By Sultan Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud THE GULF crisis began on 24 May, 2017 following the hacking of many Qatari websites, most notably the Qatar News Agency’s website and Qatar’s foreign minister’s Twitter account, spreading fabricated lies and statements on the agency’s website that were attributed to the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, which the Qatari authorities quickly denied, confirming that the agency’s website was hacked. Despite this denial, the blockading countries (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain in addition to Egypt) continued to promote their fabricated statements, as well blocking access to all Qatari media sites and the Al-Jazeera network in their respective territories. On June 2, 2017, the Qatari ministry of interior, based on the results of investigations involving the FBI and the British National Crime Agency (NCA) to determine the source of the hacking that targeted the Qatar News Agency, implicated one of the … [Read more...] about Qatar: a year after the blockade
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It’s a photo finish between Virgin Atlantic and Eva Air as to who introduced premium economy to the world first. Eva, a Taiwanese carrier founded in 1989 launched its “evergreen” class on its Boeing 747s in late 1992, flying from Taipei to Los Angeles with passengers spread across four cabins for the first time. Evergreen sat ahead of economy but behind “super business”. On the other side of the world, Virgin Atlantic unveiled its Mid Class in April 1992, entering service in July. With a Victoria station check-in service for Gatwick flights, priority baggage handling, a hot towel service and “seat arm video units”, Virgin said its “revolutionary new product” was a response to businesses reviewing their travel contracts and downgrading its passengers from business to economy. In short, as business class cabins evolved (think lie-flat seats becoming the norm) and airlines felt a growing pressure to accommodate more and more paying … [Read more...] about The death of business class? The rise and rise of premium economy
You’ve got a 12-hour flight to Dubai: would you rather be sitting up or lying down? For most, it’s an easy answer. No-one likes being strapped to a chair, sharing armrests with strangers for such a long stint; that's why it costs a lot of money to get horizontal on a plane. Which got us thinking. As we know, cabins these days are designed to fit an ever-increasing number of (smaller) seats in rows, but what of all that space above our heads? Wouldn’t it make sense to stack passengers horizontally, in bunk-style pods, the same way capsule hotels or even sleeper trains do? The problem of space is, after all, only getting worse. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, a near doubling of the 3.8 billion air travelers in 2016. And flights are getting longer too. Qantas’ Doha to Auckland route transports passengers a full 9,028 miles (more than 16 hours) with no stops, with its London to Perth route only … [Read more...] about Could planes start installing bunk beds in economy?
PUBLISHED: 15:15 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 13 April 2018 Imogen Braddick L to R: Dominic Parry, Tommy Stuart and Harry Bond from the Saffron Ice Cream Company. Archant The award-winning Saffron Ice Cream Company has launched three new flavours and almost reached a milestone of 100 regular trade clients. Harry Bond and Tommy Stuart. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDDominic Parry, who launched the company eight years ago, started making and selling ice cream from his parent’s house in Saffron Walden after graduating from university.He moved the company into a premises in Henham before ‘bringing it home’ to a family farm in Saffron Walden in 2014. Explaining how his passion for ice cream began, Dominic said: “I didn’t know how to cook when I went to university and after putting two stone on in the first term, I knew I had to do something. My university flatmates taught me how to cook and one day, when I was bored and revising, I wondered … [Read more...] about The innovative ice cream company from Saffron Walden that adds a pinch of local in every scoop