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PITTSBURGH...Invention Submission Corporation announces that one of its clients, an inventor from Little Ferry, N.J., has designed a fuel meter that would be easier for grounds crew personnel to read as they refuel aircraft.
The AIRPLANE FUELING METER would improve safety by helping to ensure that both tanks contain equal amounts of fuel. This invention would eliminate the difficulty of trying to read existing meters on fuel trucks, which must be parked at least fifteen feet from the aircraft during refueling. The AIRPLANE FUELING METER could be ideal for use in poor-visibility conditions that make conventional meters harder to read.
The inventor's experience as an airplane refueling technician made him aware of the need for an easier-to-read meter. He said, "With the meter being so far away from the aircraft, it can be easy to fill the tanks improperly, which can cause the plane to become unbalanced. So I devised a meter that fueling personnel could read without difficulty."
The original design was submitted to the Newark office of INVENTION SUBMISSION CORPORATION. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 02-NWK-1779, ISC, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Visit our Web site at www.isc-online.com.
Opening skies to more Air Canada competitors
A long-awaited independent study on Canada's airline industry released yesterday says more foreign ownership should be allowed to increase consumer choice and to give Montreal-based Air Canada more competition. The study, written by travel and tourism consultant Debra Ward, recommends increasing foreign ownership of Canadian airlines from its current 25 per cent to 49 per cent. "Foreign ownership is not a new idea, but it's the best one I can come up with because we're just not growing enough competition in Canada," she said. "Air Canada is still flying three out of every four kilometres here." (source)
SPACE ADVENTURES, LTD. SPONSORS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF AMERICANS IN ORBIT
Arlington, VA &endash; Forty years ago, astronauts John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra and Gordon Cooper launched the United States into a new era of human adventure &endash; orbital space flight. Their bravery lead to Americans walking on the Moon and the construction of two space stations, including the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit today.
Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company to have taken private individuals to the ISS, will pay tribute to the four Mercury astronauts as a sponsor of the anniversary celebration at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex this Sunday. Special events will take place throughout the day and evening of February 24, 2002, including the dedication of the newly reopened Rocket Garden with Glenn, Carpenter, Schirra, and Cooper in attendance. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Visitor Complex will host "An Evening with the Mercury Astronauts" at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, featuring a sit-down buffet dinner, special video presentation and remarks by the astronauts.
To mark this historic milestone, Space Adventures, Ltd. has funded the creation of commemorative medallions, minted in part from metal taken from Cape Canaveral Air Station Pad 14 (the launch site of the Mercury-Atlas orbital flights) to be distributed to attendees of the evening gala.
PEOPLES POLL RESULTS
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Another question, "Is British Airways right to bow to political pressure and abandon its "ethnic art" tail fins in favour of a Union Jack design," reveals interesting results for British Airways executives - one in two (47%) of voters say yes.
Some of the www.peoples-poll.co.uk questions take a more light-hearted approach. Peoples-poll shows that at least half the British have had enough of each other by the time they take a holiday abroad - 50% of respondents say they try and avoid other Britons on holiday! Hugh Bell, the brains behind www.peoples-poll.co.uk, is pleased that his website visitors respond as much to serious queries as they do to frivolous ones. "We know that people love to respond to questions about celebrities and the like, so that they'll have grist for the gossip mill," according to Bell.
"But it's reassuring to see
that so many voters react vociferously to issues that impact
their lives and the lives of others." Results of many of
those substantive surveys that touch health, politics, and
breaking news, among others, are forwarded to
decision-makers for their consideration. And it is not
unheard of for them to actually take into account what
respondents to The People's Poll have to say. Hugh Bell
feels the sharing of results with movers and shakers is one
of the most attractive features of his online polls. "Voters
can be assured that what they say and how they feel really
do count. And if that sounds like fantasy, just consult some
MPs who'll set you straight."
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LAS VEGAS PLAYS HOST TO PATA: Top travel planners from the Pacific Asia region will meet with suppliers from throughout the Americas from September 19-23 at the 14th Annual PATA-VUSAMART in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will mark the third time that Las Vegas has hosted the event. Renowned as the single most popular destination for travellers from Japan and Pacific Asia, Las Vegas attracted nearly 800,000 travellers from Asia last year and expects to see the numbers rise this year. http://www.pata.org
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SOUTH AFRICA HOLDS GREAT POTENTIAL: PATA's South Africa Sales Mission (August 22-September 3, 1999) will take participating PATA members to 10 South African cities including Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, and emerging markets such as Helderberg, Somerset West, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein. Participants will gain product exposure, make key outbound contacts and collect market intelligence. Contact Ms. Goon Yoke Ching, Director-South Asia. Fax: (65) 225-6842. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accor expands worldwide leadership in the economy lodging and presence in U.S. Market: Accor and Red Roof Inns, jointly announced that Accor plans to launch a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of economy lodging company Red Roof Inns, Inc. at a price of $22.75 per share. The total value of the transaction, including assumption of debt, is slightly more than $1.1 Billion.
