SAA named Africa’s best airline

first_img29 August 2008South African Airways has been named “best airline in Africa” at the 2008 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which are based on an annual survey by British aviation experts Skytrax.The Skytrax survey is recognized as an independent passenger survey of global airline standards. Based on interviews of an estimated 15-million passengers worldwide, the survey measures over 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction with airline products and service standards.South African Airways (SAA) also won the Skytrax award for “best cabin crew in Africa”.SAA features the only non-stop service from the US to South Africa, with daily departures from Washington, DC and a daily direct service from New York.The airline recently upgraded its in-flight entertainment on these flights, increasing the number of movies available from 15 to 44, ranging from global blockbusters to more culturally diverse options that include South African and Hindi choices. A number of channels with TV programmes and music from many different genres round out the offerings.Each seat on board, whether in premium business class or economy class, includes a personal, on-demand entertainment system with the full range of upgraded content.“Add to that Africa’s best cabin crew, great food, complimentary South African wine, plus amenity kits in each seat, and SAA is the clear choice for service to Africa,” SAA said in a statement this week.“Travellers in premium class enjoy 180 degree fully flat-bed seats, and in economy class enjoy the most legroom versus competitors.”In addition, SAA’s local network, with connections to more than 20 South African destinations and more than 20 cities across the rest of the continent, make the airline “the savvy traveler’s gateway to Africa.”As a Star Alliance member, SA Airways also offers its customers 975 destinations in 162 countries and 18 100 flights daily, including convenient connections from more than 30 cities in the US through code share service with Star Alliance member United Airlines.Members of United Airlines’ Mileage Plus, US Airways’ Dividend Miles and Air Canada’s Aeroplan programmes can earn and redeem miles on all SAA flights.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb’s List of Movie-Finding Resources

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Fandango iPhone App: While this service offers all the bells and whistles of a regular review site, it also lets you buy movie tickets through your phone. Users can search by location, time and “In the Spotlight” for the most popular shows. MovieFinder iPhone App: Similar to Fandango’s iPhone app, this service also offers users a chance to search movies by location and time; however, if you’re looking for a more barebones experience, you may prefer MovieFinder over Fandango. Mobile Movietickets.com or iPhone Movietickets.com: These sites offer times and tickets separately from other features such as new releases, reviews and box office info. This means that users can avoid the advertising and hype and just focus on the information they need. Google Movies, Yahoo Movies Showtimes and Bing: While each of these are fine for listing the movies playing nearby, only Yahoo offers users a full list of show times and automatic ticket purchasing. Nevertheless, with an URL like movies.yahoo.com/showtimes-tickets it’s unlikely you’ll type this one into your mobile phone. Photo Credit: Galfred Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market If you’re like me, by the time you decide to go to a movie, you’ve already seen the previews numerous times, the bus stop advertisements are beginning to peel, and your other friends are going back to the box office to watch it again. While movie reviews, box office information and celebrity news are all interesting, the information you need first is your movie’s location and time. Below is a list of useful services. Showtime Fu: This service allows users to type in their zip code or address to receive basic information about the next movie in their area, the theater and beginning and end times. Users can use sliders to customize their time selection as well as omit movies. This approach is straightforward and easy-to-use. You can also share info with friends via Twitter. Tags:#start#startups Related Posts dana oshirolast_img read more

