Hyderabad, Jun 27 (PTI) Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, H S Prannoy along with Chief National Coach P Gopichand were today felicitated by Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan here.Srikanth bagged back to back mens singles titles at the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier tournament and the Australian Open Super Series event.Recalling that he had spotted a spark in Srikanth one year ago during the felicitation of shuttler PV Sindhu, Narasimhan, who is also the Andhra Pradesh Governor, said the young player has now proved him right.He said aspiring sports-persons have nowhere else to look but within the country as it has excellent sports infrastructure like the Gopichand badminton academy, according to an official release.Speaking on the occasion, Gopichand said it was a privilege for them to come to the Raj Bhavan for felicitation.Gopichand also said many people do not know that he had requested the Governor to save the Academy and that the Governor has generously helped the institution overcome the troubles, according to the release.He recalled that the corporates did not believe him those days and the Academy struggled to stand on its feet.Srikanths parents Kidambi Krishna and Radha were also felicitated on the occasion.Sai Praneeth recently won the Singapore Open and Prannoy defeated few top players in recent times.The shuttlers were complimented by sports administrator V Chamundeswarinath at the Gopichand Academy earlier in the day.Srikanth and Prannoy were also felicitated by the IDBI Federal at the Academy and also presented with the prize money under their programme, Quest For Excellence, in association with Gopichand. PTI SJR NRBadvertisement
India crushed Sri Lanka in the final Test at Pallekele by an innings and 171 runs and became the first Asian side to complete an overseas whitewash after Virat Kohli’s side had defeated Sri Lanka in the first two Tests.The last visiting side before India to whitewash the home side: Australia when they beat South Africa 3-0 in SAfrica in Mar-Apr 2006#SLvIND- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017Most wins by a captain after his 1st 29 Tests:21 – Steve Waugh & Ricky Ponting19 – VIRAT KOHLI#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017India won all the three tosses in the series and beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test and destroyed them by an innings and 53 runs in the second.On Sunday, Hardik Pandya scored a brilliant maiden Test century hitting seven sixes on the way and became the first Indian batsman to hit 26 runs in an over when he decimated Malinda Pushpakumara for two boundaries and three consecutive sixes.26 runs by Hardik Pandya in an over – no Indian has hit so many in a single over in Test cricket!#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017Most sixes in a Test inns for India8 Navjot Singh Sidhu7 V Sehwag/Harbhajan Singh/Hardik Pandya#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017India have now managed to win their last five Tests in Sri Lanka.But Sri Lanka are yet to win a Test match in India!#SLvIND- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017Don’t forget Hardik Pandya’s 108* in 93 balls, 8f, 7s – have all come in one session – all before lunch!#SLvIndadvertisement- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017Most sixes in intl cricket in 201733/848b E Morgan32/552b E Lewis27/1051b B Stokes26/350b Hardik Pandya25/678b P Stirling#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017
SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group.It could have been worse if not for Ricardo Quaresma, who started for the first time in the tournament and scored his maiden World Cup goal with a shot that had about as much flare as any in the tournament.Portugal finished second in Group B after a 1-1 draw with Iran on Monday. The 2016 European champions will next face Uruguay on Saturday in the round of 16.“The conclusion and the most important thing is we’re going to continue playing,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “We had a strong opponent.”Quaresma became the only player other than Ronaldo to score for the Portuguese in three games in Russia. The 34-year-old midfielder also became Portugal’s oldest scorer in World Cup play by hitting a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area that went beyond the reach of diving Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.Ronaldo — who had scored all four Portugal goals in its first two games of Group B play — was denied on his penalty by Beiranvand’s dive toward the right post in the second half.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, bottom, is fouled by Iran’s Saeid Ezatolahi to give away a penalty, during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)“We were on top of the game until the penalty, and we didn’t make it. It wasn’t perfect, but that’s football,” Santos said. “We did what was expected and now we have to settle down and think about Uruguay.”Karim Ansarifard scored a late penalty for Iran, which need to win to advance, but couldn’t break through a second time despite a furious charge in the waning minutes. The Mordovia arena momentarily vibrated from the sound of Iran fans’ roars when Mehdi Taremi hit the side of the net from 6 yards out.The penalty against Portugal was awarded after a video review showed a handball in the area. But although Iran coach Carolos Queiroz benefited from that review, he railed against the system for the second day in a row. In particular, he cited a decision to give Ronaldo a yellow card after his elbow struck Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face in the second half.“Elbow is a red card in the rules,” Queiroz asserted in English, adding that there are no written exceptions for players named Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. “The decisions, they must be clear for everybody, for the people. Everybody agrees that VAR is not going well. That’s the reality. There are a lot of complaints.”Spain won Group B after its 2-2 draw with Morocco. Both Spain and Portugal had a goal difference of plus-1, but Spain scored six goals in its three group matches while Portugal had five.Spain will next face host Russia on Sunday in Moscow.LUCKY STRIKE?Quaresma had nine international goals in 78 previous appearances for Portugal. But his goal against Iran had all appeal of a Ronaldo strike. He sent the shot with the outside of his right foot spinning into the far corner near the end of the first half.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, centre reacts after failing to score a penalty as Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji reavts, left, during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Not bad for someone who had played little more than 20 minutes as a substitute in Portugal’s first two games. Ronaldo certainly looked impressed, wrapping his right arm around Quaresma’s shoulders as he roared and raised his left fist into the air.Quaresma declined an opportunity to boast when asked if he thought his goal was among the tournament’s best, saying what matters most is the squad’s success.“I was a bit lucky with the goal,” Quaresma said. “Most importantly, we fulfilled our objective and we’re looking forward to the next round.”Santos’s confidence that Quaresma was ready to influence the game not only was evident in his decision to start the veteran, but in the coach’s comment afterward.“I always take the decisions that are right for my team,” he said.QUIET CRISTIANORonaldo smiled confidently as he walked past reporters after the game, but avoided answering questions. He has now missed six of his last 14 penalty kicks, but he hasn’t been the only big star to miss one in this tournament. Messi also was denied in Argentina’s opening draw against Iceland.Ronaldo’s penalty was awarded after the use of video review following an apparent takedown of the Portugal forward by Saeid Ezatolahi in the area. The Iranian team, already aggrieved by the replay system overturning a goal against Spain, reacted angrily. Players swarmed Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres, who initially had waved play on after Ronaldo went down.DENIED AGAINIran has been to five World Cups — all since 1978 — but has yet to advance out of group play.Its players collapsed on the field at the final whistle, while Portugal’s somewhat muted celebration had the look of relief.After the match, Queiroz was asked if he was aware how proud Iran was of its team’s performance, which included a 1-0 victory over Morocco and a 1-0 loss to Spain.“I’m very proud,” Queiroz said. “We earned respect from people who had no idea that Iran could fight so well.”—By BRETT MARTEL , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
