Oxbridge airline fails to get off the ground in time

first_imgAlphaOne Airways, an airline started by eighteen year old Oxfordshire resident Martin Halstead, has delayed all flight activity until further notice, failing to make even its first scheduled flight because of financial difficulties.The first flight was set for takeoff at 7.30am on Monday, but AlphaOne cancelled that and all subsequent flights. Ticket fees were returned to customers and new sources of funding were announced just days before the charter flight was supposed to take place.At the time of the cancellation, the company’s website proclaimed that they were “delighted to announce a major injection of funds from a new investor” and would announce a new launch date “in the next few weeks”.One week before the flight, AlphaOne “appeared to run out of funds” said James Dillon Godfray, head of marketing and development for Oxford City Airport. “[Halstead] is currently taking a break, repackaging the whole operation, making it slightly more cost-effective,” Dillon Godfray said. Halstead was unavailable for comment.The company now has four available planes, all eight-seat Piper Navajo Chieftains. They will eventually increase the fleet to eight, including a few nineteen-seat turbo props. AlphaOne uses planes with the permission of operator AirMed, who also crew flights.The flight between Oxford and Cambridge would, if it gets off the ground, take approximately twenty minutes. There would be a check-in time of ten minutes, and the total transportation would take seventy minutes if a passenger used the free shuttle service to and from each city centre.It currently takes approximately two hours to drive between the cities because of a circuitous road and traffic on the A34, and even longer by train because of its route via London.The AlphaOne website said the company “look forward to welcoming you onboard in the coming months”. One version of the home page said flights could begin as early as late May, but Dillon Godfray predicted that AlphaOne will not commence flights until “later in the summer”.If the proposed schedule is kept, there will be two daily flights in each direction. Fares are £49 for a one-way trip, £44 for students.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

Food Design

first_imgFood Design (Harrogate, North Yorkshire) is finding a ready market for its chocolate-coated golden honeycomb.The method by which the honeycomb centre is covered in either milk or plain chocolate prevents moisture migration and ensures that the honeycomb retains its crispness, says the company.Other chocolate inclusions for the baking industry from Food Design include chocolate mint and chocolate orange truffles. Said to work well in cookies, they are sold in 6mm and 10 mm cubes.last_img

The world’s tiniest radio

first_img <a href=”″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have made the world’s smallest radio receiver, built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.This tiny radio, whose building blocks are the size of two atoms, can withstand extremely harsh environments and is biocompatible, meaning it could work in places as varied as a probe on Venus to a pacemaker in a human heart.The research was led by Marko Lončar, the Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at SEAS, and graduate student Linbo Shao, and was published in the journal Physical Review Applied.The radio uses tiny imperfections in diamonds called nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. To make NV centers, researchers replace one carbon atom in a tiny diamond crystal with a nitrogen atom and remove a neighboring atom — creating a system that is essentially a nitrogen atom with a hole next to it. NV centers can be used to emit single photons or detect very weak magnetic fields. They have photoluminescent properties, meaning they can convert information into light, making them powerful and promising systems for quantum computing, phontonics, and sensing.A diamond radio receiver This tiny radio has building blocks the size of two atoms. The radio is extremely resilient, thanks to the inherent strength of the diamond. The team successfully played music at 350 degrees Celsius — about 660 Fahrenheit. Credit: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Radios have five basic components: a power source, a receiver, a transducer to convert the high-frequency electromagnetic signal in the air to a low-frequency current, a tuner, and a speaker or headphones to convert the current to sound.In the Harvard device, electrons in diamond NV centers are powered, or pumped, by green light emitted from a laser. These electrons are sensitive to electromagnetic fields, including the waves used in FM radio. When NV center receives radio waves. it converts them and emits the audio signal as red light. A common photodiode converts that light into a current, which is then converted to sound through a simple speaker or headphone.An electromagnet creates a strong magnetic field around the diamond, which can be used to change the radio station, tuning the receiving frequency of the NV centers.Shao and Lončar used billions of NV centers to boost the signal, but the radio works with a single NV center, emitting one photon at a time, rather than a stream of light.The radio is extremely resilient, thanks to the inherent strength of diamond. The team successfully played music at 350 degrees Celsius — about 660 Fahrenheit.“Diamonds have these unique properties,” said Lončar. “This radio would be able to operate in space, in harsh environments and even the human body, as diamonds are biocompatible.”The research was coauthored by Mian Zhang, Matthew Markham, and Andrew M. Edmonds, and was supported in part by the STC Center for Integrated Quantum Materials.last_img read more

