Thai Airways springs a surprise after 4 years

first_imgPassengers check in at Thai Airways counters at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport February 23, 2015.Reuters fileThai Airways International Public Co (Thai Airways), the state-owned carrier of Thailand, posted net profit for the first time in four years. The net profit for the year ended December 2016 was Thai Baht (THB) 15 million, or about $429,000, a marked improvement from THB 13 billion loss reported in 2015.Read: Thailand may go slow on plans to promote wedding destinations among Indians on account of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s deathThe turnaround was attributed to lower fuel prices and efficient management of costs by the company that also reflected in higher operating profit for the year, though revenues fell 4.3 percent to THB 8,190 million. The number of passengers flown by the carrier rose 4.8 percent to 22.26 million during the year.”…the financial performance in 2016 of THAI and its subsidiaries showed an operating profit of THB 4,071 million compared to last year’s loss of THB 1,304 million or 412.2 percent, a vast improvement from last year,” Thai Airways said in a statement on Wednesday.A 21.6 percent fall in jet fuel prices and 7.7 percent decline in finance costs enabled to cut total expenses by 7 percent to THB 17,907 million. The last quarter (October to December) saw yields drop 9 percent mainly due to the mourning period after King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death on October 17, 2016. The overall yield for 2016 fell 4.4 percent, according to an analysis note by Nomura. “Had the yield drop been softer, we think 4Q performance could have been far ahead of forecasts,” analysts at the Japanese brokerage said.Thai Airways’s financials during the year were also affected due to exceptional items. “Key exceptional items in FY16 were: THB 3.628 billion impairment loss due on 17 decommissioned aircraft along with provisions for impairment on engines of these aircraft and expense from the Transformation plan of THB 1,228 million (mutual separation plan and special incentive provision to employees),” Nomura analysts wrote in their note.Outlook bright for current yearThai Airways is poised for higher growth in revenues and margins this year on account of continued benefits from efficiency cost management and a spurt in tourist arrivals, especially from China.The Thai Airways stock price closed 2.59 percent lower at THB 18.80 on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. It has a fleet of 95 aircraft, unchanged from last year. Usanee Sangsingkeo is the acting president of Thai Airways. Nomuralast_img read more

Large section of persons arrested by ACC are govt officials

first_imgA large section of persons arrested in drives conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) over the last three years are government officials.These accused officials are serving in the departments of land administration, finance, health, education, electricity, gas, passports, banks, WASA, customs, roads and transport.The commission, after Iqbal Mahmud took office as its chair in 2016, detained 641 persons. Among them, 361 were government officials while 141 bank and insurance officials, 75 businessmen, and 31 politicians.Transparency International Bangladesh’s (TIB) 2018 household survey said around Tk 106.89 billion were exchanged in bribes.It also identified the law enforcement as the most corrupted institution in the country while the passport office, BRTA, judicial service and land services followed.According to the TI corruption index, corruption rose in 2018. In 2017, Bangladesh ranked 17th on the most corrupted countries’ list while it ranked 13th this year. ACC sources said, around 2.1 millions allegations were received through the ACC hotline in the last 20 months. Other than this, a total 17,000 written complaints were filed with the commission in 2018 while the number was 17,983 in 2017, and 13,000 in 2016, and 10,415 in 2015. More than half of the allegations were brought against government officials.”As the ACC deals with embezzlement of government funds, corruption and bribery, it is only natural to receive more allegations against government officials,” ACC commissioner (investigation) Mozammel Haque Khan said, adding, “Though bribery is more common among the government officials, corruption involving larger sums of money takes place more outside.”Following allegations received through hotline, ACC conducted drives at government hospitals, BRTA, Titas Gas, WASA, RAJUK, airlines, civil aviation, LGRD, REB. Since September 2017, 40 government officials were suspended by the ACC enforcement team and 45 were detained so far. Also, 7.1 million taka which exchanged hands illegally, had been returned.The commission also set up 50 traps to catch 50 government officials. Two chief engineers of the shipping department and Ansar commandant Ashikur Rahman were among persons detained in such sting operations.Corruption has increased as there is hardly any precedence of punishment for corruption, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said. Over the last three years, top government officials, bankers, representatives were among the detainees. In 2016, a number of 388 persons were arrested while 182 and 57 were arrested respectively in 2017 and 2018. This year 14 persons have been arrested so far.The arrest spree declined somewhat following the public service 2018. According to the act, the concerned authority’s permission is required before arresting any government official even if they commit a criminal offence while in service.Prominent among those arrested over the last three years by ACC are chairman of the Farmers Bank audit committee Mahbubul Haque Chisty, chairman of AB Bank M Wahidul Haque, Citycell CEO Mehbub Chowdhury, former RAJUK chairman Iqbal Uddin Chowdhury, National University proctor HM Tayehid Jaman, Hallmark Group chairman Jesmin Islam, former coastguard director general Shafiq Ur Rahman, Partex Group director Shawkat Aziz Russel, former director of the passport directorate Munshi Muyeed Ikram, former Agrani Bank managing director Mizanur Rahman Khan and others.last_img read more

