Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride

first_imgBiggie’s handler, Esteban Farias, called the dog “a dream come true” after a tragedy: a previous pug pal suddenly died during a routine walk.About 5,000 junior handlers nationwide are registered with the American Kennel Club, a governing body for Westminster and many other dog shows. Young handlers also can compete through 4-H and other kennel clubs.AKC “junior showmanship” competitions are open to youngsters ages 9 to 18. They’re judged on their presentation, not their dogs’ particulars.But there’s no age minimum for handlers in the breed rings, a point driven home to Thanksgiving Day TV watchers who saw (emphasis on the “awwww”) 6-year-old Mackenzie Huston and her long-coat Chihuahua in a semifinal round at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show.Mackenzie sometimes feels scared as she waits to show. But “when I get in the ring, I don’t feel nervous,” says the now 7-year-old girl from Bellmawr, New Jersey.She isn’t going to Westminster — yet — but super-young handlers have shown there, including then-7-year-old Raina McCloskey last year (with a borzoi, no less.)Westminster’s 95 junior invitees are “very competitive, they’re very talented and very, very good,” show chairman David Helming said. Westminster is boosting its top juniors’ prize, a scholarship, from $6,000 to $10,000 this year. The eight finalists all get some education money.Dog showing requires an investment of money and, particularly, time. Junior handlers can spend hours per week training, grooming and exercising their dogs, weekends traveling to shows and years balancing it all with school, other activities and friends.All that to don dress clothes and notch accomplishments many of their peers can’t quite understand. (“You’re running around in a circle with dogs?“)But young handlers say it’s worth it for the bond they develop with their animals. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ In this Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, Raina McCloskey, from Delta, Pa., shows Briar, a borzoi, during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. The Westminster Kennel Club competition is best known for the dog crowned Best in Show, but it’s also a showcase for young handlers who sometimes go up against grown-ups. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK — Fenric Towell isn’t nervous about his first time competing at the nation’s top dog show. After all, he’s heading to the Westminster Kennel Club ring this week with 100-plus shows under his belt, a record of wins and a champion Lakeland terrier.So what if he’s only 11?ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “I’m going to try to think of it as a normal show,” the Oklahoma City boy says. “I just try to focus on the highest place that I can get.”Westminster is best known for the dog that will be crowned best in show Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. As judging began Monday night, a borzoi named Lucy won the hound group, a pug dubbed Biggie won the toy group and a bichon frise called Flynn took the nonsporting group. Slick, a border collie, won the herding group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the event is also a showcase for youngsters who can handle both dogs and grown-up competition.While there’s a special contest for junior handlers, many also exhibit their dogs in the breed judging that goes toward best in show. They go up against adults in an atmosphere that prizes poise and formality. “You go and spend time with your best friend,” says Emma Rogers, who’s returning to Westminster as a 2016 juniors finalist (older sister Sophia won).Juniors come away with human friends all over the country, plus an education in animal behavior and patient teamwork.“You have to be very resilient,” says Erin LaPlante, 17, of Caledonia, Wisconsin. “You’re going to lose far more than you’re going to win, but you learn far more than you win.”About five years after her dog show debut ended in tears, she won juniors at the AKC National Championship in December and is returning to Westminster. So is sister Maren, 13.Their family had never shown dogs before Erin started, at the suggestion of their Doberman’s breeder. Molly Anne Forsyth, on the other hand, comes from two generations of breeders of greyhound-like Salukis. But “we trust each other even more from showing together,” says the 16-year-old from Davis, California.For parents, the sport requires acclimating to the occasional double take when a 6-year-old uses the word “bitch” —appropriately, for a female dog — plus a lot of driving and helping out.“I can dress a little boy in a suit in my sleep,” laughs Alysha Towell. Her daughter and six of her seven sons, including Fenric, either show dogs or soon will.Cortlund, 17, was a juniors finalist at Westminster last year, earning a turn in the big ring at Madison Square Garden. He placed fourth and is returning this year.“It’s not like any other sport,” he says. “If you play soccer or football and quit, they can live without you. You can’t quit on a dog.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES “It’s hard because they’re top people, and we’re just kids,” says Faith Rogers, 14, of Bordentown, New Jersey, now at her fourth Westminster. But when she started showing dogs at age 9, she decided: “This is what I love, and I didn’t really care if there were older people or not.”Or, as twin sister Emma puts it, “Let’s just show ’em what we got.”Dogs ranging from wee Chihuahuas to rangy Irish wolfhounds showed what they’ve got in Monday night’s group judging, helped by adult handlers.Lucy “knows when there’s a big stage,” said handler Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. Handlers, meanwhile, need to “go Zen” so their dogs won’t pick up jitters, Bill McFadden said after leading Flynn.Slick has won best of breed previously at Westminster, but Monday’s herding group win “means a lot to us,” handler Jamie Clute said.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Belangel seizes top spot in 5th week of NBTC 24 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentslast_img read more

BCCI loses both revenue and governance vote at ICC meet

first_imgIn a massive blow to its influence in the International Cricket Council, the BCCI was on Wednesday decimated at the global body’s Board Meeting where the majority voted for a change in governance and revenue structures.On the first day of the ICC Board Meeting in Dubai, both the change in governance structure as well as the revamped revenue model were put to a floor test. (BCCI isolated at International Cricket Council: Sources to India Today)BCCI lost the vote on ‘governance and constitutional changes’ by a 1-9 margin while the revenue model, which was the bigger bone of contention, saw India getting walloped by a 2-8 margin. The only country that voted alongside BCCI was Sri Lanka.”Yes, the votings are over. It was 8-2 in favour of revamped revenue model and 9-1 in favour of constitutional changes,” a senior BCCI functionary present in Dubai told PTI on Wednesday.”The BCCI has voted against both as we had, in principle, maintained that all these changes are completely unacceptable for us. At this point, we can only say that all options are open for us. We would have to go back to our SGM and apprise the members of the situation,” he added.It was learnt that since BCCI outrightly rejected the additional $100 million pay-out in revenue, it was once again given the original option of $290 million which is a $280 million cut from the $570 million India had been getting till last year.last_img read more

Manika Batra and team finally board flight to Australia. What delayed them?

first_imgStar Indian table tennis players, including Commonwealth Games gold medallists Manika Batra, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran were stopped from flying for a tournament on Sunday.The ITTF World Tour Australian Open is set to begin on Monday and 17 players and officials of the Indian table tennis team were set to fly to Melbourne but only 10 of them could allegedly fly out.In a couple of tweets done by Batra, she explained that the table tennis players were supposed to fly for the tournament on Monday but were told that the flight was overbooked.She expressed her shock over the mismanagement and said that seven members of the team were still unable to get on the flight for the tournament.Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tomManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Contd- On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked &only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock.7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie.@Ra_THORe @PMOIndia Shocked at such mismanagement by @airindiainManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018However, Neelam Kapur, Director General of Sports Authority of India, immediately responded to Manika’s tweets and promised to look into the matter.Just an hour later, she responded to an enquiry from a Twitter user about the status of the matter saying, “The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight.”advertisementThe TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight. @manikabatra_TT Kapur (@NeelamKapur) July 22, 2018When questioned what action she is planning to take for the mismanagement that led to the problem in the first place, Kapur said, “The team reached late. They were supposed to reach three hours before the flight but reached at 10.30 for the flight at 12.40.”The team reached late. They were supposed to reach three hours before the flight but reached at 10.30 for the flight at 12.40. Kapur (@NeelamKapur) July 22, 2018Manika then took to Twitter to post a photograph of herself with a boarding pass in hand and thanked Kapur for the “prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight.”I would like to thank @NeelamKapur mam for the prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight. Finally got my boarding pass and flying soon. Thanks @Media_SAI @Ra_THORe sir @PMOIndia sir Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Manika and the table tennis players last played in the Korea Open, which took place last week.Sathiyan, who put up a fabulous show in the qualification, lost to Korea’s Lim Jong-hoon in the first round while Manika Batra and Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar and Pooja Sahasrabudhe lost in the first round of the women’s doubles.last_img read more