TCU wins the 2014 Peach Bowl. (USATSI)Mike Gundy can be quite humorous when given the opportunity.Whether that comedy is intentional or unintentional is up for debate but when he’s self-deprecating as he was earlier this week about the college football playoff it comes off as self-aware and hilarious.As you know Gundy was the only coach in the country to vote TCU No. 1.This week he told the O’Colly he used to think outliers like himself were “clowns.”“I noticed, when I looked at it in the paper, it had the ‘1’ in parentheses outside of there. I used to look at the polls forever and I used to think ‘Who is the clown that voted somebody No. 1?’ that was like eighth or ninth in the country.”Well this year that would be you.“This year, when somebody showed me the newspaper, I was wondering who that clown was, and I realized that clown was me.”That moment when you realize the clown is you.There was some justification on Wednesday, however, when the Frogs smoked Ole Miss’ land sharks.“They certainly played really good, and I think it was good for our conference.”It’s been about the only good thing for Gundy’s conference so far in bowl season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Premier League Premier League winter break: When it will be introduced, how long it lasts & everything you need to know Cady Siregar Last updated 1 year ago 00:06 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Premier League The English league are the only major European league to not observe a winter break, but that is set to change and we bring you all the details The FA have just confirmed their plans to introduce a mid-season winter break in the Premier League, which will be the first time that the top-flight of English football will observe such a period.Festive fixtures are a staple in English football with matches around Boxing Day and New Year’s the focal point and busiest period of the Premier League schedule – but there has been criticism over its physical demand of players and the way it takes its toll on the long run.With the announcement that a winter break will be introduced for the first time ever, Goal takes a look at why it’s being introduced at all, how long the break will be, how it impacts the football calendar and which European leagues already observe it. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now When will the first Premier League winter break be? The first Premier League winter break is set to first take place during the 2019-2020 season , which aligns itself with the new TV deal rights that were announced earlier this year.It also prepares itself for the Qatar World Cup in 2020, which will force the Premier League to take a winter break into account as the competition will be held from December to January.Why is the Premier League winter break being introduced? European managers such as Jurgen Klopp have long lamented the fact that the Premier League season has no break. The manager himself got a shock in his first full season at the English club after moving from Germany and, not being used to having to preserve and rotate his players around the busy festive schedule, saw his side slip dramatically in the league table.Major European leagues such as Spain, France, Germany and Italy all observe festive breaks which allow their players to get some much-needed rest ahead of the crucial end-of-season run-in that culminates in the latter stages of the Europa League and the Champions League. Clubs in Italy arrange their winter break in line with the Champions League, and a winter break for English footballers – most of whom in the Premier League – would potentially benefit them in the long-run ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.How long will the Premier League winter break be? The winter break will last approximately two weeks , with the break for Premier League clubs being staggered over two weekends.Ten teams will be playing the first weekend and the other 10 teams will be playing the following weekend, which will allow all clubs to have a two-week break from football.There is already an agreement in place that the clubs will not use the break to go on money-making tours abroad, though will be permitted to travel to a warm training camp during the break.Which European clubs already observe a winter break? The Premier League is the only major European league to not implement a winter break, and introducing one could benefit English footballers ahead of crucial international competitions, as well as European competitions.2017-18 Winter breaks across Europe: Country Break starts Break ends Duration Germany Dec. 20 Jan. 12 22 days France Dec. 20 Jan. 6 16 days Italy Jan. 6 Jan. 21 14 days Spain Dec. 23 Jan. 3 11 days Will the FA Cup be affected? There have been suggestions that the FA Cup will be moved to midweek to be in accordance with the winter break, which leaves weekends free for Premier League football.The announcement of the eradication of replays in the fifth round will also free up more space in the fixture calendar, what with Premier League teams being introduced in the FA Cup beginning the first week of January.Replays would be observed in the fourth and third rounds, however, though fifth-round ties would instead go into extra time and penalties.There is still a matter of seeing how the FA Cup fourth round will fit around the festive break, however, as they are usually reserved for the last week of January – right in the middle of when most Premier League clubs would be taking part in the winter break.Will there still be a Premier League festive schedule? The main appeal of the busy festive schedule is for television rights and broadcasting holders, and remains a staple of English football.Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated that he is a fan of the festive fixtures, previously stating : “It is part of English tradition and English football. I want to go on with it.”Ex-Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, however, lambasted the lack of a rest period for players in English football after spells managing clubs in Spain and Holland – stating that players deserve a break and called it the “most evil thing of this culture”.Will the Premier League winter break actually have any impact? Quite possibly, particularly with teams pushing for titles on a number of fronts.Liverpool boss Klopp blamed the lack of a break for a run of poor form last season when a victory against Tottenham in mid-February marked their first league victory of the calendar year. A lack of squad rotation and player exhaustion impacted their season, and, the German believes it cost them important points in the race to finish in the top four.”In December we missed players and did not have the best schedule. You could see the difference physically,” he told reporters.This year, Liverpool players spent a 10 days off participating in a warm-weather training camp in Marbella, Spain following their early fourth-round exit to West Brom in the FA Cup. It ultimately benefited the Reds, as they flourished in the Champions League and maintained their top four spot.Will the winter break affect non-Premier League clubs in England? No, the winter break will only impact the Premier League, with the likes of the Championship and the Football League remaining unaffected and observing no rest period.The 2018-2019 Premier League season will commence on August 11. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom A court in New Zealand fined Motueka-based agribusiness company Talley’s Group Ltd with NZD 48,000 (USD 37,000) and ordered the company to pay NZD 35,000 in reparation to the family of a crewman killed after falling nearly 7 meters on the tuna fishing vessel Capt MJ Souza in Nelson in May 2012, Maritime New Zealand reports. The company was sentenced in Nelson District Court on April 29, 2015 after being found guilty in March of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees after the death of crewman Cain Adams.The reparations ordered are in addition to a payment of NZD 54,000 already made to the family by the company.Adams died while working on the Capt MJ Souza after he stepped onto a hatch on the main deck that rotated, causing him to fall nearly 7 meters through another open hatch in the deck below to the floor of the vessel’s fish well.Maritime NZ prosecuted Talley’s for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure the safety of its employees while at work.Following a defended hearing, the company was found guilty in the Nelson District Court on 23 March.At the time of the accident, several contractors were at work on the vessel, with the hatch on the main deck left vented, or partly open, to allow hoses and cables to pass through it.In his judgment, District Court Judge Ian Mill said the company ”either foresaw the risk but did not take all reasonably practical steps in the circumstances of this case or ought to have foreseen the risk and failed to do so.””These practical steps were no more than ones already available but not used because the Captain and crew were lulled into a false sense of security from years of using the same practice without incident and always treating a vented hatch as safe,” Judge Mill said.Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch said lessons must be learned from the accident.”This was a tragic incident that could have been avoided through very simple measures,” Manch said.”Ships are inherently dangerous working environments and employers must ensure all practicable safety steps are taken to protect their employees when they are on the job. All employees have the right to come home safely from work.”
zoom Finnish manufacturer of cranes Konecranes Plc has completed the acquisition of Terex Corporation’s Material Handling & Port Solutions (MHPS) business.The company said that the acquisition of MHPS will improve its position “as a focused global leader in the industrial lifting and port solutions market.”Of the total of EUR 140 million p.a. synergies targeted within three years, EUR 35 million is expected to be implemented within 12 months from January 1, 2017, from which date the MHPS Acquisition is deemed effective from a financial point of view, according to Konecranes.“The MHPS acquisition is a milestone in building our future. It is a great achievement to bring Konecranes and MHPS together and we expect it to create substantial value for our customers and shareholders,” Christoph Vitzthum, Chairman of the Board of Konecranes, said.At the beginning of August 2016, the European Commission granted its approval for the acquisition deal, which was conditional on Konecranes’ commitment to divest its STAHL CraneSystems business.Konecranes earlier signed EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.6 billion) unsecured financing facilities to fund the proposed acquisition. The committed credit facility includes a syndicated EUR 300 million term loan with a tenor of three years, EUR 600 million amortizing term loan with a tenor of five years and EUR 400 million revolving credit facility with a tenor of five years, alongside a EUR 200 million bridge term loan facility.
