Nats Batters Mets Again, 6-2

first_imgNEW YORK — If only the Washington Nationals could play all their road games at Citi Field.Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon had two-run homers off Bartolo Colon, who was ejected after hitting the following batter both times, and the Nationals beat New York 6-2 the night of Sept. 11th for their 12th straight win at the Mets.“We don’t really notice it all, actually,” said Tanner Roark (13-10), who improved to 4-0 in four career starts against the Mets. “It’s just another game we’ve got to go out there and win.”Washington improved to 26-4 at Citi Field since September 2011, outscoring the Mets 156-68 and outhomering them 49-18 in that span.LaRoche had three RBIs, hitting a two-run, first-inning homer against Colon (13-12) that clanked high off the right-field foul pole. He has 28 home runs against the Mets.“I don’t know what it is,” LaRoche said. “This year, I know I’ve been pretty comfortable against them for whatever reason. There are certain pitchers as a hitter you match up well, just timing-wise, you’re just kind of in rhythm with them.”Washington opened its NL East lead to 8 1/2 games over second-place Atlanta, and the Nationals lowered their magic number to nine for clinching their second division title in three seasons.They have the most consecutive victories at an opponent since Cincinnati won 12 straight at Wrigley Field from Aug. 10, 2012 to June 12, 2013, according to STATS.After LaRoche’s homer, Colon hit Ian Desmond with a pitch near the waist two pitches later. Rendon, playing after missing a game because of a cold, hit another two-run homer in the fourth that made it 6-0, a drive that struck the orange line atop the left-field wall, ricocheted off the dark green railing behind, hit back off the orange line and bounded onto the field.The play was upheld on a video review, and Colon hit Jayson Werth above the left elbow with the next pitch. Werth looked out toward the mound, and plate umpire John Tumpane ejected the pitcher. New York Manager Terry Collins came out of the dugout to speak with Tumpane, and he also was ejected.Colon hit two batters in one game for just the fifth time in his big career and first time since 2009. “All I know is that he’s got exceptional control,” Nationals Manager Matt Williams said.It was the fourth career ejection for Colon, his first since 2003. “I think I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said through a translator. “I was surprised they threw me out of the game.”Colon allowed six runs — five earned — seven hits and two walks in three-plus innings. Colon has a 7.07 ERA in the first inning with 22 earned runs and 38 hits in 28 innings.Roark gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings to win four the first time in four starts since Aug. 20. After Dilson Herrera’s RBI single in the seventh, Craig Stammen relieved with the bases loaded and got Wilmer Flores to hit into an inning-ending double play.Matt Thornton hit Daniel Murphy on the left wrist in the eighth, loading the bases with one out. Lucas Duda lined out, and Tyler Clippard struck out Anthony Recker.“We’ve got to play better. That’s the only reason they’re beating us at home. We’re just not playing,” Collins said. “Tonight we had several opportunities to get back in the game and we didn’t do anything.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Huge Win for Liverpool, Wenger Drops Sanchez, Pays Price

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England – Arsene Wenger chose one of the toughest periods of his Arsenal tenure to make one of his most reckless team selections.Dropping Alexis Sanchez, possibly the best player in the English Premier League, for an away game against Liverpool, a direct rival for a Champions League qualification place, may come to be a defining moment of a season that is starting to unravel for Arsenal.Wenger realized his error at halftime, throwing Sanchez on for the second half, but Liverpool was 2-0 ahead by then after goals by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, and on its way to a 3-1 victory that lifted Juergen Klopp’s team above Arsenal and into third place.“A decision like that is not easy to make,” Wenger said, “but you have to stand up for it.”That Arsenal improved drastically with Sanchez on the field — he set up Danny Welbeck for Arsenal’s goal that made it 2-1 — will be all the more galling to Arsenal’s increasingly disgruntled fan base. It also provided more ammunition for the “Wenger Out” brigade, which is becoming all the more vocal as the long-serving manager weighs up whether to sign a new deal at the club.Wenger said Sanchez was left out because he wanted Arsenal to have a more physical and direct attacking style and it remains to be seen if there is anything more to the selection. Sanchez clearly wasn’t happy, giving Arsenal’s traveling supporters the briefest of waves at the final whistle before quickly disappearing down the tunnel and leaving the rest of his teammates on the field.Sanchez, the league’s joint-top scorer with 17, has demonstrated this season that he hates being substituted and not completing games. So imagine how he feels playing only 45 minutes.“He is a world-class player,” said Klopp, who probably couldn’t believe his luck when he saw Arsenal’s team announcement.It was a huge win for Liverpool, only its second in eight games in 2017, and continued its brilliant record against the league’s top teams. Liverpool has won five and drawn four in nine games against the top six.Arsenal dropped to fifth and stayed above Manchester United only because Jose Mourinho’s team was held to 1-1 at home by 10-man Bournemouth.AFC Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings, left, and Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday March 4, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the central figure in an eventful match at Old Trafford, having a penalty saved and escaping a red card for elbowing Tyrone Mings in the head soon after the Bournemouth defender trod on Ibrahimovic’s head.Here’s a look at Saturday’s other matches:LEICESTER 3, HULL 1Helped by a piece of magic by Riyad Mahrez, the champions gained their second straight win since the ruthless firing of title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri.Reproducing his brilliance of last season when he was voted English soccer’s player of the year, Mahrez cut inside from the right wing, deceived Hull’s defense with three quick turns and a shimmy outside the area, before driving a right-foot shot inside the near post.That made it 2-1 in the 59th minute and an own-goal from Tom Huddlestone clinched Leicester’s come-from-behind win after Sam Clucas put Hull ahead in the 12th.By following up a 3-1 win over Liverpool, Leicester moved five points clear of the relegation zone.SWANSEA 3, BURNLEY 2Swansea recovered from conceding a goal through a case of mistaken identity by scoring a stoppage-time winner to join Leicester in pulling five points clear of the relegation zone.Referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty to Burnley for handball in the 19th minute, even though it was Burnley striker Sam Vokes who made contact as he stretched for a header. Andre Gray converted the spot kick to make it 1-1, canceling out Fernando Llorente’s 12th-minute goal.Gray’s second goal put Burnley 2-1 ahead in the 61st, only for Martin Olsson to equalize and Llorente to head home the winner in injury time.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0, CRYSTAL PALACE 2Sam Allardyce, a specialist at keeping teams in the league, is starting to work his magic at Crystal Palace.After a slow start to his tenure following his hiring in December, Allardyce guided Palace to a second straight win thanks to goals by Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.Palace is three points clear of the relegation zone.STOKE 2, MIDDLESBROUGH 0Marko Arnautovic scored two first-half goals to plunge Middlesbrough into the relegation zone.Middlesbrough is winless in 10 games dating to Dec. 17.WATFORD 3, SOUTHAMPTON 4Southampton rebounded from its loss to Man United in the League Cup final, with Nathan Redmond scoring twice and Manolo Gabbiadini striking a sixth goal in four gamesTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Winners of Safe Graduation Radio Contest Announced

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation today, June 7, announced the winners of the third annual Safe graduation Radio Contest. Contest winners receive a monetary donation to help their graduating class fund a safe graduation program. The recipients are as follows: –- First prize of $1,500 was awarded to Sir John A. MacDonald High School –- Second prize of $1,000 was awarded to Central Kings Rural High School –- Third prize of $500 was awarded to Millwood High School A detailed news release on the awards is available by following the news-release link on the NSLC website at . -30-last_img read more

Blueberry Farm Continues to Grow Expand Markets

first_imgAn established, wild blueberry producer that employs about 85 Nova Scotians will receive a provincial loan guarantee to continue to grow its business during tough economic times. Blueberries cultivated and processed by Rainbow Farms Limited in Hants County are sold around the world, with demand increasing in the United Kingdom and Japan, in particular. The province’s Industrial Expansion Fund will provide $1.5 million for the company to grow and maintain its full-time positions and $1-million payroll. “We are pleased to support this successful company that makes a significant contribution to the agriculture industry in Nova Scotia,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. “The company is not only an important employer for Hants County, but its business creates significant spinoffs for the local community and for producers across the province.” The investment complements Select Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova Scotia by supporting the variety and quality of food that the province has to offer to domestic and international markets. “Supporting this homegrown, family-owned business, which has 3,000-plus acres of natural blueberry land for development and future production, is vital,” said Agriculture Minister Mark Parent. “The wild blueberry industry is experiencing dramatic growth and Rainbow Farms is actively seeking new markets for its products.” As a result of the world-wide economic and credit crisis, successful companies operating in Nova Scotia are experiencing challenges accessing capital from banks. With the Industrial Expansion Fund, the government of Nova Scotia is able to provide access to capital and help protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable.last_img read more

Supreme Court of Canada to rule on case of NS man who

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will deliver a judgment today in the case of a Halifax-area man who admitted to burning his girlfriend’s body but insisted he didn’t kill her.Paul Trevor Calnen was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder in the death of Reita Louise Jordan in March 2013.The Hammonds Plains, N.S., man pleaded guilty to burning her body and scattering her ashes in a lake, but maintained he did not cause her death.The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal tossed the murder conviction due to insufficient evidence and inadequate final instructions to the jury.But in a dissenting decision, then-Chief Justice Michael MacDonald concluded there was sufficient evidence for the jury to decide on a second-degree murder charge.The couple had argued at Calnen’s home, and he claimed Jordan died after she took a swing at him in anger, missed and accidentally fell down the stairs.Calnen had been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 15 years for the second-degree murder conviction, which was set aside after the appeal court decision.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Flying hygge designing cosiness in the air

