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Malaysia Airlines Business Class Review

Malaysia Airlines Business Class Review

first_imgWhen I first stepped foot on Malaysia airlines flight MH124 to Kuala Lumpur from Perth my heart sank, seeing an almost empty plane broke my heart as I’m a big advocate for Malaysia Airlines and the contributions they have made to the aviation world.  What has happened this year could have happened to any airline (and indeed has) but why Malaysia Airlines have had the two tragic incidents is a mystery that may forever go unsolved.  Thankfully, the flight home was completely full and after two days at Malaysia Airlines headquarters watching the steps this airline is taking to rebuild it was a great sight to see.  But enough of that, my main priority for being on the flight was to review Malaysia Airlines very popular Business Class and to sample their signature dish, the peanut satay.In flight entertainmentMalaysia Airlines doesn’t hand out the noise cancelling headsets until after takeoff and they collect them again 30 minutes before landing so when you’re offered a paper before takeoff I suggest you take it because a good hour of the flight will be spent with no in flight entertainment. The actual screen is large and clear however when the lights are on and the sun is out it was a little difficult to see on the window seat. There is an excellent choice of movies and TV shows available and being that Australia is one of Malaysia Airlines most important markets – our tastes were definitely catered for.Food and Beverage serviceBusiness Class passengers are offered the standard pre departure welcome drink upon boarding and not long after takeoff another drink is offered from the full beverage selection available as well as a hot towel. The menu featuring three main meal options had something for everyone but I noticed on the flight from KL that a lot of passengers had taken advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Chef On Call service. Business Class passenger can go online 24 hours before their flight and pre select their meal/s from some 20 selections rather than the three offered on board. Whilst I enjoyed the menu onboard the flight, upon having a look at the online menu for Chef On Call I would definitely recommend this service as the meals being served looked and smelt even better than that offered from the onboard menu. One thing I noticed about Malaysia Airline’s main courses versus other airlines was the serving size. They were amongst the most generous I had experienced and of a high quality too -no padding out with onion here. The actual service delivery was exemplary and I was impressed considering the short flight time. To have a full Business Class cabin served and cleared within 90 minutes on both flights demonstrates the efficiency and skill of the staff onboard. The cabin crew on both flights were nothing short of excellent. Prior to the meal, another hot towel is given and then the tables were lain with white linen cloths and meals served on china with stainless steel cutlery, china mugs for tea and linen napkins. The appetizer for the flight to KL was of course the signature satay sticks served with peanut sauce and they were every bit as good as I had anticipated. Soft meat, chunky peanut sauce and a little cucumber to add to the mix as well as the option to have seconds and thirds if you wished! The picture really sells this signature dish much better than any words ever could and next week I will share with you exactly what goes in to making these satay sticks – all 26000 of them a day!Seat and amenitiesThe Business Class seat on the A330 was quite hard and at best reclined to an angled flat bed of approximately 160 degrees which I just slipped down. There were plenty of other recline options available to get comfy but lying flat was not one of them. This seat however needs to be put into perspective – I was only on a short flight, long haul flights feature completely flat lie flat beds with a mattress and duvet. The blankets on the flight were my biggest disappointment – they were what would I would expect in economy and with no spares available on the flight home I froze (admittedly I feel the cold more than most). Pillows were of a decent size and eyeshades and earplugs are available upon request – there is no amenity kit offered as such on these flights however on the flights over 7 hours there is an amenity kit on every seat. In the Business Class bathroom, toothbrush and toothpaste packs were available as well as aftershave, shavers, moisturiser lotion and mouthwash.Final WordOverall my Business Class experience was excellent and with important fundamentals such as service and food ticking all the boxes there’s not a lot to complain about. I would love to see those blankets upgraded and gate to gate in flight entertainment offered but other than that it’s a competitively priced, high class business product and one that I would highly recommend.EmailTwitterlast_img read more

Cartoon: Edge Cases

Cartoon: Edge Cases

first_imgTags:#Cartoons#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App More Noise to Signal. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Hard to believe it’s already been a year since I posted my farewell to Internet Explorer 6. (By “farewell” I meant “Just frickin’ die already.”)My post was prompted by the announcement that support was ending for IE6 on Google Apps; since then, IE6’s decline has accelerated, dwindling into low-single-digit percentages of browser visits (if that) on most of the sites I manage.And this week, the latest heavyweight jumped on the let’s-kill-IE6 bandwagon: Microsoft, which launched the Internet Explorer 6 Countdown site. It sets a target of reducing IE6 usage to less than 1% worldwide.“For the love of god, please stop using our product” is an unusual message, but it’s a welcome one from Redmond. I’ve already been told by one client not to bother supporting it – which is very welcome news.So if you haven’t already struck IE6’s installed base off your list of users you have to support, chances are you’ll be doing it sometime in the next few months.But don’t feel too smug. If there’s anything to the latest sensational headlines from astronomy news (and that might be a big if), we might have a whole new group of use cases to consider. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Predicting Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Practitioners