zoom Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), MTI Co. Ltd., Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and NTT DATA Corporation have conducted a proof-of-concept experiment for a next-generation onboard IoT platform.The test was held aboard Hidaka, a domestic coastal vessel owned and operated by Kinkai Yusen Kaisha, part of NYK Group, the shipping company said in a statement.NYK and MTI previously developed a ship information management system (SIMS) that enables the gathering, monitoring, and sharing of detailed data between ship and shore. The data includes information on the operational condition and performance of oceangoing vessels.In September 2017, the four companies began a collaboration to make use of NTT edge-computing technology to develop a next-generation onboard IoT platform by adding to SIMS a new system that would enable the remote distribution and management of onboard applications from land offices. This experiment was conducted by using NTT DATA’s ANYSENSE IoT platform and the communication company’s expertise developing infrastructure that makes use of IoT solutions.As explained, the platform is also compliant with onboard IoT international standardization being devised by the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association. In addition, the gathered data can be utilized not only on board but also from an IoT open platform ShipDC, a ship data center established by Class NK.The four companies now plan to perform a proof-of-concept experiment on an oceangoing vessel operated by the NYK Group.Separately, NYK informed it agreed with the National Institute of Technology (KOSEN) to collaborate in the fields of education and public relations for the purpose of human resources development in the maritime industry and the promotion of maritime affairs awareness.NYK has a number of programs to educate the next generation of seafarers, and one of those programs facilitates international student-exchanges between students at KOSEN maritime schools and the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy, which NYK operates in the Philippines.In addition to the overseas exchange programs and the promotion of maritime affairs awareness, NYK plans to boost its cooperation with KOSEN to include training in Japan and overseas for teachers and students. This training will begin this summer.
APTN National NewsA Native American studio technician is suing NBC for racial harassment.According to the lawsuit, former NBC employee Faruq Peter Wells was subject to taunting racial comments by his co-workers.He says higher-ups never stepped in.Wells says one co-worker dressed a dark-skinned doll in traditional clothing and called it his “long-lost daughter.”NBC said the lawsuit was “without merit” and said the issue had been dealt with in 2009.Well’s lawyer said he had no plan to drop the lawsuit.
Delaney Windigo APTN National NewsAfter spending years on a housing wait list, a Six Nations woman is getting a new place to live.It was donated by a company based in New Mexico, and it’s not your average home.
Eastern Airlines is a fully certificated United States Flag Air Carrier operating a long-haul fleet of eight (8) B767 aircraft providing ACMI services to a number of international airlines. Eastern is currently awaiting government approval for scheduled authority from New York to points in China, the Caribbean and South America.Immfly’s cutting edge WIFE platform will be installed on nine Eastern Boeing 767s in the coming months. Eastern and Immfly will be offering a disruptive platform with integrated digital services that include a combination of breakthrough revenue generation tools. These tools will be made available in the US market for the very first time and will enable Eastern to benefit from a combination of revenue streams never before seen in the North American market.Moreover, Eastern passengers will be able to enjoy WIFE premium portfolio of video and audio content from the largest Hollywood studios. The platform will also be made available in multiple languages to serve the airline’s demographic profile.Eastern’s President & CEO, Mr. Steve Harfst, confirms “Eastern looks forward to launching Immfly’s Connected Digital Services Platform across its full fleet. We see a clear opportunity to enhance our service and operations with one of the most innovative propositions in the market delivering a premium IFE experience to our passengers while fortifying our competitive edge.”Jimmy M. Korff, Immfly’s co-founder adds “We are confident we will contribute real value to Eastern’s current operations and ambitious plans. Immfly remains committed to expanding the provision of its technology, proven to deliver the optimal IFE experience and digital services, with the most efficient business model in the market. This US partnership with Eastern reinforces the relevance of our unique proposition to international long haul carriers, and builds on the broader success demonstrated with our clients to date.”About Immfly:Immfly is an award-winning provider of Connected Digital Services and Best in Class IFE. Immfly’s Digital Services harness capabilities of the connected aircraft to deliver airlines competitive advantage. Immfly’s digital services focus on reducing operational costs, increasing revenue opportunities and intelligently applying data strategies to the emerging fully connected journey. Immfly’s IFE platform enables airlines to dynamically broadcast premium entertainment content, channels, and services, including Video On Demand, at unrivaled streaming speeds, directly on passenger’s personal devices. The platform is available to all aircraft regardless of onboard internet connectivity. With proprietary ancillary tools and active NPS monitoring, Immfly leads industry expertise in the use of onboard digital services to generate positive financial results and boost customer satisfaction. To date, Immfly remains the only company to have delivered profitable IFE.Immfly S.L. is headquartered in Barcelona with global offices serving full service, low cost and regional airlines worldwide, with a reach of over 65 million passengers. Immfly’s services cover +300 destinations across Europe, Asia, N & S America.
