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Boeing’s Dreamliner completes first flight outside US

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 18, 2010 (AFP) – Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jet, whose delivery to clients likely faces fresh delay, landed here Sunday after its first flight outside of the United States ahead of a major airshow.

The test plane touched ground at Farnborough airport at 9:08 am (0808 GMT), watched by journalists from around the world, a day before the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow, where aircraft makers are hoping to secure big orders.

Guests exit a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow, Hampshire, on July 18, 2010. AFP

Dubai’s Emirates airline is expected to announce the order of 30 Boeing long-range 777 aircraft at the trade show, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing sources.

Boeing will meanwhile also hope to secure more orders for its fuel-efficient Dreamliner, after already agreeing deals to sell 860 of the planes.

“It’s such a nice plane,” Mike Bryan, the pilot who flew the Dreamliner to Britain from the United States told reporters in Farnborough.

“I can’t find a pilot who doesn’t love it. I’m privileged enough to fly it.”

Last week, Boeing said it may be forced to delay the delivery of its first Dreamliner to 2011 from late this year — a date that was already more than two years behind schedule.

The boss of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jim Albaugh, said on Sunday that he did not believe that any fresh delay would go beyond January.

“While we’re committed to 2010 I think there’s a possibility that the delivery could push over into January,” he told reporters in London.

Boeing is hanging its future on the mid-sized plane — its first new model in more than a decade — which draws on huge advances in aviation technology and is capable of flying long-haul routes with up to 20 percent less fuel.

The fuel efficiency is largely down to the fact that up to half the twin-aisle Dreamliner is made of lightweight composite materials, such as carbon fibre-reinforced resin, according to the company.

Boeing launched the programme in April 2004 and initially had planned to deliver the first plane to Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways in the first half of 2008. The plane can seat up to 330 passengers.

Boeing’s fierce European rival Airbus is meanwhile working on a new long-haul plane of its own — the A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body). Another big project for Airbus is its long-delayed A400M military transport plane.

The head of Airbus parent company EADS, Louis Gallois, said on Sunday that he expected contracts with clients for the A400M to be signed later this year.

“I expect it will be at fall,” Gallois told journalists.

The client countries for the Airbus transporter are France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Turkey.

The seven states, after tense negotiations in the face of production difficulties with the A400M, reached an agreement in March with EADS on sharing out 5.2 billion euros (6.4 billion dollars) in cost over-runs.

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company plans to deliver the first A400M to France in early 2013.

Gallois meanwhile added on Sunday that he expected the military plane market to face a tough few years as governments look to slash their defence spending in a bid to reduce massive state deficits.

“We think that we have ahead of us three or four years that will be difficult,” said Gallois.

On the civilian side, any new orders for aircraft at Farnborough — one of aerospace’s biggest events — are likely to be dominated by airlines from emerging economies across Asia and the Middle East where air traffic is growing rapidly.

Boeing and Airbus meanwhile head to the show facing increased competition for their mid-sized civilian jets from smaller manufacturers, such as Brazil’s Embraer and Bombardier of Canada.

Source: SGGP

Appreciating art outside the box

In Vietnam Culture on December 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

Public arts performances in Vietnam are often held during festivals, but in neighboring countries, they can be seen anytime, anywhere. The Mekong Arts and Media Festival 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last week introduced many effective ways of encouraging cultural activities in the community.

Connecting through art

PPS artists perform on street during the opening ceremony of the Mekong Arts and Media Festival 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Nov. 23-27, 2009. (Photo: Hoang Long)

After the Khmer Rough was ousted from Cambodia in 1979, many young people who had fled the brutal regime were living in refugee camps along the Thailand-Cambodian border. To help them cope with the psychological stress of their ordeal, painting courses were established in 1986 as a form of therapeutic expression.

In 1992, when many refugees returned home, they continued the idea of using art as creative therapy. Volunteers set up the Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), meaning “brightness of art.” They built three training schools and began organizing artistic performances.

Circus acts also featured prominently in the PPS. Khoun Det, the director and one of the founders of the group, said audiences love the circus performances, which incorporate drama, humor and music. The PPS even addresses topical issues like HIV/AIDS in their shows to raise public awareness in a comfortable atmosphere.

Community arts programs also allow youth to express themselves and work together to address their concerns.

Chinese dancer Zhang Yinzhong has developed a project for children to discover their cultural heritage through dance, theater and acting. According to Zhang, in today’s modern world, such culture and tradition are often lost or not taught to young people.

Zhang says the plays he creates are designed to be simple but effective. Often, experts are invited to speak on current issues related to the play.

Participants in our dancing courses often go on to earn a living through performance art, Zhang adds.

Khoun Det said that after children are selected for art training courses, the PPS encourages outstanding students to enter professional art schools and sends them to Vietnam for further training.

Besides public performances, they will have opportunities to work in professional theaters.

Experts say that in Vietnam, there is a belief that street performances and the artists who perform them are of a lower standard. With this idea, Vietnam has insulated its arts within the margins of the theater instead of opening them up to the community.

Four bold Vietnamese performers, however, are breaking the mold with their provocative play “Stereo Man.” Nhu Lai, Hoai Nam, Hoang Tung and Cong Dung say they overcame their initial hesitations and began performing at universities nationwide.

Their show has been warmly received and is proving a great success in raising public awareness about a host of topical issues.

Many are hopeful that in the near future, more Vietnamese will come to see the value of liberating art performances from the confines of the theater.

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Ship collision causes oil spill outside Sai Gon port

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Hundreds of tonnes of diesel oil (DO) spilled over Long Tau river in Ho Chi Minh City when two ships collided outside the Sai Gon port on Nov. 26 evening.

Tanker Gia Dinh-SG 4193 carrying 700 tonnes of DO was heading to Vung Tau when it clashed into ship Imextrans 16 with 1,800 tonnes of vegetable oil aboard travelling from the opposite direction.

The accident broke the tanker’s cargo hold No. 2, but ship Imextrans 16 reported no damage.

Rescue forces are trying to move the ships ashore and prevent the spread of spilled oil.-