Business News Archive - October 13, 2008

News in brief TRAVEL British Airways has one of the worst records for cancelling flights of any flag-carrying airline in Europe, an investigation has found.

By David Koenig The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas - The idea of paying a single, simple fare to fly on an airliner is becoming as quaint as stewardesses in short skirts. American Airlines is about to accelerate the trend of breaking the cost of a trip into an airfare plus many smaller fees.

By Harry Weber The Associated Press ATLANTA - Airline shares and oil prices used to move together like kids on a teeter-totter, with one rising while the other falls. But the financial crisis affecting the U.S. and other countries has thrown that conventional wisdom out the window.

By CRAIG D REBER Foundry facts A foundry is a factory that produces metal castings from either ferrous or nonferrous alloys. Metals are turned into parts by melting the metal into a liquid, pouring it into a mold, then removing the mold material or casting.

NDS (Nasdaq:NNDS), the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that it is providing the core conditional access (CA) security infrastructure for the world's first commercial trial of the new OMA BCAST SCP standard, an emerging key standard for mobile TV content protection in Singapore.

All roads lead to Southern California this week, as thousands of people from around the world attend Solar Power International, the largest solar energy industry event in the Americas.

By CRAIG D REBER Wind power Q & A Question: Are wind turbines loud? Answer: Modern wind turbines put out about 45 decibels. By comparison, a lawnmower registers 90 decibels, truck traffic 80 decibels and normal conversation about 60 decibels.

By Anonymous Finally, there is widespread agreement that Missouri can do better when it comes to embracing the worldwide movement to renewable forms of energy. A key is ensuring that development costs are spread over several years to avoid a burden on ratepayers.

By Chris Blank The Associated Press LILBOURN, Mo. - It's one of the newest buildings in this small agricultural town. Aligned between two city water towers, the 120- foot long biodiesel plant gleams in the sun. The paint on its sign hasn't even chipped.

By Anonymous The Missouri Renewable Fuels Association has selected Gene Millard of St. Joseph as its president for 2008-09. Mr. Millard is the chairman of Golden Triangle Energy, a majority farmer-owned ethanol plant in Craig, Mo. He took over as president Oct. 1.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.