Conte: Players won’t decide my future

first_imgChelsea ‘Winner’ Conte rejects claim player power will decide Chelsea fate Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 08:00 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Watford v Chelsea Premier League Despite speculation senior stars have influenced the sacking of prior managers, the current Blues boss is not concerned about dressing room unrest Antonio Conte declared himself a “winner” despite a second thrashing for Chelsea in six days, with the Italian rejecting suggestions player power could hold the key to his Stamford Bridge future following the 4-1 drubbing at Watford.One UK newspaper reported Conte would be sacked if his side followed a 3-0 humiliation at home to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday with another loss to Watford.After Tiemoue Bakayoko’s first-half red card, late goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra condemned Conte’s men to another heavy defeat – the first time Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League games by a margin of at least three goals since 1995 . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The heavy defeat at Vicarage Road on Monday piles the pressure on Conte and, although Eden Hazard scored a fine equaliser before Watford’s late flurry, the Belgium star was among a few key players who were notably well below-par.Conte, however, denied claims his future at Stamford Bridge could be decided by his players, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly in London to check on the club’s stilted progress.”It is very difficult for me to transfer my thoughts,” Conte told a post-match press conference. “I hope tonight you understand me, I am not worried about my job. I work every day and give 100 per cent. I am not worried.”Every day and every press conference I am asked, but no. Tomorrow is another day. My soul is clear and I go to sleep without the problem that maybe I could do this. I try to do everything. If this problem becomes of the club it is okay. Life goes on.”Do you think that a club can decide to sack a coach if there is not the support of the players? I think only here, only here, you think this. You think that the players have this power? Yes? This is wrong. This is wrong. If this happens, okay.”But, I repeat, in my life when I was a player, I was captain of Juventus and never, ever, did I speak about a coach with my club. And, if the club tried to ask me, this is not my problem”My task is to work with these players and to have honest players and they work with commitment. The problem is you try to create the problem. I do my job and I have zero issue to sleep.”For sure, this is a difficult moment. If we want to find excuses, alibis, we can find everything. Tiredness, injuries… but this is not my way to face the situation, to solve the problem.”The problems – you have to solve with work. You don’t win with excuses. In my life, I like to be a winner – and I’m a winner.”last_img read more

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Updates Transfer Decision

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has updated the status of his transfer decision. Here’s the latest on the former Tigers’ QB.Bryant was at North Carolina this past weekend, visiting the Tar Heels’ program. Another visit is coming soon, as he’s heading to the SEC.The former Clemson quarterback will be visiting Arkansas.Bryant recently talked with Bo Mattingly on the “Sports Talk with Bo” and updated his transfer process.From The State:Bryant is still taking online classes at Clemson as he works to get his master’s degree. He told Mattingly he is finishing school at Clemson in December and will transfer to a school where he can complete his master’s in 2019.As for where he will play football in 2019, Bryant visited North Carolina last weekend and said, “It was great. I left there with a different mindset than I had coming in.”The only other visit Bryant has scheduled right now is to Arkansas this weekend.Bryant has a relationship with Razorbacks coach Chad Morris, who recruited Bryant to Clemson.Stay tuned.last_img read more

You Have To Try These 6 Cachaças Before The Rio Olympics Start

first_img Bruichladdich Distillery Unveils its New Octomore Scotch Whisky Series The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather While you may not have heard of cachaça before, in the next month you surely will be hearing more and more about it as we get closer to the Rio 2016 Olympics. This sugarcane spirit, made from the fermentation of fresh sugarcane juice (compared to rum, which is made with a refined sugar product, molasses) is native to Brazil and is the key ingredient in the nation’s national cocktail, the caipirihna (kay-pree-nah).To get in the mood for this year’s Olympic games, we’ve put together a list of must-try cachaças so that you have them on hand when the Olympic torch reaches Rio in a few weeks.Novo Fogo Chameleon—This expression marries the savory identity of Novo Fogo’s Silver Cachaça with the vanilla notes of their Barrel-Aged expression. It’s aged just long enough to reach mixability peaks without losing its rainforest and sugarcane funk. A hazelnut nose is continued with sweet and spicy herbs in the palate and finished with lively citrus. From tiki drinks to stirred aperitifs, this versatile cachaça is the bartender’s friend (32.99)Novo Fogo Graciosa—Graciosa is aged for two years in repurposed oak and finished for eighteen months in castanheira do Pará (Brazil nut) barrels, lending it a vibrantly aromatic yet creamy disposition: starting with pecan and orchids on the nose, the palate morphs into cherry custard and finishes with pleasant notes of soft clove and anise. ($34.99)Yaguara Branca—Bottled at 40.5% ABV, Yaguara Branca was developed by Erwin Weimann and Jean Ponce, Yaguara´s Brazilian brand consultant–keeping the families’ tradition of blending. Ponce is a former bartender at D.O.M. in São Paulo, noted on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Branca is a traditional, 100% white, unaged cachaça.Related: Cannabis Cocktails 101 with Warren Bobrow Yaguara Ouro—A barrel-aged expression of blended cachaça that is bottled at 42% ABV. Developed by Yaguara’s master blender, Erwin Weimann, Ouro is an original blend of cachaça aged in two Brazilian native woods—Cabreúva and Amburana–as well as American Oak. ($44)Avuá Prata Cachaça—Rested in stainless steel casks before being hand-bottled.  The result is a lush and crisp spirit with subtle banana and floral notes, making it perfect for caipirihnas or other cocktails. ($28)Avuá Amburana Cachaça—Aged in Amburana wood, an indigenous wood, this cachaça comes away with warm and savory notes on both the nose and palate. Good for mixing or for sipping neat. ($36) Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

In the news today June 20

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, June 20———SENATE APPROVES BILL TO LEGALIZE POTCanadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest, after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift an almost century-old prohibition on cannabis. Senators voted 52-29, with two abstentions, to pass Bill C-45, after seven months of study and debate. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has said the provinces will need two to three months after the bill is passed before they’ll be ready to implement the new legalized cannabis regime. Canada is the first industrialized country to legalize cannabis nationwide.———REGINA TRUSTEES VOTE TO RENAME SCHOOLSchool trustees in Regina have voted to change the name of a school over concern that it honours a man who was a driving force behind the residential school system in Canada. The Davin School is to be renamed Crescents School. Davin School was named after Nicholas Davin, an MP who submitted a report to the federal government in 1879 called the “Report on Industrial Schools for Indians and Half-Breeds.” He had been appointed by Ottawa to investigate American industrial schools for Indigenous children, and recommended similar schools be set up in Canada.———COURT TO HEAR CHALLENGE TO ‘GSA’ LAWThe first court challenge of an Alberta law that bars schools from telling parents about their children’s involvement in gay-straight alliances gets underway today. Arguments are to be heard in Medicine Hat, Alta., on behalf of dozens of parents and independent faith-based schools wanting the legislation to be put on hold until there is a ruling on its constitutionality. Leading the challenge is the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which argues keeping parents out of the loop violates charter rights including freedom of religion and expression.———B.C. TO ASK COURT TO OVERTURN POLYGAMY ACQUITTALA special prosecutor is set to ask British Columbia’s Court of Appeal to overturn the acquittal of a former leader of a polygamous community, who was found not guilty of taking a girl across the border for a sexual purpose. Crown-appointed prosecutor Peter Wilson is expected to ask the court at a hearing that begins today to either convict James Oler or order a new trial. A B.C. Supreme Court judge found Oler not guilty in February 2017, concluding the Crown failed to prove the man crossed the border in 2004 with a 15-year-old girl who later married a member of a polygamous sect in the United States.———SURVIVORS OF BRONCOS CRASH TO ATTEND NHL AWARDSTen of the 13 survivors of the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash will attend tonight’s NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, at the invitation of the league and its players’ association. The Broncos were travelling together to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game on April 6 when their bus collided with a truck — a devastating crash on a flat, lonely stretch of Prairie highway that resulted in the deaths of 16 people, including 10 players. The ceremony will include a tribute to the Broncos, while Humboldt head coach Darcy Haugan, who was killed in the crash, is posthumously nominated for the inaugural Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Katherine d’Entremont, will present her fifth Annual Report to the Standing Committee on Procedure, Privileges and Legislative Officers.— A general court martial will be held in Halifax for Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, a military police officer accused of sexual assault.— Royal Canadian Navy submarine HMCS Windsor returns to Halifax after completing a five-month deployment in the Euro-Atlantic region.— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the Montreal Council on International Relations about “Canada in a Changing World.”— Statistics Canada releases the travel between Canada and other countries figures for April.— Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer welcomes Richard Martel to caucus.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation releases the Housing Market Insight – Montreal report.— BlackBerry Ltd. holds its annual meeting in Waterloo, Ont.— Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and officials hold a media availability on the fifth anniversary of the Calgary flood and what has been done in its aftermath.— Alberta Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan is scheduled to kick off National Indigenous Peoples Day with Indigenous artists and performers in Edmonton.last_img read more

