Zinedine Zidane expects Real Madrid to hit back against Tottenham Hotspur in Wembley debut

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he thrives in adversity and believes their first ever trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday can help the Spanish giants shake off the hangover of a sticky start to the season.A shock 2-1 defeat at Catalan side Girona on Sunday left the Liga champions eight points behind arch rivals Barcelona, having drawn two and lost two of their opening 10 domestic league games as they struggle to retain the Spanish title.They will be without first choice keeper Keylor Navas, centre back Raphael Varane, right back Dani Carvajal and former Spurs forward Gareth Bale when they face the London side in the Champions league under the iconic Wembley arch.Defeat could leave Real facing the prospect of finishing as runners-up in Group H, but Zidane is not dwelling on the current sticky patch and is turning the dip in form into a positive.”We are feeling good and ready to perform well against a great team in Tottenham Hotspur,” the former Real player told reporters at Spurs’ temporary Wembley home, which they are using while they build a new stadium at their White Hart lane ground.”Personally I always have the same hopes, the same motivation when I go about my job. After a defeat of course people aren’t happy but in some ways I like this. I like having the motivation of a big match to get back to winning ways.”I think when the going gets tough it’s when I work my best. There will always be hard moments but it’s important to always trust and come back stronger.advertisement”It is not without its complications in the build-up but we are prepared to go out and do our job. Rest assured, the players are going to be very well prepared for this match.”TACTICAL DUELReal, European champions two years in a row, were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Tottenham at the Bernabeu two weeks ago and Zidane is looking forward to another tactical duel with Tottenham’s Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino.”Pochettino has done exceptional work with Tottenham, I think very highly of him,” Zidane said. “He is doing a fantastic job at Tottenham, with the team and also building a club that now has very high aspirations.”You don’t need me to say it, results speak for themselves.”Real have never played at Wembley and Zidane, who graced the original stadium as a player, says it provides the perfect stage for his players to bounce back from the weekend defeat.”Wembley is an important place in the football world. It’s a great stage to play on against great opposition,” he said.”Of course the players approach every match with the same mentality to win. But it’s a beautiful stadium and will be a great spectacle.”Wembley represents a lot in the football world but for me what is more important is that two great teams are coming up against each other.”last_img read more

BCCI rejects NADA demand of testing Indian cricketers

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 10 (PTI) In a stern response to Indias anti-doping body NADA, the BCCI has said that government body has no jurisdiction to conduct dopes tests on Indian cricketers. In a letter written on November 8 to NADA chief Navin Agarwal, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri made it clear that there is no requirement for NADA to tests its cricketers since the board is not a National Sports Federation (NSF) and its present anti-doping system is robust enough. “It is relevant to mention here that BCCI is not a National Sports Federation. Accordingly, NADA does not have jurisdiction to conduct dope testing of Indian cricketers in any domestic or international event organised or under the aegis of BCCI,” Johri wrote in the letter. “In light of the aforesaid, there is no requirement for any BCCI official to co-ordinate with NADA for dope testing of Indian cricketers either during competitions or out of completions.”The BCCI response was prepared with instructions from Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.Besides responding to the NADA chief, Johri also wrote back to the sports secretary, who had approached the BCCI in October to cooperate with NADA.The Ministry had stated that lack of co-operation from BCCI on the subject may run the risk of NADA not complying with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.Johri said BCCIs existing anti-doping mechanism is robust enough.”The BCCI already has a robust dope testing mechanism which is employed for both during competitions and out-of- competitions and the testing of samples by IDTM is already being done at WADA accredited laboratory (NDTL) under aegis of the Sports Ministry.”advertisementHe further claimed that the BCCI is compliant with the WADA Code.”You will appreciate that for analysis and testing of samples, BCCI adheres to the WADA International Standard of Laboratories and the WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations.”Accordingly, the BCCI has engaged the services of same expert sample collection agency that is also engaged by the ICC to prove sample collection services viz, International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM).”The IDTM sends the collected samples for testing to a WADA accredited laboratory viz, National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), as mandated by WADA. Since the CEO of NDTL is sports secretary, the dope testing for BCCI is conducted under the aegis of the Sports Ministry,” wrote Johri.He further reasoned that since BCCI is an autonomous body affiliated to the International Cricket Council (ICC), it is only required to operate within the rules and regulations of the ICC. PTI BS KHS KHSlast_img read more

Tidy your wiring

first_img Log in to Reply Log in to Reply I was told that back in the 1950s when a British Post Office technician had completed a telephone installation (unlike North America, the Post Office was responsible for telecommunications in most of the British influenced world), the foreman would check the wiring layout with a spirit level. Much later, in the 1990s I saw a technician wire a panel with a layout so orthogonal it was truly a work of art. With the cost of labour today (even before the 90s) wiring has become much more unruly, but whilst a bird’s nest may be OK in a prototype, production and maintenance must have a systematic and manageable wiring configuration. In order to produce low cost houses rapidly in South Africa, they have a standard house layout and then drop a pre-made wiring loom into a house shell from above and in a few hours the house is completely wired. Some of us actually do have to take our assembled boards and drop them into panels and interconnect them in the field. This discussion is for you.One of the earliest techniques of bundling wires together was to wrap the wires using a catgut-like twine. When trussed up tightly it looked good, but it wasn’t very flexible and more importantly, any change involved cutting the twine and then rewrapping. Cable ties are an extension of this idea although the sheer number of different types and colours of cable ties can boggle the mind. Take a look at Essentra’s e-catalog. It does help to use a cable tie tool to tension the cable ties. In one of my earlier blogs “Top 17 helpful hints for constructing electronic systems” I gave a hint that bears repeating. If you are going to cut a cable tie, cut the block with the locking mechanism. If you try and cut the band itself, there is an incredibly good chance you will cut one of the wires as well. One commenter pointed out an occasion where there was a thin fluid pipe in the bundle, and someone cut through it necessitating a complete rewire.I am not sure about recent vehicles (who looks under the hood these days), but spiral wrap was very common in automobiles at one time. Using a special tool, it is easy and quick to work, and can be combined with twine or cable ties. An alternative to the spiral wrap is “split corrugated loom tubing” and is easy to stuff the wire into the tube since it is split along its length.If you need liquid-tight sheathing there are alternatives, but you are going to need techniques to pull the wires through and the patience of a saint, or a wiring department or subcontractor. And if you really have the time, to make the project pretty you could fish your wires though a woven sleeve. You can even get it in silicone or fiberglass for high temperature applications.With the wire in looms you may want to attach them to a panel or some other surface. There are many ways to do this using cable mounts and latching clips as well as clamps. Feast your eyes on the selection that Richco provides and see how easy (sarcasm) it is to make a selection. And they are only one of many manufacturers.Figure 1: Cable loom with cable ties and self-adhesive mounts on the front panel (Source: Author) Figure 2: Flat cables held by flat cable mounts. (Source: Author) For projects where you want to hide your cables completely you can use surface raceways or so I am told. This is not dissimilar to the tubing used to carry household and industrial electrical wiring. It comes with T sections and corners. Sizing and cutting will require some accuracy and I expect some kind of automation for repeat orders.I am more familiar with ducting where the duct consists of a channel and a cover and the sides of the channel are fingered so that wire can be brought out of the ducting close to the point of contact. It is possible to use cable ties inside the duct, but not really necessary as the wires are hidden by the cover.Figure 3. Ducts with the wires feeding out to connect to nearby devices. Note the cable glands on the lower right. (Source: Author) Now if your loom is attached to a moving assembly there is the chain cable carrier system which is a flexible duct system. It would be nice to design something with this one day.You have to remember to cater for the fact that the cable must pass through the side of a panel and must be protected from chafing against the sharp metal edges. There is the simple grommet edging or from my perspective, the better option of strain relief (aka cable gland) so the any external tugging at the cable is not transmitted to the connections inside the box.And finally – labelling the wires. There are several systems for wiring labels. The more dated approach involved preprinted markers that cater for a particular wire diameter that you slip over the wire one marker at a time to build the identity. There are also self-adhesive pre-printed characters on cards that work in a similar and you have to stick each one in turn onto the wire. I really dislike this approach. More modern systems use printed adhesive tape á la the Brother P-Touch that allows any text and almost any length. Brady is probably the best known in this field.I have provided links above to individual suppliers for all the parts. There are many alternatives and substitutes, some of them direct replacements. Any electrical supplier will carry a full range. Did I leave anything out? Do you use any other techniques, or do you use any techniques at all. Let me know in the comments below.Editor’s Note: Do you have examples of particularly good or exceptionally bad wiring? If so, send Max Maxfield or Steve Evanczuk a photo (jpeg, please) with a one- or two-sentence description along with the source of the photo (as Source: xxx) – see examples above – and if it’s your own photo, just use your name as the source. antedeluvian says: “As a comment to his blog “Do They Know that “Analog” Makes Digital TV Possible?”nhttp://www.planetanalog.com/author.asp?section_id=396&doc_id=564478&nBill Schweber points out a link to good and bad examples of cabling:nnhttp://www.cablinginst antedeluvian says: “How’s this?nhttps://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/618bfbe9-2e2d-439e-b079-94eea386898f-original.jpegn” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Continue Reading Previous Want to win a rugged hand-held oscilloscope?Next Embedding custom real-time processing in a multi-gigasample high-speed digitizer February 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm 2 thoughts on “Tidy your wiring” December 27, 2016 at 11:00 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. 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Ryan: I think Ange will stay as Socceroos coach

first_imgAustralia Ryan: I think Postecoglou will stay as Socceroos coach Cronan Yu @Cronan_Yu Last updated 2 years ago 13:50 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mathew Ryan Socceroos Australia WC Qualification Asia The Australian No.1 claims the gaffer made no mention of leaving following the win over Syria and has slammed criticism as ‘unfair’ Socceroos gloveman Mat Ryan has revealed reports of coach Ange Postecoglou’s imminent departure caught him by surprise and has urged him to reconsider his position should Australia qualify for the World Cup.The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory boss will reportedly step down from the top job following the intercontinental play-offs against CONCACAF nation Honduras in November regardless of the result, according to the Herald Sun.It has also been suggested the 52-year-old manager would have resigned last month had the green and gold secured automatic qualification for Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Ryan admits it will be difficult to fathom why Postecoglou would want to leave the national set-up should they qualify, but insists the team will continue to do their job regardless of the managerial uncertainty.”Ange Postecoglou didn’t say anything to us after the game against Syria on Tuesday night about walking away from the Socceroos coaching job,” he told PlayersVoice.”When the report dropped on Wednesday that he could be stepping down from the job after the Honduras games, it caught me by surprise.”Personally, I’d love Ange to be with us all the way to Russia, assuming we get past Honduras. I’m still thinking he’s going to be there. If Ange or David Gallop tell the players something different, then I’ll know, but otherwise I don’t think we can start thinking about ‘what’s next’.”Ange has been with us going back to the last World Cup. I find it hard to imagine that if we get through to next year’s World Cup someone in his position would want to leave the team knowing we’ve qualified.”Until we know for sure, I’ll just keep doing what I do.”Mat Ryan BrightonPostecoglou has been subject to immense criticism of late with many perceiving a switch in tactical formation to a three-man defence has over-complicated the Socceroos’ road to next year’s showpiece.Amidst suggestions the tactician has grown frustrated with his detractors, the Brighton and Hove Albion custodian has leapt to the defence of his coach, slamming the criticism of Postecoglou as ‘unfair’.”Criticism and praise come and go in football and I don’t pay too much attention to any of that, but Ange has copped a lot of criticism about our tactics and playing style. In my opinion, that’s been unfair,” Ryan said.”I’ve always loved Ange’s approach, the way he doesn’t see Australia as an underdog and how he asks the question, ‘Why can’t Australia do great things in the football world?’”I agree with him. That’s how you’ve got to be. That’s the right attitude.”People criticised us when we went to three at the back during our World Cup qualifying campaign. They’re wrong. It’s part of football adjusting to team tactics and obviously a coach requires the team to be adaptable.”The style we’re playing is designed not just to get us to the World Cup, but to get there and make some noise and be competitive at that level.”I’ve got full faith in what Ange does and the direction he has taken for us as the national coach.”It comes as The Covert Agent exclusively revealed Postecoglou, who has recieved offers to coach from England, Belgium and Greece, has been unsettled since September 2015 over Football Federation Australia’s management issues as well as its lack of understanding for the game.last_img read more