The Boeing 737 MAX, and the company’s response to its worldwide ban on safety grounds, was expected to dominate the 53rd Paris Air Show, and it did.“I’d like to start today with what’s clearly front and center on all of our minds, the 737 MAX,” said Kevin McAllister, chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, in his opening statement at the beginning of the world’s largest air show. “First, we are very sorry for the loss of lives as the result of the tragic accidents of both Ethiopian 302 and Lion Air 610, and our thoughts and our prayers are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives.”Boeing’s ongoing crisis management exercise in apologizing continued throughout the airshow.But for the airframer, the crucial piece on the Le Bourget chessboard was its single letter of intent for the 737 MAX, a 200-aircraft deal with IAG, the parent airline of full service airlines British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus, plus low-cost carriers Vueling and LEVEL. All are current A320 family operators. “It is anticipated that the aircraft would be used by a number of the Group’s airlines including Vueling, LEVEL plus British Airways at London Gatwick airport,” IAG said.Crucially, IAG omitted any reference whatsoever to the MAX when communicating via its own channels, with the headline in its press release referred to ordering “200 737-8 and 737-10”. Within, it referred to the “B737” and the two subtypes without the MAX monicker that has been standard previously.Boeing’s press release referred to the MAX by name fourteen times.In context, the other moving pieces with IAG this show include, firstly, the order for 14 Airbus A321XLRs, which Airbus and IAG stated are destined for the use of the full-service Iberia (eight aircraft) and Aer Lingus (six aircraft). This order was announced before the 737 MAX deal.Secondly, IAG signed a deal noted as landmark by Boeing Services, to supply “a long-term, off-platform Component Services agreement” for British Airways’ Airbus A320 family aircraft. For Boeing to win a services contract for A320 aircraft is very notable indeed.Unsurprisingly, Boeing would not confirm the amount of discount on the MAX offered to IAG chief executive Willie Walsh for such a high-profile order at such a high-profile time, but the numbers rumbling around the grounds of Le Bourget were astounding.Also of note was a new regulator-related message from Boeing within an order for 20 converted freighter 737-800BCF aircraft for ASL Holdings. In the wider context of airlines needing to persuade passengers that the MAX — whatever it is eventually called — is safe, Boeing named four key international safety regulators who certify the -800BCF.“Already operating on four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America) after entering service last year, the 737-800BCF is certified by various global regulators: the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency.”This appears to be new messaging for Boeing: the exact phrase “is certified by global regulators” does not appear in Google searches. At Boeing’s closing press conference, Runway Girl Network asked senior vice president for commercial sales and marketing Ihssane Mounir why this new language had appeared now.““It’s just a comment about the process you go through when you certify an airplane, or you VTC (validation type certificate) for a modification, or whatever that may be, because usually that is the long pole in the tent,” Mounir said. “There are some jurisdictions where we have VTCs in place and others we don’t, and there could be questions as to ‘why isn’t the airplane, if it’s built already, why isn’t it entering service in certain jurisdictions?’ Sometimes those things take time. The certification varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Some would just adopt the FAA or EASA, and some have their own regulatory requirements that we go through.”When asked to be specific about the timing and the choice of regulators, Mounir said that “we’re working with all regulators. We’re working with our PAC [primary aircraft certification] regulator, the FAA, and we’re working with global regulators. I wouldn’t limit it to those three. We’re working with everybody.”Related Articles:Airbus’ 4700nm A321XLR asks serious narrowbody PaxEx questionsDavid Neeleman keen on A321XLR for select TAP transatlantic routesIATA: Airlines face challenges of regulatory rift beyond MAX groundingOpinion: Boeing must give maximum assurance on 737 MAX airworthinessOpinion: Passengers scheduled on MAX forced into impossible decisionNorth American carriers express confidence in MAX; union wants probeCanada, US ban 737 MAX flights citing new data
Welcome to Episode 068 of the #PaxEx Podcast, which tracks how the airline passenger experience is evolving in a mobile, social, vocal world.In this episode – available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts – co-hosts Max Flight and Mary Kirby consider whether the swearing-in of Stephen Dickson as administrator of the US Federal Aviation Administration is a positive development. A long-time industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience including as a fighter pilot, Dickson recently retired from service as the senior vice president-flight operations for Delta Air Lines, where he was responsible for the safety and operational performance of Delta’s global flight operations, as well as pilot training, crew resources, crew scheduling and regulatory compliance.Dickson’s appointment comes at a critical time, when the Boeing 737 MAX grounding is in its fifth month. He has vowed that safety is his highest priority and that the MAX will not return to commercial service until he’s completely assured it is safe to do so. But his appointment is not without its controversy, as a popular Boeing 777 pilot says she was grounded after reporting safety concerns to Delta management including Dickson.Next, airlines and PaxEx stakeholders have shared color around how the protracted MAX grounding has negatively impacted their businesses. One common theme is that capacity is tight for operators, especially those who are dependent on the MAX. Mary and Max discuss the fallout, from airlines’ financial woes and operational disruptions to the knock-on effect to PaxEx suppliers, which say airlines are reluctant to take other aircraft types out of service for retrofits as a result of the capacity constraints. Max and Mary also consider the environmental impact of the MAX grounding, as airlines use gas-guzzling older jets to fill the void.Last but certainly not least, the big APEX EXPO and co-located AIX, Americas show is scheduled to take place from 9 September to 12 September in Los Angeles. Mary tells us about the PaxEx themes emerging in advance of the show, which will feature a truly diverse day-one conference with many top-level women executives slated to speak.A transcript of this podcast will be published on this page shortly.Audio Playerhttps://audio.simplecast.com/c67e92c8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
“You chose AA instead of a DL A220??!” That was the reaction from one #AvGeek on Twitter after reading that I chose to fly American Airlines from Dallas to New York LaGuardia instead of a Delta A220 that also frequents the route. Let me explain myself, fellow #AvGeek. I have my reasons!For one thing, it turns out that close weekday bookings between New York and Dallas are stupid expensive, and Delta was even more stupid expensive than American. More to the point, though, is that American peppers in its pre-merger American A321s between Boeing 737-800s on this route.The 32S, as it is known to American frequent flyers, is also known as “the good A321″.Before American decided that seatback screens on narrowbody aircraft were unnecessary in a modern streaming world, it took delivery of a bunch of Airbus A320 family aircraft and 737-800s with Thales seatback IFE screens. The 32S is one of those lucky subfleets, and I wanted to try it out before it was too late. American will eventually begin removing these screens from all but a handful of A321s operating its premium transcontinental flights.My flight to New York was initially departing from gate C35 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a part of the terminal with the ambience of a run-down bus station.The inbound aircraft was running about 20 minutes behind schedule, and a last-minute gate change pushed our departure back a bit more. I never did get a push notification from American about that gate change, and only found out via the Flighty app. Boarding eventually began at the new gate after a few false starts and some sort of mechanical check.I made my way to seat 1A, having taken advantage of a post-booking paid upgrade offer. The seat is a typical First Class style recliner seat, fully featured with that precious seatback screen, AC power outlet, USB-A port, and that hilarious iPod input jack that few seem to have ever used.Since we were already well behind schedule, the flight attendant looking after First Class passengers provided a pre-departure cup of water, forgoing a fuller service as to not further delay our departure. She said she would take good care of us once in the air, and she didn’t disappoint.We took to the skies about 30 minutes late and our aircraft had to dodge a few pop-up thunderstorms just north of the airport. I took that time to browse the inflight entertainment system, which I found to feature an extremely impressive range of movies, rivaling the catalog offered by Delta. I opted to watch the just released Avengers: Endgame, which I noticed was not a title offered on the streaming system that was also on board. Early window content for the win!While American now offers live television on board, it was not integrated into the seatback system and was available for streaming only to your own device. The live latency was a bit better than the Gogo implementation on