JPA joins with F1s Williams to offer materials process expertise

first_imgInteriors powerhouse JPA Design and Formula 1 motor racing team Williams’ Advanced Engineering business are combining forces in a new partnership bringing deep aircraft interiors design knowledge and advanced materials engineering together, with an initial seating project also featuring a top-tier airline, airframer and certification service provider.“The joint offerings of the both companies are greater than the sum of the parts,” Stuart Olden, senior commercial manager at Williams Advanced Engineering, tells Runway Girl Network. “JPA have got a great history, knowledge, understanding of the aircraft interiors market. But I think they recognize that having an engineering support element to their offering to the customer is hugely beneficial. Because you’ve then got that one stop shop that can come together to say, this is not only a product that will fit in your aircraft, but it’s based on this engineering knowledge and understanding and modern and up-to-date and innovative materials.”Williams’ advanced manufacturing and process work plus JPA’s industry knowledge are the key parts of the partnership. Image: JPA/WilliamsOlden and Ben Orson, managing director of JPA Design London were quick to state that they do not intend to create a seatmaker from the partnership. Rather, they want to serve as a source of combined expertise to the interiors industry.Part of that expertise is product management, with what Olden calls “agile, rapid speed to market aspects that both companies bring”. Orson, for his part, suggests that “we’re both kind of engineering design consultancies, effectively. There’s a bit of a difference in scale, but there’s a lot of commonalities.”This kind of partnership consultancy work is something both JPA and Williams believe is needed within aviation. Early wins include the monocoque seat frame design that JPA created for Singapore Airlines, which unifies structural elements under a seat — the furniture, the kinematics, and the floor attachment — all into one structure. The benefits: reducing part count, mass and weight, and optimizing luggage storage space.For its part, Williams is bringing two proprietary engineering processes to the table. The first, called 223, is a manufacturing techique that Olden calls “material agnostic… the ability to form 3D structures from a 2D pressing,” with the methodology of the folding the secret sauce that the company is hesitant to discuss in detail. The result is a reduction in non-recurring engineering costs and time to manufacture.Seating is the first project for the new partnership. Image: JPA/WilliamsThe second, Racetrak, “is the ability to form very strong structural components from a 100% composite process. So we’re using the technology in the automotive industry, in parts like suspension components, where you’ve got a fully homogenous, composite component. But again,” says Olden, the benefit is “rapid cure, high volume manufacturing with low cost tooling.”But the reduction in part count and customization may not be to the liking of all airline customers. In the Passenger Experience Conference session where JPA and Williams announced their partnership today, two major airlines highlighted their concerns around over-commonality of seating components across differently sized widebodies. Essentially, said the airlines, if they have bought an expensive larger widebody, they want to make sure they maximize every square centimetre of the floorplan.JPA and Williams are looking at the very fundamentals of what makes a premium airline seat. Image: JPA/WilliamsI think if you look at the bulk of the most successful standard seat products at the moment out there, they all to some extent, successfully or otherwise, will standardize across air frames. So, that’s part of the thinking we want to build into whatever we do. Because where that works right, it’s a big win.“I don’t think initially we’re looking to occupy that space,” Orson was quick to respond. “What we’re looking for is something like the [Safran Seats, formerly Zodiac and Sicma] Cirruses of this world, that have proven themselves with many, many airlines, who are very satisfied customers.”The key, Orson says, is modularity of components across airframes, suggesting that where parts can be common they should be. “We’re starting looking at every aircraft on day one. What we’re not doing is developing a particular customer on the 777, than having adapt to the A340, then having to go to an A320. It’s a great place to start.”Williams and JPA expect their work to produce a variety of seats, from herringbone to staggered to forward-facing. Image: JPA/WilliamsRelated Articles:Exploring business class trends for 2019Cathay uses “co-creation” to avoid future seat nightmaresBrussels Airlines retains own brand, goes three-class with JPA DesignJPA’s Alex Duncan considers continuity of design in air travelSingapore Airlines shakes up Newark nonstop: new seats, timingsHawaiian, JPA launch detail-oriented, premium-heavy A321neoZodiac talks next-gen Cirrus with ergonomic and storage updatesPress Release: JPA to design cabin interiors for Brussels A330 fleetPress Release: Williams Advanced Engineering and JPA team for #PaxExlast_img read more

Press Release Aircraft seatmaker Geven gains offerability on Boeing 787

first_imgItalian aircraft seats manufacturer Geven has been approved as a “Boeing Offerable Seat Supplier”, for line-fit installation of Economy Class seats on the 787 Dreamliner.This milestone is the result of a long Boeing evaluation and qualification process, involving all Geven departments, especially focused on engineering and manufacturing capabilities.During the past decade, Geven has reached and maintained high levels of performance, with outstanding on-time deliveries and after-sales support.According to Alberto Veneruso, Geven’s Managing Director, “We are very proud about this great achievement and we are looking forward in strengthening our relationship with Boeing and its customers.”Added Veneruso: “The Company has invested a lot into expanding its production capabilities and is ready for new challenges.”About GevenGeven is an aircraft seats and interiors supplier based in Naples, Italy. Reliability, dedication and professionalism make Geven an undisputed and renowned player in the circle of great leaders in the aircraft seating and interiors manufacturing industry.By constantly innovating and refining engineering acumen and industrial process Geven continues to grow.last_img read more

KIDSysteme expands surveillance on board to inflight transmission

first_imgKID-Systeme is pushing the boundaries of onboard video surveillance via its Cargo Cam and Cabin Cam products, turning them into a fully connected surveillance system, including the ability to upload video live, after the fact, or both. Not only does the addition of connectivity expand the existing safety, security and anti-theft benefits of a camera-equipped cabin, but it also opens the door to additional benefits: real-time transmission of medical data in the event of passenger illness or injury, or assistance in dealing with disruptive passengers.KID’s Universal Video Surveillance System, product manager Joachim Reuter tells Runway Girl Network, “is a universal and modular, aircraft manufacturer and aircraft program independent video surveillance system. The UVSS improves flight crew protection, flight deck safety and cargo bay security for commercial flight crews around the world,” by allowing “crew, security staff and the airline operations center to monitor all areas of the aircraft and record the audio and video data for archiving and later analysis.”Monitoring the cabin environment — on the plane or on the ground — can be a game changer. Image: KID-SystemeThat monitoring can span the aircraft from nose to tail, including flight deck doors, galleys, cabins, passenger areas and the cargo spaces, and KID is looking to address “major challenges the airlines are facing … unruly passengers leading to flight diversions and theft in cabin and cargo.”There are clear benefits to adding that kind of monitoring, but even more interesting is ELSTRAF — the Event and Live Stream TRansmit Function — that enables the system to send snapshots, live video and recorded video to the airline’s operations centre.“This enables the airline operations centre to assess the criticality of an event in the cabin and organize emergency response actions and support from ground,” Reuter explains, highlighting that there are security and anti-theft applications even before the aircraft takes off. “On ground the ELSTRAF function provides a live view into the cabin and cargo compartment thus enabling remote video surveillance from the airline operations centre.”Today, this function is available for Boeing 777 linefit and retrofit and configured to use Panasonic’s external connectivity system. “This function can be configured to work over L-band, ATG-1 and/or Ku-band connections,” Reuter confirms. “The higher the bandwidth, the faster the video transmission. The system can can share the bandwidth with passenger applications. Normally a certain bandwidth is reserved not to get in conflict with the bandwidth needed for passenger connectivity.”The full system links together to save data on the aircraft and transmit it to the ground. Image: KID-SystemeThe advent of fully broadband inflight connectivity also provides an additional benefit for airlines choosing a video surveillance system such as this: the ability to upload images and video in medical situations to enable emergency responders in the air — whether crew or medical professionals among the aircraft’s passengers — to transmit real-time visuals to the ground-based medical assistance centre the airline uses.This livestreaming benefit can also help to reduce, prevent and deal with disruptive passengers on board, Reuter says. “Unruly passenger incidents include violence against crew and other passengers, harassment, verbal abuse, smoking, failure to follow safety instructions and other forms of riotous behavior. Although such acts are committed by a tiny minority of passengers, they have a disproportionate impact. They create inconvenience, threaten the safety and security of other passengers and crew, and lead to significant operational disruption and costs for airlines.”Transmitting live video off the aircraft is a key benefit. Image: KID-SystemeThese ‘exceptional cabin events’ are becoming more common, as RGN continues to report. IATA and civil aviation authority statistics cited by KID suggest that the 2017 rate of disruptive incidents was just over 1 in every 1000 flights, with 10 percent of all incidents escalating beyond level 1 verbal incidents to physical aggression or damage to the aircraft. A further four percent were levels 3 (life-threatening behavior) or 4, which IATA says would include “attempted or actual breach of flight deck security, act of sabotage and credible threat of unlawful seizure of the aircraft.”KID-Systeme, for its part, says UVSS is the only system on the market combining surveillance and connectivity to help deter, monitor and resolve these problems — and the others with which camera-equipped cabins can also assist.Just the presence of cameras can deter some incidents. Image: KID-SystemeRelated Articles:IFE camera use cases explored after passenger tweet goes viralThales on how AI is making small but meaningful impacts in aviationSeatback immigration? One-on-one with biometrics firm TascentLufthansa on wellness applications – what about the liability?GDPR compliance and infosec top of mind as Thales personalizes IFECKID-Systeme offers camera solution for cabin, cargo safetyPress Release: GEE, KID to supply integrated streaming for Saudialast_img read more