Moto G7 Plus leaked again, this time revealing 27W fast charging support, red colour option

first_imgMoto G7 Plus leaked again, this time revealing 27W fast charging support, red colour optionA 27W fast charging support and 16MP camera with OIS are a few interesting features coming to the Moto G7 Plus. The Moto G7 series is set to launch in Brazil on February 7.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 10:48 IST Picture Courtesy: TudoCelularHIGHLIGHTSThe G7 Plus will come with a 27W TurboPower fast charging supportThe glass back panel is shown in a deep red colourThe 16MP main camera on the back will get OIS supportThere have been so many leaks and reports on the Moto G7 series that almost nothing is left to the imagination. Earlier this week, some hands-on images of the Moto G7 Plus leaked out that showed off the waterdrop display and dual cameras. Now, we have yet another set of leaked images that give us a few more key details about the upcoming phone. It seems the G7 Plus will come with a 27W TurboPower fast charging support, which is quite interesting.A 27W fast charging support would be a major jump compared to current Moto phones that support TurboPower charging. This info is mentioned on the sticker on the Moto G7 Plus taken out of the retail box, leaked by TudoCelular. The box and unit shown in the live images seem pretty legit, but these are still leaks and they should be taken with a pinch of salt. The live images once again show off the Moto G7 Plus’ waterdrop display on the front, which sees thinner bezels all around and a droplet notch. The glass back panel is shown in a deep red colour, which could be one of the colour options. The rear panel once again gives us a good look at the dual camera system and the fingerprint sensor embedded in the Moto batwing logo.The retail box also mentions that the 16MP main camera on the back will get OIS support, which is always nice to hear. This along with a “faster” fast charging support sound like interesting upgrades to the Moto G line. There is no information yet on whether the same features can be expected on the regular Moto G7 as well.advertisementThe Moto G7 Plus is said to sport a 6.2-inch display with a FHD+ resolution. It will be powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM. The retail box mentions 4GB of RAM, which is likely the base mode. A 16MP + 5MP dual camera system is expected on the back, while the front will see an 8MP camera, as per past reports. Rumours say the Moto G7 Plus will come with a 3,000mAh battery, which seems unlikely for a Plus-sized model. A capacity between 3,500mAh to 4,000mAh sounds more plausible.Motorola is set to announce the Moto G7 Plus along with the Moto G7, G7 Play and G7 Power on February 7 at an event in Brazil. The phones should make their way to India soon after.ALSO READ | New Moto G7 Plus live images show off waterdrop display, dual camerasALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power full specs and design revealed on Motorola’s websiteGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow MotorolaFollow Moto G7 PlusFollow Moto G7last_img read more

Press Release Media Carrier wins Singapore Airlines as new client

first_imgA better flight experience awaits Singapore Airlines’ passengers with Media Carrier. The Munich-based media distribution expert today announced that Singapore Airlines is the first Asian airline client to tap into its premium e-paper library, following a tender process.Under the terms of service which took effect from 1 October 2018, Media Carrier will deliver a selected collection of international digital newspapers and magazines that are integrated via a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server into the e-Library section of Singapore Airlines’ mobile app. Passengers will be able to choose from more than 120 premium publications from 22 countries in 12 languages to individually curate their on-board reading. These publications were picked by Singapore Airlines from Media Carrier’s wideranging portfolio.Passengers using the app can download and read as many publications as they like free of charge within a time frame specified in the app. Downloaded publications remain saved as PDFs in the app so that passengers, if needed, can continue reading later. The publications are provided in their full versions and familiar print layout for easy and intuitive reading and browsing.“We are delighted that Singapore Airlines is the first Asian airline to join Media Carrier’s client portfolio. As Singapore Airlines is one of the world’s best airlines, this is a great testimonial for us. Our profound expertise and wide range of premium publications, including many Asian ones, enabled us to convince a major player in the aviation sector of our services. Our focus on and commitment to the highest quality standards for our offerings and services certainly played a role in this context,” comments Media Carrier managing director Philipp J. Jacke.“Digital tools such as our e-paper library enable airlines to offer their passengers the first-class service they expect. Digitalisation has by now become part and parcel of the modern service industry and value-enhancing digital products considerably contribute to increasing customer satisfaction.”About Singapore Airlines  The SIA Group’s history dates back to 1947 with the maiden flight of Malayan Airways Limited. The airline was later renamed Malaysian Airways Limited and then Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA). In 1972, MSA split into Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysian Airline System. Initially operating a modest fleet of 10 aircraft to 22 cities, SIA has since grown to be a world-class international airline group. In January 2018, the airline launched its Digital Innovation Blueprint to establish SIA as the leading digital airline in the world in aviation and travel experience.About Media CarrierMedia Carrier GmbH was established in 2011 as a subsidiary of the Munich-based MELO Group, whose central divisions are built on the two pillars media and logistics. Media Carrier specialises in the marketing and distribution of digital content. Through its digital media library Media Box, Media Carrier supplies the travel industry with e-papers. It is successfully being used by numerous major airlines as well as more than 1200 hotels worldwide.last_img read more

Press Release Air Canada gives first look at Airbus A220300 interiors

first_imgAC 565Montreal 17:55Seattle 20:45Daily AC 765Toronto 08:55San Jose 11:28Daily Air Canada today announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and between Toronto and San Jose, California, both beginning in spring 2020. As well, the carrier also provided a first look at the interior features of its newest aircraft, which will offer customers a choice of Business and Economy Class service, its newest in-flight entertainment system, onboard Wi-Fi and more.Special introductory fares from Montreal to Seattle start as low as $315 CDN one-way, all in, and fares from Toronto to San Jose starts as low $297 CDN one-way, all in. Tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents until August 28 for travel between May 4 and July 31, 2020.“This aircraft is a game changer for Air Canada as there is simply no rival in this category. The A220 will further strengthen our position on transborder and transcontinental markets and be instrumental in our continued growth. Our customers will benefit from innovative design features in a spacious and comfortable cabin. When connecting through our hubs across Canada onward to international destinations, customers travelling on an A220 will benefit from a virtually seamless cabin experience offering the same level of service and comforts as on a widebody aircraft,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada. “The two routes announced today are the first of many future possibilities as the A220 will allow us to further develop our North American network, offering customers new routes and more robust year-round schedules.“With these two new non-stop routes, Air Canada is deepening its transborder network. This includes strengthening our position in the Seattle market by providing yet another key link for business and leisure travellers with service from Montreal, complementing our existing non-stop service there from Toronto and Vancouver. And with our new Toronto-San Jose route, we are increasing our presence in the Bay Area, adding to our many flights into San Francisco in addition to our existing service to San Jose from Vancouver. Customers from Canada now have another gateway to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley,” said Mr. Galardo.Air Canada’s two-class cabin on the A220 will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. Image: CNW Group/Air CanadaMontreal-SeattleAir Canada will begin the only daily year-round flights to Seattle from Montreal on May 4, 2020, complementing existing services to Seattle from Toronto and Vancouver.Flights are timed to provide connectivity in Montreal to and from Europe and North Africa including Casablanca, Paris, Nice, Lyon, Algiers, London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Rome, Dublin and more. AC 564Seattle 08:35Montreal 16:34Daily FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week Toronto-San JoseThe only year-round, daily service to San Jose from Toronto starts May 4, 2020, complementing existing services from Vancouver to San Jose.Flights are timed so customers can connect through Toronto on Air Canada’s wide-ranging domestic network, allowing easy connections to another Silicon Valley city. FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week AC 766San Jose 12:15Toronto 20:10Daily Customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits. Eligible connecting international customers departing Toronto Pearson International Airport have access to Air Canada’s Signature Suite, recognised as the World’s Best Business Class Dining Experience by Skytrax.Air Canada announced the first two new routes to be operated with the Airbus A220-300, the only non-stop service between Montreal and Seattle and Toronto and San Jose, California, beginning in spring 2020. (CNW Group/Air Canada)About the Air Canada A220-300Air Canada’s first Airbus A220-300, built at Airbus Canada’s Mirabel facility employing 2,500 people, is scheduled to be delivered later this year. Each A220 includes parts from 30 Canadian suppliers.Air Canada will be the first North American carrier to operate the larger A220-300 version of the aircraft, which has a range of 3,200 nautical miles.To be initially deployed from Montreal and Toronto on existing Canadian and transborder routes such as to Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and New York – La Guardia, the A220-300 will open new markets such as the Montreal-Seattle and Toronto-San Jose flights announced today.The two-class cabin will have a total of 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Customers will have more personal space thanks to the widest economy seats in the fleet, and the largest overhead stowage bins for an aircraft this size.Additional features include larger windows and full-colour LED ambient and customizable mood lighting that contribute to reducing fatigue while travelling. The high ceilings, extra shoulder room and storage make this an unparalleled interior in the narrow-body segment.Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic eX1 in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including access to Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Canadian-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray.The A220 will come equipped with satellite based high speed connectivity for Wi-Fi access with USB A, USB C, and AC power available to every passenger.The A220 will also further Air Canada’s environmental commitment, with the innovative Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan engines projected to yield a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat and NOx emissions 50 per cent below CAEP/6 standards. The A220 is also the quietest aircraft in its category thanks to its new technologies.About Air CanadaAir Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 62 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America.last_img read more

Press Release Temasek acquires 50 stake in gategroup

first_imggategroup Holding AG today announced that Temasek has converted its mandatory exchangeable bond and acquired additional shares resulting in a 50% stake in gategroup. They are now co-shareholders with RRJ Capital, who owns the remaining 50% of the company. The transaction was completed on 25 September 2019.Temasek is a recognized, long-term investor headquartered in Singapore, with an impressive shareholder’s return track record. With this change, gategroup also announces the appointment of Uwe Krueger, Senior Managing Director, Temasek, to its Board of Directors.Richard Ong, Founder and Chairman of RRJ Capital and gategroup’s Chairman of the Board said: “We are pleased to welcome Temasek as co-shareholder of gategroup.  Over the past three years gategroup has, thanks to its strong management team, made swift progress on the implementation of their successful Gateway 2020 Strategy. Together with Temasek we look forward to supporting their growth aspirations.”Xavier Rossinyol, CEO of gategroup said: “This is yet another step forward in the transformational journey of gategroup and excellent news for our employees and customers. We are absolutely delighted to continue to work with Temasek and RRJ Capital going forward as they contribute their expertise, network and growth track record to gategroup,” he continued.About gategroupgategroup is the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. gategroup provides passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, gategroup deliver operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving more than 700 million passengers annually from over 200 operating units in over 60 countries/territories across all continents. In 2018, gategroup reached CHF 4.9 billion in revenues generated by approximately 43,000 employees worldwide.About TemasekTemasek is an investment company with a net portfolio value of S$313 billion (€206b) as at 31 March 2019. Temasek’s Charter roles as an investor, institution and steward shape its investment stance, ethos and philosophy, to do well, do right and do good.Temasek’s investment philosophy is anchored around four key themes: Transforming Economies; Growing Middle Income Populations; Deepening Comparative Advantages; and Emerging Champions.About RRJ CapitalRRJ Capital is an investment firm which focuses on long term private equity investments. RRJ manages approximately US$ 13 billion of funds, with portfolio companies in Asia, Australia, Europe and USA. RRJ is based in Singapore and Hong Kong.Forward-Looking StatementsThis publication contains forward-looking statements and other statements that are not historical facts. The words “believe”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “estimate”, “predict”, “intend”, “target”, “assume”, “may”, “will” “could” and similar expression are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Such statements are made on the basis of assumptions and expectations that we believe to be reasonable as of the date of this publication but may prove to be erroneous and are subject to a variety of significant uncertainties that could cause actualfactors are changes in overall economic conditions, changes in demand for our products, changes in the demand for, or price of, oil, risk of terrorism, war, geopolitical or other exogenous shocks to the airline sector, risks of increased competition, manufacturing and product development risks, loss of key customers, changes in government regulations, foreign and domestic political and legislative risks, risks associated with foreign operations and foreign currency exchange rates and controls, strikes, embargoes, weather-related risks and other risks and uncertainties. We therefore caution investors and prospective investors against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements or to update the reasons for which actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements, except as required by law.Note: In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between any translated versions of this publication, the English version shall prevail.last_img read more