Last contact with the Air France airplane was when it was near Senegal

first_imgBy Dialogo June 02, 2009 Río de Janeiro, 01 June (EFE).- According to official sources, the A330-200 Air France Airbus with 228 passengers onboard that disappeared as it was flying between Río de Janeiro and Paris, had its last contact with Brazilian Air Traffic Controllers when it was about to enter into Senegal’s air space. The Air Force Command indicated in a report that this contact occurred last night at 22:33 hours local time (01h33 GMT). The report indicated that “At 22:33, flight AF 447 had its last radio contact with the Atlantico Area Control Center operated by (Cindacta III), when it was located at the INTOL position (the denomination of a point along the route which is located 565 kilometers from Natal), in order to report that it would be entering into the air space at Dakar, Senegal (the Tasil position) at 23:30 hours local time (02h20 GMT). According to the Air Force, fifteen minutes after this last contact (02h48GMT), the plane disappeared from the radar screens near the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, off the Brazilian coast and at that time, it was flying “normally at an altitude of 35,000 feet and at 840 kilometers per hour”. According to the French airline, the plane had taken off from Río de Janeiro on Sunday night and there were 216 passengers and 12 crew members aboard the flight. The Brazilian report adds that at 02h20GMT, the time at which the plane should have entered into Senegal’s air space, that “the Air France plane did not make the scheduled radio contact with Cindacta III, and that at that point, they alerted the Air Control Tower at Dakar”. The Air Force reported that the airline had informed them this morning that when the plane was located approximately 100 kilometers from the Tasil position, that the plane had “sent a message for the company in order to notify them of technical problems on the plane (loss of cabin pressurization and a malfunction of the electrical system)”. The Brazilian authorities started search operations at 02:30 hours local time (05h30 GMT) from the Recife Air Base, the capital of the state of Pernambuco (Northeast). A C-130 Hercules airplane, a P-95 Bandeirante offshore patrol plane and the Air-Land Rescue Flight Squadron participated in the rescue mission.last_img read more

He stunk at marketing…until he didn’t

first_imgMarketing matters to your bottom line. Marketing needs a seat at the C-Suite table. Marketing will singlehandedly determine the success of your financial institution.Marketing, marketing, marketing.As a team of seasoned credit union marketers, that’s easy for us to say…but far more difficult for you to prove to your boss and executive team.Without results and data, proving the value of marketing will be an impossible task.For proof on the power of data—and the power of marketing—look no further than our friend Rory Rowland. Rory is a pioneer in the credit union movement who recently launched a manager training program that teaches managers how to guide their employees toward success using coaching principles. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Stylish Smithfield home stars as entertainment hub