Press Release Hawaiian celebrates free IFE with donation to nonprofits

first_imgHawaiian Airlines guests who sit back and watch the carrier’s complimentary in-flight entertainment (IFE) programming when traveling in July will be supporting Hawai‘i’s arts movement while helping protect the islands’ environment.Throughout the month, each time guests onboard Hawaiian’s flights view any IFE content, the airline will award one mile to benefit three local nonprofits featured on its Hawaiian Skies channel – Na Kama Kai, Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and the state of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Malama Hawaiʻi initiative.Hawaiian offers over 100 hours of movies, and television, music and games on all Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft, with approximately 30 percent of the content highlighting Hawaii’s rich culture. Hawaiian Skies gives travelers an in-depth look at the people and things that make Hawaiʻi an unparalleled destination.“As Hawaii’s airline, we are proud to share with our guests the many stories that make our island home so special. In the last year, we’ve featured over 300 programs that were either about Hawaiʻi, filmed in Hawaiʻi, or showcased local actors or directors,” said Evan Nomura, product manager of in-flight entertainment at Hawaiian Airlines. “This month, we are excited to engage our guests as we express our mahalo to organizations that have shared their stories to entertain us but also educate us about important issues affecting our home.”Hawaiian rolled out complimentary IFE on all transpacific flights on July 1. Guests onboard Hawaiian’s A330 aircraft enjoy seatback monitors in the Main Cabin and 13-inch tablets in the Premium Cabin. The A321neo features wireless streaming in-flight entertainment for personal devices through the Hawaiian Airlines app.About Hawaiian AirlinesHawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 15 years (2004-2018) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.Now in its 90th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (13) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides, on average, more than 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, and over 260 daily flights system-wide.Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.last_img read more

Press Release jetlite SFS to reveal digitized cabin concept at APEX EXPO

first_imgjetlite, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, will present its lighting innovations at the APEX EXPO in Los Angeles this year, exhibiting at booth 1562.jetlite’s solutions are based on the principles of Human Centric Lighting, bringing passenger well-being to new heights. Taking a step beyond mood lighting, jetlite’s lighting solutions are designed to mitigate the effects of jet lag for all booking classes, while being cost-efficient and easily retrofittable for operators.The Revolution of Aircraft Cabin Design: lite2fix As a highlight at this year’s APEX EXPO, jetlite will exhibit the lite2fix mock-up at booth 1562 together with industry partner SFS Aircraft Components.lite2fix is a revolutionary interface-reduced fastening cover that digitizes the cabin from manufacturer to passenger. Due to latest LED technology, lite2fix does not only allow for the integration of jetlite’s Human Centric Lighting, but also for further innovative forms of using light in the cabin – for example as part of the airline branding, or to display information such as (de)boarding assistance, seat reservations or filling of luggage racks. Joining Forces with Inflight VR Inflight VR and jetlite, two companies that both are alumni of the acceleration program Airbus BizLab, will share a booth at the EXPO. With jetlite tackling the jet lag problem and Inflight VR providing innovative Virtual Reality Inflight Entertainment, the two companies aim to revolutionize air travel passenger experience together. At the show, they will display how jetlite’s lighting software can be merged with Virtual Reality applications.jetlite in Business Jets with Aircraft Lighting International (A.L.I.) Aircraft Lighting International and jetlite have partnered up to develop a passenger app that allows for individual customization of lighting in business jets. The demonstrator, on display at APEX EXPO, includes jetlite’s software to reduce jet lag and improve well-being of business jet flyers. Aircraft Lighting International (A.L.I.) is renowned for the most energy-efficient aircraft lighting systems, while also offering fully interchangeable LED lamps that eliminate major hurdles of the integration process.Innovations Along the Passenger Journey jetlite is constantly innovating further new products that improve passenger experience along the whole passenger journey, in cooperation with leading industry partners. A recently announced partnership with Recaro will bring jetlite’s Human Centric Lighting to the seat in Business Class in order to enable greater personalization for the passenger. In a cooperation with Silver Atena, jetlite develops the jetlite controller – a stand-alone hardware device that steers the cabin lighting automatically.Meet us at the show to find out more! We look forward to discussing our latest innovations and the impact of lighting for passenger experience, at the APEX EXPO in Los Angeles with you! To schedule a meeting with product demonstration, DM Iwana Johannsen anytime at jetlite: jetlite is a young German company headquartered at Hamburg’s ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research. jetlite provides holistic and scientifically-proven solutions to reduce jet lag and increase overall passenger well-being, focusing on Human Centric Lighting. The jetlite lighting scenarios are already flying on Lufthansa’s A350 fleet after successful proof of concept. The company is winner of the German Innovation Award 2018 and 1st season alumnus of Airbus BizLab.Photo at top credited to SFS Aircraft Componentslast_img read more