What to expect on a buzz flight aboard an Airbus H135

first_img2019 has been milestone year for Airbus, as it marks 50 years of success for both its commercial aviation and helicopter businesses. Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) invited media guests to its facilities in Columbus, Mississippi and Grand Prairie, Texas to learn about its products and operations, capped off by a special flight on the H135 light twin helicopter.Following a safety briefing, our flight departed from the Airbus Helicopters facility at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (GPM). Our aircraft, N135HX was completed in March of this year. The H135 passenger cabin was fully occupied with six guests, seated in two rows which faced each other. Each passenger wore a Bose headset in order to hear the pilot and communicate between each other. On the exterior, the H135 operates 6.5 decibels below the ICAO standard noise limit, meaning it can come and go while causing minimal disturbance to those on the ground.As we cruised at 1,100 feet above ground level, the cabin had a mild, calming vibration that felt like a massage chair. Passenger legroom felt ample for a heli, roughly equivalent to that of most airlines’ economy class, and overhead air conditioning vents kept us cool throughout the trip. We wore 5-point harness belts to minimize movement, but the pleasant weather kept the flight very smooth.H135 Specifications and Capabilities1 or 2 pilots and up to six passengersEMS configuration fits two medics and a stretcher160 miles per hour max speed342 nautical mile range6,576 pounds maximum takeoff weightEngines — Safran Arrius 2B2plus or Pratt & Whitney Canada’s 206B3Our pilot, Chief Instructor Tim McAdams explained and demonstrated the H135’s modern performance functions, including the Helionix avionics suite. Helionix was developed in-house by Airbus, designed to reduce pilot workload and increase safety by presenting the most relevant information when the pilot needs it. Its latest Step 3 upgrade includes 3D real-time terrain mapping in its Synthetic Vision System (SVS), along with an upgraded Helicopter Terrain Avoidance and Warning System (HTAWS). The avionics information is displayed on the Garmin GTN 750 touchscreen display. The displays can be mounted for one or two pilots.McAdams also demonstrated the H135s autopilot functions, such as hovering, target following, and ascent/descent at specified rates. Interestingly, he served as training instructor for action film star Tom Cruise in the 2018 film, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout.’ Cruise did all of his own flying for his helicopter scenes in the movie.The highlight of our demonstration flight included aerial views of the current and future Texas Rangers baseball stadiums, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL football team. AHI is very proud to have Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as a customer.Jones purchased a H145 to shuttle him between the team’s facilities, which are nearly 40 miles apart and take up to an hour and a half to commute between by car. The flight between facilities takes as little as 13 minutes. The helicopter saves the billionaire hours of valuable time by avoiding road traffic. Jones made a special fly-in appearance at AHI’s 50th Anniversary customer party in Grand Prairie on 26 September.Airbus Helicopters offers customers a myriad of interior customization options, from seats and seating surfaces to décor. In addition, customers can play with the exterior look of their new rotorcraft by downloading a paint configurator app for Apple iOS or Android devices.Apart from corporate and personal use, the H135 is used in a variety of missions worldwide, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services and tourism scenery flights.AHI is currently working with the US Navy on a campaign to sell the H135 as an off-the-shelf training solution. Built in Columbus, Mississippi, H135s are currently being used by militaries in 12 other countries for this purpose.Editorial disclosure: Airbus Helicopters provided all travel and hospitality accommodations for this event, however all accounts and opinions within the story belong solely to the author and RGN. All images are credited to the author, Paul ThompsonRelated Articles:Lindsay Cunningham builds impressive career at Airbus Helicopters Sikorsky’s Jeanette Eaton on credibility, professionalism and flying helisHow Helionix enhances the latest Airbus Helicopters H135 Rotary Wings for the World: Luxaviation Helicopters on scope of ambitionlast_img read more

