator Spoek Mathambo.Alliance Française of Johannesburg is at 17 Lower Park Drive, corner KerryRoad, opposite Zoo Lake, Parkview, Johannesburg.For more information, visit the September Jive Facebook page.Source: Alliance Française of Johannesburg SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lainey Wolf, National Association of Wheat GrowersAfter 12 years of research and the work of 20 countries, the genome of wheat has finally been sequenced. The complexity of the wheat genome made sequencing a long and difficult process. Now, the world’s most widely cultivated crop has each gene sequenced, and the possibilities are endless. With the use of this scientific breakthrough farmers and scientists can now coordinate to improve wheat production.Wheat is most complex plant to be fully genetically sequenced, to date. Decoding the incredibly complex structure of the wheat genome is a major scientific breakthrough that will allow for future improvements in wheat production. Wheat has a genome five times larger than that of humans, with much of the DNA being highly repetitive. Additionally, the cells are hexaploid, meaning that there are six homologous pairs of chromosomes instead of just two. Now that each of the approximately 108,000 genes of wheat are known, it is time to finish figuring out exactly what each of them do. Like other organisms, often multiple genes influence certain characteristics. Once the purpose of a gene is identified modifications can be made to improve traits.Modifying genes will allow for improvement across many areas in wheat production. In recent years, wheat yields have been declining. Increasing yields would provide more food to meet the demands of a growing world population. Resistance to climatic changes such as drought and frost could benefit farmers incredibly. Additionally, disease and pest resistance could potentially decrease a large loss of yield for wheat growers across different terrains.By creating better seeds, that are more suited to the environment which they will grow in, there is an increased potential for a more abundant and efficient harvest. The potential for environmental improvements has increased exponentially with the sequencing of the wheat genome. Creating more drought resistance wheat would allow for water conservation. Pest resistance could result in the reduced usage of pesticides, which enter the environment.Sequencing the genome of wheat has opened a new door for shaping the future of wheat production. With continued research and scientific discovery, one of the world’s major food sources can be improved for the benefit of producers and consumers alike. Looking forward, the wheat industry can hope to improve yields, environmental impacts and efficiency because of this breakthrough.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a mega digital blitzkrieg on Saturday to extend its social media reach ahead of Assembly polls. The party kickstarted the ‘karyakarta kartadharta’ campaign to connect new members from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and aims to focus on the youth and lure them into the party fold. The party is confident it could pull new members from social media platforms which has a mass appeal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, said State party unit chief Chandrakant Patil. The BJP also held a orientation session for its spokespersons and members of the Information Technology (IT) cell on Saturday. The campaign, party leaders said, aims to galvanise youth in districts and villages with the target of adding 2,50,000 members from the digital platforms in just three days. On the first day, 8,279 members and social media users joined the party, he said.Senior leaders said they have maximum reach on social media, including Twitter, as compared to Opposition leaders and this would be an advantage for them. “We are focussed more with this campaign on college students who are attracted to PM Modi. Lot of the first-time voters want to choose BJP and Mr. Modi as their first choice,” Mr. Patil said. The party had earlier this year launched a drive to enrol nearly one crore new members ahead of Assembly elections in October. Leaders present during the launch had said the party is set to rule for the next 25 years with a strong member base and would receive 50% votes in the next elections if could achieve the target before the polls.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: TP Singh, General Manager, Northern Railway held a meeting with the Ministers/Members of Parliament of constituencies that come under the jurisdiction of Delhi Divisions in New Delhi on Saturday. This is in accordance with the directives given by Minster of Railways Piyush Goyal, advising General Managers of Zonal Railways to increase public outreach to get feedbacks for providing better service to the nation. Railway related issues in each constituency falling under northern railway were discussed with the public representatives to find solutions for the benefit of the passengers. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe GM welcomed the Members of Parliament and briefed them about the various developmental activities and new initiatives taken up by Northern Railway within the jurisdiction of Lucknow and Moradabad divisions. Sanjay Tripathi, Divisional Railway Manager, Lucknow Division and Tarun Prakash, Divisional Railway Manager, Moradabad Division presented a report regarding the completed, ongoing & planned works relating to passenger amenities, infrastructure and services at stations and trains over their respective divisions. Senior Officers of Northern Railway, Moradabad and Lucknow divisions also participated in the meeting. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadSantosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Labour and Employment, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh, Minister of State, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and MPs Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Maneka Gandhi, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Dr. Swami Sakshi Maharaj, Lallu Singh, Shyam Yadav, Upendra Singh, Ritesh Pandey, S.K. Gupta, Kunwar Danish Ali, Sangh Mitra Maurya, ST Hasan, Girish Chandra, Dr. Shafiqur Rehman Barq, Arun Kumar Sagar, Malook Nagar, Javed Ali, Veer Singh, Dr. Ashok Bajpai, PL Punia and G.V.L. Narsimha Rao expressed their views in the meeting.last_img read more