Top frameworks for building your Progressive Web Apps PWA

first_imgThe hype and rise of progressive web apps are tremendous. A PWA is basically a web application that feels like a native application to the user. By making your app a PWA, not only do you acquire new users, but you can also retain them for longer. Here’s a quick rundown of all things good about a PWA. Reliable: Loads instantly even under poor network conditions. Lighting fast and app-like: Responds to the user’s actions with speed and with a smooth interaction. Engaging and responsive: Gives the feeling that it was made specifically for that device, but it should be able to work across all platforms. Protected and secure: Served over HTTPS to make sure the contents of the app are not messed with. If you’re not already developing your next app as a PWA, here are 5 reasons why you should do that asap. And if you’re confused about choosing the best framework for developing your PWA, here are the top 3 frameworks available to make your next app a PWA. Ionic Ionic is one of the most popular frameworks for building a progressive web app. Let’s look at a few reasons why you should choose Ionic as your PWA framework Free and open-source:  Ionic is open source, and licensed under MIT. Open-source means developers can manage the code structure easily, saving time, money and efforts. They also have a worldwide community forum to connect with other Ionic developers, ask questions, and help out others. Cross-platform and one-codebase: Ionic allows seamless building of apps across popular operating systems, such as Android, iOS and Windows. It has a one codebase feature. This means apps are deployed through Apache Cordova with a single code base, and the application adapts automatically to the device it is functioning in. Rich UI: Ionic is equipped with pre-built components that are used to customize design themes and elements. It is based on SASS UI, with rich features to create fast, robust, interactive, native-like applications. Powerful functionality: Ionic is supported by Angular. The component API of Angular helps developers create interactive hybrid and web apps. Ionic is equipped with Cordova Plugins for accessing various native features, like Camera, GPS, and so on. It also features a powerful CLI for building, testing and deploying apps across multiple platforms. Read our Hybrid Mobile Development with Ionic to build a complete, professional-quality, hybrid mobile application with Ionic. You can also checkout Hybrid Mobile apps: What you need to know, for a quick rundown of all that is to know about a Hybrid mobile app. Polymer Google’s Polymer App Toolbox is another contender for the development of PWAs. It is a collection of web components, tools, and templates for building Progressive Web Apps. Blends PWAs with Web components Polymer allows developers to architect a component-based web app using Polymer and Web Components. Web components can form encapsulated and reusable custom HTML elements. They are independent of the frameworks because they are made of pure HTML/CSS/JS, unlike framework-dependent UI components in React/ Angular. The web components are provided through a light-weight Polymer Library for creating framework-independent, custom components. More features include: Responsive design using the app layout components. Modular routing using the elements. Localization with . Turnkey support for local storage with app storage elements. Offline caching as a progressive enhancement, using service workers. Build tooling to support serving the app multiple ways: unbundled for delivery over HTTP/2 with server push, and bundled for delivery over HTTP/1. Each component whether used separately or together can be used to build a full-featured Progressive web app. Most importantly, each component is additive. For a simple app one only needs the app-layout. As it gets more complicated, developers can add routing, offline caching, and a high-performance server as required. Read our Getting Started with Polymer book to create responsive web apps using Polymer. Angular Angular, probably the most popular front-end web application platform, can also be used to make robust, reliable, and responsive PWAs. Before the release of version 5, supporting progressive web apps in Angular required a lot of expertise on the developers’ part.Version 5 comes equipped with a new version of the Angular Service Worker for built-in PWA support. Angular 6 (released a few days back) has two new CLI commands. Both these versions make it very simple to make web application downloadable and installable, just like a native mobile application. Service Worker Updates With Angular 5 the development of Service Workers is becoming significantly easier. By using Angular CLI developers can choose to add Service Worker functionality by default. The Angular Service Worker functionality is provided by the module @angular/service-worker. Service worker can power up an application by only providing some JSON configuration instead of writing the code manually. The key difference with other service worker generators (like Workbox, sw-precache) is the fact, that you do not re-generate the service worker file itself, you only update its control file. New CLI commands Angular 6, also introduces two new commands apart from the service worker updates. The first, ng update, is a CLI command for updating dependencies and code. The second command, ng add, supports turning applications into progressive web apps, which support offline web pages. Apart from these frameworks, React is also a good alternative. Backed by Facebook, it has a Create-React-App generator which is the official scaffolding tool to generate a Reactjs App. Get started with Scott Domes’s Progressive Web Apps with React as your first step for building PWA applications. Yet another popular choice, would be Webpack. Webpack plugins can generate the service worker and manifest required for a PWA to be registered. It uses a Google project called Workbox which provides tools that help make offline support for web apps easier to set up. The bottom line is that the frameworks for building progressive web apps are growing and expanding at a rapid rate with regular updates every couple of months. Choosing a particular framework thus doesn’t make much difference to the app behavior. It only depends on the developer’s area of interest and expertise. Read Next Windows launches progressive web apps… that don’t yet work on mobileHow to Secure and Deploy an Android AppHow Android app developers can convert iPhone appslast_img read more