Delta, however, running with about a two minute lag rather than about five.American very recently completed its fleet-wide broadband connectivity upgrade program, and the 32S fleet is outfitted with the latest Viasat Ka-band hardware. While the system operates gate-to-gate, it was noticeably pokey when on the ground at DFW with dozens of aircraft competing for megabits in the same spot.Once in the air and past the $10 barrier to entry, this flight offered the fastest and most stable Wi-Fi I have ever used in the sky.Download speeds hovered around 50-60 Mbps in the Speedtest.net app (yes, you read that right), while using Twitter appeared to be no different than the on-the-ground experience.While Netflix appeared to have an open bandwidth pipe, other streaming video services such as YouTube hovered around 1 Mbps. This is enough for SD video, but HD video would have been pushing my luck.I was unable to pre-order my meal on AA.com, but sitting in row one afforded me the chance to pick my first option, the beef short rib with a side of mac and cheese and shrimp coleslaw.I wasn’t expecting much, but the meal was outstanding. The short rib was tender, the mac and cheese had the right mac-to-cheese ratio, and the coleslaw was a great addition.I’m not sure if this is a DFW speciality, but Texas did BBQ justice on this flight.The dessert, two generous scoops of some sort of chocolate chip ice cream, was so good that I asked the flight attendant if she knew what brand it was. She didn’t know, but remarked that she doesn’t eat dairy products but cheats with this ice cream because it’s so good.We landed at LaGuardia 30 minutes behind schedule, but a quick taxi to the gate and a prompt connection of the jet bridge had me home in 18 minutes – a new record!It’s a shame that American has decided against keeping seatback screens on narrowbody aircraft, as I personally feel it really elevates the experience. We travelers are accustomed to double- and triple-screening on the ground, after all.Between the IFE, the stellar connection, and the delicious food, this was an ideal flight, despite the delay.All images credited to the author, Jason RabinowitzRelated Articles:Considering whether American Airlines Shuttle is special…or notAmerican Airlines picks Viasat inflight Internet for 100 new A321neosWhen scant inflight service leads Korean A220 passenger to think LCCAmerican assures passengers won’t be disconnected with ATG deinstallWhat to expect in American Airlines Premium Economy to HawaiiAmerican Airlines stumbles on free IFE content playairBaltic’s A220 impresses amid wetleased Munich capacity pushDelta takes Main Cabin consistency seriously, and it showsAmerican Airlines goes Flagship-ish with DFW dining roomMore fare options coming to American AirlinesPress Statement: American will not take seatback IFE on new MAXs
With effect from 2 September 2019, ScootBiz will be renamed to ScootPlus. The name change seeks to better reflect the product customers will experience on board.ScootPlus is a fuss-free, upsized Scoot experience, equivalent to a Premium Economy product.The following ancillaries will be included in the bundle: wide premium leather seats with double legroom; 30kg check-in baggage; 15kg cabin baggage; choice of meal and beverage, inclusive of alcoholic beverage choices; priority check-in and boarding; 30MB Wi-Fi; and in-seat power.If you are travelling on ScootPlus, please look out for boarding signs at the check-in counter at the airport.We look forward to seeing you on board.About Scoot: Scoot is the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group. Scoot took to the skies in June 2012 and merged with Tigerair Singapore in July 2017, retaining the Scoot brand and positioning it well for a new chapter of growth. Scoot has carried over sixty million guests and now has a fleet of 20 state of the art, widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 29 young and modern Airbus A320 family aircraft, with two more Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 37 Airbus A320neo aircraft on order.Scoot’s network presently encompasses 68 destinations across 17 countries and territories, with nine more destinations from India, Indonesia and Malaysia to join the network by the second half of 2020. Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude. Offering amenities including on-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and in-seat power on selected flights as well as the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines Group KrisFlyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by AirlineRatings.com and ranked in the Top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 and 2018 by Skytrax. Scoot is passionate about making travel attainable for all and enabling people to embrace the full potential of traveling and seeking new experiences.
Lufthansa Systems today announced that it will be showcasing the new inflight gaming component on its BoardConnect open IT platform at this year’s Airline Passenger Experience Expo (APEX EXPO) in Los Angeles from September 9-12.The company has digitally adapted the fantasy card game Galaxy Duel and integrated it into the platform in partnership with gaming provider Gladi8tor. Galaxy Duel offers features such as an eSports league, leaderboards and live streaming. The brand-new prototype of the inflight game will be on show at stand 1901, where it can be tested with an exclusive invitation.Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect technology enables airlines to use the onboard IT platform for their specific applications, with possibilities extending far beyond mere entertainment. By integrating onboard gaming into BoardConnect, airline IT specialist provider Lufthansa Systems is responding to the ever-expanding gaming market, where it sees an opportunity for airlines to adapt their inflight entertainment to their passengers’ different needs and stand out from their competitors by offering an enhanced passenger experience.“With 17 airlines having already opted for BoardConnect, our platform is being used on almost 900 aircraft,” said Jan-Peter Gänse, Head of Passenger Experience Solutions at Lufthansa Systems. “By developing the open BoardConnect Dock platform, we have enabled our customers to expand the inflight entertainment solution to include a wide range of applications and thus offer their passengers a personalized service. The possibilities are endless. Inflight gaming is just one of many conceivable enhancements.”Exclusive kick-off event: Lufthansa #FlyingLab en route to APEX EXPOBefore the official launch of APEX EXPO 2019, Lufthansa Systems is organizing a pre-conference on flight LH 452 from Munich to Los Angeles on September 7 in partnership with Lufthansa and APEX. The largest passenger aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet A380 will serve as a flying innovation platform as it crosses the Atlantic, setting the stage for “powering the next generation of passenger experience” and giving industry leaders an opportunity to showcase the latest trends and developments in the passenger experience space. The co-initiator and host of this FlyingLab flight is Lufthansa Systems CEO Olivier Krüger, who will kick off the event by welcoming interesting people taking part in the discussions.All of the passengers on board can follow the expert presentations live, try out innovative new products and enjoy music performed live in the cabin. The speakers and their presentations can be streamed live to any WiFi-enabled device on board. The event will be broadcast onboard via the BoardConnect solution, illustrating one of the many different possible applications for Lufthansa Systems’ digital platform.For the first time, a FlyingLab flight will include a design sprint session in which selected passengers can participate and develop new ideas for an enhanced passenger experience with the help of industry experts. The results of this workshop will be presented to the other passengers on board and the most promising suggestion will then be implemented.BoardConnect DockWith its new BoardConnect Dock solution, Lufthansa Systems is providing technology, content and financing partners with a BoardConnect framework for creating their own onboard program. Depending on the partner, this might include a connectivity portal, classic IFE content or a platform with booking options and targeted advertising to generate additional revenue.BoardConnectBoardConnect is Lufthansa Systems’ complete solution for the digital passenger experience that continues to address airlines of all sizes with different business models. In addition to traditional IFE features such as moving maps, movies, music, games and destination information, customers can choose the content they want from a wide range of services available through Lufthansa Systems’ strong partner network. This content can also be provided simply and easily from the cloud if desired.APEX EXPO is being held from September 9-12, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, USA. Visit Lufthansa Systems at stand 1901.Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems/Gladi8tor): Lufthansa Systems is presenting BoardConnect with a new inflight gaming add-on at APEX EXPO 2019.About Lufthansa SystemsLufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG is a leading airline IT provider. Based on long-term project experience, a deep understanding of complex business processes and strong technological know-how, the company provides consulting and IT services for the global aviation industry. More than 350 customers worldwide rely on the know-how of IT specialists at Lufthansa Systems. Its portfolio covers innovative IT products and services which provide added value for its customers in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced costs or increased profits. Headquartered in Raunheim near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Lufthansa Systems has offices in 16 other countries.