The Best College Football Programs Of The 1990s Are Suddenly Terrible

*Includes ties as half-wins. Data includes games against major and non-major schools since, at earliest, 1869.Source: ESPN.com UCLA595.560.0%1422194474 When I was growing up in the 1990s, it was hard to imagine the football programs at Florida State and Nebraska ever losing steam. The Huskers won national championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997;1Sharing the final one with Michigan. FSU took its own titles in 1993 and 1999 (plus went to two more BCS Championship Games, in 1998 and 2000). The two dynasties edged out Florida and Tennessee for the most victories in Division I-A in the ’90s, winning 218 games combined2Counting ties as half-wins. during the decade.Those halcyon days are a distant memory now, after a weekend that saw Florida State lose to Syracuse for the first time since 1966 — and saw Nebraska do the Seminoles one better, starting a season 0-2 for the first time since 1957. Now they’re part of a group of formerly great teams that have started the 2018 season as badly as any version of their programs have in the past several decades.It isn’t as if the Seminoles and Huskers have been in the dumps for this whole century, mind you: FSU won the 2013 national championship and made the College Football Playoff the following year. (It wasn’t long ago that the Seminoles were so unfazed by Syracuse that they were literally playing Hangman on the sidelines.) Nebraska won at least nine games in seven straight seasons (from 2008 to 2014). Neither stretch was as dominant as their respective heydays, though, and those runs in the 1990s had long since warped expectations for subsequent generations at each school. Although former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher spurned the Seminoles as much as they moved on from him, the Huskers fired ex-coach Bo Pelini because merely being a Top-25 fixture wasn’t enough in Lincoln.3Though Pelini’s temper didn’t help matters, either. Florida State hired Willie Taggart last offseason, while Nebraska brought aboard former Husker QB Scott Frost to great fanfare after Mike Riley’s brief, mostly disastrous time at the team’s helm.The early returns have been discouraging, to say the least. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, which measure the strength of each program over time, Saturday’s losses dropped Florida State to 55th in the country, while Nebraska fell to an astonishing 79th. In terms of Elo through the current stage of the season,4Meaning the same number of games into a season as the team has currently played. the Seminoles haven’t rated this low (a 1547 rating) after three games in a campaign since 1976, which was legendary coach Bobby Bowden’s first season at FSU. The last time the Huskers started a season rated this poorly (1423 Elo) was an astonishing 61 years ago.They’re not alone among all-time great programs struggling this year, either. UCLA, with almost 600 wins to its name, is 0-3 under new coach Chip Kelly and has seen its Elo dip to a 74-year low. Tennessee, which also dominated the college football landscape of my youth with great QBs like Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning and Tee Martin, is as bad as it’s been in 63 years. And Florida — which won Saturday against Colorado State but infamously snapped its 31-year winning streak against Kentucky the week before — is sitting at a 39-year low point. Among programs with at least 300 all-time wins and a 60 percent winning percentage, those are the five teams that are currently playing as badly as they have in at least 35 years. Nebraska878.069.81423195761 All-Time Record Some of these teams will get a chance to start turning things around soon … against one another. Florida and Tennessee play on Saturday, while Nebraska will play Michigan — a fellow titan of college football history that, while not quite on the same historically bad trajectory as the teams above, also finds itself out of sorts over Jim Harbaugh’s record against top opponents. For all of these programs, a rich history can also be a burden that weighs down future teams, forcing them into the constant pursuit of their own past.They can look to Alabama for inspiration, though. While few teams have won more all-time games than the Crimson Tide, it wasn’t long ago that Bama was also floundering, struggling to live up to the legacy of Gene Stallings, much less Bear Bryant. Now Nick Saban takes his program to new heights with each successive season. The turnaround in Tuscaloosa was dramatic, but some version of it can also happen in Lincoln, Gainesville, Tallahassee or Knoxville. Each team remains a perennial fixture near the top of the recruiting rankings, so the talent is in place for a renaissance — and luckily for today’s brand-name programs, they find it easier than ever to maintain their power base once they build it.Before that can happen, though, these once-great teams need to end their current slides. At their ’90s peaks, the Seminoles and Huskers made winning look so effortless that a collapse seemed impossible. Now that they’ve proven even the most storied programs aren’t invincible, perhaps the rebuilding process for the next great dynasties can finally begin in earnest. Some of college football’s greatest teams are strugglingMost years since the last time each Football Bowl Subdivision team’s Elo rating was as low as its current rating at this stage of a season, for teams with at least 300 wins and a 60 percent winning percentage Florida State526.068.01547197642 Tennessee835.568.01537195563 Texas A&M736.560.2167120108 USC771.070.7164020135 Florida708.562.11613197939 ProgramWins*Win Pct.Current EloWorst SinceYears read more

