SAA takes delivery of new aircraft

first_img24 July 2013 South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery on Tuesday of the first two of 20 A320 Airbus planes that the airline has on order from Airbus. The shipment of the state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient aircraft is set to deliver significant cost efficiencies while allowing South Africa’s national carrier to expand its regional route network in the rapidly growing sub-Saharan African market. The A320s will replace SAA’s current fleet of 737-800s and augment the A319s it already has in service. Airbus describes the A320 as “the world’s best-selling and most modern single-aisle aircraft”, with over 9 600 ordered and more than 5 600 delivered to over 380 operators worldwide. “With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 family has the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft,” Airbus said in a statement on Wednesday. “Operating a modern and homogenous fleet plays a significant role in cost reduction and boosting revenue,” SAA chief executive Monwabisi Kalawe said. “The A320 will assist SAA to achieve this while providing our passengers with a more superior cabin product.” John Leahy, Airbus’s chief operating officer for customers, said that South African Airways “has long been regarded as a bellwether for Africa on aircraft selection, and we are looking forward to expanding our relationship. “Our reliable, fuel-efficient and comfortable A320s will give SAA a competitive edge and help the airline achieve sustainable profitability.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Florida Utility Offers Generous PV Feed-In Tariff

first_imgOwners of PV systems will be paid 32¢ per kWhGAINESVILLE, FL — A Florida electric utility, Gainesville Regional Utilities, will soon offer a generous 32¢ per kWh feed-in tariff to owners of photovoltaic arrays. That makes Gainesville Regional Utilities the second utility in the U.S. (after Green Mountain Power in Vermont) to offer a photovoltaic feed-in tariff.Beginning March 1, 2009, Gainesville Regional Utilities will pay 32¢ per kWh for all of the PV power generated by a customer’s array, even if the customer purchases more power from the grid than the PV array generates. The generous feed-in tariff is guaranteed for 20 years.PV feed-in tariffs were first launched in the early 1990s in Germany, where they are credited with fueling the German boom in PV installations.last_img read more

What Encourages Disclosure of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

first_imgReferences[1] McElvaney, R.,  Greene, S. & Hogan, D. (2014). To tell or not to tell? Factors influencing young people’s informal disclosures of child sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(5), 928-947. doi: 10.1177/0886260513506281This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Jay Morse and Heidi Radunovich, PhDVictims of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) often struggle with whether or not to tell anyone about their sexual abuse, and sometimes delay disclosure for years, if they disclose at all. But what can be done to increase the likelihood of disclosing CSA? In a recent qualitative study in Ireland, McElvaney, Greene, and Hogan (2014) examined informal disclosure of CSA, considering events leading up to, during, and following disclosure.[Flickr, Sad by U.S. Fotografle, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The researchers interviewed 22 children and adolescents, and 14 of their parents. Responses to interview questions were divided into three categories: 1) General – related to all cases; 2) Typical – more than one-half the cases included the response; and 3) Variant – only two or three cases reported.Five crucial areas related to disclosure were identified:1)      Being believed. Fear of not being believed was the reason most often cited for not disclosing the abuse.2)      Being asked. Respondents often stated that their disclosure was related to “being asked” whether directly, or indirectly. Parents or concerned observers, such as a teacher, often noted a change in behavior and asked if anything were wrong, which encouraged disclosure. In two cases, family members observed sexualized behaviors that were unusual for the victim of the abuse.3)      Shame and self-blame. Almost one-half of the participants reported feeling ashamed or blaming themselves as the reason for not disclosing. Children/adolescents reasoned that it was too embarrassing to tell a parent of the incident. Self-blame also played a role in not disclosing the abuse. In some cases, this self-blame extended beyond the event itself and focused on the consequences of talking about the event, hiding the abuse for fear of what might follow.4)      Fears and Concerns for Self and Others. Fear of the consequences of disclosing their abuse varied among participants, even though most of the fears were unfounded. Included in the responses were fears of the abuser hurting them again, as well as the impact on the family, and/or fear of going through the judicial process.5)      Peer Influence. In this study, peer influence encouraged the young person to disclose to an adult, with 15 of the 22 young people interviewed reporting that they had first disclosed their abuse to a friend or relative before disclosing to a parent.Clinicians who work with children and adolescents should be aware of the following in their practice:Shame and self-blame are issues for children and adolescents who consider disclosing their abuse. Practitioners can diminish the possible negative messages received by young people from people around them by encouraging an atmosphere of trust.Peers play an important role in disclosure, providing support to the victim and encouraging disclosure. Professionals working with victims of abuse can ask about available peer support.Some of the participants noted that “they had never been asked.” Often, just asking will elicit disclosure of CSA.last_img read more

How to Create Stunning Hyperlapse Videos

first_imgHyperlapse videos are compelling, eye-catching, and popular. Here’s how to create your own stunning hyperlapse footage.We’ve all seen those stunning timelapse videos online or in major films. They can really add dimension and depth to any production. But what about hyperlapse photography? Chances are you’ve seen the amazing Watchtower of Turkey that took the world’s breath away in 2014 with its advanced execution of hyperlapse techniques. More recently, filmmaker Rob Whitworth’s Dubai Flow Motion put hyperlapse back in the public consciousness.Video via Dubai FilmHyperlapse video is so dramatic that many might believe the techniques are beyond their capabilities — but that’s just not the case.All you need is a camera capable of capturing RAW images to ensure maximum post-production adjustability and resolution. You’ll also need a solid tripod. Additionally, you’ll need a location with a captivating point of interest, like the train station in the video below. Then it’s just a matter of setting up, taking photos, and stitching it all together.Let’s check out a step-by-step guide that explains everything you need to know about creating a hyperlapse. This video from Rob & Jonas’ Filmmaking Tips covers shooting, set-up techniques, and editing.Have you experimented with hyperlapse footage? Show us your work in the comments below!last_img read more