In a move that could change the game for mobile connectivity on board aircraft, SITAONAIR is developing a new system that will be 4G-capable, positioned as 5G-ready, but notably is not expected to require a leaky feeder cable to be installed down the length of the aircraft.Noting that the current assumption is that 5G will not require a leaky feeder, SITAONAIR VP customer programs, Yann Cabaret told Runway Girl Network at the APEX EXPO: “Actually, we’re going to go through a number of onboard coverage tests to validate all those assumptions. Indeed, leaky feeders are a pain. They are a pain obviously in the retrofit model, but actually even linefit. We were in discussion with Boeing yesterday and even linefit they don’t like it because it’s a huge constraint.”He continued, “And it’s very likely again that no leaky feeder will be needed neither for the 4G option. So that makes a big difference in the ability to retrofit aircraft with a 4G solution because leaky feeders have always been a pain.”Leaky feeder cable provider W. L. Gore & Associates confirmed to RGN that it is operating under the same assumption that 5G will not require its leaky feeders (Gore is making aircraft content gains elsewhere, however).So what replaces the leaky feeder for a 4G inflight cellular network, and ultimately for 5G? “To start, multiple antennas and actually, with the current studies and so on, you can cover the cabin pretty well without having the leaky feeder,” said Cabaret.Some readers are no doubt aware of the complexity of the leaky feeder installation. Outside the United States – which responded emotionally to the matter of inflight GSM given that voice functionality can easily be disabled – the cost and complexity of equipage have been big inhibitors to adoption. Taking the leaky feeder line out of the equation seems like a monumental step forward.“And I like you saying that because actually that’s our view at SITAONAIR that that’s going to change the game. The day you can actually retrofit an aircraft with cellular connectivity to bring a totally different service proposition to the market and you need a couple of days to retrofit an aircraft if it’s already fitted with a satcom and IFE connectivity, then I think that can be a game changer,” said Cabaret.SITAONAIR has long offered mobile connectivity to airlines, though like Panasonic unit AeroMobile, its penetration has not been terribly deep. At the end of 2017, SITAONAIR had fitted more than 550 aircraft with inflight GSM, per a SITAONAIR press release in RGN’s archives.“So, what we do today is we’ve been in a 2G, 2.5G business for a while. And obviously it’s still a key part of our proposition. We are developing a new box today. And it’s not all going down to hardware, but now we’re developing a new box with a different spirit, a different mindset, which is, it’s light chip and it’s a box that we intend to be able to install on any IFE connectivity supplier. So it’s an offer to all our colleagues around, which is if you want to monetize better investments, there is one additional revenue stream that you can feed into the industry, which is 4G cellular revenue,” explained Cabaret.Admitting that there is obviously “a finite amount of money that comes in”, the SITAONAIR executive urges rivals and would-be partners “to think about how do we make it acceptable for all of us and for airlines and passengers. And I think bringing more revenue with the cellular, with 4G roaming services, I think that’s something that the industry needs overall.”A black label unit, a version of an IP access system which will also happen to be 3G capable, is expected to be ready by the end of the first half of 2020.5g is “going to be very relevant in countries like the US or in Japan”, said Cabaret, but it will not be relevant everywhere. For instance, it will probably be less so in Africa where SITAONAIR has been pretty successful. So the firm needs to offer 4G cellular capability and prepare for 5G for specific parts of the world.Related Articles:How SITAONAIR and Panasonic are preparing for 5G inflight cellularDemand for mobile connectivity persists outside the US: SITAONAIRFaster, lighter, sharper: Why Gore must constantly innovate for IFECSeamless Air Alliances continues member growth, agrees frameworkAeroMobile expands globally, awaits US voice rulingAeroMobile 3G inflight connectivity, is it enough?How AeroMobile works with telcos to drop cost of roaming on boardInflight voice call debate is red herringPress Release: Ericsson and Panasonic delivering 5G-ready platformPress Release: SITAONAIR and Etisalat work to transform inflight cellularPress Release: SITAONAIR celebrates decade of Mobile ONAIR innovation
Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen: One of the Three Great Gardens of JapanKanazawa is called “little Kyoto” for its atmosphere that reminds one of the old capital. Kenrokuen – one of Japan’s three great gardens – and the elegant townscape will make you forget the aches and pains you’ve picked up during your travels.Read also: [Ishikawa] Four Things To Do When in Historic Kanazawa (Matcha article, Japanese)An Elegant Townscape With A 1300 Year-Old History: Ishikawa’s “Yamanaka Onsen” (Matcha article, Japanese)10. Ise Japanese Encyclopedia: The Chugoku Region The sand dunes of Tottori, stretching along the coast of the Sea of Japan, are very well-known as a national natural monument. The patterns drawn in the sand by the swirling winds seem like art created by nature itself.Read also:9 Fantastic Cherry Blossom Night Time Illuminations!9. Kanazawa Dash Through the Streets of Kobe With the Cyclo Taxi! With an international atmosphere, the port city of Kobe is home to places like the former foreign settlers’ residences, or ijinkan (異人館), the Chinese shopping district of Nankinmachi, and the Ikuta Shrine. In Kobe, Japanese traditions harmonize with foreign influences to create a new side of Japan for you to discover. [Mie] Visit Ise Grand Shrine, The Home Of The Japanese Soul Ise is located in Mie Prefecture, at the center of the long Japanese archipelago. We recommend paying a visit to the Ise Jingū shrine, beloved by the Japanese people. After that, if you’re hungry, head to Okage Yokochō (*1) and try out the food at various restaurants in the area.*1… A street with Japanese buildings from the Edo era through the Meiji period, with rows of souvenir shops and places to eat.Read also:Five Famous Shrines That You Should Visit In JapanBest Souvenirs from Okage Yokochō, Nearby Ise Grand ShrineIn ConclusionWe have introduced sightseeing areas which can be visited on a one day trip from Kyoto. If your schedule is limited, use your time effectively so that you can explore the many charms Japan has to offer. Read also:What to See, Eat and Do in the Fascinating City of Kobe3. Nara Read also: Six MATCHA Articles You Must Read If You’re Visiting Kyoto (MATCHA article, Japanese)Quiet Solace by the Seaside at Ine Town in Kyoto6. Amanohashidate The city of Kyoto is beloved by foreign visitors and Japanese people alike.Kyoto, which was the nation’s capital for over a thousand years, offers a number of uniquely Japanese cultural experiences for tourists; the city has many temples, shrines, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, to name a few.You could spend days, or weeks, just in Kyoto, and have a great time. However, if you want to stretch your legs a bit, you can enjoy totally different scenes in other wonderful areas near Kyoto. This time, we will introduce 10 places around Kyototo visit on a day trip.1. Osaka A Short Trip to Amanohashidate, One of Japan’s Three Sights Amanohashidate (天橋立) has one of Japan’s three most wonderful landscapes. Located in northern Kyoto, the island “bridge” looks as though it’s holding the gulf at bay. Take the cable car to the top, where you can bear witness to the spectacular combination of beautiful pine forests, mountains, the deep blue seas, and the open skies. Read also:A Short Trip to Amanohashidate, One of Japan’s Three Sights7. NagoyaHigh in the Nagoya Sky: Oasis 21, the Glass Plaza!After Tokyo and Osaka, the city of Nagoya is said to be one of Japan’s three great metropolises. Nagoya is famous for the impressive Nagoya Castle, adorned by golden shachihoko statues, as well as the eel dish hitsumabushi, and has plenty of other attractions.Read also: Visit