Netflix drops hints about the Bandersnatch ending you may not have seen

first_imgWith Netflix touting more than a trillion possible permutations for its first grown-up stab at an interactive movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, there’s a lot to unravel.Netflix has been making interactive choose-your-own-adventure videos for more than a year, but Bandersnatch is the first that isn’t a cartoon for kids. The interactivity is simple: A or B choices that branch the plot. But Bandersnatch gives the model a self-referential spin by building the story around a choose-your-own-adventure novel. Netflix press materials note the movie has “five main endings, with multiple variants of each.” Discussions on Black Mirror subreddit, Discord and social media have tried untangling the knot. The pathways can be so convoluted that Netflix has nudged viewers to find scenes that few have uncovered weeks after the movie’s premiere. In fact, Netflix said that of the five main endings, one in which Stefan follows his mother onto the train remains the most hidden, with the fewest number of viewers taking that path. The company has shared that 73 percent of viewers chose for Stefan to accept Tuckersoft’s job offer, and that British viewers were slightly less inclined to spill tea than viewers in the rest of the world. Reed Hastings holds up two different boxes of cerealNetflix CEO Reed Hastings dropping important financial disclosures during the company’s earnings call.  Screenshot by Joan E. Solsman/CNET Netflix CEO Reed Hastings even broke into the company’s earnings discussion in January to disclose that 73 percent of Bandersnatch viewers chose Frosties over Sugar Puffs. After two relatively inconsequential interactions about cereal and music, the story starts to offer crucial choices that take you to different plot points or assign attributes to your account that determine what choices you may see in the future. These determine the possible passwords you can enter into the locked cabinet in Stefan’s dad’s office, and they influence the options for how to respond when Stefan calls out “Give me a sign!” when he’s grappling with the idea that somebody is controlling him.Whatever Netflix defines as an “ending” to add up to “five main endings” isn’t really clear, but here are some of the permutations and endings that viewers have mapped out:You choose for Stefan to work with Tuckersoft. Backed by a team, the game is a messy failure with a zero-out-of-five rating. After watching the game review on TV, Stefan yells out that he wants to try again and you loop back with the opportunity to reject Tuckersoft’s offer instead. Stefan jumps from Colin’s balcony, and the game is published after the “tragic accident” without getting a rating. You’re eventually forced to have Stefan discuss his mother’s death with Dr. Haynes. You take the pills that Dr. Haynes prescribes. The game is published but with Stefan’s madness under control, it’s a failure with a zero-out-of-five rating. But hey, nobody dies this time!When Stefan calls out for whoever is controlling him to give him a “sign,” if you choose Netflix, the story takes a meta turn where you either end up with Stefan laughing maniacally as he’s dragged out of the building or Stefan facing a reality where he’s actually on a movie shoot, much to his confusion. When Stefan explores his father’s locked study, if he enters the passcode TOY on the file cabinet and then chooses to leave with his mother to board the train that derails and kills her, Stefan dies in the present day in his therapist’s office because of a timeline paradox. When Stefan calls out for whoever is controlling him to give him a “sign,” if you choose PAC, Stefan learns about a government conspiracy, kills his father and ends up in prison after calling Dr. Haynes’ office; the Bandersnatch game is released with a 2.5 star-rating.  When Stefan calls out for whoever is controlling him to give him a “sign,” if you chose the little glyph that Bandersnatch novel author Jerome F. Davies painted all over his walls, then Stefan ends up in prison without Bandersnatch ever being released. Various choices determine whether Stefan ends up in prison after seeing (or sometimes killing) Colin, Tucker, or Colin’s girlfriend Kitty.  If you choose to make Stefan chop up his dad’s body, Bandersnatch is released to acclaim with a five-out-of-five rating, but a present-day news report explains the game was pulled after Stefan was imprisoned for murder. A report describes how Colin’s daughter, the baby Pearl that viewers meet briefly during the trip to Colin’s apartment, is a game programmer who wants to revive Bandersnatch. She encounters a bug similar to the one Stefan does, and your choice about whether she destroys her computer or pours tea on it seems to loop you back to earlier points in the story. The interactive story seems to eventually force some choices. No matter how much I tried to avoid talking about Stefan’s mother with the therapist Dr. Haynes, eventually I had no choice but to hear Stefan hash out his mommy issues. And no matter how many times I just wanted to bury Stefan’s dad instead of (gag) chopping up his body, the story eventually just went to repeat loops until I agreed to dismemberment. (Of course, the grisliest choice led to the Bandersnatch game getting the highest possible critical rating…) bm-bandersnatch-still-04Protagonist Stefan (left) interacts differently with his game programming hero, Colin (center), and Tuckersoft CEO Tucker (right) depending on the choices you make.  Netflix But the way that movie’s interactivity is set up, it also seems that after you’ve followed the course of a few of the endings, it’ll keep prompting you to return to certain choice points that are crucial to unlocking parts of the story you haven’t seen yet. It also seems that you get different endings presented as the “official” end — with video vignettes interspersed into the end credits like other linear episodes often do — depending on where you arrive around the 90-minute mark.  And there are sideways trips that the story can take depending on various factors.  Sometimes when you choose to pick up the book before Stefan goes to sleep, he dreams that he breaks his bathroom mirror when he touches it. Other times, if you choose to pick up the book, he dreams that he can reach through the mirror to travel back in time.  Netflix’s UK and Ireland Twitter account teased viewers on Jan. 8 by suggesting they have Stefan “try picking up the family photo, ~twice~.” That might not be a hard science as our particular playthrough required selecting the photo three times. This will trigger a scene where Stefan is working in his room and suddenly Jerome F. Davies appears before stabbing Stefan in the chest. Stefan will then wake up, the attack being an apparent dream, and the story will continue.  bm-bandersnatch-still-07Picking up the book to read can unlock different elements depending on previous answers. Netflix/Black Mirror You can also unlock different nightmares (or realities?) depending on the password you enter into the father’s locked file cabinet. TOY seems to be the only way to get to the ending where Stefan dies in his present-day therapist’s office because you choose for him to join his mother on the train in the past. PAC explains a government conspiracy that’s experimenting on and surveilling Stefan, while JFD and PAX give you some creepy jump scares.  There’s also a post-credits scene where Stefan listens to his Walkman but instead of hearing music he hears digital noise. Discussion on Reddit says that decoding the sound results in a QR code that leads to a separate online Easter egg.  Some viewers have speculated that some elements of the story are chosen at random, a little chaos purposely inserted to drive everyone crazy who attempts to flowchart all the different narrative branches.  And there are additional Easter eggs sprinkled outside the video as well. A website for Tuckersoft, the gaming company in the movie, has a landing page that looks like something you’d load with an AOL dial-up connection. Its job recruitment page is styled like a 1980s magazine ad, with actor Asim Chaudhry’s Mohan Tucker pictured. And the Tuckersoft game that Colin is developing when he first meets Stefan — Nohzdyve, an early allusion to the trip off the balcony that Colin and/or Stefan can take later in some Bandersnatch plot branches — is available to play through an emulator.   Mike Sorrentino contributed to this story. Editors’ note: This story was first published Dec. 28, 2018 and is updated as more Bandersnatch pathways are discovered. Share your voice 12 17 Photos Comments Aquaman director James Wan the latest celeb to take social media breakcenter_img Tags Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech. What we know about the Disney+ streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix. TV and Movies Digital Media Netflixlast_img read more