Airbus teases new business premium seats for longhaul narrowbodies

first_imgWith the sales success of the ten-hour-capable A321XLR since its announcement at the Paris Air Show this June, and in the context of production problems with its Cabin Flex door redistribution A321neo models, Airbus is redoubling its efforts to ensure that the passenger experience on board matches that of the widebody competition.With class-leading economy class seats like the Recaro CL3710 already offered in narrowbodies, key questions for airframers are around expanding the narrowbody flat bed business class option list beyond the current choice of “Vantage or Diamond”. Those Thompson Aero Seating and Collins Aerospace products are, by and large, the common choice of many airlines on the A320 family airframes, from JetBlue to Qatar to Aer Lingus to La Compagnie to TAP and beyond.La Compagnie and many others use Collins Aerospace Diamond in their Airbus narrowbodies. Image: John WaltonFor the A321neo’s extended range versions, “Suppliers are really working on new products that will be available in time for those deliveries,” Airbus vice president of cabin marketing Ingo Wuggetzer tells Runway Girl Network. “Clearly we push for innovative products for single-aisle, but always take care that you can use them as well on widebodies. We see some things coming up on the market.”Of course, some airlines choosing between the Vantage or Diamond binary have moved beyond those products for their longhaul aircraft, whether that’s TAP or Qatar.JetBlue’s Mint is based on Thompson Vantage. Image: JetBlueThere will be, Wuggetzer suggests, “a range that you have today on widebody, that will be more high-end full comfortable seats, and there will be more efficient ones. That depends where you position your airline and yourself.”Part of the complexity is around the growing customization of business class, which is by and large Buyer Furnished Equipment (BFE), selected and customized by the airline purchasing the aircraft. Airlines, it seems, still want a unique product and so are more willing to take on the effort of designing, customizing and certifying it.There remains, however, “a commodity area which you also offer as supplier furnished equipment — or something in between — because it’s ‘same-same but different’,” Wuggetzer says. “It’s more about the integration, the functionality, the weight and things like that because the product itself is kind of a standard. That’s why the new innovative parts could be driven by airlines, in the premium area.”But Airbus has, Wuggetzer says, “an interest to find partners that develop products that really make use of our advantages that we have in single-aisle, because we have more space in the wider cross-section.”In essence this is the showroom question: Airbus needs to have enough options to give airlines ideas about how they might be able to either create a bespoke product, highly customize a seat, or change just enough of the color, materials and finish to make it match their brand, depending on the nature of the airline and the depths of its pockets.The only all direct aisle access seat currently operated on an A320 family aircraft is American Airlines’ Safran Cirrus. Image: John WaltonBut there is change coming, Wuggetzer says. “I think this will get more speed. They’re working on several concepts. I saw something coming up that’s in the pipeline. As soon as the airlines’ demand is growing, it will happen, especially if you can use the same seats for widebodies. I am quite positive, to be honest. What I see on the horizon coming up [will] offer enough variety and choice.”Further back, too, there is an interesting tension between two trends. On the one hand, the pendulum is swinging strongly towards premium economy, with recent new and refurbished aircraft LOPAs featuring a growing number and proportion of these seats, which remain the most profitable on most aircraft by area.Widebody-style recliners, he says, “could be one of the solutions to the three or four classes. You can’t predict it, but it’s one possibility, I would say, yes. It’s translating the same as we saw on widebody, coming to the single aisle.”In the wider context, “there’s a hardware differentiation, a pitch differentiation but there also might be a service differentiation. There are a couple of grey zones between classes to make it not such a hard line. You see it also in Europe: you can upgrade services but not hardware or the other way around. What airlines try to do is to offer a variety and a bigger, broader choice level mixing different things.”The longhaul passenger experience question for airlines, airframers and suppliers, Wuggetzer asks, is clear: “What does it mean translated into a single-aisle?”Related Articles:Seeking to move. the needle on PaxEx topics at APEX and AIX exposLonger flights, more differentiation: 8-hour vs 18-hour business class?Airbus introduces Flex Zones for A321neo and A321XLR lavatoriesLufthansa’s A321XLR impression shaped by perceived shortcomingsHow will A321XLR longhaul travel compare to golden age 707 flying?Airbus’ 4700nm A321XLR asks serious narrowbody PaxEx questionsBehind the rise and rise of the Recaro CL3710David Neeleman keen on A321XLR for select TAP transatlantic routesTAP nails most of the business class details on A330neo Chicago debutRecliner-plus seating evolves for widebody PE and narrowbody businessThompson Vantage Solo sets the bar for premium narrowbody businessAir New Zealand’s 787: narrower seats pinch in Business PremierWhen two aircraft mark an interesting business class watershedlast_img read more

Kyotos Best Souvenirs And Places To Buy Them

first_imgFrom You Can Find a Great Gift at “Kyukyo-do” in KyotoKyukyodo is a long-established washi, or Japanese paper specialty store. Other than letter paper made from washi, also known as binsen, they also sell brushes and other stationery. They have various items with traditional Japanese patterns and designs available. How about using some of the traditional Japanese stationery to express your thoughts of gratitude toward someone special?Read also:You Can Find a Great Gift at “Kyukyo-do” in KyotoNishiki Street – Loved By Locals and Visitor Alike Kyoto is known for its many World Heritage Sites and a unique atmosphere. But there are also many places in this wonderful city where visitors can enjoy shopping.1. Shinkyogoku and Teramachi Street This is a shopping street right by the Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi station or the Tozai Subway Line Shiyakushomae station. Shops that sell washi (Japanese paper) and sensu (fans) line the street. It’s a great spot to search for Kyoto-exclusive items.Kyosensu – Elegant Fans from Kyoto If you wish to purchase a kimono in Kyoto, you might want to consider a reasonably priced antique kimono. Echigoya is a kimono recycle shop where visitors can find beautiful kimonos at very good prices. Owning a real kimono you bought in Kyoto would probably make your trip even more memorable.Sou・Sou – Sneaker-Like Tabi Socks? From Kyoto’s Kitchen Nishiki Market – Top 10 Things To Try And Where To GoNishiki street is a popular spot among visitors to Kyoto, but at the same time it is a shopping street loved by the local people as well. The street stretches about 390 meters and is known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, as you will be able to find various typical Kyoto snacks and ingredients there.Sawawa – Matcha Warabimochi Kyoto is a popular sightseeing destination among visitors from Japan and from around the world. Today we’ll be introducing some recommended places and shopping spots for Kyoto-exclusive souvenirs and experiences.Read also:10 Itinerary Suggestions For A One-Day Trip From Kyoto6 MATCHA Articles You Should Read Before Going To KyotoRecommended Shopping Spots in Kyoto From SOU・SOU in Kyoto– Japanese Clothing for Modern-Day JapanSou・Sou is a Japanese clothing store with the concept of “creating a new Japanese culture”. Here you will be able to find appealing items with new modern designs that have been inspired by Japanese traditions and patterns.Recommended articlesSOU・SOU in Kyoto– Japanese Clothing for Modern-Day JapanThe Best Souvenirs From Kyoto – 7 Japanese Sweet TreatsMake Original Goods: Yūzen Dyeing Workshop Marumasu NishimurayaTokyo To Kyoto: Should You Go Via Shinkansen Or Night Bus?The Best 12 Sightseeing Destinations in KyotoEnjoy Kyoto To The Fullest! A Two-Day Sightseeing Itinerary From Enjoy Matcha Art In Wazuka, The Town Of TeaIf just drinking delicious matcha is not enough, then please head here! Wazukacha Cafe is located in Wazuka, Kyoto. Wazuka is Japan’s number one producer of tencha, which is the name of the tea leaves that will become matcha. Visitors can learn how to enjoy matcha, or even how to create some matcha art. It is a great place to enjoy matcha to the fullest and buy some fresh tea as well.Read also:Enjoy Matcha Art In Wazuka, The Town Of TeaGion Tsujiri – Matcha Flavored Souveniers and Parfait From Kyoto’s Kitchen Nishiki Market – Top 10 Things To Try And Where To GoYou will also be able to find numerous variations of edible souvenirs. Items such as individually wrapped snacks, Kyoto pickles and sake can be found and purchased at reasonable prices. From Kyoto’s Kitchen Nishiki Market – Top 10 Things To Try And Where To GoNishiki Market also offers a big variety of Kyoto ceramic and glassware as well as many unique and peculiar souvenirs related to Kyoto.Read also:Kyoto’s Kitchen Nishiki Market – Top 10 Things To Try And Where To GoWhere to Find the Aromatic Tea of Kyoto?Tea is one of Kyoto’s most popular souvenirs. But where is the best place to experience and buy it?Ippodo – The Long Established Specialty Storecenter_img Hidariuma is a long-established cosmetics store founded in 1897. The store offers many cosmetics items such as oil blotting paper. It is said that many of Kyoto’s geisha visit the store regulary.Kyukyodo – A Long-Established Washi Specialty Store From Kyoto’s Kitchen Nishiki Market – Top 10 Things To Try And Where To GoBesides groceries and snack, you will also find some rather unique items such as matcha warabimochi. These warabimochi (glutinous rice sweets) are made from fresh matcha prepared at the store. Most normal warabimochi are covered in a light kinako (roasted soybean)powder. These matcha warabimochi offer a great combination of a traditional snack and the “Taste of Kyoto”.Kyotos Best Snacks and Souvenirs There are many shops specializing in Japanese tea in Kyoto, but by far the most famous is Ippodo. We highly recommend stopping by to those who want to try the genuine taste of Japanese tea.Read also:Face-to-Face with Japanese Tea at Kaboku Cafe in KyotoWazukacha Cafe – Matcha Art and High-Quality Green Tea From A Gentle Breeze from “Sensu” to Cool Late Summer HeatKyosensu are Kyoto-style fans. They are made only in a few places in Kyoto and Shiga. Each is carefully crafted by skilled craftsmen. Hakuchikudo is a sensu specialty store, where you can find various traditional Kyoto sensu fans.Hidariuma – A Go-To For Geisha Miyawaki Baisenan is said to be a shop that exemplifies Kyoto’s history and style. If you want to bring home a genuine and unique Kyosensu fan, this is your first stop.Kungyokudo – Incense Items Matcha is delicious as it is but some might think its taste is a little too bitter. For the latter category, we recommend enjoying it with some sweets.Gion Tsujiri is an Uji Matcha specialty store established in 1860. They offer not only matcha tea but various Japanese-style sweets as a different way to enjoy the tea leaves. You will be craving more once you’ve experienced the unique balance between sweet and bitter.Best Places for Japanese Arts and Crafts Now we’ll introduce some stores that offer lovely small accessories, such as tabi socks and sensu fans.Miyawaki Baisenan – Pioneer of Kyosensu Fans Kungyokudo is an incense specialty store established in 1594. The incenses available here are created mainly from vegetable perfume, and are very popular among  Japanese people as well as tourists from other countries.Echigoya – 70-Year-Old Used Kimono Shoplast_img read more