Nikko Guide 28 MustVisit Spots Access Dining Souvenirs And More

first_imgSenjogahara is a high moor found within Nikko National Park. This area boasts an incredibly rich natural environment, with many rare species of plants, insects, and birds, many of which are protected species.The views in Senjogahara are majestic, with Mt. Nantai and the other mountains surrounding Nikko visible in the horizon. With a wooden pathway continually maintained by staff, this is a hiking area that is ideal for both beginner and experienced hikers.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, ChugushiWebsite: Senjogahara Marsh Yunishigawa, Kawamata, Okukinu Area Traveling from Haneda Airport to NikkoLimousine bus to Haneda Airport and then to JR Utsunomiya Station. It is very convenient to travel from Asakusa Station to Tobu Nikko Station.1. Asakusa (Tobu Nikko Line Kegon Express) to Tobu Nikko Station.2. Asakusa (Tobu Nikko Line Kinu Express) to Shimomachi Station (transfer to the connecting train) to Tobu Nikko Station).Both of these routes will take you about an hour and fifty minutes and both will cost 2700 yen. It’s very convenient to know that you can also travel directly to Nikko.3. Asakusa (Tobu Nikko Line) to Tobu Nikko Station.This route will take two hours and ten minutes, and as it is not an express or otherwise special train line, it will only cost 1360 yen. However, this is a regular train route, not an express, so please keep this in mind.For a more in-depth guide, including pictures and ticket information, please see How To Travel From Asakusa To NikkoTraveling from Shinjuku Station to Nikko Having a characteristic deep purple color to them, this delicious mizuyokan (soft sweet bean jelly) has an elegant sweetness to it, that few get tired of eating. The fresh moist texture of the yokan, along with the texture and flavor of the adzuki beans are very well suited to one another.Delicious Nikko CuisineDishes Made with Yuba (Tofu Skin) Nikko, located in Tochigi Prefecture, is one of Japan’s foremost travel destinations. This fascinating city is a mere 2 hours away from Tokyo, making it a place that anyone can visit with ease.Since the Edo era Nikko has prospered as a city thanks to the many worshipers and others that have come to see Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which is now a World Heritage site. Numerous other history-rich and natural locations like Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji, both of which are located in Nikko National Park, have become known as must-see areas too.In this article we introduce 28 of the most beautiful places in Nikko, along with an area guuide and access information, souvenirs, dining and other useful tips.Contents1. Nikko Area Guide2. 28 Beautiful Places to Visit in Nikko3. Events in Nikko4. Souvenirs from Nikko5. Cuisine in Nikko6. Nikko’s Climate7. Traveling to Nikko8. Transportation in Nikko 9. Nikko Travel TipsNikko Area GuideKinugawa and Kawaji Area Read also Shinjuku Station (JR Nikko Express) to Tobu Nikko Station.The transfer-free route from Shinjuku Station to Nikko is very convenient; this route takes two hours and costs 2060 yen for the express service, plus 1940 for the passenger fare.There are other routes, as well as special free passes to consider beyond the ones listed above, so please take the time to research the best route for you and your needs before traveling.Transportation in NikkoStarting from the Utsunomiya and Nikko lines, there are also the buses, Watarase Keikoku line, and Akechidaira Ropeway included in the many forms of public transportation in Nikko. Many of the sightseeing spots can easily be accessed by train or bus. Or, depending on the destination and situation, a taxi or rental car might also be a good option for your trip.Trains (JR Utsunomiya Line, Nikko Line)In Nikko the main train lines are the JR Utsunomiya Line and the Nikko Line. Stopping at many popular tourist destinations and having great facilities in and around the stations, traveling by train is perhaps the most convenient option to take when sightseeing.Tobu Bus NikkoIn Nikko, the World Heritage Loop Bus travels mainly to all of the sightseeing areas, and the Tobu Bus Nikko to the rest of the area.If you use the “World Heritage Tour Ticket” (Sekai-isan Meguri Tegata), you will be able to enjoy a more economical bus trip. On the World Heritage Tour Ticket (500 yen, you can travel from JR Nikko Station to Tobu Nikko Station, plus the Nishisando and Rengeishi areas all you like as it is a one-day free pass.The free passes may be purchased from the Tobu Nikko Tourist Center or the Midori-no-madoguchi (Green service window) of JR Nikko Station.Watarase Keikoku LineThe Watarase Keikoku Line travels from Omama Station to Ashio Station, and is a sightseeing train route. Not only can you enjoy your fill of Keikoku’s natural landscape from this line, but you can also appreciate the illuminations in the train car as you travel through the Kusaki tunnel; this is a fun element especially added to this route.Akechidaira RopewayThe Akechidaira Ropeway is located 35 minutes by bus away from Tobu Nikko Station. The ropeway is known to be the best viewing site in all of Nikko; in 3 minutes you will arrive at the Akechidaira Viewing Platform. From here you can see Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls, Mount Nantai, and other natural wonders on a grand scale.Ticket Prices:Adults – 400 yen one-way, 730 yen round-tripChildren – 200 yen one-way, 370 yen round-tripTaxiWhen taking a taxi the first portion of the ride will cost 730 yen and up (the first trip up to two kilometers). It is also possible to use a special sightseeing taxi while in the Nikko and Kinugawa areas. Of these sightseeing taxis there are also ones that can carry a larger number of people as well. Although it depends on the course and taxi company, a two-hour tour in these taxis costs about 10,000 yen give or take.Nikko Travel TipsThe most convenient way to travel to Nikko from Tokyo is using the Nikko Pass.The Nikko All Area Pass (4,520 yen) is a 4-day ticket that includes a round trip from Tokyo’s Asakusa Station to Nikko and unlimited train and bus rides in the Nikko-Yumoto Onsen-Chuzenji Onsen-Kinugawa Onsen area.The Nikko World Heritage Area Pass (2,000 yen) is a 2-day ticket that includes a round trip from Tokyo’s Asakusa Station to Nikko and unlimited bus rides in the Nikko World Heritage area and the area around Nikko Station.For more details on these very convenient discount passes, please refer to the articles below: Nikko Pass Trip Day 2 – Discover The World Heritage Sites Of Nikko! This is an authorized event run by the Night View Inheritance Of Japan, wherein at night the flood plain is decorated with small snow huts illuminated by candles; it is a fantastical scene to behold as the lights spread out before you.May: Nikko Toshogu Annual Spring FestivalThis is one of the grandest annual festivals held at Toshogu Shrine. With yabusame displays (traditional Japanese archery contests held on horseback) and the ‘Hyakumono Zoroi Sennin Mushagyoretsu’ (a procession leading from Suruga, where the divine spirit of Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined, to Nikko) are two of the must-see activities during this event.July: Nikko Summer’s New Soba FestivalThe Nikko Summer’s New Soba Festival is a popular event where a limited quantity of summer soba is prepared. This is the earliest chance anyone can have to enjoy buckwheat noodles prepared from freshly ground flour anywhere in Japan.August: Nikko Wagaku OdoriThe Nikko Wagaku Odori is a traditional song and dance event that invokes images of summertime and boasts a 100-year history. While it started out as a way to say thank you to workers, in recent years citizens from all walks of life take part in the dancing, making for a very lively spectacle.October: Nikko Toshogu Annual Autumn FestivalThis is Nikko Toshogu Shrine’s annual fall festival – an event not to be missed!November: Nikko Soba FestivalThe Nikko Soba Festival is an annual event where soba shops from all across Japan gather to show off their best dishes. Not only that but within the festival grounds there are also shops selling soba-making tools and other popular Nikko specialties, making this a festival for everyone to enjoy.November to December: Fall Colors Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Sannai 2310Website: Nikko Toshogu Shrine (Japanese)2. Nikko Futarasan Shrine (World Heritage Site) Odashirogahara is a natural wetland also found within the Nikko National Park. Rather than going from the green of spring and summer to the colors of autumn, the severe winter in this area also is a wondrous sight to see, not to mention the impressive views of the faraway mountains in the distance.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, ChugushiWebsite: Odashirogahara28. Mount Nikko-ShiraneMount Nikko-Shirane is the 2,578 meter tall mountain that stands as the border between Nikko in Tochigi prefecture and Katashinamura, Tone district, in Gunma prefecture. It is the tallest mountain found in the northern Kanto region. By all means please use the ropeway here to climb up to the 2000 meter point and take in the stunning view!Address: Tochigi, NikkoWebsite: Mount Nikko-ShiraneEvents in NikkoJanuary: Yunishigawa Onsen Kamakura Festival Imaichi, found in the eastern side of Nikko, is where you will see 13,000 Japanese cedar trees at Nikko Suginami, Roppouzawabashi, a 320 meter long bridge spanning a gorgeous valley, and many other natural and historical wonders that delight the senses. This area is also famous for its cuisine: the fresh milk from Osasabokujo and yuba from the Nikko Yuba Production Company Nikko Plant are just two examples.Ashio Area A One-Hour World Trip?! Nikko Pass – A Recommended Route For Muslim Guests Nikko Toshogu Shrine is one of the representative World Heritage Sites in Japan. This is where you will find the famous Three Wise Monkeys (see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil), along with the Sleeping Cat and Imagined Elephant carvings. The gorgeous Yomeimon Gate, the Karamon Gate and many other Japanese National Treasures can also be seen here.Nikko Toshogu Shrine enshrines and is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1868) that brought an end to centuries of internal conflicts. The country prospered under the rule of the Tokugawas, that is why even today the Japanese people revere Ieyasu.To learn more about Nikko Toshogu Shrine, please refer to the article below. Chuzenji Temple is a branch temple of Rinnoji Temple mentioned above, and where you will find the Eleven-Faced Thousand-Armed Boddhisattva Kannon statue, an Important Cultural Property of Japan, whose calm countenance peacefully greets all that visit here.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Chugushi 2578Website: Chuzenji Temple5. Nikko Futarasan Shrine Chugushi and Futarasan Shrine OkumiyaOn the scenic north shore of Lake Chuzenji near the base of Mt. Nantai is where you will find the Chugushi, a shrine belonging to Nikko Futarasan Shrine. With Futarasan Shrine Okumiya on the summit of Mt. Nantai and Futarasan Shrine Honsha located in Nikko city, this shrine has come to be called Chugushi, or the mid-point shrine.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Chugushi 2484Website: Futarasan Shrine Chugushi and Futarasan Shrine Okumiya6. Nikko Yumoto Onsen – National Health Preservation Hot Springs Rinnoji Temple consists of temple buildings, pagodas, and sub-temples that have been recognized as part of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko. There are many fascinating structures to see here: the Hondo (main hall), which is a National Treasure, as well as Nitenmon Gate, Komon Gate and more. Here you can see the beautifully ornamented gates and amazing architecture which make it such a popular sightseeing spot.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Sannai 2300Website: Mount Nikko Rinno-ji Temple 4. Chuzenji Temple (Tachikikannon) Ashio, in the south of Nikko, is best known for the Mount Ashio Copper Mine and the Matsugi Valley. With a 400 year long history, Ashio formerly prospered as the foremost copper mine in all of Japan. The Ashio Copper Mine mine tour and tourist facilities are perhaps Ashio’s best known sightseeing spot. In spring,if you take the Watarase Keikoku train through this area you can enjoy a relaxing view of the many sakura trees that bloom in this region.28 Great Sightseeing Spots in Nikko1. Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a World Heritage Site Read also Ryuo Gorge is a beautiful park located between Kawaji Onsen and Kinugawa Onsen where you can stroll through the charming Kinugawa valley area. The whole area is full of Kanto’s most prominent hot spring resorts, which makes it quite popular, but during the fall, this area becomes quite crowded with people out viewing the leaves.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Fujihara 1357Website: Ryuo Gorge 1. JR Tokyo Station (Tohoku Shinkansen) to Utsunomiya Station (Nikko line) to Nikko Station, then walk for 3 minutes to Tobu Nikko Station.This route takes about two hours and ten minutes, and costs 5780 yen. Healthy and high in nutritional content, yuba or tofu skin, is one of the most famous foods in Nikko. Although many might first think of Kyoto when they hear the word yuba, the yuba from Nikko is absolutely superb.From the Nikko Yuba Production Company Nikko Plant, where you can take part in a yuba-making lesson, to the many yuba and tofu product offering shops and restaurants around Tobu Nikko Station, there are many different ways in which to enjoy this dish while in Nikko.Soba Noodles Read also Nikko Pass Trip Day 2 – Discover The World Heritage Sites Of Nikko! Nikko Pass Trip: Day 1 – Enjoy The Breathtaking Nature Of Nikko! Read also Lake Chuzenji is a lake found within Nikko National Park. Spreading out over twenty-five kilometers and reaching 163 meters at its deepest, this lake was formed by the eruption of nearby Mount Nantai about 20,000 years ago, when the flow of lava was blocked off by the valley, creating this unique form.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, ChugushiWebsite: Lake Chuzenji 17. Yudaki FallsYudaki is a waterfall stemming from Lake Yuno in the deepest part of Nikko. Standing fifty meters high and twenty-five meters wide, the sheer size of this waterfall ranks it third alongside Kegon Falls and Ryuzu Falls as the most famous falls in Nikko.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, YumotoWebsite: Yudaki Shinkansen Ticket Reservation:Voyagin> Nikko Yumoto Onsen is found deep within Nikko. Surrounded by beautiful green landscapes, this hot spring area is a very quiet and peaceful place.There is also a lake and hiking courses here, making it a great place for outdoor fans to visit as well. And as these are sulphur springs, they are said to make your skin look more beautiful as well, which only adds to their popularity.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, YumotoWebsite: Nikko Yumoto Onsen7. Yunishigawa Onsen Imaichi Area Accommodation Reservations: Booking.com>Wi-Fi Rentals:PUPURU> 26. Ryuzu Falls Nikko Pass Trip: Day 1 – Enjoy The Breathtaking Nature Of Nikko! 18. Urami FallsUrami Falls is a waterfall where you can view the falls from the back by heading along the waterfall lake behind the water as its flows downward. Said to be full of negative ions, you are sure to feel like you have entered into a mystical area as you look out at this scenery.Address: Tochigi, NikkoWebsite: Urami Falls19. Ryuo Gorge Heike no Sato is the most famous place and historic landmark in Yunishigawa Onsen. There are a great number of beautiful natural sights, plenty of delicious regional cuisine and gensen kakenagashi onsen (a free-flowing hot spring source), and many charming ryokan inns where you will be greeted warmly in this throwback to the good old days of Japan.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Yunishigawa 10429. Meotobuchi OnsenThe final stop of the bus that travels to Okukinu Onsen Town stops at Meotobuchi Onsen. The one lodging here was built on the Kinugawa river valley, and appears almost to be clinging to it, which is part of its appeal. Every minute 1200 liters of water coming gushing forth from this spring. Along the mountain stream valley there are rotemburo (open-air baths)and women-only baths of various sizes to choose from, which makes this an excellent place for female travelers to safely spend time.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Kawamata, Araita10. Okukinu Onsen TownKawamata, Nikko, Tochigi is the hot spring town where you will find the famous Okukinu, which is said to be the ‘last little-known hot spring in Kanto’ by hot spring enthusiasts. With waters said to beautify the skin and a 100% free-flowing source, in winter the flood plain of this hot spring is decorated with about 1200 snow huts that are illuminated by candles, creating a wonderfully romantic landscape.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Kawamata11. Kawamata OnsenKawamata Onsen, is a valley hot spring that is surrounded by the magnificent natural wonders and beauty of the Nikko National Park. Here you will find a very popular tourist attraction: a natural geyser that has steam and pillars of hot water gushing up from it every few minutes.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Kawamata 646-1Website: Kawamata Onsen12. EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomuracenter_img Nikko castella is a popular souvenir that has the refreshing aroma of honey. It has been made using the same recipe for generations, which gives it a simple sweetness and mellow taste that many find addictive.Yokan Jelly – Mitsuyama Yokan Main Shop Read also Nikko Pass Trip Day 2 – Discover The World Heritage Sites Of Nikko! Nikko Pass Trip: Day 1 – Enjoy The Breathtaking Nature Of Nikko! As there are many delicious foods that come to mind when thinking of Nikko, an easy and compact way to enjoy the flavors of this area is through Nikko Jingoro senbei (crispy rice crackers).The saltiness of the senbei also has the umami of its rice origin and the gentle flavor of butter to it, giving it a taste that really spreads nicely in the mouth. Because of this light flavor, you might find yourself unable to stop eating these rice crackers.Castella with Gold Leaf – Nikko Castella Main Shop Although a day trip destination from Tokyo, Nikko has abundant natural beauty and historical temples and shrines, making it a perfect and unique place to visit. If you are planning to visit Japan or the Tokyo area specifically, then taking a day trip to Nikko is something you simply must do. Nikko Pass Trip: Day 1 – Enjoy The Breathtaking Nature Of Nikko! Lake Yuno is a lake located in the western side of Nikko. This lake was formed by the eruption of its northern neighbor, Mount Mitake. Best known for its unbelievable fall colors, as soon as the leaves start to change this area becomes crowded with tourists. Doesn’t taking a row boat out onto the lake to view the leaves sound wonderful?Address: Tochigi, Nikko, YumotoWebsite: Lake Yuno16. Lake Chuzenji Nikko Futarasan Shrine is where you will find Okuninushi, the god of good fortune and matchmaking, enshrined. The vermilion painted wooden bridge, Shinkyo (Bridge of the Gods), found at the entrance to Mount Nikko is also a part of Futarasan Shrine. This is also said to be the entrance way to the Shrines and Temples of Nikko World Heritage site area as well.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Sannai 2307Website: Nikko Futarasan Shrine 3. Rinnoji Temple Complex (World Heritage Site) Close To Nikko! Discover Tochigi’s Dragon Tales In Kinugawa Onsen Read also Kinugawa Onsen and the Kawaji Onsen are two hot sprin towns located along the Kinugawa River. Being so close to Tokyo, it goes without saying that these two hot springs are incredibly popular day trip locations, not only with visitors to Japan but with residents of the Kanto area as well. Around both there are not only hot springs but a theme park to enjoy too, making them great places for families to spend time together. If you would like to see ninja and samurai in present day Japan, then a trip to EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura is perfect for you. This amusement facility will have you feeling like you have fallen 400 years back in time as you walk through the townscape of old Japan. And as there are samurai coming and going in the village, you are certain to feel like you have gotten yourself lost in the atmosphere of the Edo era for sure.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Kashikura 470-2Website: Edo Wonderland Mount Nantai is Nikko’s popular 2,486 meter tall volcano, which has been included in Japan’s ranking of the top 100 mountains in the country. If you are lucky, you will find yourself standing on the summit surrounded by a sea of clouds spreading out as far as the eye can see when you visit this area.Address: Tochigi, NikkoWebsite: Mount Nantai24. Kegon Falls – One of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls As going to view the falls colors is almost as popular as seeing the cherry blossoms in spring, people in Kanto almost immediately think of Nikko when these autumn leaves are mentioned. The mountains here turn from lush green to vibrant shades of red and gold reminiscent of an ukiyo-e, so seeing the fall colors in person is a sight not to be missed.Souvenirs from NikkoFried Yuba Sweet Buns – SakaeyanoFried yuba manju are consistently ranked as being the number one edible souvenir from Nikko – they are a must if you are buying souvenirs. These fried tofu skin dumplings filled with red bean paste are best enjoyed with a light sprinkling of coarse salt over them. The sweet-salty taste of the red bean paste and the crispiness of the coating is just incredible.Senbei Rice Crackers – Nikko Jingoro Senbei Main Store Nikko is colloquially called ‘Kanto’s refrigerator’ as it always has lower temperatures than Tokyo. The winters are relatively harsh here, but on the other hand, the summers are quite cool and fairly free from humidity, making it a very agreeable place to visit in summer. If you are visiting in the clothes that you prepared for a trip to Tokyo, you may find yourself feeling a bit chilly, so bringing a jacket or sweater along with you is our recommendation.During the fall colors in autumn, the temperature may change quite dramatically here: in October it will fall to about 13 degrees Celsius, while in November it will likely be around 8 degrees or lower. Of the clothing that you may have packed for Tokyo, you will probably want to also bring a parka or coat, shawl or scarf, hat, gloves or mittens etc in order to best adapt to this temperature difference.Traveling to Nikko 13. Tobu World SquareTobu World Square is a theme park wherein famous structures and World Heritage sites from all around the world have been reconstructed in 1:25 scale. There’s a miniature Tokyo SkyTree, Sagrada Familia, the Sphinx and more on display – you can see all of the famous places from around the world all at once here.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Kinugawa Onsen Ohara 209-1Website: Tobu World Square The Yunishigawa, Kawamata, and Okukinu areas in northern Nikko have been blessed with abundant natural beauty and are where you will find mountains that change with the four seasons, clear streams flowing through stunning valleys, and many incredible hot springs. If you travel to this area, you should definitely try the locally-made soba, their most famous product.Nikko City Area Nikko – World Heritage Sites and Scenic Nature near Tokyo If you go to Nikko, you have to try the soba! Made from the finest grade buckwheat flour and water collected from clear springs at the foot of Mount Nikko, these delicious soba noodles are only available in this area. There are many different shops to choose from that boast their own specialty handmade soba throughout Nikko.Tamari Soy Sauce Soft ServeDuring your trip make sure to keep an eye out for the Nikko Robatatsuke Moritomo shop where you can find the very unusual ‘Tamari soy sauce soft serve’, a soft serve ice cream made with Tamari soy sauce. The taste of the soy sauce isn’t overpowering and has an overall rather reserved and refined taste to it.For more detailed information on great souvenirs from Nikko, please refer to our article: From Japanese Sweets To Sake! 10 Souvenirs To Buy From Nikko, TochigiWeather in Nikko and What to Wear Yunishigawa Onsen is a hot spring located within Nikko National Park. Here you can see straw-thatched roof houses alongside a mountain stream, a very unique and elegant sight. Also, you can enjoy delicious char, river fish and wild birds, deer, beer and other locally caught ingredients carefully cooked over an irori (traditional Japanese hearth) in what is known as Ochiudo cuisine.8. Heike no Sato Ryzu Falls was also formed by the eruption of Mount Nantai. The lava here spread upwards, creating this 210 meter tall waterflow that has a continual water flow.Rather than being a sheer cliff-face, this waterfall is composed of gently-sloping rock. With a great quantity of water and wide expanse, one of the first things you will notice upon visiting this waterfall is the sound of the rushing water.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, ChugushiWebsite: Ryuzu Falls27. Odashirogahara Close To Nikko! Discover Tochigi’s Dragon Tales In Kinugawa Onsen Read also EDO WONDERLAND – Have Fun Exploring The Roots Of Japanese Culture Read also There are 48 waterfalls found throughout the Nikko area, but the most famous is Kegon Falls. Found near the massive Lake Chuzenji, the waters from this lake continuously flow down this 97 meter tall stonewall-backed waterfall. The grandeur of this naturally formed waterfall changes from season to season, making it a sight that can be enjoyed all year long.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, ChugushiWebsite: Kegon Falls25. Senjogahara Marsh Nikko city is found in the northeast side of Tochigi prefecture. This is a nature-rich sightseeing city where you will find Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji and other beautiful spots, as well as World Heritage site Toshogu Shrine, many other temples and shrines, and hot springs too. If you are interested in natural landscapes, then it is best to visit Nikko in the fall during the autumn leaves season. 20. Jakko FallsJakko Falls was named after the Jakko Temple that was once located in this area. You can walk almost right up to this waterfall, and, as not that many people come here, this is the perfect area for those who want to take their time and appreciate the natural landscape to visit.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, NikkoWebsite: Jakko Falls 21. Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial ParkNikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park is a Tochigi prefectural public park. Here you can see historical wooden buildings and look out at the park from within these structures, both incredibly beautiful sights to see. If you would like to get away from the crowds at other sightseeing areas, then this is the best spot for you.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Honcho 8-27Website: Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park22. Kanman Abyss with the Bake JizoKanmangafuchi is an unusual abyss-like area created by the volcanic eruption and lava from Mount Nantai. The path along the Daiya River is lined with statues of Jizo Boddhisatva, the protector of children and travelers. They are called Bake Jizo (Strange Jizo) because it is said that their number differs each time one counts them.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Takumicho 8-28Website: Kanman Abyss (Bake Jizo)23. Mount Nantai 14. Kotoku BokujoKotoku Bokujo is Nikko’s popular sightseeing farm. The lush greenery of this farm and the sight of the cows as they mill about in the fields makes this an ideal place to stroll about and relax – it’s very soothing. Here you can also enjoy their famous rich ice cream as well.Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Chugushi 2452Website: Kotoku Bokujo15. Lake Yuno Read also 2. JR Tokyo Station (Utsunomiya Line) to Utsunomiya Station (Nikko Line) to Nikko Station, then walk for 3 minutes to Tobu Nikko Station.This route takes two and a half hours and will cost about 2700 yen, half the cost of the shinkansen route. This is a pattern wherein rather than using the bullet train like in route 1, you can take all conventional train lines instead.Although the Utsunomiya Line is a conventional train line, it also has reserved seating Green Cars, which makes this an ideal route to take for those who would like to have a comfortable seat as they travel. The fares for these Green Cars vary whether they are purchased in advance or while in the train, and whether it is a weekday or a national holiday, but the most you can expect to pay for these seats is 1300 yen. There are also many departures every day on the JR lines, making this ideal as well for when you suddenly decide you’d like to head out on a day trip.For more information, please do look over our Bus Or Train? How To Travel From Tokyo To Nikko.Traveling from Asakusa Station to Nikko This route will take about two and a half hours and cost 3600 yen. To travel from Utsunomiya Station to Nikko, please follow the directions provided in the following first entry. This route is the best for those that want to visit Nikko once they have landed in Japan. Tickets may be purchased from the information desks or automatic ticket machines in the arrival lobby.Traveling from Tokyo Station to Nikkolast_img read more