first_img19 Amaroo Cl, Smithfield.THEY left Perth in search of their dream tropical home and were not left disappointed.John and Dawn Hielscher have spent almost a decade enjoying this unique Smithfield property. “We had been to Cairns before and knew we one day would come back and get a house,” Mrs Hielscher said.“We flew over, saw this place, and bought it pretty much then and there.”Views of the city and ocean can be enjoyed from a sprawling timber deck, built into which is a well-kept and frequented pool.Mrs Hielscher, a part-time nurse and Bunnings employee, said their home and entertaining went hand-in-hand.“During football season we’ll put on the projector and fire up the barbecue, and everyone sits around the deck to enjoy the game,” she said. But the majestic outdoor living area, on the doorstep of tropical rainforest, can also be a haven for peace and quiet. “I sit on the deck every morning with a coffee. You see the sun coming up and catch the breeze, which really sets you up for the rest of the day,” Mrs Hielscher said. “You can look out to Green Island and watch planes coming in.“John’s family is from interstate and mine overseas, so when people come and stay in this tropical tree house they absolutely love it.” The three bedrooms have their own balconies, while timber floors and an attractive kitchen and bathroom add to its appeal. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe home has balconies off every bedroomOther features include airconditioning, security screens, a double carport and solar system.On a spacious 3946sq m, there is more than enough room to entertain pets and children.“The garden is quite large … we have a lot of fruit trees and attract plenty of bird life,” she said. After nine rewarding years, Mr and Mrs Hielscher were now moving to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to family. She said the decision was made with a heavy heart.“We will miss the house and the area. You can walk to shops and are only a 15-minute drive from Kuranda,” Mrs Hielscher said.“This home would suit a young family or even empty nesters who to enjoy the tropical lifestyle.” The average selling price of Smithfield homes, according to CoreLogic, is $415,000.The three-bedroom home at 19 Amaroo Close is open for inspection today from 1pm and tomorrow from 11am.Selling agent Tarren Olufson said the property had already fielded healthy interest.“It is in among the trees with balconies off every room; it’s just a lovely spot,” he said. “It would cost a fortune to build a home like this these days, so it’s quite unique in that respect.”last_img read more

Family-friendly property sells in a flash

first_imgThe home at 43 Seabrook Circuit, WestlakeNGU Real Estate CEO Emil Juresic has recorded $50 million in sales during the past eight months and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.The energetic salesman required only two days to negotiate a $750,000 contract for 43 Seabrook Circuit, Westlake. “We hit it hard with marketing and had multiple offers within the first 12 hours,” he said.“We pushed to get a good dollar for this home.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The outdoor space at 43 Seabrook Circuit, WestlakeThe five-bedroom, two-bathroom house overlooks a park in a family-friendly neighbourhood.It has a large media room and a covered outdoor barbecue area surrounded by lawn. Mr Juresic said the buyers, a young family with children, were an ideal fit for the property.According to, Westlake’s current median house price is $711,000.Closer to Brisbane’s CBD, Mr Juresic also recently secured the sale of 52 Florrie St, Wooloowin for $1.11 million.last_img read more

Baseball Sectionals @ Shawe Memorial Postponed

first_imgThe Baseball Sectional games that was scheduled for Saturday (5-30) at Shawe Memorial has been rescheduled for Monday (6-1).Game 1 will feature Jac-Cen-Del battling Academy at 5 PM.  Game 2 follows with Rising Sun squaring off against Hauser.Other area Baseball Sectional games on Monday.The Sectional Championship at South Ripley will be Milan going up against Austin starting at 5:30 PM.The Sectional Championship game at Franklin features Lawrenceburg clashing with South Dearborn  at 5:30 PM.The Sectional Championship game at Bloomington North will pit the Bloomington Schools, North vs. South, at 7 PM.Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

