A reviews of jetBlue’s Even More Space(EMS) seats.

first_imgWhen jetBlue first arrived on the scene in 1999, it billed itself as a low cost carrier offering better than low cost service. Their fleet of all new Airbus A320s was equipped with dark blue leather seats plus free satellite TV, and the airline certainly delivered on their promise. Today, Premium Economy service generally offers passengers more leg room plus additional amenities such as early boarding, or perhaps free food and inflight entertainment for a reasonable price. On jetBlue’s ‘Even More Space’ (EMS), some of those niceties are offered, and some are not. The key here is the type of aircraft, as the EMS experience was noticeably different aboard the airline’s older Airbus A320s or new A321s. This review is of EMS service on jetBlue’s A321 with Mint-class forward cabin. Seat and AmenitiesEMS seats are offered in select rows on all jetBlue aircraft, but the A321 comes in two different configurations. The “Core’ aircraft has 190 seats, 40 of which are reserved as EMS rows. These jetliners have seat backs measuring 18-inches wide, while A321s configured up-front for Mint flights have 159 seats, 40 for EMS passengers. These seat backs are narrower, however. (jetBlue’s A320s have 150 seats, 42 for EMS.)While EMS afforded early boarding and early overhead bin access, two surprises awaited this traveler upon entering the A321 (named ‘It’s Mint To Be’). For one thing, both large overhead bins at my row were already closed with no one yet onboard. Then the big surprise: my EMS window seat, 18F, wasn’t next to an emergency overwing exit, but rather the R3 emergency exit door. This meant no window, no outboard armrest, and a Flight Attendant jump seat on the aisle. When I inquired about this being an actual EMS seat, the senior Flight Attendant apologized, inferring this was a common complaint, and offered me a complimentary cocktail once airborne, as well as an offer to change to an available Economy seat.There were no amenity kits on the seats themselves, as I learned that anything you might want – earphones, blankets, pillows, and of course food, had to be purchased. I was also surprised to see stains on the seats of an airplane in service less than three months. Ambient cabin lighting was pleasant and more than adequate during the boarding process.The seats themselves are quite handsome, covered in supple two-tone charcoal and light gray leather with tan stitching and free-standing headrests embossed with the EMS logo. Seat backs were 16 inches wide while the seat cushion measured 19 inches wide. Seat backs reclined 6 inches, but the biggest feature was seat pitch – a whopping 41 inches, compared to 33 inches in regular Economy. During the flight, the lack of a window was only a minor annoyance until we encountered moderate turbulence. During those active moments, the lack of visual cues made my enclosed space feel somewhat claustrophobic. If you are prone to motion sickness, I would highly recommend avoiding Row 18.Food and BeveragesOnce airborne, I discovered the reason why those overhead compartments were closed. They were used for stowing packages of bottled water, all of which had to be retrieved by a flight attendant at the beginning of beverage service 30 minutes after takeoff. Meals were offered for purchase one hour after takeoff as flight attendants came down the aisle with portable devices to charge your credit card and print a receipt. Two menus were available. The first, named ‘EAT UP,’ contained various health and nutrition-oriented snacks priced at $6.00US, while the second, named ‘EAT UP CAFE,’ offered supposedly more substantial meals for up to twice the snack prices, but serving sizes were modest and the quality of food was average at best. Those meal selections consisted of raw veggie platters and sandwiches, with a top of the line Top Sirloin Steak sandwich costing $12.00US. I ordered the Grilled Chicken and Brie sandwich with a quinoa and raisin salad. The sandwich consisted mostly of bread, with a thin layer of brie and small chunks of chicken. Meals are pictured on sleek white china on the menu, but are actually served in clear plastic containers. Complimentary juices, sodas, and bottled water were then served along with light snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, animal crackers, and chocolate chip cookies. The free drink and snack service was offered again about an hour before landing.In-flight EntertainmentThis feature, a highlight on all jetBlue flights, helped establish the airline’s early favorable reputation, and IFE on the new A321 raises the bar yet again. Easy viewing 10-inch high definition screens are at Economy and EMS seats, with a selection of movies, TV shows, special features, and music that is second to none. Headphones (ear buds, actually) are available for purchase at $3.00US.Let’s start with 80 – yes, 80 channels of DirecTV programming. Then there’s a choice of six major feature films and jetBlueTV programs. Add 100-plus channels of Sirius XM radio and the inflight Map Channel, and you have plenty to keep you occupied on any transcontinental flight. The image quality is simply outstanding, and doesn’t seem as affected by outside sunlight as earlier technology inflight screens. One minor inconvenience is the remote control panel on the armrest located just forward of your elbow. Lean on it a bit too hard, and you inadvertently change channels or revert to the home page main menu.The needs of the digital age are met handily with jetBlue’s new ‘Fly Fi’ feature that comes in two modes: ‘Simply Surf’ for standard browsing and ‘Fly Fi Plus’ (available for purchase) which gives you wider broadband capability for streaming movies. Simply power up your digital device, open the wireless network connection, launch or refresh your browser window, sign-in and agree to terms, and you’re off and running.Customer ServiceFrom the very beginning, cabin crewmembers were pleasant and courteous, but seemed a bit stressed. While they all performed their duties with pride and passion, the A321s high passenger-to-flight attendant ratio seemed to leave them frustrated. A fifth FA is definitely needed on the A321, and upon talking to the crew at the end of the flight, they too mentioned how they would appreciate having just one more FA in Economy, allowing them to give the high level of dedicated service they pride themselves on delivering.That said, having the flight attendant jump seat on the aisle of Row 18 meant that passengers had to watch the FA make cabin announcements while reading from a cue card, and because of the proximity of seats to the emergency exit doors, the FA had to awkwardly reach across the passengers (apologizing once again) to arm and de-arm the door at takeoff and landing and stow the ”REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT” banner. Other amenities available for purchase included a dark blue Arm & Hammer blanket for $5.00US, and a dark blue Claritin neck pillow for $6.00US. On a positive note, small rolled hot towels were distributed to EMS passengers free of charge approximately 30 minutes before landing – a welcome touch at the end of a five hour plus transcontinental flight. Hot towels were not offered on the A320 EMS return flight, however.Final Word‘Even More Space’ service (including ‘Even More Speed’ for priority TSA screening) is available on all jetBlue flights starting at $10 one way. Pricing varies by route and length of flight, and EMS seat rows differ with each aircraft type.While my overall jetBlue EMS experience met with mixed reviews, it still offers passengers a distinct advantage over standard Economy which itself is fairly comfortable. Increased legroom, early boarding, and first choice at an overhead compartment are nice, but having to purchase earphones, pillows, blankets, and food onboard after paying the additional fare for EMS service tends to minimize the true cost advantage for the traveler.Would I pay for ‘Even More Space’ service on my next jetBlue flight to New York? Yes, I would, primarily for the benefits of priority TSA screening, early boarding, and that very generous extra legroom. However, the crown jewel of the jetBlue transcon experience is your departure or arrival at the airline’s stunning new Terminal 5 at JFK. This terminal will be the subject of a separate AirlineRatings review, but I can assure you, that experience alone is worth the price of the ticket.Mike flew as a guest of jetBlue on August 18 and 19, 2014.last_img read more

