US airline groups already have Trump on their radar

first_imgUS President Donald Trump. THE US airline industry has urged President-elect Donald Trump to make the nation’s air traffic control a priority as part of any plan to boost infrastructure.It  remains unclear  what aviation policies, if any, the private aircraft operator and former owner of the failed Trump Shuttle has up his sleeve.But that didn’t stop airline lobby groups from moving quickly to establish a position in the wake of his protectionist campaign and his comments about boosting American industry.In a congratulatory statement, industry lobbyist A4A noted comments in the billionaire’s acceptance speech and during his campaign that a $US1 trillion plan to improve infrastructure would by priority in the first 100 days.“We look forward to working with the Transition Team on strengthening our infrastructure in the sky to meet the nation’s growing demands on the ground,” said A4A chief executive Nicholas E. Calio. “The current U.S. Air Traffic Control system, while safe, is an inefficient relic of the 1940s.“We’re eager to work with President-elect Trump to transform it to reduce delays for the 2.2 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo that fly every day, while accommodating future growth and demand for travel and shipping.”A4A estimates the US  airline industry supports 10 million jobs and drives 5 percent of the total U.S. economy each day.“Our ability to create more jobs and help fuel economic growth is possible only if we’re operating within a National Airspace (NAS) infrastructure that is designed for the future,” Calio said.  “Our vision for a modernized NAS includes reforming the Air Traffic Control (ATC).“A service provided under appropriate authority to promote the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air  system so that politics don’t impede hiring and training more air traffic controllers and equipping our facilities with technology used by more than 50 countries around the world.“We want to see a reliable ATC funding model – funded by the system users, not political gamesmanship – so that we can plan for the long-term capital improvements the system needs to grow.”Air Traffic control improvements are not the only  issue about which US airlines will be lobbying: passenger rights regulations and access by foreign carriers are also on the agenda.The “big three”’ — Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines — have been conducting a running battle  with Gulf carriers with allegations of  billions of dollars of unfair subsidies.  Gulf airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar has rejected the allegations and launched counter accusations that US airlines were protected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process.A lobby group formed by the US carriers and labor unions, the Partnership for Fair and Open Skies, has quickly seized on Trump’s rhetoric about protecting US industry against unfair competition.“We look forward to briefing President-elect Donald Trump and his new administration on the massive, unfair subsidies that the UAE and Qatar give to their state-owned Gulf carriers,”  spokeswoman  Jill Zuckman  said in a statement.  “The Gulf carrier subsidies threaten the jobs of 300,000 U.S. aviation workers and the American aviation industry as a whole, and we are optimistic that the Trump administration will stand up to the UAE and Qatar, enforce our trade agreements and fight for American jobs.”However, an analysis by the CAPA Centre for Aviation warned that a move toward greater protectionism could hurt US carriers.It estimated the abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Agreement could see the industry forgo new route developments and 5 to 10 per cent in traffic growth the trade deal would have otherwise have generated.And it cautioned that the already clouded open skies issue could “darken further’’ if a Trump administration accepts the premise that open skies have passed their zenith.“Aviation policy typically does not feature high in the priorities of prospective Presidential candidates,’’ it said “” Yet the nationalistic appeal of the airline pilots’ unions struck a chord with both populist candidates – both Mr Trump’s and Mr (Democratic contender Bernie) Sanders’ campaigns expressly attacked Norwegian Airlines International’s moves to operate into the US.“The often-misplaced arguments fell squarely into the category of appealing to voters concerned for their jobs, and who see all the perceived negatives of foreign trade – without recognising the positives.“For US airlines and the US industry generally this is dangerous territory as it is the US airlines who have – at least in the medium term – the most to gain from liberal market access. The likely overall outcome: slower growth and less foreign airline competition.’’CAPA also warned that Trump’s aggressive stance against China could undermine the ability of US airlines to capitalise on one of the world’s biggest aviation markets and said “shotgun effect” of proposed visa restrictions could not avoid affecting air traffic, particularly from Mexico.last_img read more