Americans Travelers visiting Kenya: In an effort to boost tourism, Kenya has lifted VISA requirements for US citizens visiting Kenya for 30 days or less. Visa requirements are also lifted for those from Canada, Japan, Austral, New Zealand and several European countries. Safety concerns kept visitors away after the bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi . Also some travelers avoided the region after eight foreign tourists were killed in a safari park in neighboring Uganda. For information contact Kenya's National Tourism Office in New York.
Saudi Arabia opens to Tourism: Africa's Northern neighbor, Saudi Arabia is rich in historic sites and desert atmosphere but it has never welcomed Western tourists - until now. The oil-rich desert kingdom has recently opened its doors to upscale travel groups, including tours sponsored by Harvard and Stanford universities' alumni organizations and now it's the Smithsonian Associates. The museum-affiliated group already has sold out a fall trip but another one will depart Jan. 13, 2000, and a third departure is under consideration for October 2000. Travelers will be required to follow the country's strict laws and customs. Visitors will have to cover all but their hands and faces and women will have to wear aboyas, the traditional black floor-length robes. The trip will visit Madain Salih, an archaeological site said to resemble - and rival - Petra in nearby Jordan. The group also will tour the capital city of Riyadh; Dhahra, where oil was first discovered in 1938; and Jeddah, the birthplace of Mohammed and gateway to Mecca, which is off-limits to non-muslims. The 14-day trip leaves from New York's JFK airport and costs $7,150 US, including air, accommodations, meals and visa. Info" 202-357-4700.
Kiss bow or Shake Hands? Some general guidelines on greeting and terms of address. An excerpt from Swissair Gazette In-flight Magazine. Physical greetings: Businessmen in the United States and Britain rarely have to endure a kiss on each cheek from another man. Even in countries where such greetings are common (Italy and Russia, for example), A kiss is generally reserved for relatives or good friends. A foreign businessman will have to do a lot of relationship-building to reach the point at which he is greeted with a kiss. When this happen, the easiest thing to do is to stay still and let kiss-initiation person move his head. Otherwise your noses may collide!
In Asia, Westerners rarely master all the intricacies of a bow. The basics usually suffice: bow from the waist, and the person with the lower status bows more deeply. When greeting Westerners. Many Asians follow a bow with a handshake. As any politician can attest, strong handshakes can hurt. North Americans and Australians should moderate their strong handshakes overseas. Many Asians who do shake hands actually perform a hand-clasp, with no pressure and very little pumping. To give emphasis to a handshake, it is permissible for each person to place their left hand over their clasped hands.
Forms of Address: There are very few countries in which business people address each other by first names after a short time. In Germany and Switzerland, for example, even long standing business partners may choose to address each other by their surnames. North Americans commonly use their first names, and are notorious for losing credibility by using first names overseas.
Degree of politeness: Some Asian languages have several degrees of politeness. To know which level to use, Asians need to know their counterpart's standing in society. Hence they often ask very personal questions of foreigners, such as how much they earn or how many employees they supervise, to determine the level of politeness required. If you find such questions too personal, simply decline the answer, or say that it is not something that is usually discussed in your culture.
With offices in Arlington, Va. and Moscow, Russia, Space Adventures is developing a U.S.-based spaceport from which passenger sub-orbital space flights will begin operations before 2005. For more information about Space Adventures, visit www.spaceadventures.com or call 1-888-85-SPACE or 1-703-524-7172.
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"We knew that the situation was unstable and that something had to happen. Our timing was perfect." Capital, which will operate out of Edmonton City Centre (formerly called Edmonton Municipal Airport) has bought three 19-seat Jetstream twin turboprops and is to take delivery of another two. The company has taken on 50 non-union employees and is awaiting certification by Transport Canada before starting service out of Edmonton to Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Letbridge, Medicine Hat and Prince George. There will be an introductory round-trip fare of $100 between Prince George and Edmonton, while regular fares will range between $250 and $500, depending on when they are booked.
"Largely ignored in the concern of the Air Canada monopoly has been the gouging at the regional level,' Phee said. 'It creates a market opportunity for us" Capital is talking with Canada 3000 and with American Airlines about acting as a feeder to those carriers. "American wants to develop new links in Canada and we can assist," Phee said. Capital is looking at using Vancouver or Abbotsford as its southern base in B.C. - and Abbotsford it its first choice. "We see tremendous opportunity operating out of Abbotsford to Victoria, Kelowna, Prince George, Penticton, Castlegar and Cranbrook," Phee said.
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Arctic National Parks for Canada: Interested in organizing Millennium Adventure Tours to these remote areas? Call Air Highway's fax 604.681-6595 or e-mail today. From Parks Canada - Three new national parks to sit "on the top of the world. "The federal government has signed a deal with the new northern territory of Nunavut to add 80,000 sq. km to the park system.
Vancouver Waterfront home for Canadian Navy Warship?
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