BSE closes points 8637 down on April 11

first_imgNew Delhi, April 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 86.37 points down to stand at 22,628.96. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 20.10 points down to stand at 6,776.30. JPPOWER and Piramal Enterprises Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.17% and 5.64% along with Videocon Industries Ltd. and Pipavav Defence with an increase of 5.26% and 4.72% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Adani Enterprises Ltd. and Indusind Bank with a decrease of 7.54% and 4.26% along with JSW ENERGY and Eicher Motors with a decrease of 3.69% and 3.47% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 162.86 points at 13,409.68 while the banking sector is down 116.08 points at 14,689.89 and the realty sector is up 4.47 points at 1,557.26. The Indian currency is down 0.29% at Rs 60.25 per dollar.last_img read more

Travel ban vital for US national security Tillerson

first_imgUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on visa travel at the US Customs and Border Protection Press Room in the Reagan Building on 6 March, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Monday that President Donald Trump’s renewed ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries is “a vital measure for strengthening our national security.”“With this order, President Trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe,” Tillerson said, after Trump signed a revised version of an order that had previously been thrown out by US courts.The original order triggered chaos and protests at US airports as travellers with previously issued visas were turned away—including Iraqis who had worked alongside the US military in combat.The new version of the plan retains a 120-day freeze on all refugee arrivals and temporarily halts the granting of new visas for Syrians, Iranians, Libyans, Somalis, Yemenis and Sudanese citizens.Tillerson said his department had worked with Iraq to identify “multiple new security measures” that would be imposed to ensure that extremists are weeded out during the US visa process.“Iraq is an important ally in the fight to defeat ISIS, with their brave soldiers fighting in close coordination with America’s men and women in uniform,” Tillerson said.Tillerson was appearing alongside Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security chief John Kelly. None of them took questions from the news media after their brief statements.last_img read more