SeaWorld Parks extends Canadian Resident deal

first_img Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Share ORLANDO — SeaWorld Parks is extending its Canadian Resident Offer, introducing both one- and two-park visits now for sale through April 30, 2018.Tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase (Florida parks only) and agents can book through any of SeaWorld’s preferred travel partners.The Canadian Resident pricing promotion applies to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island Tampa Bay and SeaWorld San Diego.The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years. A visit helps SeaWorld provide US$10 million in donations and in-kind services every year for animal rescue and conservation efforts, says the company.Opening next summer at SeaWorld Orlando, Infinity Falls will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride, immersing guests in a lush, freshwater rainforest.Meanwhile SeaWorld San Diego unveiled several new attractions this year, including Ocean Explorer, a family attraction combining multiple aquariums, five rides and digital technologies designed to engage park guests. The park also debuted the all-new Ocean Encounter, representing an important evolution of how SeaWorld guests experience and learn about killer whales.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaComing in 2018, SeaWorld San Diego’s new Electric Eel will be the tallest and fastest roller coaster in San Diego.Here are more details about the Canadian Resident deals:SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay One Park Canadian Resident Offer at US$74.99Save up to $30 when you purchase a SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Canadian Residence ticket offer for US$74.99Ticket offer for purchase Oct. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018Valid for a one day visit to SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa BayTicket valid for one year from date of purchase. Parking not included. The e-Ticket must be purchased prior to arrival. Payment must be made in U.S. dollars and tax will be added at end of purchaseProof of Canadian residency requiredSeaWorld San Diego Canadian Resident Offer at US$64.50Ticket offer for purchase to Dec. 31, 2017Valid for a one-day visit to SeaWorld San DiegoTicket valid for redemption through Jan. 31, 2018The e-ticket must be purchased prior to arrival. Payment must be made in U.S. dollars and tax will be added at end of purchaseProof of Canadian residency requiredMore news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemFlorida Parks Two-Park Canadian Resident Offer at US$99.99Valid for a total of two visits at any of the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Tampa Bay.Second visit must be redeemed within six months of first visit. US$99.99 price does not include parking, taxes or service fees. Savings based on the regular gate price of comparable admission tickets.Ticket offer for purchase Oct. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Ticket valid for 1 year from date of purchase. Discount not available at the parkComplimentary daily round-trip transportation from Orlando to Busch Gardens Tampa availableProof of Canadian residency is requiredPrices and tour specifics are subject to change. All prices are quoted in USD and do not include taxes, parking or service fees. Proof of Canadian residency may be required at front gate.The Canadian Resident Offer is available through SeaWorld Parks’ travel partners: Air Canada Vacations, Sunwing, Transat, TravelBrands and WestJet Vacations.center_img Tags: Orlando, Promotions, SeaWorld, Theme Parks & Attractions << Previous PostNext Post >> SeaWorld Parks extends Canadian Resident deallast_img read more