Moolman Pasio crowned African champion

first_img5 December 2013 South African cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was crowned African Continental Champion in the elite women’s road race at Sharm El Sheik in Egypt on Wednesday, while Monique Gerber claimed the junior women’s title. Moolman Pasio, who represented South Africa in the road race at the 2012 London Olympic Games, added the continental title to an impressive list of accolades this year. Her results have included victories in the road race and time trial at the South African Championships, a win in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge, another title in the Boels Rental Hills Classic in The Netherlands, a first ever podium finish in a UCI World Cup event at the prestigious La Fleche Wallonne Feminine, and eighth place in the Giro Donne, the women’s version of the Giro d’Italia, which is renowned for being the toughest race in women’s cycling.Tightly contested The finish to Wednesday’s 93-kilometre race was tightly contested, with Moolman Pasio, Vera Adrian from Namibia (silver) and Wehazit Kidane from Eritrea (bronze) all recording the same time of one hour, 53 minutes 24 seconds. South Africa’s An-Li Kachelhoffer finished in fourth place, missing the podium by 33 seconds. Junior cyclist Gerber crossed the finish line in first place ahead of Ebtesam Zayed Ahmed (Egypt) and teammate Mikayla Oliver, who claimed a bronze medal, in a time of 56 minutes and 21 seconds for the 63-kilometre route. Fellow South Africans Heidi Dalton and Andri Coetzee finished in fourth and seventh places respectively, also recording the same finishing time as Gerber.Bronze medal In the junior men’s race, contested over 93 kilometres, Ivan Venter, who races in the Nuwater team in South Africa, claimed a bronze medal an hour, 33 minutes and three seconds, the same time as the race winner, Morocco’s Abderrahim Zahiri, with Algeria’s Abderrahmane Mansouri finishing second. Morne van Niekerk claimed sixth place in the same time, while Nickolas Dlamini ended tenth, three seconds behind the winner, and Jandrich Kotze placed 17th. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Joburg to host African securities exchanges conference

first_img9 November 2015The African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) of stock exchange and brokerage professionals from 25 African countries, will hold its annual conference in Johannesburg from 15 to 17 November, with the theme of sustainability at its core.Hosted by Joburg’s stock exchange, the JSE, Africa Evermore: Growth for Sustainability is an opportunity to gauge and discuss the potential, growth, and stability of Africa’s capital markets.The theme of the conference falls in line with goals of the National Development Plan, which is intent on finding Africa’s place in the global narrative. It is also an opportunity to share skills and knowledge, with an eye on developing a capable and competitive South African stock market industry within the context of Africa and the world.“The conference is important as it features high-level discussions covering themes that are relevant to our capital markets and opportunities to network with leading industry players from across the continent,” said Oscar Onyema, the ASEA president and chief executive of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.The packed two-day programme, said Nicky Newton-King, the JSE chief executive, would provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of the strength resulting from the integration of Africa’s security exchanges. “Those who operate in the regulated market need to know that we are part of the global financial markets. We are already beginning to see this for example in East Africa, where they are driving significant regional connectivity.”One of the more significant topics to be discussed will be in-depth analysis of the Role of the Exchange as a Corporate Citizen, in which the upsurge of investment decisions driven by considerations of risk, impact and sustainability rather than just financial returns will be explored.The ASEA prides itself on the promotion and education of its members and stakeholders regarding the importance of socially responsible investments and the need to pay attention to environmental, social and governance issues.Additionally, delegates will have the opportunity to examine new trends in sovereign wealth fund investments. They will look into how this may determine the future and growth of Africa’s stock exchanges and brokerage industry.The conference played a large role in focusing attention on what was happening on African stock exchanges, said John Kamanga, the chief executive of the Malawi Stock Exchange. Kamanga will moderate some of these discussions.A number of ASEA’s member countries have already launched sovereign wealth funds, including Angola, Ghana, and Nigeria. It has been found that the funds invest surplus revenues and can act an effective fiscal stabilisation mechanism in volatile markets, while enabling governments to access liquid assets and channel investment into specific projects like infrastructure development.“The conference serves to confirm that we are open and ready to do business,” said Kamanga, adding that the gathering also had the inherent benefit of being able to network and interact with industry players from the continent, as well as international fund managers and stock exchange members where a transfer of skills and knowledge played a vital role.With the JSE being the continent’s largest exchange and a member of the World Federation of Exchanges, Newton-King agreed. “It is about finding ways to share knowledge and experiences so as to build depth and sophistication of African markets across the continent that will allow linkages to develop over time.”Onyema said that capital markets had been the key drivers of Africa’s economic transformation and continued to play a central role in the continent’s growth story.Source: African Press Organizationlast_img read more