first_imgCurling up contentedly on a sofa in comfy pyjamas with a cosy rug, a warm mug of hot chocolate, in a warm room with soft lighting, and perhaps candles or a crackling fire: this is hygge, the Danish and Norwegian concept of relaxation, wellness and quiet happiness that doesn’t easily translate into English.“Hygge is a feeling of complete comfort and contentment,” Alessia Giardino, lead CMF designer at JPA Design, explains to Runway Girl Network. “It is associated with a lifestyle attitude, the contemporary way of living that invites you to unplug, decelerate, disconnect from everyday life, embracing a sense of calm, balance and a healthy lifestyle.”But how do airlines bring that feeling of cosy contentedness into the aircraft, a place that can be crammed with hard white surfaces, glaring lights — and, in fairness, hopefully a complete absence of fires?Some airlines do it really well: mood lighting is well named in that it allows airlines to truly set the tone for a flight, especially as the circadian rhythm benefits of orange light rather than blue light become increasingly familiar. The flickering LED candle in some airlines’ business class meal place settings, including Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways, is also an excellent example. And Qantas has long offered a cosy cup of hot chocolate throughout the aircraft during its long overnight flights.“The use of ambient lighting is now more prominent and increasingly becoming the focal point within premium cabins,” notes Giardino. “Such ambient lighting has the ability to reflect materials and surfaces, suggesting an interaction. Equally cabin lighting and bulkhead features can make a space more personal and human.”Understanding how direct and indirect lighting — such as Etihad’s Business Studio lamp — can create a mood is crucial to achieving hygge. Image: John WaltonBut it’s not just up front: on Brussels Airlines’ new Airbus A330 premium economy and economy cabins, designed by JPA, “a specially created digital artwork and complementary mood lighting evoke both the morning and evening natural light on the Nordic sea.”So how do you get to hygge?“Hygge should be seen as a target state of mind,” Daniel Baron, managing director of Lift Strategic Design, tells RGN. “It’s a method of embracing warmth and comfort and positivity through tactile qualities of one’s surroundings. Inside the aircraft, it’s the tiny details in seat fabrics, for example. A small pattern in warm tones, pronounced stitch lines, foams with generous cush factor, large wings on headrests that say ‘you’ll feel relaxed here, like you’re at home’.”On the A330, the new configuration means single seats on the starboard side of the aircraft. Image: Brussels AirlinesBaron explains that, in his well-received work for Philippine Airlines’ Thompson Aero Seating Vantage XL business class, he (and industrial designers Factorydesign), made the most of the softly curving shapes of the hard product rather than right angles. Materials, too, helped: a piece of Kydex thermoplastic from Sekisui SPI that glows when the light touches it required “many samples to achieve ‘stunning’, but it was seriously worth it.”Fabric is almost a no-brainer in adding warmth to a cabin, and here Baron used a calming blue that avoids some of the coldness often found in aviation seat fabric, with a low contrast to keep the sense of calmness. A darker blue-grey nomex fabric features both inside the seat shell and in the stowage area. The effect, Baron says, is calm, cozy, comfortable, caring. A lot of thought went into realizing hygge with a Filipino touch.”Closer to hygge’s home, JPA Design’s Alessia Giardino highlights that the design house’s “recent work with Finnair in terms of aesthetic and material choice is in tune with the hygge principle: crafted fabrics, encapsulating clean colors and creating fine texture, suggest warmth, a tactile feel and surface quality.”Rounded shapes create a more friendly and human feel, while integrating technical or technological elements within the seat using lower profiles, soft chamfers and bezelling can help the seat feel more like furniture rather than the industrially designed piece of transportation architecture that it is. Creating materials in different textures, too, adds hygge-friendly tactility, and soft product can help enormously here: it’s the difference between a threadbare thin acrylic fleece and a warm woven natural fibre.Say what you will about United’s linen mountain in Polaris, it does a lot to add cosiness to the space. Image: UnitedDesigning Hygge into interiors is not rocket science — it’s almost the opposite. But while it takes some planning, it’s worth thinking about for airlines, especially as they continue to seek to fly longer nonstop routes and the amount of time that passengers are in their seats increases.Related Articles:The Nordic values behind the sensory design of Europe’s Northern airlinesExploring business class trends for 2019Better flight in amber: is it time to bring warmth back to cabin colors?Factors driving the perception of inflight comfort and discomfort“Wellness” trend expands into premium hard product at APEX EXPOLift explores cabin lighting as a brand canvas and revenue streamLift designs thoughtful, elegant cabins for revitalised Philippine AirlinesJPA’s Alex Duncan considers continuity of design in air travelJPA Design leads the way in narrowbody #PaxEx with flydubai MAX 8Brussels Airlines retains own brand, goes three-class with JPA DesignPhilippine Airlines’ new three-cabin A330 wows with detailsProliferation of mattress pads proves airlines take sleep seriouslylast_img read more

Press Release Thales completes acquisition of Gemalto

first_imgCompleted in 15 months, the acquisition of Gemalto by Thales for €4.8 billion creates a Group on a new scale and a global leader in digital identity and security employing 80,000 people.The larger Thales will master all the technologies underpinning the critical decision chain for companies, organisations and governments. Incorporating the talent and technologies of Gemalto, Thales will develop secure solutions to address the major challenges faced by our societies, such as unmanned air traffic management, data and network cybersecurity, airport security or financial transaction security.This combination creates a world-class leader with an unrivalled portfolio of digital identity and security solutions based on technologies such as biometry, data protection, and, more broadly, cybersecurity. Thales will thus provide a seamless response to customers, including critical infrastructure providers such as banks, telecom operators, government agencies, utilities and other industries as they step up to the challenges of identifying people and objects and keeping data secure.Research and development: inventing the world of tomorrowThales and Gemalto share a passion for the advanced technologies that serve as a common foundation and focus for their 80,000 employees. Research and development (R&D) is at the core of the new Group, with its 3,000 researchers and 28,000 engineers dedicated to R&D. Thales has been developing state-of-the-art technologies to meet the most demanding requirements of customers around the world for decades. Today the Group has become a giant laboratory inventing the world of tomorrow, with a portfolio of 20,500 patents, of which more than 400 new ones were registered in 2018.Technological synergiesThe new Thales will cover the entire critical decision chain in an increasingly interconnected and vulnerable world, with capabilities spanning software development, data processing, real-time decision support, connectivity and end-to-end network management.With €1 billion a year devoted to self-funded R&D, the Group will continue to innovate in its key markets, drawing in particular on its world-class digital expertise in the Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. The first illustrations are as wide as the Group’s portfolio:Banking: Big Data analyticsDefence: biometricsAerospace: unmanned traffic managementGround transportation: Internet of ThingsSpace: Internet of ThingsTelecommunications: Big Data analyticsAn extended global footprintFollowing this acquisition, Gemalto will form one of Thales’s seven global divisions, to be named Digital Identity and Security (DIS). Gemalto will interact with all of the Group’s civil and defence customers and will significantly strengthen its industrial presence in 68 countries. Thales will considerably expand its operations in Latin America (2,500 employees, up from 600), triple its presence in Northern Asia (1,980, from 700), Southeast Asia (2,500, from 800) and India (1,150, from 400) and North America (6,660 employees, up from 4,600).“With Gemalto, a global leader in digital identification and data protection, Thales has acquired a set of highly complementary technologies and competencies with applications in all of our five vertical markets, which are now redefined as aerospace; space; ground transportation; digital identity and security; and defence and security. These are the smart technologies that help people make the best choices at every decisive moment. The acquisition is a turning point for the Group’s 80,000 employees. Together, we are creating a giant in digital identity and security with the capabilities to compete in the big leagues worldwide.” Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO, ThalesAbout ThalesThe people who make the world go round – they rely on Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. From the bottom of the oceans to the depths of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster – mastering ever greater complexity at every decisive moment along the way.Thales generated revenues of €19 billion in 2018 with 80,000 employees in 68 countries.last_img read more

Beyond Beyoncé in search of a postdoors model for suite privacy

first_imgAnother model is Jamco’s Quest for Elegance staggered seat, which has rather than a full door a sliding half-partition, with the assumption being that nobody really needs privacy for their ankles, and if you can save half the weight and mechanism of a door then that’s all very well and good.Jamco’s latest seat offers a sliding panel — is this the future? Image: John WaltonBy contrast, it seems unlikely to me that the curtain model from Air France’s most recent La Première seats has legs, given the requirements for unimpeded seat-to-ceiling space, at least until the regulators finally come up with chapter and verse on how they actually want to certify this kind of seat.The idea that keeps coming back, though, is something from twenty years ago: the fold-down fan from the original British Airways Club World flatbed, manufactured by one of Safran’s predecessors. Could some semi-rigid folding apparatus descend from beside the seat — perhaps, in a way, like the sun-shade on a baby’s pram? — to provide a lot of the privacy benefits with few of the weight, width or certification drawbacks? Or is the answer something else entirely?Stelia added a larger sliding panel on its Elysium update to its Equinox seat — could that have read-across to suites? Image: John WaltonRelated Articles:Virgin Atlantic eschews doors in new Cirrus NG business classRegulations covering doored business class mini-suites evolveIf you liked it, then you (should) have put a door on itDelta has good reason to be proud of Delta One SuitesWinning the zero-sum game with storage and features, not angles, doorsEvolving business class suite privacy beyond just adding a doorHow many doors do you really need, asks Jamco’s Spread Your WingsThe premium cabin trend du jour: privacy doors$500 for a door? Delta starts charging for better biz PaxEx (The #KoolAidModel reference, for those of you who aren’t familiar…)— John Walton ✈️ 💺 (@thatjohn) April 3, 2019 Last year I coined the idea of the Beyoncé Model for updated business class seats with doors on the side giving business mini-suites: “if you liked it, then you should have put a door on it”. That model has since been adopted by something of a “beyhive” of airlines, from China Eastern to British Airways and others in between.But doors are complex, they take away width, they are heavy, and they are, at present, in something of a regulatory grey area.If you believe Virgin Atlantic — which decided on a Safran Cirrus NG seat without a door for its next-generation Upper Class product on the A350, citing the fact that Virgin is a “social airline” — they also prevent connections between crew and passengers.Safety regulations around doored suites are complex — and currently ad hoc. Image: John WaltonI’m not sure I buy the Virgin line, since I seek out privacy as a rare commodity when I’m fortunate enough to travel up front, but it’s possible they’re not wrong about doors.During and after the Aircraft Interiors Expo, the overall mood in the industry is that doors are a very easy answer to the question of privacy, something that many passengers want. (Those “social airline” aficionados, or those who prefer a more open cabin, of course, have the option of leaving their door open.) And airlines want to give it to them, particularly the “fast follower” airlines that may not be up for creating a product but are happy to take it once it’s designed, certified and produced.“Fast followers — maybe not the inventors — they are asking for a door, because for sure they want to follow. Other ones with experience are asking for privacy. In the end, there is still a very good solution missing,” Recaro chief executive officer Mark Hiller tells Runway Girl Network.Recaro, of course, offers a Beyoncé door on its CL6710 compact staggered seat, although that has not been publicly chosen by any customers.But Hiller is notably bullish on the idea that there’s a better answer to the privacy question.“I think what is needed is to have a concept that provides privacy on demand,” Hiller says. “That’s the reason why, so far, a door is still a good solution, because you can decide if you want privacy or not. But what needs to be figured out how to do it in a better, maybe less or more maintenance-friendly or lighter weight.”Safran’s Versa offers an integrated door. Image: SafranEnter Safran, which has ported across its flexible, magnetic-lock screen from SKYlounge where we saw it last year to Versa, its next-generation herringbone, which is not only elegant, lightweight and integrated, but also neatly solves regulatory questions in a way I’ve nicknamed the Kool-Aid Model, thanks to the large jug mascot of the eponymous beverage, who is a fan of bursting through walls. Oh yeah indeed.last_img read more

Press Release Avionica to offer costeffective terminal for Inmarsat SBS

first_imgInmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, today announced that Avionica, part of GE Aviation, will develop a new cost-effective, lightweight terminal for Inmarsat’s award-winning SB-S aircraft operations and safety platform.The new terminal will be available next year and has been designed for the retrofit market, providing an affordable option for airlines seeking to equip their existing aircraft fleets with IP connectivity to unlock new efficiencies for operations and safety.Inmarsat’s SB-S platform is the world’s first and only global broadband solution for aircraft operational and safety communications, driving digital transformation in the airline industry. Combining cutting-edge satellite technology with secure IP connectivity, it provides airlines with capabilities and benefits no other satellite communications provider can deliver.Operational advantages include enhanced aircraft fleet and crew management, predictive maintenance, disruption management and aircraft health monitoring via Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications, which can significantly reduce flight delays and fuel consumption. Safety benefits include improved communications with ATC, digital data and voice communications, and flight data recorder streaming (also known as Black Box in the CloudTM). Flight plans and arrivals can also be optimised by pinpointing aircraft in four dimensions, known as four dimensional (4D) operations, which include latitude, longitude, altitude and time.Avionica’s wireless data collection and transmission technology enables advanced data analytics by accessing important flight information, such as engine and aircraft health data, wherever the aircraft is operating around the world.John Broughton, Inmarsat Aviation’s Senior Vice President of Aircraft Operations and Safety, said: “SB-S is a key component in the global aviation industry’s move towards digital aircraft operations and safety, which will help to reduce fuel savings and environmental impact, cut flight delays and turnaround times, and revolutionise air traffic management.“We are delighted to expand our hardware portfolio for SB-S through this new partnership with Avionica, providing customers with a cost-effective and lightweight terminal for their aircraft fleets. This is another important step forward for SB-S and comes soon after it received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), validating the technology’s potential to maximise airline operational efficiency and safety for many years to come.”Sean Reilly, Avionica’s Vice President of Business Development, said: “We are excited for the opportunity to bring Inmarsat’s next-generation IP satcom technology to aircraft that traditionally did not have broadband service because the terminals were too large or expensive. With Avionica’s suite of data-gathering capabilities and GE Aviation’s variety of applications such as FlightPulse and Connected Flight Management System, we can enhance the pilot’s user experience and get data off the aircraft for enhanced diagnostic operational efficiency.”The SB-S digital aircraft operations platform is powered by Inmarsat’s advanced global L-band satellite network, which has underpinned safety services for 40 years. Inmarsat is scheduled to launch two additional L-band payloads in 2020 and 2021, further cementing its long-term commitment to offering highly reliable services over this spectrum.Inmarsat’s Aviation Certified Application Providers (CAP) Programme deliver a wide range of operational applications that deliver cost savings to airlines. Learn more here.About InmarsatInmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s best global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides.  Inmarsat’s long established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.  The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.   Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government and Aviation satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high quality partner to its customers across the globe.About AvionicaAvionica, LLC is a GE Aviation company that has been headquartered in Miami, Fla. for more than 25 years. The company is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative, safety-qualified, state-of-the-art data collection and data transmission products for aircraft. More than 9,000 of Avionica’s Quick Access Recorders (QAR) have been delivered around the world, with Supplemental Type Certification (STC) earned on more than 300 models, including air transport, business and general aviation aircraft.last_img read more