The Best 10 Onsen In Japan To Visit In The Winter

first_imgPicture from JNTO5. Melanterite springs (Ryokubansen) which are said to help ease the effects of anemia and chronic eczema.6. Iron springs (Tessen). They help ease symptoms of anemia and chronic eczema. If you have dry skin, this is the spring water you want to use!7. Acidic iron springs (Sansei Tessen) which help ease eczema symptoms thanks to their disinfecting action. After using this onsen, you’ll need to wash your body with regular water.8. Alkaline springs (Jusosen) which soften cornified skin layers and emulsify secretions. They ease skin conditions and sanitize wounds.9. Radium springs (Radium-sen) sound scary but they are completely harmless. Radium spring waters have a strong sedative effect. They are particularly effective at easing neuralgia, rheumatism, and menopausal disorders. Picture from Meet The Snow Monkeys At Shibu Onsen, Nagano! Access, Inns And MoreYou have probably seen the famous pictures of monkeys bathing in hot springs. Shibu Onsen in Nagano is very famous for the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park. Here you can watch the monkeys roam free and taking onsen baths. Picture from Meet The Snow Monkeys At Shibu Onsen, Nagano! Access, Inns And MoreAfter enjoying the sight of the monkeys bathing, how about enjoying the hot springs yourself? We don’t recommend jumping in with the monkeys, though. Enjoy the excellent services of the hotels and ryokans in the area.Out of the nine open-air baths at Shibu Onsen, eight of them can be used free of charge by the town residents and those staying at one of the inns.If you are a Studio Ghibli fan, you might want to consider checking in at Kanaguya, a ryokan which is rumored to have served as a model for the bathhouse in “Spirited Away”.In any case, Shibu Onsen is a great place to visit thanks to its many unique sights and wonderful hot springs. Shibu Onsen Visitor Center 渋温泉旅館組合 View Informationspatravel_agencyRead also Ginzan Onsen, A Traditional Resort: Access, One-Day Trips, And More Rotenburo, or open-air baths, are popular all year round. However, especially in the winter, they make for a very special experience. Sitting in the hot water while snowflakes are falling on your head cooling you down is extremely relaxing.Anyone who usually stays away from hot springs because of the heat should give open-air baths a try in the winter. The temperature of the water tends to be a little milder. It also makes a huge difference to literally keep a cool head. You won’t feel so hot if your head is constantly cooled down by wind or snow.Let us introduce you to a selection of 10 onsen in Japan that we recommend with soothing waters and in areas with traditional townscapes. Should you visit Japan this winter, do give them a try. You’ll understand right away why hot spring baths are so loved in Japan.Read also Picture from Kita Onsen (2) – Experience The Ambiance Of An Edo Period Hot SpringKita Onsen also gets snow in the winter, but it might not be as much as in Shima Onsen or Manza Onsen. However, it’s long history, Meiji era charm and convenient access from Tokyo definitely make it worth a visit. Kita Onsen(株)北温泉旅館 View InformationlodgingRead also Picture from Dogo Onsen, The Famous Ancient Hot Springs Of EhimeDogo Onsen boasts Alkaline spring waters which improve skin conditions and sanitizes wounds. It is very gentle to the skin and fit for children and the elderly.There are 29 different hot springs feeding the source of Dogo Onsen. The various spring waters are mixed and used in the bathhouses.If you have sensitive skin or want to experience old, opulent bathhouses, we highly recommend Dogo Onsen. 道後温泉旅館協同組合(道後観光案内所) View Informationtravel_agencyRead also 2. Ginzan Onsen in Yamagata One of the most famous hot springs in Japan is Dogo Onsen, located in Ehime prefecture. It is supposed to be the oldest onsen resort in Japan, but there is really no way of telling when and where the first onsen was built. It is also famous for being another main inspiration for the bathhouse in Studio Ghibli’s movie “Spirited Away”.The Dogo Onsen resort consists of two buildings, the original building “Honkan” and the newer and bigger “Tsubaki No Yu”. We recommend the “Tsubaki No Yu” as it is bigger and not as busy as the main building. Meet Bears At Noboribetsu Onsen! Access, One-Day Hot Springs, And More Dogo Onsen, The Famous Ancient Hot Springs Of Ehime Picture from Ginzan Onsen, A Traditional Resort: Access, One-Day Trips, And MoreGinzan Onsen in Yamagata prefecture is most scenic in winter. While the old town with the wooden buildings is charming all year round, snow just adds to the beauty of the townscape.The Ginzan area can get up to 2 meters of snow in winter. All the streets and buildings get covered with a thick blanket of snow. Now, imagine a steaming onsen in the middle of this snow blanket. Kita Onsen In Tochigi (1): Travel Back In Time To A Secluded Onsen Inn 3. Manza Onsen in Gunma Read also Picture from Meet Bears At Noboribetsu Onsen! Access, One-Day Hot Springs, And MoreOne of Noboribetsu’s most famous hotels is Daiichi Takimotokan. This hotel offers seven of the nine kinds of spring water available in Noboribetsu. Try them all and decide which water is your favorite.In addition to its spring waters and beautiful views, Hokkaido offers great attractions which make it an ideal place to visit in winter. It is the only place in Japan where you can walk through knee-deep snow and enjoy a true winter wonderland. Noboribetsu International Tourism & Convention Association Tourist Information Center View Informationtravel_agencyRead also Manza Onsen In Gunma – Relaxing Hot Springs And A Great View Meet The Snow Monkeys At Shibu Onsen, Nagano! Access, Inns And More Taisho Retro – Memories of Old Japan at Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata Picture from The Highlights Of Shima Onsen, Historical Hot Springs In GunmaEven though Sekizenkan might be the most interesting hotel in Shima Onsen, we also recommend Shima Tamura. They have a vast variety of different indoor and outdoor hot springs available. Moreover, their sister company is the Shima Grand Hotel. If you stay at either of these facilities you can use all the hot springs available in both of them for an extra fee of 500 yen. Shima Onsen View InformationlodgingspaRead also The Highlights Of Shima Onsen, Historical Hot Springs In Gunma Beppu Onsen – Oita’s Amazing Hot Springs Picture rom Kinosaki Onsen – Visit Outdoor Hot Springs And Try Tasty Local SnacksKinosaki Onsen also offers a wide variety of onsen-related food. At the Kinosaki Gelato Cafe Chaya, you can buy eggs and boil them in the hot spring water in front of the shop.Onsen tamago (hot spring boiled eggs) are a very popular local treat. However, the chance to boil them yourself in real hot spring water is very rare, so don’t miss it out when visiting Kinosaki Onsen! 城崎温泉駅 View Informationtransit_stationRead also 10. Beppu Onsen in Oita Picture from Beppu Onsen – Oita’s Amazing Hot SpringThe area is also famous for its “Hell Tour” – a series of eight unusual hot spring spots that seem to be out of this world. The blue one, for example, gets its color from sulfuric acid and its temperature is 98 degrees Celsius.This tour is worth a visit alone, but we are here for the onsen we can bathe in, right? Beppu Onsen offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor hot springs. 