Nagoya Castle for the Golden Shachihoko Statues, Symbols of the City (Matcha article, Japanese)The Three Ways To Enjoy Nagoya’s Famous Hitsumabushi8. Tottori When You’ve Conquered the Usual Tourist Spots, Visit the KyotoSea (MATCHA article, Japanese)Did you know that KyotoPrefecture is linked to the sea? (*1) The small port town of Ine (伊根) is located on the northern side of the prefecture. Along the coast, the sight of rows of traditional funa-ya (舟屋) residences, built above their boat docks, will leave a strong impression on you.1: When most tourists imagine “Kyoto”, they think of KyotoCity, which is inside the prefecture. Views from the Floating Garden Observatory in the Osaka Sky Building (MATCHA article, Japanese)Along with Kyoto, Osaka is an integral part of the Kansai region. A total change of pace from the calm atmosphere in Kyoto, with its shrines and temples, the lively streets of Osaka are bustling with activity. Osaka has an abundance of great food and sightseeing spots, and Osaka Station is a mere 30 minutes away from KyotoStation.Read also:Ride the Tempozan Ferris Wheel For a Sky-High View of OsakaHow to Reach the Umeda Sky Building from Osaka Station2. Kobe Is it true that there are deer everywhere in Nara Park? Nara is famous for sights like the Tōdaiji Buddha, which is registered as a World Heritage Site. The history of Nara is even longer than Kyoto’s, and the city has a peaceful atmosphere which is very alluring. You can play with deer in Nara Park, and the sight of deer using the pedestrian crossings around the park will leave a definite impression!Read also:The Allure of Mysterious and Historical Nara, The Nation’s Former CapitalVisit The Buddha That Transcends Time at Todaiji in Nara4. HimejiMore to Love: 7 Must-See Spots in Himeji CastleHimeji is most famous for its gleaming white castle, which is a national treasure. In addition, Himeji Castle was the first landmark to be registered as a Japanese World Heritage Site. You can get an amazing view of the city from the castle keep.Read also:Sightseeing Places and Cuisine of Himeji as Seen by a Thai Student5 Famous Castles in Japan for Castle Lovers5. Ine
8. How to Read the Washlet ButtonsYou can use the washlet by accessing the control buttons on the side of the toilet itself. If the control pad is not set on the toilet, you can use the remote control pad on the wall. The pictures below show the different functions of each button.9. Flushing Water Sound SimulatorIn Japan, in order to drown out the sound of you going about your business, there is a function that simulates the sound of flushing water. Sometimes this sound automatically starts playing when it detects that somebody has entered the cubicle. Other times, you might have to push a button to start the sound simulator. Although they might appear quite similar, this button is different from the flush button, so please take care not to confuse the two.10. Emergency Call ButtonSome toilets are provided with an emergency call button, which can be found next to the flush button. It is intended to be used by people with disabilities, or if you suddenly become sick while on the toilet. It reads “yobidashi”, so please be sure not to use this function except in the case of an emergency. Traditional Japanese toilets involve squatting over the urinal. These days, they are not used in the home anymore. As previously mentioned, you will find them mainly in public toilets, tourist destinations and old buildings.Read also: Public Restrooms In Japan – A How To GuideThe Western Style Toilet This variety of toilet is the most commonly found in Japan.The Multi-function ToiletThese toilets are set in a wider space than usual, so that they can be used by persons in wheelchairs or by persons accompanying babies and small children. Of course, anybody can use these toilets, but their use is prioritized for the types of people listed above.4. Toilet Facilities Found in Hotels and LodgingsThe toilet and the bath are typically separate.Unit BathThe toilet and wash basin/bathtub are located in the same area.Hotel bathrooms are fitted with a shower, but it can only be used while in the bathtub. Also, leaving the bathroom door open while you take a shower may cause the fire alarm to go off, so please be sure to close the door. It’s probably a good idea to pull the shower curtain across when using the shower, to avoid showering the rest of the bathroom, including the toilet seat.5. How to FlushIn Japan, there are different flushing methods depending on the type of toilet.If it’s a tank type toilet, you can flush the toilet by using the handle to the side of the tank. In public facilities, traditional style Japanese toilets, or toilets that do not have a tank, you can flush the toilet by pulling the lever at the back of the toilet.There are also models where the toilet can be flushed by pressing a button on the wall, or hovering your hand over a sensor.Modern toilets flush automatically as soon as you get off of the toilet seat.6. Japanese Toilet PaperIn Japan, toilet paper is thrown directly into the toilet after use. However, please be sure to put just the toilet paper provided into the toilet. Everything else should be placed into the small trashcan located within the cubicle.Please check the area around the toilet for anything you may have dropped, and don’t forget to flush it, so that it can be used by the next person.7. How to Use Washlets and BidetsOne thing you should definitely try out is the washlet bidet function. This function allows you to wash your bits in warm water, and also keeps the toilet seat heated. A power saving function is also included. It instantly heats up the seat and makes the water warmer only when the toilet is in use. Whether it be in your daily life or on your travels, there is one place you will surely visit several times a day. That is the bathroom.Almost all toilets in Japan are well maintained and kept spotlessly clean to ensure the utmost comfort for all travelers to Japan. On the whole, toilets are free to use and toilet paper is always provided.1. Places with Toilet FacilitiesIn Japan, most travel and sightseeing destinations have a public toilet. It is by no means an exaggeration to say that in all places such as the airport, stations, lodgings, shopping centers, parks, tourist spots, and any places that visitors to Japan frequent, there will always be a public toilet. There are public toilets even in convenience stores and supermarkets.In some of the facilities, depending on their type, it might be best to ask for permission to use the toilet, so please be sure to say something before use.2. Toilet SignsIn Japan, there are many expressions used for the word “toilet”, some direct and some more polite.For example, if you are in the middle of eating, you should refrain from using the word toire (“toilet”), which is too direct, and opt for more refined expressions such as keshoshitsu (“powder room”) or otearai (“bathroom”, literally “place to wash your hands”). To avoid getting lost on your way to the bathroom, here is a list of expressions that you should know.Words that mean “toilet”・otearai “bathroom”・senmenjo “washroom”・keshoshitsu “powder room”・toire “toilet”・Toilet・Lavatory・WC・Restroom・kawaya “toilet”3. Types of ToiletsIn Japan, toilets are classified into three large categories. These are:・washiki toire (traditional Japanese toilet)・yoshiki toire (Western style toilet)・takino-toire (multifunction toilet)Depending on the place, you may find traditional Japanese toilets in older sightseeing spots and buildings. However nowadays, in many places the traditional Japanese toilets are being replaced by Western ones.The Traditional Japanese Toilet