RAeS educates white male heterosexuals on importance of diversity

first_imgHe admits to encountering “pushback” from some RAeS members who are unhappy with some of the actions taken by the Society to make the industry more diverse. Complaints have been received from people who, for example, “don’t feel included as a white male because we held a women’s conference or put up an LGBT flag”, or who feel that a flag should also be flown “for straight people”.“People assume inclusion means you should treat everyone equally. But the barriers might be subtly different and it would be wrong to think you have to do the same intervention [for everyone],” says Gearing. “Barriers don’t exist for white males like they do for others – it’s not because we value other groups more than white, male heterosexuals.”Despite a limited amount of pushback, the diversity and inclusion measures taken so far by the RAeS have largely been positively received. But it recognizes there is more work to be done.“While we might get the occasional naysayer, the balance is in the positive,” says Gearing. “But we’ve got to do more than just put up a flag.”Related Articles:Trailblazing trans pilot Jessica Taylor pushes for equalityPilot and LGBT advocate Adelynn Mrosko soars with UND and NGPAQantas CEO Alan Joyce leads Australian business in LGBTQIA supportWOW Air’s TF-GAY plane and Qantas’ Gay380 fly LGBTQIA coloursIn living her truth, pilot Kelly Lepley breaks down barriersAirlines lead push for marriage equality for LGBT staff, customersNever too late to follow your dreams, says AA chief pilot Kathi DurstNational Gay Pilots Association spreads advocacy beyond flight deck The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) last week stepped up efforts to attract a more diverse workforce to the aerospace and aviation industry by flying the rainbow flag outside its London headquarters for the first time.RGN caught up with Richard Gearing, head of the Society’s diversity and inclusion working group, to discuss the importance of “educating” its largely “white, male, heterosexual” membership about the barriers that people from the LGBTQ+ community, ethnic minorities and women still face when it comes to entering, and succeeding in, the aerospace industry.“Research tells us one of the biggest issues that puts people off a career is when they don’t see themselves in an industry,” says Gearing. This is why the RAeS makes a point of putting female pilots, for instance, on the cover of its in-house careers magazine, Flightpath.The RAeS began its diversity journey a decade ago when it established the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee (WAAC) to encourage more women to consider a career in the industry. It holds an annual lecture named after female aviator Amy Johnson which features prominent women keynote speakers, and has a female-to-female mentoring platform called alta. These efforts are starting to pay off and the RAeS has seen its female membership double to 10% in 2019 from 5% in 2015.But the Society says it “recognized a couple of years ago that its approach to diversity and inclusion needed to move beyond a focus solely on women, with additional emphasis needed, amongst others, on race, LGBTQ+, disability and social mobility”.The decision to fly the rainbow flag in the run-up to the International Day of LGBTQ+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths on 5 July and London Pride on 6 July was taken to “show support in a visible way”, says Gearing.He believes people from the LGBTQ+ community are often put off pursuing careers in aerospace and aviation by a perceived “macho culture” that is “very dominated by a singular demographic”.The cumulative effect of a “slightly inappropriate banter culture” and occasional “homophobic remarks” can lead people to question whether they want to enter, or remain in, such an industry. Professional performance can also be adversely affected if people “feel they have to hide their sexual orientation” at work, says Gearing.According to Pride in STEM, an independent charity which supports LGBT+ people in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths, 28% of LGBT+ employees have “at some point considered leaving their workplace because of the climate or discrimination towards LGBT+ people”.“We are desperately short of engineers and we can’t afford to ignore diversity issues,” says Gearing, adding that it all comes down to educating people about the barriers others face, and changing the organizational culture. However, this must be done in a way that does not alienate “the majority community, because they’re the people with the ability to unlock the barriers”.last_img read more

A Super sendoff for American Airlines MD80 fleet

first_img The economy cabin inside a retired American Airlines MD-80. Image: Paul Thompson A retired American Airlines MD-80 at Roswell. Image: Paul Thompson An American Airlines MD-80 parks for the final time under its own power, at Roswell, New Mexico. Image: Paul Thompson A retired American Airlines MD-80 at Roswell. Image: Paul Thompson Two retired American Airlines MD-80s sit at Roswell, New Mexico. Image: Paul Thompson A retired American Airlines MD-80 at Roswell. Image: Paul Thompson The economy cabin inside a retired American Airlines MD-80. Image: Paul Thompson Before sunrise on 4 September, passengers and team members of American Airlines began to gather at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s gate C2 to celebrate the sunset of a plane known as the “Super 80” or “Mad Dog” and to reminisce about their experiences on board the venerable MD-80.At the gate, the air was filled with excited conversation and music from the 1980s, and many of the passengers were dressed in Super 80 shirts or 1980s attire while they posed for photos with signs or balloon sculptures marking the MD-80’s retirement at American.The US major added a special revenue flight to its schedule for the day, flight 80, which operated from DFW to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), and departed at 9:00am.Tickets for flight 80 were sold out shortly after it was added to the schedule, and the standby list included over 750 American employees who wanted their names included on the flight manifest for this historic occasion.The aircraft used for this flight was the final MD-80 ever delivered in 1999, registered N984TW. During its service, first with TWA and then with American, N984TW accumulated 27,554 cycles and 53,598 hours in-flight.The final group of 26 MD-80s retired on this day carried over 84 million passengers.N984TW operated American Airlines’ final MD-80 revenue flight at DFW Airport gate C2. Image: Paul ThompsonFollowing the departure of flight 80, American flew two charter segments from DFW to Roswell, New Mexico, (ROW). The first one included team members from American, including CEO Doug Parker, while the second flight included members of the media.Once the planes arrived at Roswell, revelers were treated to a barbecue lunch while waiting for additional MD-80s to arrive. Over the next few hours, passengers took their time walking around and through the planes, taking pictures and sharing memories. Some were seen patting the plane on the nose or wings in a gesture of gratitude on this bittersweet day.The DFW departure board showed many of AA’s MD-80 retirement flights to Roswell: Image Paul ThompsonThe Plane Nobody Wanted, But Learned to LoveThe Super 80 era began at American in May 1983 with three aircraft serving six cities – DFW; Detroit (DTW); New York City (LGA); Memphis, Tennessee (MEM); Nashville, Tennessee (BNA); and Ontario, California (ONT). At its peak, the airline operated 362 of the iconic planes, following its acquisition of TWA.American brought the MD-80 into its fleet at a time when the airline was restructuring itself and creating a hub at DFW, and notably, after having determined not to grow its fleet.Manufacturer McDonnell Douglas was in some pain of its own, having sold none of its new stretched derivative of the Douglas DC-9. Although American’s new president, Robert Crandall had rejected the airplane previously, he came around to making a deal to essentially rent 20 MD-80s at nearly zero risk to the airline to keep McDonnell Douglas afloat, because he didn’t want American to be completely dependent on Boeing or then-upstart Airbus.American Airlines’ MD-80 window shades still display the branding of their maker, McDonnell Douglas. Image: Paul ThompsonThe MD-80 required only two pilots, and was used to replace the Boeing 727, which required three pilots. American’s unions weren’t happy, because the airline already had hundreds of pilots on furlough. The airline was able to negotiate new labor deals with its unions in order to add the MD-80 to its fleet, and in hindsight American may not have been able to grow into the powerful hub-and-spoke carrier it is today had the MD-80 not come along at the right time.A score of American Airlines’ MD-80s sit at Roswell, New Mexico. Image: Paul ThompsonAs the Mad Dog aged, the plane brought mixed feelings to both travelers and team members at American. CEO Parker described the aircraft by saying, “We’re here retiring an airplane, but it’s clear this is about the people. It certainly has served us well. From our customers’ view points and maintenance viewpoints, it served us well, but it’s time to move on to newer and more efficient airplanes.”Signs and balloons welcomed travelers and aviation fans to the celebration of American’s MD-80 fleet at DFW. Image: Paul ThompsonAmerican’s mainline narrowbody fleet is now comprised of Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 variants. Travelers loved the Super 80 for its quiet forward cabin, 2×3 seating and comfortable non-slimline seats. Others disliked it because it lacked modern amenities such as power outlets and satellite Wi-Fi (Gogo’s ATG solution was installed, however), while the aft economy seats were very loud because of their location next to the rear-mounted Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines.The Pratt & Whitney JT8D engine powered the MD-80 for American Airlines since 1983. Image: Paul ThompsonAmerican’s MD-80 fleet now sits in the dry climate at Roswell International Air Center, where airlines pay only $10 per day to store each plane.A handful of American’s MD-80s may go on to new lives at other carriers, while the rest will be scrapped and salvaged for parts to support existing fleets such as Delta.Image Gallery: Flight 80 from DFW-ORD marked the end of American Airlines’ MD-80 service, on 4 September, 2019. Image: Paul Thompson Related Articles:United and its passengers pull out all the stops for Boeing 747 farewellFarewell to the 747 and all its premium cabin innovationsNever too late to follow your dreams, says AA chief pilot Kathi DurstAmerican to retire MD-80 in 2017; faces interesting PaxEx decisionsWhen oil prices rise, will airlines be left with angry sardines?Queen of the Skies gets dolled up for final act at British AirwaysRouge customers will adjust to tight squeeze: Air Canada CEO American Airlines’ flight 80 crew, who took the plane on its final revenue flight from DFW to ORD. Image: Paul Thompsonlast_img read more