6. Shibu Onsen in Nagano 9. Dogo Onsen in Ehime From Ginzan Onsen, A Traditional Resort: Access, One-Day Trips, And MoreAt Ginzan Onsen, you can stay at an onsen hotel or use a public bath. Some hotels make their hot springs available to the public as well. So if you choose to just enjoy a hot bath and leave, you have the option to do this as well.Whichever way you choose, you are definitely in for a truly special experience. Ginzan Onsen View Informationlodgingspa 5. Kita Onsen in Tochigicenter_img Picture from Kita Onsen In Tochigi (1): Travel Back In Time To A Secluded Onsen InnKita Onsen, located in Tochigi prefecture, is another onsen area you can easily reach from Tokyo. It is known for being one of the oldest onsen areas in Japan.According to legend, Kita Onsen was discovered by a tengu (goblin) 1200 years ago. This is why “Tengu no Yu” (“The Hot Spring of the Tengu”) is the most famous bathing facility in Kita Onsen. Picture from Kinosaki Onsen – Visit Outdoor Hot Springs And Try Tasty Local SnacksKinosaki Onsen in Hyogo prefecture has a history dating back 1300 years and is one of the leading onsen resorts in Japan.There are seven open-air hot springs within walking distance from one another. They offer a pass called the “Yumepa” which gives visitors unlimited one-day access to all seven hot springs. This offer is called “The Tour of the Seven Hot Springs”. The pass costs 1200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children. You can purchase it at any of the participating hot springs.This offer gives you a great variety of onsen to choose from. If you don’t enjoy one of the hot springs, you can simply move to another. Beppu Onsen – Oita’s Amazing Hot Springs Jigokudani Monkey Park – See Monkeys Bathing In Hot Springs Picture from The Highlights Of Shima Onsen, Historical Hot Springs In GunmaShima Onsen is also located in Gunma. It is not as high up as Manza Onsen and this also makes it easier to reach. It can actually be reached by bus from Tokyo.Shima Onsen doesn’t get as much snow as Manza, but it is still enough to cover the streets and rooftops in the winter.Sekizenkan, one of the hotels in Shima Onsen, has been confirmed to be one of the locations that inspired the Studio Ghibli movie “Spirited Away”.The area is also known for being the home of one of the oldest wooden onsen hotels in Japan. Shima Onsen is a really charming place with its old-school rock covered streets and wooden buildings. Picture from Meet Bears At Noboribetsu Onsen! Access, One-Day Hot Springs, And MoreNoboribetsu Onsen is one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan. It is really quite impressive at any time of the year. Jigokudani, or Hell Valley, is the source of its hot springs. Walking through the hot sand dunes in Noboribetsu with the sulfur smell floating in the air makes you think of hell, indeed. On the other hand, it’s extremely relaxing if you don’t mind the sulfur smell.As for the hot springs themselves, you might not be aware that there are many different kinds of spring water available at the onsen. Every type of water has different effects and serves a different purpose.There are nine varieties of spring water available at Noboribetsu Onsen.1. Sulfur springs (Lousen), which help to ease chronic bronchitis, the hardening of the arteries and chronic dermatitis.2. Salt springs (Shokuensen), known to help ease neuralgia, lower back pain, and poor circulation. They are the most common in Japan.3. Aluminum springs (Myobansen) which are said to help ease symptoms of chronic skin diseases and the inflammation of the mucous membranes.4. Mirabilite springs (Boshosen) which improve the blood flow and ease the effects of hypertension, wounds, and arteriosclerosis. Relax and Enjoy a Winter BathWinter is the best season to explore some of Japan’s hot springs. Even if you aren’t so interested in the steamy hot water, just think about how relaxing it is to sit in hot water after a long walk in the snow. All your tiredness would be taken away, and you’ll warm up even if it’s cold outside.Followed up by hot tea or a warm cocoa drink, there is no better way to enjoy a snowy evening in Japan. How about giving the onsen another try? Picture from Accessing Arima Onsen, Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring In Hyogo PrefectureArima Onsen is located in Hyogo prefecture as well. It is one of Japan’s oldest onsen resorts alongside Ehime’s Dogo Onsen and Wakayama’s Shirahama Onsen.It is a hot spring area with gushing waters. It offers golden springs and two kinds of silver springs. Kinosaki Onsen – Visit Outdoor Hot Springs And Try Tasty Local Snacks Beppu Onsen Guide – Access, Top Hot Springs, Food, And More! 15 Studio Ghibli Related Places You Must Visit While In Japan Arima Onsen – Complete Guide To Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring Town Picture from Manza Onsen In Gunma – Relaxing Hot Springs And A Great ViewSince it’s situated high up in the mountains, the Manza Onsen area is covered in snow in the winter. It is also a very popular ski resort.Just imagine yourself relaxing in a hot onsen after a day of skiing. It will warm you up and help ease muscle ache.Manza Onsen is located around 45 minutes from Manza Kazawaguchi Station via bus. 万座温泉 観光協会(万座しぜん情報館内) View Informationtravel_agencyRead also Picture from Accessing Arima Onsen, Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring In Hyogo PrefectureThere are two kinds of silver springs in Arima Onsen. One consists of carbonic spring water and the other of radon spring water. They are called silver springs because their water is clear and shiny like silver. The carbonic spring water improves blood circulation and is even drinkable in some cases.Besides being the home of some of the best hot springs in Japan, Arima Onsen is a great place to just lean back and relax. Arima Hot Spring Tourists Association View InformationRead also Kita Onsen (2) – Experience The Ambiance Of An Edo Period Hot Spring Picture from Beppu Onsen – Oita’s Amazing Hot SpringBeppu Onsen in Oita prefecture boasts the greatest volume of hot spring water in Japan. It might look like the town is on fire but its just the steam of the hot water rising from the ground. 8. Arima Onsen in Hyogo 5 Types Of Heat Packs – How To Stay Warm In The Japanese Winter 1. Noboribetsu Onsen in Hokkaido Picture from Accessing Arima Onsen, Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring In Hyogo PrefectureThe golden springs have a high content of salt and iron. As mentioned previously, iron is extremely good in treating eczema and dry skin. Salt works as a disinfectant and improves blood circulation. The mixture of both is supposed to have moisturizing and healing effects. Picture from Manza Onsen In Gunma – Relaxing Hot Springs And A Great ViewManza Onsen in Gunma prefecture is a hot spring area located at a high altitude and easily reachable from Tokyo. Their hot springs are very rich in sulfur. When the sulfur content is very high, it makes the water look neon yellow.Sulfur is known to help in treating dermatitis and clogged arteries and is supposed to have an overall beautifying effect. Enjoy The Otherworldly Sights Of Beppu Onsen’s “Hell Tour” 7. Kinosaki Onsen in Hyogo Read also 4. Shima Onsen in Gunma Bath Culture In Japan: What Every Visitor Should Know Ahead Of Time Picture from Beppu Onsen – Oita’s Amazing Hot SpringsIn addition to normal hot baths, they also offer sand baths. You get buried in the rich soil heated up by the hot springs moving underneath the surface and relax for a few minutes. It’s a great way to get rid of fatigue.In other words, with its variety of hot spring types, Beppu Onsen is truly unique and an ideal place for a relaxing holiday. 別府温泉 View InformationRead alsolast_img read more