Getting Around In Japan How To Use Trains Buses And Taxis

first_imgPurchase tickets from Voyagin hereJR Pass – 7, 14, or 21 Days Unlimited Rail Travel in JapanRead also:Tailor-Made Holidays in Japan with Japan Rail PassUsing IC Card/SuicaThe IC cardSuica can conveniently be used for trains and buses.Suica is a transportation system card dispensed by JR East Japan that can be used nationwide. By touching it on the panel at the ticket gates you can get on and off public transportation easily without having to deal with the hassle of buying a ticket every time you want to go somewhere.A Suica card can be purchased from the multi-function machines and at any JR station’s Midori-no-Madoguchi (green counter area). A 500 yen deposit is required, but it is refunded when you return the Suica.If you are not going to have a Japan Rail Pass on your trip, then having an IC card or Suica is the next best thing. Not only is it convenient, but it saves you the time and hassle of having to purchase a ticket every time you want to go somewhere during your stay.How to Buy a TicketInstead of a Japan Rail Pass or Suica you can also buy a train ticket when getting on a train.When buying a ticket, you will first need to look at the train fare display near the ticket machines in order to find your destination and the cost to travel to it. Once you have confirmed your train fare, you put your money into the machine and press the button that matches your train fare. The ticket will then be dispensed.Read also:What You Should Know About Japanese Trains (How to Take Trains)How to Ride the Green CarsThe trains in Japan are clean and comfortable, but they are very crowded during the morning and night rush hours. If you want to avoid the crowded trains when traveling, use the JR green cars.Green cars are special seats that are found on the Tokaido, Yokosuka, Sobu rapid, Utsunomiya, Takasaki, Shonan-Shinjuku, Ueno-Tokyo lines, and the Joban lines regular (rapid) train. Green cars offer features such as reclining seats and light meals/snacks and drinks are sold in these cars only.How to Purchase a Green Car TicketYou can ride in the green car by purchasing a regular ticket and a green car ticket together. Green car tickets can be bought from the station ticket machine, the Suica dispensing machine at the station, and while in the green car.After purchasing the green car ticket ,wait at the green car specific lane at the station until the train comes.Read also:Cruise From Narita to Tokyo Station in JR’s Cozy Green CarsHow to Ride a ShinkansenThe shinkansen trains in Japan are said to be the fastest in the world. Why not try using the bullet train when you’re traveling from Tokyo to Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, or other places.How to Buy a Shinkansen TicketShinkansen tickets can be bought at the Midori-no-Madoguchi or through a ticket machine. It`s not possible to ride a shinkansen using your IC card . You can ride on the shinkansen using your Japan Rail Pass, but please be careful because you cannot ride on the Nozomi and Mizuho shinkansens.You can either enter the area you’re traveling to, date, and select your preferred type of seats into the ticket machine or speak to the staff at the green counter and make your purchase.Read also:Fast, Clean, And Punctual: How To Buy Shinkansen Tickets Buying a Ticket per LocationWhen buying a ticket per location use a highway bus site like highways.com.On the reservation site select your:*destination*date of boarding*boarding location*preferred bus typeand make the reservation.Payments are made in advance by credit card, at a convenience store, or at a travel agency that has partnered with the reservation site. The reservation is complete after your payment is received.Read also:Japan Bus Pass: Unlimited Rides on High-Way Busses Around Japan!How to Ride a TaxiYou’ll want to use a taxi when you have too much luggage or when it’s midnight and the buses and most trains are no longer running. When you get in a taxi in Japan you’ll be surprised by its cleanliness, the automatically opening doors, and the manners of the taxi driver – who are all wearing white gloves. It’s necessary to line up in the taxi riding lane at stations or to raise your hand and call out to a taxi when you want to ride one from the road.Tell the taxi driver where you’re headed once you get seated. There aren’t many taxi drivers that speak English, so it’s a good idea to have a map ready and show the driver where you want to go, or the address of your destination written down somewhere to show them.Pay the fare with cash or card when arriving at your destination.Read also:How To Take A Taxi In JapanWhat You Should Know About Japanese Trains (How to Take Trains)Tailor-Made Holidays in Japan with Japan Rail PassAverage Food Expenses For A Day In Japan How to Ride the Trains There are three different ways to ride the JR trains in Japan. The first is to buy a ticket every time you ride a train, the second is to put money onto your IC card (Suica or Pasmo), and the last way is to use a free pass, such as the Japan Rail Pass.Read also:Transportation Expenses When Traveling JapanGet Around With Ease: How To Buy Your Own SuicaTo Ride the Trains Cheaply Use the Japan Rail PassThe all-you-can-ride nationwide pass, or Japan Rail Pass is geared towards travelers from abroad who’ll be in Japan for a short period of time.To be able to use the Japan Rail Pass you must fulfill the conditions listed below.*People coming to Japan for over 15 days, but under 90 days for the purpose of sightseeing.*When arriving in Japan, you must receive a visitor’s visa stamp from the immigration inspector. (Warning: You don’t get a stamp at the automated gate!)To be able to use the Japan Rail Pass in Japan, it’s also necessary to purchase a voucher at participating agencies such as JTB, Nippon Travel Agency, Kinki Japan Tourist, Tobu Top Tours, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, JAL Pack and other participating agencies.Please be careful because you can’t purchase it once you arrive in Japan. Once you receive the visitor visa stamp from the immigration inspector at the airport you arrive at, you can exchange the voucher for the Japan Rail Pass at the JR station.You can confirm the locations of Japan Rail Pass exchange sites here.Voyagin is another website which offers Japan Rail Pass tickets. Highway Bus Ticket Reservations: WILLER TRAVEL> Shinkansen Ticket Reservation: Voyagin> How to Ride the BusWhen riding a bus in Japan, cash or an IC card like a Suica is necessary.Buses in Tokyo’s 23 Wards: Paying Ahead of Time/Fixed AmountsThe buses in Tokyo’s 23 districts have a pay first policy where you pay the bus fare when entering from the front door of the bus. Within Tokyo’s 23 wards the bus fare is 210 yen (IC card 206 yen) for adults and 110 yen (IC card 103 yen) for children.You may have noticed that the price is slightly discounted for IC card users.Buses Outside of Tokyo’s 23 Wards: Paying When Exiting and Changing Bus FaresWhen riding a bus outside of Tokyo`s 23 districts or in another prefecture you pay the bus fare when you get off. With buses where you pay once you get off, the fare changes based on how far and to where you have traveled.You get on from the back door. If you`re going to pay in cash you take a numbered ticket and if you’re paying by IC card you scan the card.Get off at the front door. You can pay the bus fare by putting cash into the payment box or by scanning your card once more.Read also:Let’s Ride The Convenient Bus Routes In Tokyo !How to Ride a Highway BusWe recommend highway buses for those that want to visit not just Tokyo, but other regions of Japan like Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, and such, but want to keep travel costs low.You can buy a highway bus ticket by location or purchase a Japan Bus Pass where you can ride highways buses all you want.Buying a Japan Bus PassJapan Bus Pass is a bus ticket that Willer, a Japanese long distance bus company, sells. There are 3 day, 5 day, and 7 day passes for you to select from where you can ride buses all you want.You can make your purchases from the Willer website.Once you select your ticket and pay by credit card, login to your ‘my page’. Reserve the buses you want to use in advance and you’re set.last_img