Future Interfaces: Gestures, Light and the BiDi Screen

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market According to the project team, “The BiDi Screen uses a sensor layer, separated a small distance from a normal LCD display. A mask image is then displayed on the LCD. When the bare sensor layer views the world through the mask, information about the distance to objects in front of the screen can be captured and decoded by a computer.”In the past ReadWriteWeb has covered Pattie Maes presentation of what she describes as “sixth sense” – a wearable interface where users interact with a camera, mirror and colored finger caps. We’ve also looked at other gesture-based interfaces like Microsoft’s Project Natal which encompass sensor-based cameras and voice recognition. Nevertheless, BiDi screen takes a different approach to spatial tracking. The system can be incorporated into a “thin LCD device” like a cellphone and it does not require the use of cameras, lenses, projectors or special gloves.For a complete list of BiDi project specifications or for a look at some of MIT’s video demos, check out the project website. In just a few days at the SIGGRAPH Asia Conference, MIT’s Media Lab will present a revolutionary interface that allows users to manipulate on-screen images with the wave of their hand. While we’ve seen gestural interfaces through the accelerometers in our smart phones and gaming-related devices, this system is different. MIT’s bi-directional display interface (BiDi) screen is capable of capturing both touch and off-screen gestures through the use of embedded optical sensors. dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#NYT#start#startups last_img read more

Topsy Launches Publisher-Friendly Twitter Widgets

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Tags:#Real-Time Web#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Social web search engine Topsy is launching “social modules” today, giving publishers the ability to add customizable widgets displaying real-time content to their websites Unlike other Twitter widgets that simply stream tweets in a timeline, Topsy’s new module let publishers display only the most relevant and brand-safe tweets. The content will be filtered – profanity-free and language-specific.These modules can be easily set up and customized. And there will be premium features, enabling publishers with analytics and monetization options. The latter will include the insertion of turn-key ads, either provided by Topsy or from publishers’ existing a networks. Topsy touts the increased engagement rates from publishers using social content powered by these modules. As the content is filtered based on relevancy, Topsy argues that it will provide readers with a better experience (leading in turn to more time spent on the site, hopefully).As Vipul Ved Prakash, Topsy co-founder and CEO says, “The launch of Topsy Social Modules furthers our position as the fastest growing and leading supplier of relevant realtime search results from the social web.”Indeed, Topsy points to the importance in not just the social web, but in how it dovetails with search. Rather than PageRank as being the sole marker of what’s important, links from Twitter are becoming an increasingly important signal of relevance. And as Topsy powers the largest searchable index of Twitter data in the world, it makes sense that publishers would want to turn to it to power widgets on their sites.And while the world may not need another widget, this new feature from Topsy does seem to provide one with content that’s more useful – for both readers and publishers.last_img read more

Broner looking at Pacquiao bout as career-defining

first_imgMOST READ Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Broner calls the bout “the biggest fight of my life.”Training thrice a day and holding his workout right at the famed Fifth Street Gym, where Muhammad Ali once trained, Broner brushed off the fact that his opponent just turned 40.He said his focus was laser-like and wasn’t letting the pulsating Miami nightclub scene distract him.“I’m not focused on the clubbing and stuff, all that stuff will be here after the fight,” he said. “I don’t care about stopping him or whether it’s a unanimous decision, as long as I’m victorious.”His chief trainer, Kevin Cunningham, offered a more specific fight plan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion That’s why Broner is preparing furiously for the fight, expecting to face “the best Pacquiao” on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.Broner has carved his own niche in boxing for his undeniable talent. His boxing style—counterpunches, shoulder roll and all—mimics that of the great Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man who Pacquiao is really eyeing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut the flashy, hard-partying American has a dark past: He had faced assault charges before, missed the weight for fights and is known to thrash-talk opponents.However, on Wednesday in Miami, the 29-year-old Broner (33-3-1 with 24 knockouts) hosted an open workout where he made it apparent to media people present that he has nothing but respect for Pacquiao. Who will take home crown? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve studied tons of Pacquiao footage and he pretty much fights the same every fight,” Cunningham was quoted as saying. “Manny’s a rhythm fighter and it’s about getting his rhythm.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Now 40, Manny Pacquiao’s life should be just beginning. But Adrien Broner, at 29, feels he’s the one at the crossroads, calling his duel with the Filipino ring icon a tipping point in his career.“I always knew that one day I will be having fights like this,” Broner said in a report by Philboxing. “Honestly, I thought [Pacquiao] would be done with boxing by now but I always knew I would have a fight of this magnitude on this platform, pay-per-view and all, and now I’m here.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more