Press Release Fieldforce software platform supports Smartsky rollout

first_imgFieldforce Inc., a leading global software company for the digital transformation and deployment of 5G and IoT networks, today announced that it has deployed the Fieldforce platform to streamline the rollout of next generation airborne communications provider SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground platform.“As a disruptor in aviation, SmartSky recognizes the need to leverage the latest technology for streamlining network deployment and asset management. We are two years into our partnership with Fieldforce and this has enabled us to completely digitize our asset management and field operations activities,” said Haynes Griffin, SmartSky Chairman and CEO.The Fieldforce platform has been customized to map to SmartSky’s existing processes to meet the unique requirements of their air-to-ground network. Fieldforce’s solution enables Smartsky to manage its ground assets and Aircraft Based Radio’s (ABRs) in a unified platform. The solution includes integration with financial systems and features such as real-time analytics that enable SmartSky to quickly identify issues.“Fieldforce was designed to be an agile cloud-based next generation network deployment and asset management platform that can be quickly deployed, customized and implemented to meet the changing requirements of customers, without the back-office overhead, infrastructure and complexities of legacy systems,” says Basit Malik, Founder and CEO of Fieldforce.Fieldforce Inc. is exhibiting at #MWCA19 Los Angeles on October 22 – 24, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Attendees are invited to learn more about the digital transformation and deployment of 5G and IoT networks by visiting Booth#4616. To schedule a demo, please reach out to SmartSky NetworksSmartSky Networks, based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, was formed in 2011 by senior telecommunications and aviation executives seeking to transform aviation through disruptive communications technologies and related tools. Working with leading technology partners, SmartSky is rolling out its innovative air-to-ground network. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky’s network uniquely enables a productive experience in the air similar to on the ground, including unmatched capacity for data transmissions both to and from the aircraft. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky the best in-flight user experience, and a key enabler for the new and enhanced apps, services, and hardware.About Fieldforce Inc.Fieldforce is the world’s leading cloud-based platform that enables true digital transformation of an organization’s core operational processes, including network deployment, operations, asset management, reporting, and analytics. The company provides the most robust, customizable and scalable platform for deployment of next-generation communication and IoT networks for mobile and wireless network operators and their ecosystems, IoT companies, smart cities, campuses and metropolitan areas, airborne communications, renewable energy providers and more.last_img read more

Press Release Astronics buys mass transit test kit provider Diagnosys

first_imgAstronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, announced today that it has acquired the primary operating subsidiaries from mass transit and defense market test solution provider, Diagnosys Test Systems Limited (Diagnosys). Diagnosys is a developer and manufacturer of comprehensive automated test equipment (ATE) providing test, support, and repair of high value electronics, electro-mechanical, pneumatic and printed circuit boards focused on the global mass transit and defense markets.Astronics has acquired 100% of the equity of the three primary operating subsidiaries of Diagnosys, which are Diagnosys Holdings, Inc., Diagnosys Ferndown Limited and Diagnosys Electronics (I) Private Limited for $7 million in cash. The terms of the acquisition allow for a potential earn-out of up to an additional $13 million over the next three years based on achievement of new order levels of over $70 million during that period.Peter J. Gundermann, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Diagnosys is a leader in test solutions with a heavy focus on mass transit and defense markets, which is very much aligned with the strategy of our Test segment. The acquisition gives us a strong position in the growing mass transit test market as well as providing component-level solutions to our aerospace & defense test business. We expect that the company’s advanced technologies and customer base will provide us opportunities for continued growth into mission-critical test markets by enabling us to offer a broader range of solutions to our customers. We are pleased to welcome the employees of Diagnosys to the Astronics family.”The acquired business has operations in Westford, Massachusetts as well as Ferndown, England, and an engineering center of excellence in Bangalore, India. Diagnosys has approximately 120 employees. Founded in 2008, the company offers complete ATE and bench test equipment solutions for support and maintenance of high value electronic circuit boards and modules in mission-critical reliability sectors. Diagnosys also provides an extensive range of service capabilities, including the overhaul and repair of electronics systems. Sales for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2019 were approximately $9.0 million.ABOUT ASTRONICS CORPORATIONAstronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO) serves the world’s aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.Safe Harbor StatementThis news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. One can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of the words “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “estimate” or other similar expressions. Because such statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what may be stated here include the ability of the Company to advance its Test business into a broader market, and margins to expand with growth, the success of the Company achieving its sales expectations, the state of the aerospace and defense industries, the market acceptance of newly developed products, internal production capabilities, the timing of orders received, the status of customer certification processes and delivery schedules, the demand for and market acceptance of new or existing aircraft which contain the Company’s products, the need for new and advanced test and simulation equipment, customer preferences and other factors which are described in filings by Astronics with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information in this news release whether to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in future operating results, financial conditions or prospects, or otherwise.last_img read more

Souvenir Shopping At Don Quijote 5 Reasons To Visit This Discount Store

first_imgDon Quijote is a famous discount shop in Japan with locations nationwide. Along with their food and drink, they sell daily necessities such as clothing and cosmetics, everyday items, and interesting products like party goods and cosplay supplies, furniture, and even brand name bags and jewelry. There isn’t anything they don’t have in stock at Don Quijote.In addition to its large selection and low prices, many stores are open 24 hours, making it convenient to drop in if there’s anything you’ve forgotten.1. Airport Delivery ServiceDon Quijote locations offer airport delivery on goods and souvenirs purchased in these stores. By using this helpful service, you can relieve yourself from the burden of having to carry about a lot of shopping bags while traveling.2. Foreign Currency PaymentsCustomers can pay not only in Japanese yen but also with American dollars, Euros, Chinese yuan, Taiwan dollars, Korean won, Thai baht, and Hong Kong dollars. With this service, you can buy souvenirs without having to bother to convert your funds to Japanese yen.3. Duty-Free ServiceIn Don Quijote, except for some goods, all items are exempt from duty taxes, which makes this a better place to shop than a regular store. There are usually specific cash registers where you can apply for tax-free services at the Don Quijote shops, so look for signs.4. Free WiFiIf you’re looking for something specific for someone, but you need to get in touch with them, or want to look up something you’re not sure of online, then you’re in luck. There is free WiFi available in all Don Quijote stores, so if you have your smartphone or tablet with you, you can easily get online and look up what you need. The terms of service for their wi-fi is clearly explained in multiple languages too.5. Multi-Lingual SupportTheir official website is available in multiple languages, and here you will find reviews and introductions to many of their popular products, which makes it easier to find your favorite items and shop smart.4 Best Don Quijote Stores in Tokyo for International VisitorsOf all the many Don Quijote locations around Japan, here are the four most convenient locations for visitors coming to the Tokyo area.1. Shinjuku Kabukicho BranchThe Shinjuku Kabukicho branch is visible as soon as you head out of the east exit of Shinjuku Station. The largest Don Quijote in Tokyo, they have a huge selection of products, as well as duty-free services, airport delivery, and can take payments in foreign currency too. Kabukichō, 1-chōme−16−5 View Information2. Akihabara BranchAkihabara’s Don Quijote is a huge location with its own theater where the popular idol group AKB 48 performs. It is also known for its wide variety of anime, manga, and otaku-related goods. This location also offers duty-free services and has airport delivery as well. Don Quijote View Informationstore3. Asakusa BranchDon Quijote Asakusa is located in the popular sightseeing area, historical Asakusa. They have duty free, airport delivery and foreign currency payment services. Pay them a visit on your way back from seeing Sensoji Temple. Don Quijote Asakusa View Informationstore4. Ikebukuro Higashiguchi BranchIkebukuro Higashiguchi is located in the immediate vicinity of the east exit of JR Ikebukuro Station. They also have duty free, airport delivery and foreign currency payment services. Don Quijote View InformationstoreShop at Don QuijoteDon Quijote has many useful services and great merchandise that make it a popular store with all customers. After you’ve made your memories sightseeing in Japan, be sure to visit Don Quijote to pick up your souvenirs before heading back home. No matter what you find there is sure to be a big hit with your friends and family! Don Quijote – One-Stop-Shop with Low-Cost Options and Convenient ServicesWhere do you usually go when you want to buy souvenirs in Japan? Most people probably would shop for theirs in places such as train stations and shops near famous sightseeing spots, but if you want to purchase souvenirs easily and at affordable prices, then a trip to Don Quijote is in order!Continue reading this article to learn about why you should shop at Don Quijote and recommended branches in Tokyo.5 Reasons Why Don Quijote is Great for Travelerslast_img read more