Photos courtesy of: Shirahama Tourism AssociationShirahama Onsen faces out onto the sea, so you can have a soak while you look out at the ocean. The setting sun over the sea is beautiful and spiritually soothing. Nanki-Shirahama has been long-known for its picturesque scenery, including white sandy beaches and precipitous cliffs.Also read:Shirahama Onsen In Wakayama – Access, One-Day Hot Springs, And Inns An Onsen With Yellow Ducks: Kutsurogi-no-Sato Yuraku, OsakaWe’ve introduced onsen resorts outside of Kyoto and Osaka, but here we’ll introduce an unusual onsen in Osaka: Kutsurogi-no-Sato Yuraku in Suminoe, which uses natural spring waters sourced from within the grounds. You should try the Ahiru Yokocho Matsuri bath, a large vinyl tub with many yellow duck toys floating in it. In Japan, it’s typical for children to play with toys in the tub. Enjoy playing with them as though you’ve become a Japanese child. The water quality is said to be good for nerve pain, muscle pain, joint pain, stiff shoulders, muscle fatigue and more. Also, because there is a lot of water in the hot spring, fresh water is constantly flowing into the tub. Enjoy natural gushing springs in the outdoor bath.From OsakaFrom Osaka Station, walk to Nishi-Umeda Station (up to 10 minutes) and take the Yotsubashi subway line for Suminoe-Koen. Get off at Kitakagaya Station (20 minutes, 280 yen).From KyotoFrom Kyoto Station, take the JR Kyoto Line Rapid Express bound for Banshu-Ako and get off at Osaka Station, then follow the above instructions.Also read:An Onsen With Yellow Ducks: Kutsurogi-no-Sato Yuraku, Osaka Kinosaki Onsen Tourism Association View Information2. Arima Onsen, One of Japan’s Oldest (Hyogo) How about enjoying some traditional parlor entertainment at Arima? The area’s geiko perform dances that are appropriate for that season. The geiko cafe Ito has days once or twice a month where you can see them dance for the price of a drink. We recommend this cafe because you can easily check out geiko dancing here.Also read:Accessing Arima Onsen, Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring In Hyogo Prefecture Arimaonsen Kanko Total Information Center View Informationtravel_agency3. Beautiful Shirahama Onsen, Surrounded by the Sea (Wakayama) Accessing Arima Onsen, Japan’s Oldest Hot Spring In Hyogo PrefectureA suburban hot spring resort in Kansai, Arima Onsen in Kobe, Hyogo is one of Japan’s three oldest hot springs. Its narrow, tangled hill roads, surrounded by nature views like Mt. Rokko, give it plenty of charm. Arima Onsen is 350-500 meters above sea level, in the Rokko mountain district. There are major inns and hotels in the onsen town, at the foot of the mountains, and among the mountains. You can also use Kin-no-Yu or Gin-no-Yu, outdoor springs, on day trips. Arima Onsen is comprised of springs containing an unusual amount of ingredients, such as carbonic springs, sulfur springs, chlorinated springs, iron springs and radium springs. They are said to help with rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, the chills, high blood pressure and more.From OsakaFrom Osaka Station, take the highway Arima Express bus and get off at Arima Onsen (one hour, 1370 yen). The bus stop is in the middle of Arima Onsen.From KyotoFrom Kyoto Station, take the highway Arima Express Kyoto bus and get off at Arima Station (one hour and 15 minutes, 1800 yen). You can also take the Hankyu or the Keihan bus, which cost the same and take the same amount of time, so look at the timetables and choose the one that is best for your schedule.Enjoying Arima Onsen 白浜観光協会 View Informationtravel_agency4. The High-Class Wakura Onsen (Ishikawa) Wakura Onsen – A Top Class 1200-Year-Old Hot Spring ResortWakura Onsen is located in Nanao in Ishikawa. It is said to have a history of more than 1200 years, and is a leading high-class onsen town. In addition to the hot springs, you can see the famous Buddhist temples around the town, enjoy fresh fish caught from Nanao Harbor and the neighboring Tomiyama Harbor, and other things that let you experience the true charm of touring Japan. Wakura Onsen’s water has sodium and calcium, and is said to be good for rheumatism and nerve pain. Wakura Onsen faces the sea, and its water has a characteristic high salt content that is characteristic of an ocean onsen.From OsakaFrom Osaka Station, take the JR Limited Express Thunderbird bound for Wakura Onsen, and get off at Wakura Onsen Station (four hours, 9400 yen).From KyotoFrom Kyoto Station, take the JR Limited Express Thunderbird bound for Wakura Onsen, and get off at Wakura Onsen Station (three hours and 30 minutes, 8560 yen). For more, check here.Enjoying Wakura Onsen Photos courtesy of: Shirahama Tourism AssociationLocated in the Nishimuro district in Wakayama, Shirahama Onsen is said to be one of Japan’s three greatest hot springs along with Atami and Beppu. It has a very long history, as it is mentioned in Japan’s oldest songbook and oldest historical text. Set against the contrast of the emerald sea and white sand beach, and with many lodging establishments nearby, it is a leading Kansai tourist destination. There are carbonic, chlorine and sulfuric springs at Shirahama Onsen, and the water is said to be good for nerve pain, chills, skin diseases, diabetes and other illnesses. Even today, Shirahama Onsen boasts many directly sourced springs and an abundance of water.From OsakaFrom Shin-Osaka Station, take the JR Limited Express Kuroshio train bound for Shingu, and get off at Shirahama Station (two hours and 15 minutes, 5080 yen). If you want to save money, take a highway Meiko bus from Osaka Station (three hours and 30 minutes, 2980 yen).From KyotoThe highway bus is best when coming from Kyoto! Take the Meiko bus from Kyoto Station, which stops at every location in Shirahama, and get off at your destination (four hours, 3400 yen). There are very few buses (only two a day), so be careful.Enjoying Shirahama Onsen Refresh Yourself at Elegant Onsen TownsIf you want to reinvigorate yourself after sightseeing in Kyoto and Osaka, we have good news. Osaka and Kyoto are surrounded by places where you can enjoy onsens, nature and delicious food. Let’s look at popular onsen towns that you can easily visit from Osaka and Kyoto by Shinkansen or bus.1. Kinosaki Onsen and Its Long History (Hyogo) Wakura Onsen – A Top Class 1200-Year-Old Hot Spring ResortIt’s not an exaggeration to say that your meals at your travel destination shape your impression of the trip. Wakura Onsen has lots of delicious food. At Nanao Harbor and Tomiyama Harbor, yellowtail, Kano crab, rockfish, angler and other kinds of seafood can be caught in front of your eyes. Wakura Onsen is a trove of deliciousness, including rice, vegetables, local sake, Noto beef and more. That’s why Wakura Onsen has plenty of restaurants. Enjoy the taste of Noto to your heart’s content.Also read:How to Enjoy Wakura OnsenWakura Onsen – A Top Class 1200-Year-Old Hot Spring ResortMeet And Swim With Wild Dolphins At Notojima Island, Ishikawa! Stroll About In A Yukata While Visiting Kinosaki Onsen, HyogoKinosaki Onsen has more than 1300 years of history, and is located in Toyooka City in Hyogo. The Otani River runs through this onsen town, and its banks are lined with willow trees and old wooden buildings, giving it a very elegant air. We recommend that you spend your time at Kinosaki Onsen in a yukata and geta, and you will often see tourists in yukata walking around town. You can enjoy various onsens as you go sightseeing in traditional Japanese garb.From OsakaThe JR Limited Express is the fastest way to get to Kinosaki. Take the Konotori train from Shin-Osaka Station, bound for Kinosaki Onsen Station (two hours and 50 minutes, 5800 yen). The town is ten minutes’ walk from the station. You can also take the highway bus from Osaka Station or Shin-Osaka Station (up to three hours, starting at 3000 yen). If you’re OK with cramped quarters, it might be good to save money via the bus.From KyotoFrom Kyoto Station, take the JR Limited Express Kinosaki bound for Kinosaki Onsen Station (two hours and 30 minutes, 5040 yen). There are almost no buses linking Kyoto with Kinosaki Onsen, so if you want to take a bus to save money, head to Osaka to catch one there.Also read:Stroll About In A Yukata While Visiting Kinosaki Onsen, HyogoKinosaki Onsen – Visit Outdoor Hot Springs And Try Tasty Local Snacks Yuusyutsutennen Onsen Kutsuroginosato Yuraku View InformationparkIn ClosingStretch your legs and head out a short distance from Osaka and Kyoto, and you can go to wonderful onsen resorts. If you’re coming all the way to Japan, why not enjoy Japanese bath culture? It’s sure to have a great time.Also read:Bath Culture In Japan: What Every Visitor Should Know Ahead Of TimeTraveling from Tokyo to Osaka? A Guide for Prices and TimesHow To Reach The Many Umeda Stations From JR Osaka StationHow To Easily Reach Osaka, Kobe And Kyoto From Kansai Airport 和倉温泉観光協会•和倉温泉旅館協同組合 View Information5. Relax with Ducks at Kutsurogi-no-Sato Yuraku (Osaka)