Japanese Public Holidays And Long Weekends In 2019 And 2020

first_imgRespect for the Aged DaySeptember 21September 19 – 22nd Labor Thanksgiving DayNovember 23November 21 – 23 Autumn Equinox DaySeptember 22September 19 – 22 Your gender This is a holiday when labor and production are esteemed and celebrated. During this period, famous autumn leaves spots are very crowded.OriginThe holiday is related to the Harvest Festival when the Emperor would perform a ceremonial offering of newly-harvested rice to celebrate the abundant harvest. This holiday is uniquely Japanese, as a country that has eaten rice as a staple food since ancient times.20. New Year’s Holiday – Around December 28 – January 4Although it is not a public holiday, the New Year’s holiday period from December 28 to January 4 often brings crowds to shopping centers and public transportation across Japan.Reservations for public transportation are difficult to make due to the flux of people returning home for the new year. Shopping districts and centers are also packed with crowds of people cleaning and making preparations for the new year.Know the Holidays and Travel SmartMany people are probably surprised at the number of holidays in Japan.If you’ll be sightseeing in Japan, check whether or not your vacation will overlap with a holiday. If it does fall on a holiday, be sure to consider visiting a destination that will be relatively uncrowded.By making preparations beforehand, you can have smooth and pleasant travel around Japan. Children’s Day (GW)May 5April 29 – May 6 Showa is the name of an era in Japan. Showa Day was established as a day to reflect back on that time period. On this day, Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa, Tokyo is opened to the public for free. Please keep this in mind as the park will be crowded.In 2019, April 30 and May 2, the days before and after May 1, when the new Emperor will ascend to the throne, are also holidays. Due to that fact, Golden Week, the spring tourist season Showa Day is included in, will become a ten-day consecutive holiday beginning on April 27.Sightseeing areas in Japan are anticipated to be heavily crowded during this time, so please take extra care if you’ll be traveling to Japan during Golden Week.OriginThis holiday was the date of the birthday of Emperor Showa, the 124th Emperor of Japan, and was originally celebrated as the Emperor’s Birthday. After his passing, the day was celebrated as Greenery Day until 2006.7. Constitution Memorial Day – May 3 Your nationality Your age Mountain DayAugust 11August 10 – 12 Labor Thanksgiving DayNovember 23None 6. Showa Day – April 29 Avoid the Crowds During Japan’s Public HolidaysJapan has sixteen public holidays each year. Some holidays combine with the weekends, creating consecutive holidays. On these days, most sightseeing areas and central shopping centers will be filled with people. If you’d like to avoid the crowds and enjoy sightseeing comfortably, we suggest avoiding these holidays.This article introduces information on national and consecutive holidays for 2019 and 2020. Detailed introductions are also included for each holiday. Please feel free to use this article to help with traveling in Japan.*This article also introduces holidays and periods that are expected to be crowded outside of public holidays.*Public holidays are subject to change in accordance to the policies of the Japanese government.2019 Public and Consecutive Holidays Public Holiday2019Consecutive Holiday Showa Day (GW)GW is Golden WeekApril 29April 27 – May 6 Marine DayJuly 15July 13 – 15 Vernal Equinox DayMarch 21None Vernal Equinox DayMarch 20March 20 – 22 Public Holiday2020Consecutive Holiday New Year’s DayJanuaryNone (many people take time off around December 28 – January 4) Culture DayNovember 3None If you answered with “I would like to drink” and “I plan to drink,” please tell us where do you plan to drink and in what circumstances. (You can select several answers.) Taiwan South Korea China Thailand Philippines Vietnam Indonesia Singapore Malaysia The United States of America Great Britain Australia Other countries than above 20-24 25-34 35-44 Over 45 years of age Showa Day (GW)GW is Golden WeekApril 29April 29 – May 6*April 30 – May 1 are not holidays, but many people take time off during this period 16. Sports Day – The Second Monday of October 2020 Public and Consecutive Holidays Things to Do in Ueno Park, Tokyo: Ueno Zoo, Museums, and Cherry Blossoms Greenery Day (GW)May 4April 29 – May 6 Mountain DayAugust 10August 8 – 10*The holiday will be moved to August 10 in 2020 to accompany the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games I agree. Please fill in your e-mail address. (*The e-mail address wil be used only to contact you about the result of the drawing. It will not be used for any other purposes.)” ObonAround August 13 – 16This is not a public holiday, but many people take time off during this time Autumn Equinox DaySeptember 23September 21 – 23 Fill in this survey and receive a gift! Survey about alcoholic beverages you would like to enjoy on a trip to JapanThe purpose of this survey is to research what kind of alcoholic beverages would visitors to Japan like to try. The readers who fill in this survey automatically take part in a drawing and one participant will receive Japanese souvenirs worth 1,000 yen. ObonAround August 13 – 16This is not a public holiday, but many people take time off during this time This is a day to congratulate those that have come of age that year and is held on the second Monday of January.A coming of age ceremony is held in every municipality in Japan on this day. In Urayasu, Chiba, where Tokyo Disneyland is located, the coming of age ceremony is held inside the park. Be aware of this fact as the park will be even more crowded than usual.3. National Foundation Day – February 11This holiday is annually held on February 11 to celebrate the founding of Japan. On this day, Meiji Shrine, located on the right side of Harajuku Station, holds a parade in celebration. Parade spectators will gather along the parade’s route, so this area is expected to be crowded.OriginThis was the day Emperor Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan, ascended to the throne as recorded in Japanese mythology.4. The Emperor’s Birthday – February 23 Japanese Sake Shochu (distilled liquor) Beer Cocktails Whiskey Umeshu (plum wine) Japan does not celebrate the Lunar New Year but instead celebrates the new year on January 1 with grand festivities. Private businesses in shopping districts and other such areas will often close their shops from around January 1 to 3, so be sure to keep this fact in mind. Famous shrines and temples will also have lines stretching their entrances to the main shrine for several hours due to people visiting for Hatsumode, or their first visit of the year.2. Coming of Age Day – The Second Monday of January Culture DayNovember 3November 2 – 4 Kasai Rinkai Park – Fun For The Whole Family At Tokyo Bay Privacy policy Regarding the use of private information, please check our privacy policy using the link below this form. If you agree to the terms, please mark the checkbox. What would you like to drink in Japan? Would you drink alcohol during a trip to Japan? Children’s Day is a holiday when people honor the individuality of children, wish for their happiness, and express gratitude towards mothers. It is also a part of Golden Week.On this day, facilities for children such as city zoos will have free or discounted entry fees. If you’ll be traveling with children, we suggest confirming this information beforehand.Cultural practices celebrating and wishing for the growth of children, such as the hanging of carp banners, have been a long-held tradition in Japan. Other traditions include the practice of eating wagashi like kashiwa mochi (oak leaf-wrapped rice cakes) or chimaki (bamboo leaf-wrapped cakes) on this day.OriginThis holiday was derived from a Boy’s Day celebration, one of five seasonal festivals that signify the change of the seasons. From around the twelfth century onwards, it became a seasonal festival celebrating the growth of children in general.10. Marine Day – The Third Monday of JulyThis holiday takes place every third Monday of July and is when we show gratitude for the blessings of the ocean while praying for the prosperity of the maritime nation of Japan. However, it will take place on July 23 in 2020 when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be held.Just as its name describes, events centered around the ocean are held throughout the country. Particularly, the Maritime Self Defense Force bases across Japan (Yokosuka, Sasebo, Kure, Maizuru, Ominato, and other locations) will be open to the general public on this day (does not include all bases nor does it occur every year).As Nara is a landlocked prefecture in Japan, the “Nara Mountain and River Day” takes place on Marine Day (it also on the third Monday of July).OriginThe holiday is associated with the date Emperor Meiji returned to Yokohama Port by steamship during his cruise around Tohoku in 1876.11. Mountain Day – August 11 Plum, Cherry, and Peach Blossoms – The Differences Between Them Rikugien Garden – The Highlights Of Tokyo’s Most Celebrated Garden Visit Hama-rikyu Gardens and Tsukishima Imperial Accession Day (GW)May 1April 27 – May 6*According to Japanese law, days before and after public holidays must also be holidays 9. Children’s Day – May 5 Constitution Memorial Day (GW)May 3April 29 – May 6 This holiday is celebrated to foster a healthy mind and body by encouraging citizens to try sports. For this day, sports-related events are held throughout the country at gymnasiums and sports grounds.The holiday normally takes place on the second Monday of October but will take place on July 24 in 2020 when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be held.OriginThe holiday commemorates the day of the opening ceremonies of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics (October 10) and was originally celebrated on that same day. In 2020, the holiday was renamed from “Health and Sports Day” to “Sports Day.”17. Enthronement Ceremony Day – October 22October 22 is a holiday in 2019 to commemorate the hosting of the Sokuirei Seiden no Gi, a ceremony that will declare the accession to the throne of the new Emperor to the world.18. Culture Day – November 3Culture Day is held annually on November 3 to promote culture while respecting freedom and peace. Art festivals sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs are held around this time. Admission will be free at some museums and galleries, and special events will also be held.A unique event is the Culture Festival held annually on this day at the Fuchu Prison in Tokyo. It may seem slightly frightening to go to a festival at a prison, but the event is very safe and also attended by the locals. At the festival, you can eat meals made at the prison and purchase products made by the inmates.OriginThe holiday is associated with the official proclamation of the Constitution of Japan on November 3, 1946. This constitution is the same constitution memorialized on Constitution Memorial Day on May 3.19. Labor Thanksgiving Day – November 23 Yes, I would like to drink alcohol and I plan to. I would like to drink but I don’t plan to. I don’t want to drink but I have to. I don’t want to drink and I don’t plan to. Male Female Other Enthronement Ceremony DayOctober 22None Respect for the Aged DaySeptember 16September 14 – 16 Japanese Public Holidays And Long Weekends In 2018 And 2019 Read also Health and Sports DayOctober 14October 12 – 14 Emperor’s BirthdayFebruary 23 *Feb. 24 is a substitute holidayFebruary 22 – 24 Japan’s New Era Starting In 2019 – The Reiwa Era Enjoy Golden Week! 7 Places To Visit In And Around Tokyo Children’s Day (GW)May 5April 27 – May 6 Although it is not a public holiday, we are introducing this holiday as it celebrates the Tokyo area, where many international travelers visit. On this day, several facilities in the city will have free entry, which means you can expect it to be crowded.Read also Coming of Age DayJanuary 13January 11 – 13 Constitution Memorial Day (GW)May 3April 27 – May 6 National Foundation DayFebruary 11None HolidayMay 6April 29 – May 6*According to Japanese law, the days before and after public holidays must also be holidays Established in 2014, this is a new holiday that was first celebrated in 2016. The holiday typically takes place on August 11 but will instead take place on August 10 in 2020 when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are held.The holiday was created to provide people with an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the mountains and appreciate their important role in Japan and the ecosystem here. In 2016, events were held in Kamikochi, Nagano, and Mt. Takao in Tokyo. However, some events are no longer being held or new events are still irregular as the holiday is still very new.12. Obon – Around August 13 – 16Although it is not a public holiday, many Japanese people take vacation time to return to their hometowns during this period. Much like Golden Week or the New Year’s holiday, public transportation and highways will be highly congested over these series of days.The date for Obon is not clearly defined, and will instead vary depending on the region. Many people will be taking holidays around August 15 and include the weekends, too, so be sure to double check your travel dates with a calendar.13. Respect for the Aged Day – The Third Monday of SeptemberThe third Monday of September every year is Respect for the Aged Day. As it is a day to give respect and to celebrate the longevity of the elderly, seniors are given free entry to national parks and zoos. Many facilities consider visitors over 60 or 65 years of age to be seniors.14. Autumn Equinox Day – Around September 22, 23Autumn Equinox Day is the opposite of Vernal Equinox Day and, similarly, Japanese people will visit their family graves during this time. Many holidays overlap with each other in September, resulting in the name “Silver Week,” similar to May’s Golden Week.15. Tokyo Citizen’s Day – October 1 Greenery Day (GW)May 4April 27 – May 6 This holiday is the date of the present Emperor’s birthday. The date was changed from December 23 to February 23 with the new Emperor’s accession to the throne in 2019.On this day, many people gather at the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda, Tokyo, to celebrate the Emperor’s birthday and offer their congratulatory wishes. Traffic restrictions may be put into place in the surrounding area, so caution is necessary even if you will not be visiting the Palace.5. Vernal Equinox Day – Around March 20, 21Due to Japan’s location in the northern hemisphere, days become longer as summer approaches while nights become long when winter approaches. Vernal Equinox Day marks the change between seasons when there are around equal lengths of sunlight and darkness. The exact date is undetermined as it is influenced by the movement of the sun and earth, resulting in slightly varying dates each year.Although not sightseeing-related, Japanese people have a custom of visiting their ancestral graves and eating a type of wagashi called botamochi (a red bean paste-covered rice cake) during this holiday. Botamochi is sold in supermarkets and shopping districts.During this season, events are hosted at famous plum blossom spots throughout the country.Read also Tokyo Citizen’s Day: When Zoos, Museums And Gardens Are Free Marine DayJuly 23July 23 – 26*The holiday will be moved to July 23 in 2020 to accompany the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games This is one of the holidays that makes up Golden Week. As a result, various events are held throughout the country on this date. All types of sightseeing areas and public transportation systems, such as the shinkansen (bullet train) and highways, will be extremely crowded at this time.If there are no events being held that you wish to attend, then it is best to avoid this period.OriginThis holiday celebrates the enactment of the Constitution of Japan on May 3, 1947.8. Greenery Day – May 4This holiday was established with the purpose of “nurturing a richness of spirit that is intimate and grateful to the blessings of nature” and is one of the holidays that make up Golden Week much like Constitution Memorial Day or Children’s Day. As the purpose of the holiday is to appreciate nature, some zoos and city gardens will be open to the public for free.*A list of facilities in Tokyo that have free entry on Greenery Day can be found here (Japanese).You can read more information on the facilities that have free entry on Greenery Day below.Read also *Health and Sports Day will be renamed Sports Day starting in 2020.Things You Should Know1) Some events and campaigns are only held during public holidays. For details, please read Free Zoos, Museums And Parks In The City! Free Entry Day Calendar.2) If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday becomes a subsitute public holiday. These substitute holidays tend to be busy, so please refer to the table above for dates to avoid crowds.Table of Contents1. New Year’s Day January 12. Coming of Age Day The second Monday of January3. National Foundation Day February 114. The Emperor’s Birthday February 235. Vernal Equinox Day Around March 20, 216. Showa Day April 297. Constitution Memorial Day May 38. Greenery Day May 49. Children’s Day May 510. Marine Day The third Monday of July11. Mountain Day August 1112. Obon Around August 13 – 1613. Respect for the Aged Day The third Monday of September14. Autumn Equinox Day Around September 22, 2315. Tokyo Citizen’s Day October 116. Sports Day The second Monday of October17. Enthronement Ceremony Day October 2218. Culture Day November 319. Labor Thanksgiving Day November 2320. New Year’s Holiday Around December 28 – January 41. New Year’s Day – January 1 Izakaya (Japanese bar) Bar Restaurant At the hotel (in one’s room, in the hotel lounge or restaurant, etc.) Outdoors (on the street, in the park, etc.) Sports Day*July 24July 24 – 26*The holiday will be moved to July 24 in 2020 to accompany the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games Thank you very much. We accepted input.An error occurred in the sending process ▼Privacy PolicyPrivacy Policylast_img read more