Osaka Complete Guide Travel Tips Dining Shopping And More

first_imgMaple Leaf Tempura!? Eating Maple Leaves In Minoo, Osaka This sento (public bath) in Osaka has a rich variety of tubs for guests to soak in, including a special Dead Sea bathtub, open-air baths, and the “Duck Yokocho Festival Bath,” which has a huge number of little duck figurines floating in the water.Address: Osaka, Osaka Suminoe, Kita-Kagaya 3−5−37GoogleHomepage: (Japanese) 37. Eat Osaka 27. Hoshida-Enchi ParkHoshida-Enchi Park, a vast, quasi-national natural valley park, is easily accessible by train, making it great for sightseeing. The park’s abundance of natural beauty so it is an enjoyable hiking spot.There is a trail on the forest railroad, which people can stroll down while looking out at the riverbed. A spectacular suspension bridge is another one of the park’s special features. A 16.5-meter man-made climbing wall offers the chance for some vertical exercise, as well. It is particularly known for its gorgeous fall leaves.Address: Osaka, Katano, Hoshida 5019−1Google MapHomepage: (Japanese) The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is Japan’s largest Ferris wheel, at a height of 112.5 meters and a diameter of 100 meters. One full rotation takes 17 minutes, so riders can enjoy a relaxed journey through the sky. It is part of Tempozan Harbor Village, a major amusement facility by Osaka Bay.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Minato, Chikko 3-11−8Google MapHomepage: Dotonbori – Enjoy The Unique And Energetic Osaka Atmosphere! Picture from Dotonbori – Enjoy The Unique And Energetic Osaka Atmosphere!Dotonbori is a bustling downtown area in Chuo Ward. The southern part of Dotonbori is home to many nightlife venues, and the northern part has rows upon rows of restaurants, as well as food stalls selling local dishes like okonomiyaki and takoyaki. This is the place to visit if you want to sample true Osaka flavors.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Chuo, DotonboriGoogle MapHomepage: also Ask For Directions In Japanese! 14 Phrases You Need To Know Picture courtesy of PIXTATsutenkaku Tower stands 103 meters tall, and visitors at its viewing platform can see all of Osaka. Naturally, the draw of Tsutenkaku is the view from the top floor, but you can also relax at the cafe, which has the exclusive Tsutenkaku Parfait on the menu.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Naniwa, Ebisu-Higashi 1-18-6Google MapHomepage: also Travel Cheaply Within Osaka With Enjoy Eco Card! Japanese Encyclopedia: Okonomiyaki Prepare For Spring! A Sea Of Azaleas At Narukawa Garden, Mt. Ikoma Take a Walk Around the Magnificent Osaka Castle in the Evening Picture from Kame Sushi In Osaka – Enjoy High-Quality Sushi And Chat With The LocalsIf you are looking to eat excellent sushi in Osaka, try Kame Sushi’s main location in Kita. This restaurant, opened in 1954, is well-known in the community for high-quality sushi and delicious drinks. The menu is extensive, as the shop is a unique combination of a restaurant and Japanese bar.Come here for great seafood and to feel a local vibe–the friendly customers may start talking to you during your visit.Address: Osaka, Kita, Sonezaki 2-14-2Google MapHomepage: (Japanese)36. Kutsurogi-no-Sato Yuraku Tourist Information for Osaka Horie, on the western side of Shinsaibashi, has rows of cool interior deco shops, cafes, and specialty boutiques. It is an ideal place for a stroll and has a calming atmosphere.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Nishi, HorieGoogle MapRead also Marble Beach, A Beautiful Osaka Evening Spot Across From KIX Senbayashi Shopping Street has 220 stores spread out over a span of 660 meters, making it another top shopping spot in the Osaka area. There are many stores selling household goods and groceries. Many locals visit Senbayashi to do their shopping.With snacks like takoyaki and sweets such as monaka ice cream and crepes, you should drop by Senbayashi if you’re feeling a little hungry. For more information, check out our Senbayashi article.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Asahi, Senbayashi 1-5−20Google MapHomepage: 25. Minoo Park Explore Osaka’s Lively Downtown! Top 10 Spots To Visit In Namba Read also Osaka – 15 Must See Spots, Both Famous And Little Known Top 5 Local Osaka Foods You Should Try In Dotonbori Located underneath Tsutenkaku, Eat Osaka is a cooking studio where visitors can learn how to make Osaka’s famous starchy dishes and other Japanese food in a Japanese-style room with paper walls. The lessons are conducted in English.Address: Osaka, Naniwa, Ebisu-HigashiHomepage: also UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN® – Prices, Access, Attractions And Tips Picture courtesy of Osaka Convention and Tourism BureauMidosuji cuts across the northern-southern axis of central Osaka, and is one of the city’s representative shopping areas. Shop at Sogo and Daimaru department stores, which contain rows of brand shops for companies like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Cartier.Midosuji is also famous as one of Osaka’s foliage spots. The main avenue is lined with ginkgo trees that turn bright yellow in the fall – a stunning sight!Address: Osaka, Osaka, ChuoGoogle Map Picture courtesy of PIXTAOsaka is the heart of Japan’s western Kansai region, located two and a half hours away on the shinkansen (bullet train) line from Tokyo. This multi-faceted city draws travelers to its varied areas, like the iconic Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan, and downtown neighborhoods of Namba and Dotonbori.Visitors can enjoy a trip filled with cultural experiences, shopping, and unique cuisine in Osaka. Continue reading to discover must-visit places, things to do, see, and eat. This article also covers transportation tips and advice on making your trip a memorable one.Table of Contents1. Osaka Area Guide2. 40 Places You Should See in Osaka3. Osaka Shopping Spots4. Osaka Dining and Souvenirs5. Events in Osaka6. Osaka Trip Itinerary and Tips on Where to Stay7. Day Trips from Osaka8. Tourist Information for Osaka9. Getting to Osaka10. Traveling around Osaka and Bargains on Tickets11. Osaka Weather and What to Wear12. Helpful Information for Your Osaka TripHow Much Does a Plane Ticket Cost to Osaka? July: Tenjin Festival Canned Food Bar “mr.kanso” by the Doton-bori River Fuki: A Historical Love Hotel In Osaka Shinsaibashi Shopping Guide – Fashion, Cosmetics, And Local Dishes In Osaka! Read also Read also Real Osaka Food! Kushi-Katsu Beneath The Lights Of Shinsekai Everything You Need To Know About Osaka Castle, The Symbol Of Osaka! Janjan Yokocho in the corner of Shin-Sekai is a pillar of Osaka’s food scene. Here you will find restaurants that serve oden, dote-yaki, kushi-katsu and more.This is a must-visit for any traveler looking to experience the local cuisine.Address: Osaka, Naniwa, Ebisu-Higashi 3Google MapRead also Located in western Shinsaibashi, the streets of Amerikamura, or “Amemura” for short, are lined with clothes shops their eclectic fashion sense and various food stalls. Many stores deal in used clothes or imported goods, which is why the area is sometimes called the Osaka Harajuku. It’s a must-see for visitors to Shinsaibashi.9. Namba Parks: The Place To Shop in Namba Osaka’s 10 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots In 2019 – Enjoy The Views! Tennoji, Abeno and Shin-Sekai are in the southern part of Osaka City. This area has many Osaka landmarks, such as Tsutenkaku Tower and Abeno Harukas, as well as zoos, museums, and temples.Shin-Sekai, where Tsutenkaku is located, is great for shopping and dining out. The brightly-colored shop signs in the area have been around for generations, so you should visit if you want to experience a truly retro Osaka vibe.40 Places You Should See in Osaka1. Osaka Castle The Osaka Bay Area symbolizes the city’s legacy as a harbor town, with an aquarium, shopping malls, a Ferris wheel, observatories, and theme parks. This is where Universal Studios Japan is located. Inhale the ocean breeze as you enjoy your day outdoors. Tsutenkaku Tower In Osaka – 7 Fun Activities And Area Guide Okonomiyaki, another representative Osaka dish, is made by mixing a flour-based batter, cabbage and other ingredients together, then cooking it atop a hot griddle. The ingredient variations are too numerous to count, but they can include grated yam, seafood, pork, mochi, cheese, so feel free to add whatever you like. The 173-meter tall Umeda Sky Building was completed in March 1993. With two basement floors and 40 floors above ground, this skyscraper has been recognized as one of the world’s top 20 buildings. From the aerial observatory, you can see the entirety of Osaka and the rest of Umeda. It is open in the evenings, too, making it possible to see a stunning night view of the city.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Kita, Oyodonaka 1-1-88Google MapHomepage: Check out Activity Tickets for Osaka Kasu udon is a noodle dish with kasu (deep-fried beef entrails) atop a bowl of udon. The spongy taste is very delicious. Note that udon and soba broth in Osaka varies from the version in Tokyo and eastern Japan; it’s said to be lighter in flavor.Jiyuken CurryJiyuken is a popular restaurant in Osaka that serves Jiyuken curry, a one-of-a-kind, highly-renowned dish. The curry has just two ingredients: onions and beef. Jiyuken wants its patrons to savor the essence of curry, and since the restaurant was founded, the curry’s original flavor has withstood the test of time.551 Horai Nikuman (Steamed Meat Buns)Packed with sweet onions and juicy pork, the buns at 551 Horai Nikuman are carefully prepared by hand, and they will melt in your mouth. Since they contain pork, make sure that they aren’t on the list of items banned by customs in your home country.Osaka Souvenirs Osaka: A Major City and Destination in Western Japan Events in OsakaApril: Cherry Blossom Viewing When cherry blossom season in April rolls around, the streets of Osaka will be awash in delicate pink colors. Osaka Castle Park and Kishiwada Castle are particularly popular spots to see the blossoms. Kishiwada Castle is lit up at night, and visitors can enjoy the night blossoms. 20. Horie The Tenjin Festival is held in Osaka Temmangu. It is one of Japan’s Three Great Festivals, ranked along with the Gion Festival in Kyoto and the Kanda Festival in Tokyo. At the climax of the festival, boats laden with many paper lanterns cross the Ogawa River.September: Kishiwada Danjiri Festival 14. Expo Commemoration Park Read also How To Travel To Osaka From Tokyo Read also There is one Kansai Tourist Information Centers (KTIC) in Shinsaibashi, located inside the Daimaru department store. The staff can provide advice on how to get to your destinations, recommended places to go, help with buying tickets, handle luggage and ship packages.There is also free Wi-Fi access for looking up information, as well as tourist brochures. In addition, the KTICs sell discount tickets for travel around Osaka and the Kansai area. If you need help, please stop here.Getting To Osaka 40. Senkoji Temple 5. Midosuji Visitors to Senkoji Temple can have an entertaining time at this temple. The temple has likenesses of Great King Enma, who passes judgment on the dead and sends them to heaven or hell, as well as other infernal artifacts such as mountains of needles and burning chariots. Discover the terrifying spectacle of the underworld at Senkoji.Address: Osaka, Hirano, Hirano Motomachi 4-12-21Google MapHomepage: (Japanese) Take A Stroll And Snack In Osaka’s Senbayashi Shopping Street! 22. Jigenji Temple (Nozaki Kannon) Read also Mt. Iimori in Daito City is ideal for enjoying the outdoors and going on nature hikes. To walk the historical Osaka trails on Mt. Iimori, we recommend the course which starts from Nozaki Kannon, 10 minutes from JR Nozaki Station. From there, you can also stop by Shijo Nawate Shrine, among other special sites.Address: Osaka, Daito, HojoGoogle MapHomepage: (Japanese)30. Nakanoshima Rose Garden Minoo Waterfall – A Place Of Scenic Beauty Near Osaka The Misono Building, a Minami night spot, was built in 1956. Go up the spiral staircase to the side, and you will find a multi-tenant facility with a somewhat suspicious array of unique businesses lined up to greet you. This is the place to go to enjoy the nightlife of Minami.Address: Osaka, Chuo, Sennichi-mae 2-3-9 Misono Building 2FGoogle MapRead also Read also 4. Dotonbori If You’re In A Seafood Mood, Visit Osaka’s Kuromon Market! Osaka From Above: Umeda Sky Building’s Floating Garden Observatory 10. Tsutenkaku Tower The Edo Period Lives On! Nozaki-Kannon Temple At Mt. Iimori In Osaka Take A Stroll Around Osaka’s Stylish Horie District! The Kita district, the center of Osaka, is the area around Osaka Station, which includes the Umeda area. While its ever-growing transport network makes it a hub for commuters, Kita is also known for its cutting-edge fashion and art.In 2013, the Grand Front Osaka shopping facility opened next to Osaka Station. With 266 stores, customers can relax and get their shopping done while they enjoy the nature-filled spaces around the building. Kita is also home to places like Osaka Station City, which is where you should go if you want to get ahold of Osaka’s latest trendy items.2. Minami (Namba) Area Read also Jigenji Temple, located in Daito, just outside of Osaka City, is also known as Nozaki Kannon. If you make a short hike up the path behind the main temple building, you can get an outstanding view of Osaka’s open plains. This is a great spot to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy a more rural atmosphere.Address: Osaka, Daito, Nozaki 2-7-1Google MapHomepage: (Japanese)Read also From Kansai International Airport (KIX)From Kansai International Airport, you can take the nonstop JR Kanku Rapid Express to Osaka Station (1,100 yen, 63 minutes). Read also Narukawa Park is a vast park that stretches 204 hectares, from Kuragari-toge Pass to Narukawa-toge Pass. The park sees many visitors in April and May, when the azaleas are in full bloom.Address: Osaka, Higashi-Osaka, KamishijoHomepage: (Japanese)Read also 23. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Takoyaki is an iconic local food you will see at food stands throughout Osaka. This bite-sized fluffy treat is made from a flour-based batter, mixed with octopus and other ingredients, which is then fried into balls. You can enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth texture along with the aroma of the ocean. It is generally topped with mayonnaise.Okonomiyaki Read also 19. Kuromon Market 24. NIFREL Make Your Own Cup Noodles At The Instant Ramen Museum In Osaka In the winter, Midosuji, the Nagai Botanical Garden, the Kaiyukan, Shin-Umeda City Wonder Square, and other areas will all have bright light-up displays. This makes winter in Osaka great for romantic evening strolls.A Trip Itinerary For Travelers in OsakaTo make the most of a two-day stay in Osaka, we recommend the following travel itinerary.Day 1Morning: Go to Universal Studios JapanAfternoon: Visit Shin-SekaiNight: Head to Kita and ride the Hep Five Ferris wheel to enjoy the city view from aboveDay 2Morning: Go to the top of the Umeda Sky BuildingEarly Afternoon: Head to Minami and shop in NambaLate afternoon-evening: Check out Osaka at street level; visit Dotonbori and ShinsaibashiEvening: Go shopping at Abeno HarukasNight: Enjoy a meal of okonomiyakiFor more information, check out our Two-Day Osaka Itinerary article.Osaka HotelsOsaka has plenty of places to stay for all sorts of travelers, from high-class hotels like the Ritz Carlton and Hilton to business hotels and lower-cost accommodations for those on a budget.Awaji Guesthouse Mokumoku was built out of a renovated 60-year old row house. Guests will be happy to receive the perk of free unlimited entry to the public bath next door. Another option is Lodging & Kin Osaka, a guesthouse known for its friendly staff members. It is located by Tsutenkaku Tower.If you are traveling as a couple and are interested in love hotels, try Hotel Fuki. This truly unique accommodation has an interior that resembles a Japanese castle. Read also Minoo Park quasi-National Park is a half-hour train ride north from the center of Osaka. With an area of 83.3 hectares, this park contains the magnificent Minoo Waterfall and the Minoo Park Museum Of Insects. The park is a great place to see the fall foliage, and many of the nearby shops will be selling Minoo’s famous local specialty, maple leaf tempura.Address: Osaka, Minoo, Minoo Park 1-18Google MapHomepage: (Japanese) 38. Mr. Kanso Marble Beach, is a 900-meter beach on the bank opposite Kansai International Airport. White marble stones are scattered along the beach, forming a vivid contrast with the blue ocean. The beach is also highly regarded for its night view.Address: Osaka, Izumisano, Rinku Orai-Kita 1-271Google MapRead also Read also Known as a treasure trove of delicious food, Kuromon Market in Nipponbashi rivals Tsuruhashi Market in Higashinari Ward and Toyonaka’s Honan Market in scale.Of the market’s 180 stores, half of them deal in seafood. The other stores handle fruits and vegetables, dried goods and the like, and there is even an unaffiliated general grocery store.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Chuo, Nipponbashi 2-4−1Google MapHomepage: also Hozenji Temple is a Jodo Buddhist temple located in Namba. After you pay your respects, take a stroll around Hozenji Yokocho. The elegant paths of paved stone are lined with restaurants, okonomiyaki stalls, bars, lounges and all sorts of places serving drinks. For more information, check out our article on Hozenji Temple.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Chuo, Namba 1−2−16Google MapHomepage: (Japanese) The restaurant and cafe-lined road from Hankyu Minoo Station to Minoo Waterfall, known as Minoo Takido, is a place to relax. The stunning nature and cool flow from the water is a must-experience for any nature lover.Address: Osaka, Minoo, Minoo ParkGoogle MapHomepage: (Japanese) Grand Front Osaka, with its 266 stores, is located right by the north exit of Osaka Station. When you want to take a break from shopping, enjoy the meticulously-crafted atmosphere of the building’s rooftop garden.3. Hep Five: The Rooftop Ferris Wheel Is A Must-See Read also Traveling Around Osaka and Bargains on Tickets How To Travel To Osaka From Tokyo Osaka’s 10 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots In 2019 – Enjoy The Views! The Expo Commemoration Park is located on the former site of the 1970 Japan World Expo. This vast park contains a lush green plaza, spaces to barbecue, a Japanese garden, sports facilities, and even an onsen. The Tower of the Sun, an installation created by famous Japanese artist Taro Okamoto, is the symbol of the park.Address: Osaka, Suita, Senri Banpaku-Koen 1-1Google MapHomepage: Nipponbashi Visitors to the Universal Studios Japan (USJ) theme park can experience the magic of Hollywood, at attractions such as Jaws, Jurassic Park: The Ride, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. These reproductions of movie worlds have made USJ incredibly popular.For more information, check out our article on Universal Studios Japan® article.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Konohana, Sakurajima 2-1-33Google MapHomepage: also Six Namba Stations!? How to Navigate Osaka’s Namba Area Osaka By Night – Visit Misono To Barhop In Namba’s Secret Underground Tonpeiyaki Read also Kansai International Airport – Basic Information 9. Janjan Yokochocenter_img Ride the Tempozan Ferris Wheel For a Sky-High View of Osaka “Janjan-yokocho” Gives You to See Another Side of Japan. 33. Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda Read also Experience The Pacific Rim At The Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN 16. Senbayashi Shopping Street For MATCHA Readers Only! 5% Discount Coupons!MATCHA’s readers benefit from a 5% discount service on their purchase of activity tickets from the Voyagin website. Upon performing your online payment, please insert the discount coupon code “voyaginmatcha”. You will receive a 5% discount on your purchase! (This service does not apply for Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.)Purchase tickets from Voyagin hereUniversal Studios Japan™ Osaka Instant E-Tickets Osaka Shopping Spots1. Herbis Plaza ENT: A Lineup of Brand-Name StoresHerbis Plaza ENT is a shopping outlet close to Umeda Station, with plenty of famous fashion boutiques, including well-known Japanese brands. There are also Japanese and Italian restaurants on the B2F level, and you can relax even if you stay for a long stretch.2. Grand Front Osaka: A Shopping Complex right by Osaka Station Osaka Castle is known as the symbol of the city. Its main castle tower was repaired in 1931 through donations from the local residents, leading to its current appearance. At several times throughout the year, notably during cherry blossom season, the castle grounds are illuminated.Address: Osaka, Chuo, Osaka Castle 1-1Google MapHomepage: also 10 Top Places To Visit In Nara – Travel Guide To Japan’s Ancient Capital An Onsen With Yellow Ducks: Kutsurogi-no-Sato Yuraku, Osaka Nakanoshima Rusk and Tsukigesho are a few of the snacks which are popular Osaka souvenirs. Bargains on TicketsOsaka Unlimited Pass (Osaka Area)The Osaka Amazing Pass (known as the “Osaka Shuyu Pass” in Japanese) allows holders all-you-can-ride access on the city subway and buses, as well as the Hankyu, Hanshin, Keihan, Nankai, and Kintetsu train lines. It also comes with special benefits and discounts for sightseeing, like free admission to Tsutenkaku Tower, the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel, as well as a free Dotonbori river cruise. The one-day pass is 2,700 yen (same price for children and adults).Enjoy Eco Card (One Day Pass)Pick up an Enjoy Eco Card for unlimited access on the Osaka metro, and the majority of city buses for one day. An Enjoy Eco Card is 800 yen for adults but is discounted to 600 yen on weekends. It can be bought at Osaka Metro stations at automatic ticket machines, or on board some Osaka City buses. Use it as you would a normal, reusable ticket. Read also This Is Osaka! Let’s Go To Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street An easily reserved and returnable by post Wi-Fi rental service. PUPURU Read also 31. Mt. Ikoma Narukawa Park 28. Daisen ParkDaisen Park was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 Historical Parks and is situated between the imperial tombs of Emperor Nintoku and Emperor Richu. You can see an incredibly gorgeous view of the vast park, its bountiful natural scenery, and its historic tombs.This is another spot known for its colorful foliage in the fall.Address: Osaka, Sakai, Sakai, Mozusekiun 2Homepage: (Japanese)Google Map29. Mt. Iimori A Secret Garden In Osaka – The Nakanoshima Rose Garden Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is the biggest aquarium in the Kansai region. It opened in 1990, and its collection has around 620 species of marine life, totalling 30,000 specimens.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Minato, Kaigan-dori 1-1-10Google MapHomepage: Hep Five, a commercial complex near Umeda Station has many fashion boutiques and accessory shops targeted at young people. The red Ferris wheel atop the seventh floor is symbolic of Umeda and offers riders a view of the entire cityscape.4. Namba Marui: Nab The Latest FashionThe shopping complex Namba Marui is a short walk from Namba Station, with fashion floors for men and women, as well as a movie theater. Many of the shops in Namba Marui deal in the latest trendy items, so this is the place to go to discover what’s hot in Osaka.5. Hoop: Beautiful Night Lights At This Pink BuildingHoop is a unique, stylish building in Tennoji, shaped like a hoop-bound barrel. The building contains 60 shops, and its lights illuminate Osaka at night. You should definitely stop by when you visit Tennoji.6. Shinsaibashi OPA, A Minami LandmarkThe Shinsaibashi OPA building is a haven for all sorts of fashion, with casual wear shops, high-class brand-name boutiques and even used clothing stores. The front of OPA, emblazoned with the OPA logo, is often used as a meetup spot by young people. By all means, drop in when you visit Shinsaibashi.7. Tennoji Mio: A Modern Building Above Tennoji StationTennoji Mio is a commercial complex above JR Tennoji Station. Boasting 251 stores with a focus on fashion, the facility is ready to serve the needs of a wide range of customers.8. Amerikamura: Find Original Fashion Eat Osaka: Let’s Learn To Cook Japanese Food! Weather In Japan – The Year Round Climate And Temperatures The Osaka Castle area contains many historical sites surrounding the castle itself, like museums and other facilities. You can also visit Kyobashi, a shotengai, or traditional shopping district. It has remained the same for generations, allowing you to experience another piece of Osaka’s history.The area is also home to popular spots like Osaka Business Park and Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi, and a visit to this area is a window into both classical and modern Japan.5. Tennoji/Abeno/Shin-Sekai Area Small Group Kuromon Market Food Walking Tour in OsakaKintetsu Rail Pass (1 Day/2 Days/5 Days/Plus)ISOMARU SUISAN (磯丸水産) in Tokyo – Popular Seafood IzakayaDiscover more activities for Osaka This is the main branch of canned-food bar Mr. Kanso, which has 30 branches across Japan. At Mr. Kanso, customers order a canned food item from the varied selection to eat along with their drinks. Mr. Kanso also sells cans individually. This is a very unique shop worth a visit.Address: Osaka, Nishi, Minami-Horie 1-5-26, Canal Terrace Horie 2FGoogle MapHomepage: also 11. Abeno Harukas At the Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda, you can make a one-of-a-kind instant cup ramen to take home with you. It’s the perfect souvenir for any visitor to Osaka. This is a great place to enjoy as a family or with friends.Address: Osaka, Ikeda, Masumi 8-25Google MapHomepage: also 26. Minoo Takido (Minoo Waterfall Road) Tonpeiyaki is on the next tier of popularity on Osaka behind okonomiyaki and takoyaki. This omelet-esque dish is made by stir-frying shredded pork and cabbage, wrapping it in egg, then covering it in sauce and seaweed before eating.NegiyakiNegiyaki is a starchy dish like okonomiyaki, but uses onion instead of cabbage. This variation is popular in the rest of the Kansai region, as well as in Osaka.Kushi-Katsu Find the best deals on flights to OsakaRoundtripOne-wayMulti-cityFromToDepartReturnAdults16+ yearsCabin classEconomyPremium economyBusiness classFirst-classChildren0-15 yearsSearch flights The world leader in booking accommodation online. Hostel Moku-Moku in Awaji, Osaka – Rooted in the Local Community 7. Amerikamura (American Village)On the western side of Shinsaibashi, fashion-minded young people crowd the streets of Amerikamura, a breeding ground for new stylish trends. With its stylish boutiques and cafes, the area is known as ground zero for the diffusion of Osaka youth culture.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Chuo, Nishi-Shinsaibashi 1-6Google MapHomepage: Shin-Sekai Namba Parks, close to Namba Station, features over 240 stores stocked with the latest fashions. There are also interior deco shops and accessory stores. The rooftop features a garden, an oasis in the metropolis. If you go shopping in Namba, you need to go here.10. The Venerable Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping District Abeno Harukas opened in 2014, and is one of Japan’s tallest aboveground buildings, at over 300 meters. The building contains viewing platforms, hotel facilities, shopping outlets, and a museum.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Abeno, Abenosuji 1-1-43Google MapHomepage: Umeda Sky Building Nipponbashi is famed for its Electric Town, a consumer electronics shopping area similar to Akihabara in Tokyo. Many of the stores in this area specialize in wireless devices and audio equipment, as well as items that cannot be found at big box stores, like audio cables and miniature radios for amateurs. You wil also find many shops with anime and manga goods.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Naniwa, NipponbashiGoogle MapHomepage: Picture from Shinsaibashi Shopping Guide – Fashion, Cosmetics, And Local Dishes In Osaka!The Shinsaibashi district is home to fashion spots like Etoile and Parco, and offers all sorts of fashion options to suit any budget, with casual stores like Uniqlo and Gap, high-class accessories at Cartier and Bulgari, and sports gear outlets such as Adidas.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Chuo, Shinsaibashi-sujiGoogle MapHomepage: also November and December: Illuminations Read also Kushi-Katsu is made by dipping various ingredients on skewers. Meat, vegetables, seafood, and other ingredients are covered in batter and then deep fried. To eat kushi-katsu, take a skewer, dip it into the pot of sauce on your table. Be sure to enjoy it while it’s still hot.There is a rule at almost all kushi-katsu restaurants: no double dipping! This rule exists because the next customer will use the same pot of sauce, so be considerate.Kasu Udon and Kansai-dashi Udon NIFREL is a “living museum.” The exhibits here are conceptualized around visitors getting the chance to “experience sensitivity,” so the art displays are intended to transcend the boundaries of aquariums, zoos, and museums.As such, the living specimens are not limited to aquarium animals like fish and waterside creatures; there are also mammals and birds in the exhibits. There are no fences, so visitors can truly enjoy the sensation that they’ve wandered into the animal kingdom.Address: Osaka, Suita, Senri Banpaku-Koen 2-1, inside Expo CityGoogle MapHomepage: also Minoo Falls, Osaka’s Hidden Oasis Minoo’s specialty, maple leaf tempura, is sure to be a hit. It is a crispy, light fried food that is very unique. Read also Take in the Best of OsakaA dynamic, multi-faceted city in Western Japan, Osaka is a great choice for travel and seeing a different side to Japan. From encounter history at Osaka castle to trying local food, to shopping at one of the city’s many commercial districts, this city is filled with things to do and see. Please use this as your guide to all things Osaka and have a great trip.Main image courtesy of PIXTA How To Get To Nara From Osaka And Kyoto Late November and December are when the leaves change color and you can see fall foliage in Osaka. At the Osaka Castle Park, visitors can enjoy both the red maple leaves and yellow gingko leaves. Compare and book highway buses from Tokyo to Osaka. Shinsaibashi-suji is a 600-meter arcade that stretches from Shinsaibashi to Namba, with around 180 stores. The arcade has pamphlets in English, Korean, and Chinese as well as free Wi-Fi access and duty-free shopping. Shinsaibashi-suji has been around for a long time and is a great choice for shopping and finding souvenirs.11. Abeno Harukas: See All Of Osaka From The TopAbeno Harukas opened in March 2014 and is 300 meters above ground, making it one of Japan’s tallest buildings. The 360-degree glass viewing platform affords visitors a fantastic look at the Osaka cityscape. In fact, the view reaches all the way to Kyoto and Nara.There are also brand-name shops where you can find popular cosmetics and apparel. Guests can go to salons with special service for tourists, as well as tax-exemption counters and foreign currency exchange services. 21. Hozenji Temple 10 Cherry Blossom Spots In Osaka – When And Where To Do Hanami Nandeyanen? – 10 Osaka Dialect Phrases That Are Meccha Important! 6. Shinsaibashi Purchase Japan Rail Pass tickets from Voyagin HereJR Pass – 7, 14, or 21 Days Unlimited Rail Travel in JapanFrom Haneda AirportTake the Keikyu Airport Line Airport Express train to Shinagawa Station, switch to the Shinkansen line and head to Shin-Osaka Station (14,860 yen, three hours).From Narita AirportTake the Narita Express to Shinagawa Station, then transfer to the Shinkansen line and head to Shin-Osaka (17,010 yen, around four hours).From Tokyo Via Highway BusWe recommend taking a highway bus if you’re trying to travel on a budget, or if you want to make the most efficient use of time. Tourists can use a special Japan Bus Pass to cheaply visit several cities.Large highway bus terminals are found adjacent to Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit and near Shinjuku Station (the Shinjuku Bus Terminal). Read also Osaka Area GuideKita, or Umeda, a bustling downtown area, and Minami, a major spot for entertainment and dining, are two of the five major zones Osaka. The other zones are: the bay area, Osaka Castle area, and Tennoji/Abeno/Shin-Sekai areas.We’ll introduce each of these five zones in-depth, covering shopping and sightseeing spots.1. Kita (Umeda) Area Dining in OsakaTakoyaki Picture from Cafe & bar HRR – Socialize And Enjoy Music At A Friendly Osaka Bar!Cafe & bar HRR is an izakaya (Japanese pub) located at the end of Kuromon Market in the Namba area. Visitors seeking nightlife and a local experience should look no further than an evening here. The bar is cozy and friendly, and the master is known for making customized drinks. English is also understood here, so international visitors are very welcome.Address: Osaka, Chuo, Kozu 3-8-31, Michikusa Apartment HRRGoogle MapWebsite:35. Kame Sushi 11 Budget-Friendly Shopping Spots In Osaka Lodging & Kin Osaka, A Warm Guesthouse Right By Tsutenkaku Tower Namba’s Hozenji – A Temple WIth A Dreamy Atmosphere And Lively Alleys Osaka’s 10 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots In 2019 – Enjoy The Views! Day Trips from OsakaOsaka’s convenient location in the center of the Kansai region makes it an excellent place to base other traveling around. If you have several days in the Osaka area, it is recommended to take a day trip to see the surrounding area.To the southeast of Osaka is Nara, one of Japan’s ancient capitals, with countless temples, shrines, like Todaiji Temple, home to a giant Buddha. It takes around one hour to get to Nara Station, which is closest to major sightseeing. The prefecture itself is also known for its nature and gorgeous Yoshino cherry blossoms in spring.Kyoto is also easily accessible from Osaka, taking around just 30 minutes via rapid service trains. If you are looking for a relaxed, sophisticated environment to explore, head to Kobe, a port city most known for beef and stylish shops. Kobe is around a 34 to 40-minute train ride west, depending on the line. Osaka’s 10 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots In 2019 – Enjoy The Views! The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is held in Kishiwada City. A highlight of the festival is seeing the danjiri, or decorative floats, racing through street corners at full speed.November and December: Fall Foliage 【SUMMER】”Senkou-Temple” Hell Thriller in Osaka Hirano Read also Check Out These Unique Snacks! 5 Recommended Osaka Souvenirs Osaka Weather and What to WearOsaka gets little precipitation year-round and is known for its hot summers. Don’t forget to hydrate, wear a hat, and use sunblock to ward off heat stroke and protect yourself from UV rays.Snow is rare in winter, but temperatures can drop suddenly, so bring a thick coat, gloves, and hat to stay out of the cold. 32. Marble Beach Namba straddles the line between Chuo and Naniwa wards. This renowned commercial area is home to places like Takashimaya, Namba CITY, Namba Parks, Namba Marui, as well as the Ebisu, Nankai and Sennichi-mae Doguyasuji shopping districts.Address: Osaka, Osaka, ChuoGoogle MapRead also Namba is the center of the flourishing Minami district, with its bright lights and bustling streets. Visitors to Minami need to walk through the captivating Dotonbori area, with its thriving nightlife and great food, and the Shinsaibashi and Amerikamura areas, which are hotspots for Osaka youth culture.Minami also has places to see Kabuki theater and manzai comedy shows, a historical remnant from the Edo period, when the area was home to playhouses and theaters. If you’re interested in experiencing Osaka as locals do, Minami is the place to be.3. Osaka Bay Area Read also Located on the grounds of Expo Commemoration Park, Expo City is a place where visitors can enjoy leisure and shopping. The outlet boasts various entertainment facilities and 305 stores set up by Lalaport Expo City. The Pokemon Expo Gym is a highlight forchildren, as well.Address: Osaka, Suita, Senri Banpaku-Koen 2−1Google MapHomepage: Tempozan Ferris Wheel Nipponbashi: An Otaku-town in Kansai Read also 34. Cafe & bar HRR 2 Day Kobe Trip – Real Kobe Beef, Harbor Views, And Hot Springs! Getting From Osaka To Kyoto – The Fastest And Easiest Way Also, if you plan to take the Shinkansen, getting a Japan Rail Pass beforehand will save you a lot of money. Read also Kyoto and Osaka Weather in May and June – What to Wear Compare all of Japan’s rental car companies at a glance. Tabirai Japan> Read also Helpful Information for Your Osaka TripOsaka is known for its friendly and helpful locals, so visitors will likely not run into trouble during a trip. Planning ahead, establishing Wi-Fi, and obtaining yen are important.Learning some basic Japanese, however, is advised. The Osaka dialect is also different than in other regions, with special words. If you are visiting multiple areas in Japan, it might be fun to compare and listen for the different speaking styles.If you follow these basic rules and prepare for a trip, you will be sure to have a great time in Osaka! 3. Namba Shin-Sekai is close to the Tsutenkaku Tower, one of Osaka’s classic symbols. This area is gourmet paradise, and its flashy signs beckon customers into the lively restaurants. Try some of the famous kushi-katsu (deep-fried meat and ingredients on skewers) while you’re there.Address: Osaka, Naniwa, Ebisu-higashiGoogle MapRead also 39. The Misono Building From Tokyo StationThe Shinkansen is the most convenient way to get to Osaka from Tokyo. The journey takes two and a half hours and costs around 15,000 yen. The Shinkansen train stop is JR Shin-Osaka Station. The train ride is smooth and the trains are very clean, making for a comfortable commute. It also takes the least time compared to other methods. Traveling around Osaka is convenient as there is plenty of public transportation. You have the option of using the Osaka Metro, JR trains, Hankyu trains, Hanshin trains, and a number of other private railways. With so many options, it can get confusing, but by using passes and referring to maps, you can avoid confusion.Keep in mind that major sightseeing areas and most locations listed in this article can be accessed via the Osaka Metro.Click the following link for an official Osaka Metro map: Osaka Metro map How To Reach Umeda Sky Building From Osaka Station 17. Expo City 2. Universal Studios Japan Need Japanese Yen? Four Ways To Get Cash In Japan Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping District is said to be the longest traditional shotengai in Japan. It is one of Osaka’s most famous shopping areas. You can find Western-style clothes, ceramics, cosmetics, and all sorts of goods at the stores here.Address: Osaka, Osaka, Kita, Tenjinbashi 6-4Google MapHomepage: 4. Osaka Castle Area NIFREL In Osaka – A Museum With Animals Roaming Around Located on the eastern side of Nakanoshima Park, this rose garden has 4,000 roses in bloom and spans five hundred meters from east to west. The park has around 310 varieties of roses in all sorts of hues, including red, purple, and yellow, a true feast for the eyes. For more information, check out our Nakanoshima Rose Garden article.Address: Osaka, Kita, Nakanoshima 1Google MapHomepage: also Read also 13. Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping District 25 Fun Things To Do In Osaka – Museums, Food, Nightlife, And Shoppinglast_img read more


Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – As Citytv launches a star-studded, action-packed new Fall schedule, a refreshed Breakfast Television experience debuts Monday, Sept. 23 in Calgary and Vancouver – one which builds on the strength and legacy of the iconic BT brand. The local shows feature hyper-local news, traffic, and weather for Calgary and Vancouver audiences with in-market hosts, alongside broadly appealing entertainment and lifestyle content curated from across all BT shows.“We’re bringing a great morning experience to our viewers in Calgary and Vancouver with a winning mix of local need-to-know information, while sharing our most popular segments across multiple markets. Breakfast Television remains intensely local, yet bigger and connected across all our markets,” said Colette Watson, SVP, TV & Broadcast Operations, Rogers Media.At Breakfast Television in Calgary, new news anchor Sarah Freemark joins traffic and weather reporter Michelle Yi, and national tech expert and live-eye reporter Mike Yawney. BT Vancouver audiences wake up to familiar faces with news anchor Mary Cranston, meteorologist Russ Lacate, Thor Diakow for entertainment and traffic, and news reporter Greg Harper. BT audiences in Calgary and Vancouver will also get to know Dina Pugliese, from BT Toronto, as the host of the all-market lifestyle and entertainment segments. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In addition, Breakfast Television in Calgary and Vancouver debuts a new “L-bar” design on September 23, ensuring essential morning information such as traffic and weather are on-screen throughout the entire show and during commercial breaks to help viewers plan their day.Throughout September, Breakfast Television in Toronto celebrates three decades of making mornings brighter. The brand has led the market with a winning mix of local news and need-to-know info, warm personalities, and engaging segments that capture the dynamic energy of Canada’s largest city.Social Media LinksFollow BT Toronto on Twitter @BTtorontoFollow BT Toronto on Instagram @BTtorontoFollow BT Calgary on Twitter @BTCityNewsCGYFollow BT Calgary on Instagram @BTCalgaryFollow BT Vancouver on Twitter @BT_VancouverFollow BT Vancouver on Instagram @BT_VancouverFollow Citytv on Twitter @City_tvFollow Citytv on Instagram @City_tvFollow Rogers Media PR on Twitter @RogersMediaPRFollow Rogers Media PR on Instagram @RogersMediaPRAbout CitytvCitytv offers viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, and culturally-diverse content through its seven television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Montreal, plus the award-winning Citytv Video app and Citytv Now. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv delivers an entertaining mix of Canadian and acquired prime-time programming, news, and local-interactive formats with influential brands such as Cityline, CityNews, and Breakfast Television. Citytv is part of Rogers Media, which is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit Login/Register With: Twitter read more