Friday Stock Car qualifiers go to Strickler, Wagner

first_imgShawn Wagner will go dancing for the second time of his career after winning Friday’s second Stock Car qualifying feature at Super Nationals. (Photo by Tom Macht,, Iowa (Sept. 7) – Kyle Strickler and Shawn Wagner were Friday Stock Car qualifying fea­ture winners Friday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Strickler, twice a Super Nationals Modified champion, made his first start in the division in a loaner from Elijah Zevenbergen. Second across the stripe in the opening qualifier, he was moved up to the top spot when Wayne Gifford was disqualified in post-race tech for an engine compo­nent infraction.The first driver from North Carolina to make the stock car dance, Strickler was scored ahead of Todd Reitzler, 2003 and 2004 champion Randy Brands, and 2007 champion Kevin Opheim.Wagner led all 25 laps of the second qualifier, outdistancing the 16th starting Huls following a long green flag run. Troy Jerovetz was third and Smith, the 2014 champion and last year’s runner-up, was fourth after Mitch Ross was disqualified for a steering component violation.The top four from each race advance to the outside row of Saturday’s main event grid.Brands will make his career eighth start, Huls and Opheim both their sixth, Reitzler his fourth, Smith his third, and Jerovetz and Wagner both their second.1st qualifying feature – 1. Kyle Strickler, Troutman, N.C.; 2. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 3. Randy Brands, Boyden; 4. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 5. Justin Temeyer, Independence; 6. Hunter Mar­riott, Brookfield, Mo.; 7. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 8. David Smith, Lake City; 9. Tejay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb.; 10. David Brandies, Wilton; 11. Mike Albertsen, Audubon; 12. Mike Coel, Pulaski, Wis.; 13. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 14. David Wickman, Emmetsburg; 15. Jay Goosmann, Merrill; 16. Mikey Dancer, North Platte, Neb.; 17. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 18. Jason Ward, Sioux City; 19. Mark Schuenemann, Boulder Junction, Wis.; 20. Jerry Leary, Little Suamico, Wis.; 21. Lavern Carey, Ionia; 22. Tony Schlei, Union Grove, Wis.; 23. Rich Pederson, Sioux City; 24. Nick Woodard, Elkhorn, Neb.; 25. Tanner Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb.; 26. Brad Whitney, Trenton, Mo.; 27. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn.; 28. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 29. Cody Gustoff, Scranton.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Shawn Wagner, Lena, Wis.; 2. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 3. Troy Jerovetz, Webster City; 4. Devin Smith, Lake City; 5. Aaron Stolp, Suamico, Wis.; 6. Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; 7. Mark Zorn, Russell, Kan.; 8. Keith Knop, Shelby; 9. Blake Peeler, Trim­ble, Mo.; 10. Shane Stutzman, Milford, Neb.; 11. Kevin Rose, Waterloo; 12. Joe Brenner, New Berlin, Wis.; 13. Matt Schauer, Arlington, Minn.; 14. Todd Gereau, Sioux City; 15. Justin Addison, Norfolk, Neb.; 16. Tony Ritterbush, Dunlap; 17. Chad Krogmeier, Burlington, Iowa; 18. Derek Moede, New Franken, Wis.; 19. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 20. Travis Barker, Sioux City; 21. Mark Smith, Hennessey, Okla.; 22. Calvin Lange, Humboldt; 23. Hesston Shaw, Hennessey, Okla.; 24. Brock Badger, Bagley; 25. Brian Cesar, Sheboygan, Wis.; 26. B.J. Wagoner, Colby, Kan.; 27. Robert Stofer, Jefferson; 28. Buck Schafroth, Orient; 29. Anthony Whitham, Lawson, Mo.last_img read more

Ighalo to accept £120,000-a-week pay cut

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Martins joins Wuhan Zall Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Odion Ighalo is reportedly prepared to accept a staggering £120,000-a-week pay cut in order to turn his loan deal at Manchester United into a permanent transfer. The Nigerian was a surprise new arrival at United at the very end of the January transfer window, joining on loan from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the current campaign. Although the question of just when the season finishes has now become an issue because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the former Watford forward’s performances since he arrived at Old Trafford have led to plenty of suggestions that United will snap him up on a permanent deal at the end of the season. Ighalo has scored four goals in eight appearances in all competitions for United since joining, as his displays have helped ease the burden on Anthony Martial in the absence of the injured Marcus Rashford. And now The Sun report that the forward, 30, is willing to halve the £240,000-a-week wages he was on in China in order to complete a transfer move to his boyhood club. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Ighalo after he scored in the 5-0 win at LASK Linz last week. “Odion has done really well since he’s come in. He will improve and get better and has qualities we saw in him that we needed and they are qualities we will still need next season,” Solskjaer said. “He’s a goalscorer and a striker. He knows his job and what his role is in the team. “He’s very good with his back to goal and a good link player, but best thing about him is his personality. He’s got the lot, really.”Tags: Chinese Super LeagueCoronavirusMarcus RashfordOdion IghaloWatfordlast_img read more