Have Fun In Saitama 5 MustVisit Spots

first_imgIn order to appreciate a bonsai, it is essential to realize you have a miniature natural landscape before your eyes into a small bonsai pot. While looking at the bonsai as a whole is important, details such as the roots, trunk, stems and leaves also play a big role.When viewing a bonsai, first check how the roots are stretched. After long years of cultivation, you can feel the vitality of the plant just by looking at how firmly its roots hold onto the soil.On the second floor of the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, there is a cafe where customers can enjoy special drinks and dine on bonsai inspired bento lunches (shown in the photo above). (Available on weekends only.)On the first floor, there is a shop where you can buy bonsai-related souvenirs. Bonsai hand towels, bonsai postcards, fans with bonsai pictures and other products are being sold as well.The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum is accessible via train on the JR Utsunomiya Line. Stop at Toro Station, use the east exit and you will reach the museum in five minutes by foot.The admission fee is 300 yen. It is a one-and-only museum that you should visit at least once in your life.InformationOmiya Bonsai Art Museum, SaitamaAddress: Saitama prefecture, Saitama city, Kita, Toro 2-24-3Hours: 9:00 – 16:30 (March – October) / 9:00 – 16:00 (November – February)Closed: Thursdays (Open on Thursdays that fall on public holidays), New Year’s holiday.Official Website: The Omiya Bonsai Art MuseumKawagoe City’s Kurazukuri Street and the Bell of TimeKawagoe City in Saitama Prefecture is also affectionately called “Little Edo”. The nickname implies “a city that thrives like Edo (old name for Tokyo)”, or “a city where you can experience the Edo Period”. Which rings true given the fact that Kawagoe City is filled with old streets, where you can still feel the atmosphere of the Edo Period.Just a short walk from Kawagoe Station is Kurazukuri Street. “Kurazukuri” refers to a traditional architectural style in which the outer wall of warehouses is made with clay and mortar. These sturdy buildings are extremely fire-resistant and are said to have survived even the great fires during the Meiji Period. In this town with its kurazukuri buildings, visitors can really feel the ambiance of old Japan.This photo features what is said to be Kawagoe City’s symbol, the Bell of Time. It was built 400 years ago by the feudal lord of Kawagoe City back then, Sakai Tadakatsu.Even nowadays, this bell continues to ring, announcing the time on Kurazukuri Street. It was not until 1996 that the bell’s melodic chimes entered the list of “100 soundscapes of Japan”. The Bell of Time has a wooden construction, with a height of 16 meters. It rings four times a day – at 6:00, at mid-day, 15:00 and 18:00, and its sound adds to the significant atmosphere of Little Edo Kawagoe City.Together with Kawagoe’s Kurazukuri-style buildings, remnants of Western architecture from Meiji and Taisho Periods can also be found. The current building of the Kawagoe Branch of Saitama Resona Bank is one representative building of this kind. Built in 1918, this building is actually the first bank established in Saitama Prefecture, and it was designated as a Tangible Cultural Property. The sight of buildings from the Edo Period and Western-style architecture from the Meiji and Taisho Periods all in one place is one of the charms of Kawagoe.InformationThe Bell of TimeAddress: Saitama Prefecture, Kawagoe, Saiwaicho 15-7Official Website: KOEDO KAWAGOE Tourist AssociationThe Hundred Caves of YoshimiIn Saitama Prefecture there is a mysterious place called “The Hundred Caves of Yoshimi”. The numerous holes dug into the brown hill have been created around 501-700 A.D. Said to have 219 holes in total, it is Japan’s largest such historic ruin. Having a place reminding of Turkey’s scenic Cappadocia (an arid region in Turkey, full of otherworldly rock formations) right in Saitama is rather astonishing.Designated as one of Japan’s historic monuments, it is currently open to the public, and visitors are allowed to enter the caves.As you get closer to such a cave, you feel as if you are about to enter another dimension.Though the entrance is narrow, you can stand up and walk comfortably once inside.Heading down the hill, you can find a cave full of natural luminescent moss. In the Kantō region (eastern Japan), places where natural luminescent moss grows are extremely rare and precious; this luminescent moss of The Hundred Caves of Yoshimi is designated as a Natural Monument.In recent years the air in these caves has become arid, considerably reducing the moisture-dependent luminescent moss. Measures to preserve the moss have been taken: bowls of water have been placed in the cave in order to maintain the humidity level. Also, access to the end of the cave has been prohibited. Even so, visitors can still see the emerald glow of luminescent moss.InformationThe Hundred Caves of YoshimiAddress: Saitama, Hiki, Yoshimi, Kitayoshimi 324Hours: 8:30 – 17:00Closed: NoneOfficial Website: The Hundred Caves of Yoshimi/Luminescent Moss (Japanese) Saitama Prefecture is located just north of Tokyo. Its southern part is adjacent to Tokyo, that is why it is more densely populated, but head northwards and you will find fields of crops and nature in abundance. It has a lot of still undiscovered sightseeing spots, such as places with old streets and splendid nature.The beautiful shibazakura (Moss Phlox flowers) of Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu or the area around Chichibu Bridge itself, which was chosen as the location for a famous anime, are some examples of sightseeing places in Saitama Prefecture that have garnered attention in recent years. On the other hand, Saitama Prefecture is also known as the place for bonsai, with many tourists from abroad visiting the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.In this article, we will introduce five of Saitama’s best known sightseeing places.The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, SaitamaIn Saitama City, there is a Bonsai Village where you can appreciate bonsai through the four seasons. In addition to bonsai, at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, you can also view bonsai-related ukiyo-e (a type of traditional Japanese artwork) and historical documents on various bonsai subspecies.last_img read more