Predicting Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Practitioners

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDIn previous posts we have discussed the importance of mental health providers protecting their own well-being by being aware of risks associated with compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout. Today we will continue our discussion by looking at factors that may put one at risk or protect one from both compassion fatigue and burnout.[Flickr, From Both Ends by gfpeck, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Thompson, Amatea, and Thompson (2014) conducted an online survey to learn more about how gender, length of career, appraisal of working conditions, and personal resources relate to burnout and compassion fatigue among mental health counselors. The study consisted of 213 mental health or licensed professional counselors who completed a master’s degree in counseling, had been practicing for at least six months, and were working with clients 20 hours per week or more. Those practitioners who had positive working conditions, had worked in the field longer, and who used mindfulness were found to be less likely to experience compassion fatigue or burnout. However, maladaptive and emotion-focused coping were related to compassion fatigue and burnout. There did not appear to be a gender difference in report of burnout, but women were more likely to report compassion fatigue than men.[Flickr, Ur doing it wrong by me and the sysop, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The authors provide many recommendations for counselors and supervisors. They suggest that counselors who are working in a less supportive environment seek support from colleagues, work with their employers to try to improve working conditions, and do what they can to take care of themselves. Supervisors should be sensitive to the possibility of burnout and compassion fatigue among their supervisees, and should try to educate their supervisees on the nature of stress in the counseling relationship, as well as making sure that they are using effective coping strategies to deal with work stress. Finally, the researchers strongly encourage practitioners to explore positive coping strategies to offset the potential negative effects of job stress, such as using mindfulness. For more information on burnout and compassion fatigue check out our previous blogs: Self-care When Caring for Others or Self-care for the Military Family Advocate.References[1] Thompson, I., Amatea, E., & Thompson, E. (2014) Personal and contextual predictors of mental health counselors’ compassion fatigue and burnout. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36(1), p. 58 – 77. ISSN: 1040-2861This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

DSME Nabs Order for 18th LNG Carrier in 2018

DSME Nabs Order for 18th LNG Carrier in 2018

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DSME South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has inked a deal for the construction of an additional LNG carrier, pushing this year’s tally to 18.The order has been placed by an unidentified shipowner from Oceania. The 174,000 cbm ship will feature the M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) engine and  full re-liquefaction system, the shipbuilder said. The newbuild is scheduled for delivery in 2021.Furthermore, DSME has won a contract for the overhaul of KDX-I class destroyers. The latest deal adds USD 230 million to the company’s orderbook value.“It was a good idea to have a sales strategy focused on high value-added vessels such as LNG carriers and special-purpose ships. We will do our best to achieve our order target until the end of the year, and we will continue to do so next year,” a DSME spokesperson said.Just in December, DSME bagged a flurry of orders for LNG carriers: two from BW LNG, one from Maran Gas and three from unnamed owners.Overall, DSME’s total orderbook for this year comprises 47 vessels worth USD 6.81 billion, hitting approximately 93% of the company’s orderbook target for this year of USD 7.3 billion.These include 18 LNG carriers, 16 large-sized crude oil carriers, 16 ultra large containerships, and 6 special-purpose vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

YouTube labels statesponsored news as rules tighten

YouTube labels statesponsored news as rules tighten

YouTube on Friday began labeling news broadcasts that get government money as it vowed to be stricter about content at the globally popular online video-sharing service. YouTube said it is labeling news videos coming from state-funded organizations as part of an effort to improve transparency Explore further YouTube toughens rules regarding which videos get ads Citation: YouTube labels state-sponsored news as rules tighten (2018, February 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-youtube-state-sponsored-news-tighten.html © 2018 AFP A feature being rolled out in the US displays notices below videos uploaded by news broadcasters which receive government or public money, according to a blog post by YouTube News senior product manager Geoff Samek.”Our goal is to equip users with additional information to help them better understand the sources of news content that they choose to watch on YouTube,” Samek said”News is an important vertical for us and we want to be sure to get it right.”The move is likely to affect videos from services such as Russia-backed RT, which critics call a propaganda outlet for Moscow, but others as well.The blog post included a screen shot with a disclaimer about the US government-funded Radio Free Asia. The flagging may also apply to state-chartered news organizations such as the BBC and AFP, and US-based public broadcasters.Notices displayed with state-sponsored news broadcasts will include links to Wikipedia online encyclopedia so viewers can find out more about agencies behind the reports, according to Samek.The feature is nascent and will be refined based on feedback from users.YouTube made a series of changes last year intended to “better surface authoritative news,” according to Samek.YouTube priorities for this year include tightening and better enforcing rules at the service, according to chief executive Susan Wojcicki.”The same creativity and unpredictability that makes YouTube so rewarding can also lead to unfortunate events where we need to take a clear, informed, and principled stance,” Wojcicki said in an online post.”We realize we have a serious social responsibility to get these emerging policy issues right.”Solutions being worked on include enhanced software smarts and more human review of videos uploaded to YouTube, according to Wojcicki. The number of workers at YouTube and Google focused on content that might violate policies was to increase to more than 10,000.”We’re also currently developing policies that would lead to consequences if a creator does something egregious that causes significant harm to our community as a whole,” Wojcicki said.YouTube last month announced ramped-up rules regarding when it will run ads with videos as it scrambled to quell concerns by brands about being paired with troublesome content.YouTube late last year pulled 150,000 videos of children after lewd comments about them were posted by viewers. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more