Wright gets hot as Phoenix stuns Meralco

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRookie Matthew Wright found his touch late and Phoenix came back to beat Meralco, 94-90, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Wright fired 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, where the shorthanded Fuel Masters rallied from double digits.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts, who led by as much as 12, 71-59, slipped to 2-3 despite drawing a career-high 24 points from rookie Jonathan Grey.Wright, the Fil-Canadian swingman, scored 10 points inside the last four minutes including Phoenix’s last three points all coming at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Tanduay happy with PBA D-League Draft haul As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I’m just relieved. We lost last two games by an average of 31 points. It was like sleepless nights for all of us,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia, whose squad improved to 3-3.“But I just challenged the guys. Halfway point of the conference, we just have to be thankful that we’re 2-3 because the way we’re playing we could have been 0-5.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Fuel Masters played without their two key veterans in JC Intal and Willie Wilson.“The guys stepped up with JC and Willie out tonight,” said Vanguardia. “Willie had amoebiasis even during our game against Star and he suffered from numbness due to complications with his meds while JC has a bruised rib.” View commentslast_img read more

Profitable Air New Zealand flags continuing fare bonanza

first_imgAir New Zealand is expecting 19 million passengers by 2020. Image: Air New Zealand Air New Zealand has pledged to offer more cheap fares on domestic routes as it grows capacity and takes an additional seven A321neos in anticipation of future network growth in its home market.Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon made the fares promise as the company Thursday reported a 2.1 percent rise in 2017-18 annual net profit to $NZ390 million.“One of the benefits of a growing Air New Zealand is more opportunities than ever for Kiwis to snap up a bargain,’’ Luxon said in the airline’s results announcement.  “In 2019, we will offer more than 2.9 million seats for travel in New Zealand for under $100.’’Luxon also revealed the airline expects to add a million customers a year, reaching 19 million by 2020, as it expands its overall network.The Kiwi carrier reported its second-ever highest annual pre-tax profit of $NZ540 million, up from $NZ527 million last year, on record revenues of $NZ5.5 billion, up 7.4 percent.However, the airline predicted the higher jet fuel costs, assumed to be around $US85 a barrel, would result in lower underlying earnings before tax of between $NZ425m and $NZ525m in 2018-19.The fiscal 2018 result came despite the headwinds of higher fuel costs and the cost of schedule changes due to engine problems with its Rolls-Royce powered Boeing 787s.“This is an impressive financial result, driven by strong revenue growth across the airline’s key markets, as well as continued focus on sustainable cost improvement, despite significantly higher fuel prices,’’ chairman Tony Carter said.READ: Air New Zealand to get first female chairman.“The ability of the airline to achieve its second-highest profit in such a challenging environment really speaks to the focused strategy and unique competitive advantages that Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon and his leadership team have spent years building.”The result means about 8500 Air New Zealand staff will receive bonuses of up to $NZ1800 while shareholders get a final dividend of 11 cents per share, taking the total ordinary dividend for the year to 22 cents per share.Air New Zealand will be the first airline in Australasia to take delivery of the new Airbus single-aisle neo aircraft and has 10 A320/A321neos on their way to provide “continued growth and cost benefits” to its Tasman and Pacific islands network.It has provided capital expenditure for seven A321neos to be delivered between 2020 and 2024 for deployment on high-demand domestic routes in support of further growth.It expects the new planes, equipped with new engines and 25 percent more seats, to deliver fuel savings and efficiencies of up to 15 percent compared to the airline’s existing A320s.A dark spot remained the ongoing global problem with some versions of Rolls’ Trent 1000 engine.AirNZ to committed to a third short-term leased widebody aircraft as it faces an estimated $NZ30-40 million impact from the issue on the current financial year.This will see it lease two Boeing 777-200s and a Boeing 777-300 to help minimize inconvenience to customers. However, it  flagged it will still need to make adjustments to its schedule as it continues to work through the Trent 1000 maintenance requirements.“The adjustments to our schedule will essentially free up two widebody aircraft enabling us to provide greater schedule certainty for customers,’’ chief executive Christopher Luxon said.“This will include adjusting weekly frequency on our Buenos Aires and Taipei services, as well as seeking to retime our flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.  We are confident that these proactive steps will result in better reliability for our customers.’’Luxon acknowledged the impact of the disruptions to the airline’s operation performance caused by the engine issue and the loyalty of affected customers.‘These disruptions have resulted in a level of service for some that did not meet the high standards we set for ourselves,’’ he said.“We do not take our customers’ choice to fly with Air New Zealand for granted and remain focused on making improvements across all touch points of their travel journey.’’Despite the Trent problems, Air New Zealand is continuing to expand as it follows its Pacific Rim strategy and will launch new services to Taipei and Chicago in November. It will take delivery of two additional 787-0s equipped with Rolls-Royce TEN engines not affected by the maintenance issues.It will also launch new services to Brisbane from Wellington and Queenstown in December and a third daily service will be added between Singapore and Auckland in partnership with Singapore Airlines.The airline said its Pacific Rim strategy had allowed for consistently profitable network expansion over the past five years as passenger numbers grew from 13 million in 2013 to 17 million.It said it would continue to invest in regional lounges, customer contact centers and inflight products and services to improve the customer experience.Luxon said the airline saw positive demand signals in the short term, with strong forward bookings heading into the peak summer season and passenger growth expected to continue its upward trajectory.“Looking out over the next two years, the airline is expecting to grow by one million customers a year, reaching 19 million customers by the end of 2020,” he said.last_img read more