Drug testing methods stuck in the 1970s says former WADA head

first_imgLONDON: Drug testing methods in sport are still rooted in the 1970s and better technology is needed to catch more than “dopey dopers”, former World Anti-Doping head David Howman said on Tuesday. Speaking at a conference organised by the Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC), Howman told delegates there had to be more effective systems. “We all know that urine analysis has not advanced much,” said the New Zealander, who left the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2016 and is now chairman of the Athletics Integrity Unit. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We’re still in a position where we’re getting the same number of positive cases each year, and many of them are in the category of what I call the ‘dopey dopers’ – the inadvertent dopers, or the ones who are just darned stupid.” Howman, a lawyer, said he had been reproached in his time at WADA by scientists for not considering more innovative technology. “We’ve worked out other ways of doing forensic science in terms of solving crime. Why aren’t we doing something more innovative,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe mentioned thumb- or finger-pricking tests, which other experts said could become painful over time and were also a sensitive issue for athletes using their hands, or airport-security-style scanning. A later presentation discussed capillary collection devices, which are less invasive than venous sampling. Matthew Fedoruk of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said such alternative methods were being tested but urine samples remained the ‘gold standard’. Howman, who explained that he was trying to provoke and challenge, said the main thing was to look at the latest technology from an anti-doping standpoint.last_img read more

Muslims enraged at Katy Perrys blasphemous video demand that it be

first_imgCasablanca – Artists may sometimes resort to anything to stir controversies and draw more attention to their works. Katy Perry’s music video for “Dark Horse” has infuriated Muslims around the world for depicting a “God pendant” being burnt.Katy Perry, who plays an empress-like figure in the video, turns a man, who’s wearing a pendant that reads “God” in Arabic, into sand by striking him with a lightning. The predominant theme of the music video seems to be ancient Egypt. However, the video is full of absurdist images and symbols, ranging from animal-human hybrids to a dog walking on its hind leg. An online petition launched by Muslims around the world calls for the removal of Katy Perry’s “blasphemous” music video from Youtube.“At 01:15 into the video Dark Horse; a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word ‘Allah,’ which is the Arabic word for God,” reads an excerpt from the petition.“This is the reason for lodging the petition so that people from different walks of life, different religions and from different parts of the world, agree that the video promotes blasphemy, using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion,” it added.At the time of writing, 37.241 people have signed the petition, whereas 12,759 supporters are apparently still needed.The petition was launched by Shazad Iqbal from Bradford, United Kingdom. The initiator of the petition calls on Muslims and adherents of other faiths to sign it.Will this petition push Youtube to ban Katy Perry’s video from its website, or will it be overlooked just like other petitions launched for similar purposes?© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

TIFFS FESTIVAL STREET BRINGS OUT FANS OF FOOD AND FREEBIES — AND

Advertisement Twitter Facebook A view of TIFF’s Festival Street in 2015. Yes, as the sign notes, it’s back for 2019. TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO Advertisement It’s another year of the Toronto International Film Festival, which brings with it the return of Festival Street, which turns King St. W. from University to Peter into a pedestrian thoroughfare for the festival’s opening weekend.While there are musical performances and street screenings planned, food trucks, photo ops and freebies are what’s available as many of TIFF’s top sponsors run installations and activations, usually with some tenuous film connection, like offering a draw for movie tickets.The TIFF sign right at King and University is a popular selfie spot, and other backdrops this year include a rainbow sponsored by a sparkling water company, and Letterkenny and Star Trek: Discovery-themed backdrops hosted by streaming service Crave. Air France offers a booth with concierge service; Acura has virtual reality cars and Nespresso is doling out coffee. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment read more

CÉLINE DION PLEADS WITH DRAKE NOT TO GET A TATTOO OF HER

But in a new interview with iHeartRadio Canada on Wednesday, Celine urged Drake not to go through with his plan – instead offering him some fun alternatives. Celine Dion has pleaded with Drake not to get a tattoo of her face, after the rapper reportedly revealed his plan to add her portrait to his ever-growing collection of inkings.The God’s Plan star has long been a massive fan of Celine, and was overcome when he finally met her at the Billboard Music Awards in 2017, with onlookers reporting that he told the singer he was “like a year away from a Celine tat,” while patting his ribs. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter read more

STUMPTOWN STAR COBIE SMULDERS ON HER LOVEHATE RELATIONSHIP WITH ACTION ROLES

Cobie Smulders Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Maria Hill gets a little action. ‘Jack Reacher’ was like the max, the most training and workout. It was just insane — also a great experience — but I remember being in there like, ‘I can’t do this again. I can’t.’ It takes over your whole life.”With “Stumptown,” debuting Wednesday on CTV and ABC, Smulders feels she’s found a happy balance between those extremes.Her character, Dex Parios, is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by her five tours in Afghanistan when she starts investigating local crime in Portland, Ore. She also has a complicated love life and a gambling addiction that is draining her bank account and getting her into trouble.“She’s a scrapper, she’s not a spy, so she’s not going to be busting out all these crazy moves,” said Smulders, “but she will grab a pipe and start swinging around with it.“It’s why I accepted (the role), knowing that it would be like that every other episode, and when it happens it will be the most realistic version of that fight sequence. But I enjoy watching it unfold and I definitely gravitate towards it as an audience member.”Fellow Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal plays the enigmatic head of the casino Dex frequents and is also the mother of her ex-boyfriend. In the first episode, Cardinal’s character asks Dex to track down her missing granddaughter, and the ensuing drama touches on police relations with the Indigenous community.“A Canadian treasure. She’s really incredible. She has such an amazing energy and spirit,” Smulders said of Cardinal, a prolific actress who was born in Fort McMurray, Alta., and is Cree, Dene, Nakota, and Metis.“I don’t know if it’s… her resume of experience or what it is, but when she starts talking, everyone just kind of leans in. Just her cadence and the sound of her voice is so mesmerizing.”Based on the “Stumptown” graphic novel series, the show also stars Michael Ealy as a detective. He says the series shows the antihero in pop culture has come a long way.“I think as you see this evolution of stronger female leads, stronger female characters, what we’re being exposed to is a more realistic look at what women are in our society,” said Ealy.“We’re now seeing the full spectrum. I remember watching ‘Sex and the City’ to try to learn about women. I’m not even joking.”“They just sit around and do puns all day,” Smulders interjected with a laugh.“But that was all we had at that time, because it was the only show with a whole female cast since, you know, ‘The Facts of Life,”‘ added Ealy.“So for me it’s nice to see all of this.”For Smulders, it’s also a chance to finally highlight the struggles of veterans on network TV.“I do believe that veterans do not get the praise or the care that is needed after that experience, wherever they’re going to fight a war,” she said.“Also PTSD is such a sneaky thing. It’s manipulative, and from the research I’ve done, I think everybody has a little bit of PTSD. Everybody is dealing with their own PTSD, whatever that is for you. This is obviously a very severe case, life-and-death situation where people did die, and it’s about acknowledging it.” Advertisement Twitter TORONTO — Cobie Smulders is admittedly a glutton for punishment.Between portraying S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in six Marvel Cinematic Universe films, a U.S. military major in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and an army veteran/private investigator in the new series “Stumptown,” the Vancouver star has endured many action scenes — and bumps and bruises — throughout her career.“There’s something in me that likes it but… it’s pretty exhausting,” Smulders said in a recent interview, adding such scenes require training in her off-time. Advertisement read more

Waterloobased Kik shuts down signature app lays off staff amid cryptocurrency legal

Waterloo-based Kik Interactive Inc. is shutting down its signature chat app and laying off most of its staff in order to focus on a legal battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company’s chief executive officer said in a blog post Monday.Ted Livingston said he was reducing the number of employees from more than 100 to 19.The U.S. regulator has sued the company, alleging that it conducted an unregulated sale of securities when it raised around US$100 million in 2017 through an initial coin offering for its nascent cryptocurrency, Kin.“We are all in. And despite these hard decisions my confidence in Kin only continues to grow,” Livingston said in his post. “Together we will show the power of the Kin Ecosystem. Together we will get millions of people to buy Kin to use it. And together we will build a new economy that offers equal opportunity to billions of people. Together we will win.” Waterloo’s Kik Interactive files blistering response to SEC lawsuit over crypto offering Kik Interactive tops US$1B valuation as China’s Tencent invests US$50M Why Waterloo, Ont. chat app Kik Interactive wants to be the ‘WeChat of the West’ Kik Messenger launched in 2010 and quickly established a sizeable user base, and according to recent court filings the service still has “millions” of active users. The company was reportedly valued at US$1 billion when it received a US$50 million investment from Chinese tech giant Tencent.However, Kik struggled to generate revenue with the app, which competed with larger rivals such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. In 2017, Livingston announced a plan to launch the Kin, and essentially use the Kik user base as the launchpad to spur widespread adoption of the digital currency.In a legal complaint earlier this year, the SEC alleged that by tying the success of the cryptocurrency to Kik’s business success, the company was effectively using the initial coin offering to sell cryptocurrency as a security without proper regulatory compliance.In August, the company filed a blistering response, alleging that the SEC was misrepresenting key facts and taking quotes from executives out of context to create a false picture.We are all in On Monday, Livingston again took aim at the SEC, saying that the legal fight was a major factor in the decision to shut down the Kik Messenger app.“So with the SEC working to characterize almost all cryptocurrencies as securities we made the decision to step forward and fight,” he said.“While we are ready to take on the SEC in court, we underestimated the tactics they would employ. How they would take our quotes out of context to manipulate the public to view us as bad actors. How they would pressure exchanges not to list Kin. And how they would draw out a long and expensive process to drain our resources.”By shutting down the app and cutting the workforce back to “an elite 19 person team” Livingston said the company can cut its “burn rate” — the rate at which it spends money in excess of income — by 85 per cent, which will give it enough money to continue the legal fight.Shutting down the messenger app dramatically changes the picture for Kik and Kin, but Livingston said he intends to keep building the Kin cryptocurrency and working with third-party developers to create more ways to use it.He said that Kin currently has more than 2 million “monthly active earners” and 600,000 “monthly active spenders.”“Going forward our 19 person team will be focused on one goal: getting millions of people to buy Kin to use it,” Livingston wrote.• Email: jmcleod@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

Funding gap forces UN agency to cut food rations in Darfur

WFP said that starting in May it will have to cut by half the non-cereal part of the daily ration, a last resort to help stretch current food supplies through the critical months of July and August – the region’s traditional lean months, when food needs become most acute.“The people of Darfur need urgent aid. They don’t have other options,” said Carlos Veloso, WFP’s Emergency Coordinator for Darfur. “We have done everything to avoid this, including borrowing supplies – we are simply left with no alternative.”While the drastic cut will not affect programmes for malnourished children and nursing mothers, WFP said it was very concerned about the effects it will have on the health and psychological well-being of thousands of people already weakened and traumatized bay war.Other UN agencies warned that lagging funding, along with poor security throughout the war-torn area on Sudan’s western flank, may imperil other relief efforts. Cautioning that the next 18 months were likely to be very difficult, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that due to the security situation, it only has access to 5 to 10 per cent of the territories and one third of the 6 million inhabitants in the three Darfur states.Meanwhile UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will travel to Oslo, Norway, to address the opening on Monday of a two-day donor conference for Sudan, organized by the Norwegian Government. The gathering will be the primary forum for the international community to pledge support for the reconstruction phase that started with the signing of a peace agreement on 9 January, which officially ended the two-decade-long civil war in Sudan’s south.The Acting High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Wendy Chamberlin, will also attend the conference before heading to Darfur to get a first-hand look at the agency’s operations there. Some 550,000 refugees and an estimated 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) from south Sudan remained uprooted.In Oslo, she plans to brief the donors on UNHCR’s urgent funding needs. The agency had been seeking $60 million for its return and reintegration programme in south Sudan, but says that so far, less than $5 million had been received. The agency’s budget for operations in Darfur is more than $31 million but less than $2 million has been received. read more