Hollywood Color: 14 Free Premiere Pro Lumetri Looks

first_img3. Open the Contents folder, Open the Lumetri folderMac: Hold Command and click on Adobe Premiere CC, select Show Package Contents, open Contents, open LumetriPC: Open the Lumetri folder under Adobe Premiere Pro CC The Mars ManTake your sci-fi to the Red Planet with this dusty Lumetri Look that is a total recall to blockbuster hits like The Martian.Magnificent WestInspired by the glorious westerns of the 1960s and 70s, this faded Lumetri Look brings down the saturation in favor of the dry and beautiful landscapes of films like The Magnificent Seven.Saving BryanGet the nearly mandatory bleach bypass look of war epics, reminiscent of the actual WWII newsreels that inspired the color of films like Saving Private Ryan and shows like Band of Brothers.Dr. OddloveA simple faded black and white Lumetri Look that will make you wish for one of them doomsday machines, just like the one in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.Knife JoggerThe futuristic Blade Runner inspired orange and teal look that has defined action films and studio blockbusters.9 More Free Lumetri LooksA collection of other popular Hollywood looks available in this free Premiere Pro looks pack:Illinois JonesRaging MuleO MotherFuriosaAmeliaMay TricksHogwash ExpressMaximusVersusThese color grading presets are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. DOWNLOAD 14 HOLLYWOOD LUMETRI LOOKSWhat are your favorite Lumetri Looks? Let us know in the comments below. 4. Open the Looks folder, then open Cine Looks4. Drag and drop the free Lumetri .look files from the PremiumBeat Hollywood Lumetri Looks folder into the Cine Looks folder5. Restart Premiere Pro6. Open your project file, go to the Color tab7. Select the clip you want to color grade on the timeline, go the the Creative tab8. Click the Look dropdown menu, select the free Lumetri Look preset of your choice.center_img Go Hollywood with over a dozen FREE Premiere Pro Lumetri looks! These free movie-inspired color grading presets will instantly add a dramatic look to your project.Top images via 20th Century Fox and ShutterstockThese 14 free Premiere Pro Lumetri Looks are easy to use and can quickly add blockbuster style to your video. Take a peek at how simple they are to use. (Featuring the royalty free track “Thriller” by Reaktor Productions.)How to Install and Use the 14 Free Premiere Pro Lumetri Looks1. Click the Download button at the bottom of this post, unzip the PremiumBeat Hollywood Lumetri Looks folder2. Go to the Premiere Pro folderMac: Open a new Finder Window and go to Applications, then open Adobe Premiere Pro CCPC: Go to the C:/ folder, open Program Files, open Adobe, then open Adobe Premiere Pro CClast_img read more

Tiger Pataudi- the born leader

first_imgM.A.K. Pataudi, who passed away on Thursday in Delhi, was a born leader – someone who defied the odds to emerge as one of India’s most successful captains.After 12 captains in a decade and half, there was a crying need for a stable, unbiased, charismatic captain in the 1960s. It is at this stage that Pataudi made his entry on the national scene. With the seniors unwilling to take on the responsibility, a 21-year-old Tiger, just three Tests old, suddenly found himself installed as the team’s skipper in March 1962.Though few knew it then, a new era in Indian cricket had begun – the Pataudi era.Even with his visual impairment, he showed the foresight of a champion.After becoming the youngest captain in the world, he made some bold moves that went on to define his leadership. In a first in world cricket at that time, it was Pataudi who had the guts to employ the spin quartet.Against conventional thinking, as had become customary with him, Pataudi regularly used three spinners against the opposition, realising India’s only chance lay in playing to their strengths.The Nawab of Indian cricket led India in 40 off the 46 Tests he played between 1961 & 71, leading India to nine famous victories to make him India’s most successful leader for a long time to come.Fittingly, it was under his captaincy that India clinched their first Test series win on foreign soil, when they defeated New Zealand 3-1 in 1967-68.Sixties was the decade when Indian cricket started becoming a force to reckon with. Be it the formation of the famous spin-quartet or the ushering in of a vast improvement in the fielding or the forging of a winning spirit in a disarrayed team, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was at the head of them all.advertisementHe was called Tiger not for nothing. It wasn’t just a name, it was an attitude.last_img read more