Kontakt’s product releases point to a new phase of beacon evolution

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingKontakt’s product releases point to a new phase of beacon evolution Posted on 31st August 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Kontakt’s product releases point to a new phase of beacon evolutionYou are here: Kontakt Gateway, with Location Engine softwareNew products from a Kracow, Poland-based international company give a glimpse of where beacons could be heading.The products from Kontakt.io — three hardware, one software — set up a beacon ecosystem that:makes beacons mobile on the thinnest-ever credit-card sized devices;adds beacons to the IFTTT ecosystem, where consumers or businesses can easily set up “if this/then that” interactions between systems and devices;allows a user to interact with the beacon system in multiple ways: if they have the lightweight beacon as a loyalty or ID card, if they have a Kontakt-compatible app, if they have an IFTTT-compatible app, or if they have an Eddystone-compatible browser;allows lightweight beacons to become part of a real-time tracking system for people, machinery or products;allow beacons in multiple locations to be remotely monitored;turns beacons into sensing devices that can manage their own power;turns beacons into NFC devices that can be used as part of a commerce authentication system, or RFID devices for tracking products.Previously, Kontakt Beacon Ambassador Marcin Kasz told me, the company’s product line consisted of a couple of beacon models plus supporting professional services. Here’s the new product lineup, the first three of which are hardware:The Beacon Pro, with a USB connection for configuration setup as well as for remote power, plus non-rechargeable batteries that the company says have a lifespan of five years without changing. There is also an NFC tag, a range of 70 meters and sensors that track light, motion and acceleration to control when the beacon is turned on or off.A credit card-sized Card Beacon (see image below) that has a range of 50 meters. Kontakt said this two-millimeter-thick device is the thinnest card beacon on the market. It can include either a RFID or NFC tag, and can run for up to 14 months with power savings enabled. It also has a motion sensor, so it can transmit less info or switch off automatically when it’s stationary. Standard price is $29 each, lower for bulk purchases.The Gateway (see image at top of page), which tracks the Beacon Pro and the Card Beacons, up to their respective ranges.The Location Engine software, which assembles the data collected by the Gateway and presents it as analytics on a dashboard map that can also be shown as a heatmap to indicate where Card Beacons are showing up most. It offers a Trigger feature, so that certain actions can be programmed based on proximity, like sending an email when a customer with a Card Beacon loyalty card walks into a store. Other possible triggers: displaying a favorite route to the customer or providing coupon incentives to her smartphone. And, because of the IFTTT integration, this beacon system can be used to trigger a huge number of interactions, like automatically unlocking a business’s front door and turning on the air conditioner when a Card Beacon is near.Card BeaconsThe Card Beacon and Beacon Pro support both iBeacon and Eddystone standards. The Eddystone standard from Google means that a user doesn’t need an app to interact with a beacon but can do so with a Eddystone-compatible mobile web browser. This browser can automatically see a web link being transmitted by the beacon, doing away with the app install hurdle.Kasz points to several unique features in the new product releases, helping Kontakt to differentiate itself from competitors like Bluvision. In addition to the thinnest-beacon-on-a-card, these include the availability of NFC and RFID and a “simple SDK” that needs to insert only one line of code into an app to make it compatible with Kontakt beacons.But it’s the suite of interactive technologies — including NFC, RFID, sensors, long battery life, USB communication to beacons, beacon management through a Gateway, IFTTT, lightweight beacons and triggers — that indicate a new wave of use cases for this technology. Instead of ceiling-based beacons, think of Tile’s personal beacons, but with more utility.Kasz points to a recent assessment by ABI Research that paints a bright future for the beacon, far beyond its customary role as a location pinger hanging from a retailer’s ceiling:“Though beacon retail technology is grabbing headlines, the future of BLE beacon shipments is not in retail. ABI Research forecasts the amount of BLE beacon shipments made in the personal tracking, IoT, and real-time location system (RTLS)/asset tracking markets will easily surpass those in retail.”Instead of a beacon parked in the ceiling of some megastore, dully sending out its location signal, the Kontakt ecosystem — especially when Card Beacons drop in price to pennies, as they are likely to do — suggests use cases that create fully interactive systems in stadiums, factories or streets, as well as in stores, and that far exceed the earlier visions for geofencing, NFC and RFID.From our sponsors: Kontakt’s product releases point to a new phase of beacon evolutionlast_img read more