Google tightens political ad rules ahead of Europe elections

first_imgLONDON — Google is expanding stricter requirements for political advertising to the European Union as part of efforts to curb misinformation and increase transparency ahead of the bloc’s elections next year.The U.S. tech giant said Thursday that it will require any political advertisement to disclose who is paying for it while also tightening up its identity verification process for ad buyers.Google will also publish an EU election ads transparency report and a library of political ads that anyone can search for more information on buyers, their target audience, and how the money is spent.It’s an extension of a system Google brought in this year for U.S. political ads.Facebook introduced a similar system of its own for the U.S., Brazil and Britain earlier this year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Amazon Echo led India smart speakers market

first_imgNew Delhi: Amazon Echo led the Indian smart speakers market with 59% share in 2018, followed by Google Home with 39% unit share, a new report from International Data Corp (IDC) said on Thursday. According to IDC’s “India Monthly Smart Speaker Device Tracker”, a total of 753,000 units were shipped in 2018 in the country. Google Home Mini outsold all other smart speaker models, emerging as a top seller. However, Amazon Echo Dot with its second and third generation models was the most dominant series, with four out of 10 devices sold in the country, the IDC said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Though the smart speaker is a relatively young product in India, the integration of voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant in smart devices is gaining immense popularity in the country,” said Jaipal Singh, Associate Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC India. The main driver of the early adoption so far is the novelty factor around this technology. “However, it is certainly driving the shift in consumer behaviour and accelerating the adoption of voice interfaces in India,” Singh added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSmart speakers were first introduced to the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2017 when Amazon launched its Echo range of devices in the country. Since then, more than half a dozen companies have launched their devices in this category. “Many Indians are using voice assistants for the first time in their smartphones — some even using them in their feature phones — now with more localised and enhanced use cases, they want to use voice interfaces in more and more devices,” added Navkendar Singh, Research Director, IDC India. When it comes to the preferred channel for smart speakers, online channels inclusive of e-tailers and vendor’s own websites dominated smart speaker sales with 55 per cent of the smart speakers sold in this channel, said IDC.last_img read more

South African Court Announces ProPolisario Verdict in Phosphate Case

Rabat – On Friday, the High Court in Port Elizabeth, South Africa returned a verdict in favor of the separatist group Polisario, concerning a Moroccan phosphate shipment detained on May 1, 2017, after a Polisario complaint that the cargo was transported illegally from Western Sahara.The judgment, however, was announced in the absence of the Moroccan party involved.The court decided that the Polisario Front’s Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is the “owner of all the phosphate cargo currently loaded on the NM Cherry Blossom,” noting that “phosphate ownership has never been legally held by the Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP) and/or Phosphates de Boucraa SA.” According to the court, the institutions are not authorized to sell phosphate to Ballance Agri-Nutrients Limited of New Zealand.Additional orders issued by the court denied OCP the power to auction cargo and the right to recover the capital costs of the shipment.Biased Against Morocco?OCP was certain that the South African court was planning to politicize the case, adding that the decision does not bring any new developments, according to Le360.OCP does not seem to be outraged over the decision taken by the court. A source within the OCP told Le360 that the decision is positive in many ways.  Referring to Polisario, the source said that “the opposing side attempted to sell the 55,0000 tons of phosphate using all possible means and made contacts with all potential actors.” However, according to OCP, “We managed to block these attempts every time,” they were trying to do so. Therefore, “the decision is favorable to us insofar as it stipulates a judicial sale made at the request of the shipowner.”According to an unidentified source, “Maintaining the amount seized of phosphate has become a source of embarrassment for South Africa, and the decision was taken by default.”Decision Contradicts UN’s ProcessIn July 2017, OCP Group refused to participate in South Africa trial “that undermines UN resolution process and international law.”“This judicial overreach threatens the freedom and security of international trade, while it contradicts core legal concepts and undermines the United Nations (UN) resolution process. Thus, participating in any trial before this forum would give further credit to a process without legal legitimacy,” said OCP group.The court’s decision contradicts basic principles of international law. The decision also constitutes a “serious and dangerous interference “  that might undermine the negotiation process which has been carried out under the auspices of the United Nations. read more

New GPL Chairman assures citizens constant power outages will be a

Chairman of GPL, Rawle LucasNew Chairman of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Board of Directors, Rawle Lucas is optimistic that in conjunction with staff at the entity, he can come up with strategies to relieve Guyanese of the burden of constant power outages.In an interview with this publication on Tuesday, Lucas acknowledged that blackouts are a problem. In fact, he described it as a thorn in the side and noted that policies to reduce blackouts will be pursued by the Board.“The issue of blackouts has become like a thorn in the flesh. And we cannot keep living with these thorns in our flesh. We have to try and do something about it. And I want to assure you that it will be a main area of focus, certainly of this Board.”One thing he believes can be done is to take a look at GPL’s infrastructure, which would include the interconnected system. Supplying power to this system are engines run by the Power Producers and Distribution Incorporated (PPDI).“I do believe that there are things that we can do with respect to improving the performance of the entity. You know, one can look at the asset management and the financial management and some of the technical issues which might be driving some of these unpleasant outcomes and blackouts.”Part of GPL’s interconnected system“I’m fairly certain that there are areas that GPL has little or no control over that result in these unfortunate incidents. But I also believe that there are areas where we might be able to find some opportunities to minimise if not eliminate the challenges we are facing.”When it comes to renewable energy, Lucas made it clear that integrating renewable energy into GPL’s system will be pursued. He noted the importance of renewable energy in the context of the Green State Development Strategy and reducing global warming.Lucas is no stranger to chairing State Boards, as he previously served as Chairman of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). Prior to the appointments of Lucas and his fellow Directors, GPL had been without a Board since early 2018.Serving along with him on the GPL Board are Reggie Bagwandin, Kirk Hollingsworth, Morsha Johnson-Francis and Tara Singh. Meanwhile, the remaining four seats are reserved for Guyana Public Service Union representative Gillian Pollard, Guyana Energy Agency Chief Executive Officer Dr Mahender Sharma, Private Sector Commission representative Komal Ramnauth and someone nominated by the parliamentary opposition.The new Board comes at a time when GPL’s service has been heavily criticised by citizens. This is because of regular power outages, maintenance work and announcements that there are issues with the interconnected system. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL says “not proud” of the situation customers faceSeptember 13, 2019In “Business”GPL “smart metres” to be introduced next yearSeptember 15, 2019In “latest news”Permanent fix for Essequibo blackouts by December- GPL CEOAugust 29, 2018In “Business” read more

Trinidadian becomes newest Judge at CCJ

Justice Peter Jamadar takes the oath of office as he is sworn in as CCJ judge.Trinidadian jurist Peter Jamadar will officially sit on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) bench from July 15 to succeed Justice David Hayton who will be retiring from the Court after 14 years of service.His appointment was announced by the CCJ last Friday, a day after he was sworn in by Trinidad and Tobago President Paula Mae-Weekes last Thursday.Justice Jamadar said he was “proud and humbled” by his appointment.“For any Caribbean jurist or legal practitioner, one of the pinnacle achievements must be, to sit as a judge of the CCJ. It is at once an office of great status and of even greater service,” he said.“It is with great pride and humility that I take my seat on the CCJ. It is my hope that I will unwaveringly follow the ethical dictates of my oath, and do justice to all who seek it before this court.”CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders, noted during the ceremony that Justice Jamadar’s appointment marked the culmination of a competitive process, conducted by the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the independent body responsible for selecting and appointing staff of the Court.He pointed out that the Commission did not only consider the respective qualifications, experience and skill sets of the applicants.“As mandated by the Agreement Establishing the CCJ, the Commission was also obliged to consider the applicants’ moral character, their intellectual and analytical ability, the soundness of their judgment, their integrity, and their understanding of people and society,” he said.The CCJ president welcomed Justice Jamadar to the regional court, noting that “his judgments are erudite and well-reasoned. They demonstrate a high intellect, a deep understanding of Caribbean society, and an abiding sense of fairness. Unsurprisingly, several of these judgments have been cited with approval by judges of both the CCJ and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.”Justice Jamadar previously served as a Judge of the Appeal Court of Trinidad and Tobago. He is the Vice President (Programming) and a Faculty member of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI) and Vice-Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO). He is also a certified Transpersonal Psychologist and a certified Mediator. He has written two books and numerous articles and authored various publications relating to law.The CCJ was inaugurated on April 16, 2005. It functions as both a municipal court of last resort (in its appellate jurisdiction) and an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in respect of the interpretation and application of the Treaty of Chaguaramas (in its original jurisdiction). Only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have so far signed on to the court’s appellate jurisdiction and replaced the Privy Council with the CCJ as their final appeal court. ( Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCJ seeking new presidentAugust 29, 2017In “latest news”St Vincent jurist to head CCJMarch 12, 2018In “latest news”First graduate from Caribbean legal education system becomes President of CCJJuly 4, 2018In “Court” read more