Knutsen Sells Suezmax Shuttle Tanker

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipowner Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers, a company established by Knutsen and Nippon Yusen Kaisha, has reached an agreement to sell its 2015-built Suezmax shuttle tanker for a price of USD 116.5 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Featuring a length of 276.3 meters and a width of 46 meters, the Raquel Knutsen was sold to KNOT Offshore Partners LP.Built by China’s COSCO Zhoushan shipyard, the 152,000 dwt vessel is employed under a 10-year time-charter contract with Repsol Sinopec Brasil.Following the completion of the sale, Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers will operate a fleet of 12 tankers with a total size of around 2 million dwt, VesselsValue data shows.The company has four Suezmax shuttle tankers currently under construction, three of which are being built by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries, while the COSCO Zhoushan is building the remaining tanker.The newbuildings are scheduled to join the company’s fleet in November 2016 and February, April, and July of 2017, respectively.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Peel Ports Starts 2nd Phase of Liverpool2 Expansion

first_imgzoom The UK-based Peel Ports Group has launched the second phase of its expansion programme at Liverpool2, dubbed one of the world’s most modern shipping terminals. The company, which is the owner of the Port of Liverpool, is to invest in equipment and port infrastructure works to expand the terminal and introduce new port technology solutions.This latest phase will include the installation of three more ship to shore cranes (STS) and 10 cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG). These will add to the previous five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed as part of Phase 1 which was opened in November 2016.Liverpool2 will have the capacity to manage the unloading of two 380-meter-long vessels simultaneously. There will also be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle even greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.Launched in November 2016, Liverpool2 represents a GBP 400 million (USD 519.7 million) investment that provides a state-of-the-art ocean gateway for international trade to and from the UK.“This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade,” Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said.“The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for Phase 2 in 2019,” Whitworth added.last_img read more