Login/Register With: Check out Crave’s official DRAG RACE YouTube Channel featuring highlights from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Canada’s Drag Race.Each week on CANADA’S DRAG RACE, the resident judges will helm every episode, visiting the Werk Room, introducing challenges, revealing episode twists, and deciding who “Sash-ehs Away”, and who stays, after the epic Lip Sync For Your Life performance.Traci Melchor Social Media links @bhytes @jeffreybchapman @therealstaceymckenzie @tracimelchor @CanadasDragRace @CraveCanada @Crave_PR @worldofwonder @outtv @brookelynnhytesofficial @TheRealStaceyM @CanadasDragRace @CraveCanada @worldofwonderproductions @outtv @bhytes1 @jeffreybchapman @StaceyMcKenzie1 @stayfabulous @CanadasDragRace @CraveCanada @Crave_PR @worldofwonder @outtv Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment As Canada’s Squirrel Friend, Traci will be making special house visits to test the queens with some challenges and provide a dose of reality when needed! Fans can also expect weekly celebrity guest judges to join the panel and introduce Main Stage challenges and themes, as well as critique the queens.“Condragulations to my Canadians Queens!,” said Brooke Lynn Hytes “I’m so excited as the time has finally come for the world to see the talent that Canada has to offer. Start those engines…and may the best Queen win!”“I am beyond thrilled to be part of bringing this cultural phenomenon up north!” said Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman. “I cannot wait to see what the upcoming legendary Canadian Queens are going to serve to bring the house down boots!!!”“I am super excited to be a part of the Canadian Drag Race family, and I can’t wait to see our Queens serve and kill it on the runway!” said Stacey McKenzie. “This is a chance for us to showcase Canada’s unique brand of voice, personality, and presence.”Here’s the tea on the CANADA’S DRAG RACE judges and Canada’s Squirrel Friend!Brooke Lynn HytesBrooke Lynn HytesResident Judge, CANADA’S DRAG RACENever fear, the Queen of the North is here! Equal parts ballerina, showgirl, and 90s supermodel, Brooke Lynn Hytes is drag perfection personified. After training at the National Ballet School of Canada, this extraordinarily talented queen danced her way into hearts across the world in 2008 as a principal ballerina with “Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo,” an all-male drag ballet company. Driven by that experience, and her passion for dance, beauty and the stage, she honed her skills, winning multiple Canadian pageants, before turning her eye toward the U.S., and competing for the coveted Miss Continental Crown, a title she snatched in 2014. In 2015, Brooke Lynn accepted a prestigious position as one of the “Playmates” at Play Dance Bar in Nashville. Determined to show the world what Canadian drag had to offer, she competed in Season 11 of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, placing second, and becoming a fan favourite and hero to the Great White North.Jeffrey Bowyer-ChapmanJeffrey Bowyer-ChapmanResident Judge, CANADA’S DRAG RACEActor and activist Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman is a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion, particularly for people of colour and the LGBTQ community. A longtime collaborator with DRAG RACE producers World of Wonder, Jeffrey is known for his roles as iconic queer men in film and TV series, and came to prominence for his portrayal of the ambitious producer, Jay, in Lifetime’s dark comedy-drama UNREAL. Jeffrey is a queer, biracial man who was adopted at 12 days old and raised by a white family in rural Alberta. At 16, he began modelling and travelling the world, working for top brands and designers. He landed his first acting role at 21 and went on to star in Season 8 of AMERICAN HORROR STORY and the 2016 comedy film Dirty Grandpa, alongside Robert DeNiro and Zac Efron. He has appeared as a celebrity judge on RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE as well as RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS. He also hosts his own podcast, JBC Presents: Conversations with Others. Jeffrey was named one of “Five of the Best” in Out magazine’s feature article “Canada’s Coolest,” and one of Canada’s top rising stars by The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. He is passionately involved with the Human Rights Campaign and created the Bramon Garcia Braun (BGB) scholarship in his name, awarded to LGTBQ actors of colour whose work promotes inclusion in the entertainment industry.Stacey McKenzieStacey McKenzieResident Judge, CANADA’S DRAG RACEStacey McKenzie is a supermodel, TV personality, motivational speaker, and easily one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion industry. Self- trained, Stacey has appeared in magazines including Vogue (U.S., Italian, British, Korean, and Spanish), Harpers Bazaar, Interview, Essence, Flare, and in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, and major cosmetic brands. Vogue recently dubbed her as one of the five Jamaican Models to change the face of fashion! Stacey created Walk This Way Workshops Inc., an organization designed to empower and educate people interested in the fashion industry. In 2013, she launched The Walk Camp for young girls – a two-week experience to empower girls to value their uniqueness, inspiring them to find their individual voice. Stacey has been recognized for her community contributions by various organizations, including the University of Ottawa, the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, and the Jackie Robinson Fortitude Award.  Stacey can also be seen on Season 23 and 24 of the hit reality series AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL as a Model Coach/Mentor, and?acts as a celebrity style expert for various TV outlets.Traci MelchorTraci ‘Stay Fabulous’ MelchorCanada’s Squirrel Friend, CANADA’S DRAG RACEBeloved for her outgoing and lively personality, Traci Melchor is an icon in Canadian broadcasting. Vibrant, witty and fab, she is best known as a Senior Correspondent for Canada’s most-watched entertainment program, ETALK. Throughout the years, Traci has interviewed hundreds of stars, including Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Drake, Cher, NKOTB, Khloe Kardashian, Demi Lovato, Cardi B, Hailey Baldwin, RuPaul, Gigi Gorgeous, Selena Gomez, Ross Matthews, Mark Wahlberg, Kerry Washington, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Joan Rivers, Ryan Gosling, Dolly Parton, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Janet Jackson. Traci began her career by hosting the legendary RAPCITY on MuchMusic, and has since co-hosted THE SOCIAL, held various entertainment reporter roles, and guest starred on numerous TV and film projects including CSI and LIZZIE McGUIRE. Traci was named one of the National Post’s “Worthy 30” for her contribution to the television industry and has written entertainment articles for Elle, Essence, and The Source. She is a board member of LEF (The Learning Enrichment Foundation) and has also been known to werk the runway in support of various causes including the Dare To Wear Love Fashion Show and The Heart Truth Fashion Show at Toronto Fashion Week.As previously announced, Crave and OUTtv formed an unprecedented partnership that extends the reach of international television phenomenon, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE in Canada. This partnership includes the new Crave Original Series, CANADA’S DRAG RACE, the first-ever Canadian adaptation of the show, and all past seasons of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, currently available on Crave, and the much-anticipated RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK, premiering October 3.In association with Crave and OUTtv, CANADA’S DRAG RACE is produced by Blue Ant Studios. World of Wonder’s Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Tom Campbell serve as Executive Producers. RuPaul serves as Executive Producer. Executive producers for Blue Ant Studios include Betty Orr, Michael Kot, Laura Michalchyshyn and Mike Bickerton. Robin Johnston is Director, Original Production, Factual, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Danielle Pearson. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Jeff Hersh is Vice-President, Strategy, OTT Distribution & Premium SVOD, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. About CraveDelivering more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s prestige entertainment offering, with HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Hollywood-hit movies, a superior collection of kid’s movies and programs, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series, specials, factual programming, and originals that can’t be found anywhere else. Crave is the exclusive home of HBO in Canada, delivering HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, documentaries, films, and live specials, as well as titles from HBO’s extensive off-air library. Crave is also home to current SHOWTIME series and specials, and past SHOWTIME hits. Crave Original hit series include LETTERKENNY; candid interview series MUCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: MIKE ON MUCH IN CONVERSATION WITH…; upcoming darkly funny “true crime” comedy NEW EDEN; apocalyptic new original comedic documentary series WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE; Crave Original stand-up series, and animated series LITTLEKENNY. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet at, via iOS and Android, and other platforms. It’s also available through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay and digital platforms. Visit our website at OUTtvOUTtv is Canada’s national LGBTQ+ television network that offers a compelling mix of drama, comedy, talk and award-winning movies. Their original programming includes The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, The Whole Package, Sex & Violence, Never Apart TV, Don’t Quit Your Gay Job, Knock Knock Ghost, Doctor Barry and original documentary strand Outspoken. OUTtv is the Canadian initial license holder for the Canadian broadcasts of RuPaul’s Drag Race, House of Drag, Naked Attraction and Undressed. OUTtvGo is OUTtv’s streaming platform where subscribers can stream their favorite series and movies and discover new content exclusive to the service. OUTtvGo is available for iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku and on web browsers. OUTtv is also available in Canada as anAmazon Prime Video Channel and on the Apple TV App. To learn more about OUTtv visit Blue Ant MediaBlue Ant Media is an international producer, distributor, channel operator, and gaming video content company. We operate seven production houses around the world, creating content for broadcasters and streaming platforms, ranging from documentaries to animated series to dramas. Our distribution business, Blue Ant International, offers a substantial catalogue of content, including one of the world’s largest 4K natural history offerings. Blue Ant Media operates linear and SVOD channels on multiple continents under 14 brands including Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada, BBC Earth (Canada), ZooMoo, Arcade Cloud and more. Omnia Media, our gaming company, has the largest gamer talent network in the world. It creates and distributes gaming video content across digital and OTT platforms such as YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, and more. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto, with nine international offices in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Washington, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei.About World of WonderAround the world, CANADA’S DRAG RACE will stream on World of Wonder’s premium service WOW Presents Plus, the international home of Drag Race US, UK, Thailand, Chile – and  now Canada. For more than two decades, award-winning production company World of Wonder has introduced audiences to new worlds, talent and ideas that have shaped culture. Programming highlights include: Emmy® Award winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1/Logo), “Million Dollar Listing” LA & NY (Bravo), “Dancing Queen” (Netflix), “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” (Fuse), and “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” (National Geographic); award-winning films and documentaries including “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” “Menendez: Blood Brothers,” “Inside Deep Throat,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “I Am Britney Jean,” “In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye,” “Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking,” “Monica in Black and White,” Emmy-winning “The Last Beekeeper,” and Emmy-winning “Out of Iraq.” Seven of WOW’s films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including “Becoming Chaz” and “Party Monster.” World of Wonder has also created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOWPresents (1M+ subs), SVOD digital platform WOW Presents Plus, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. World of Wonder’s bi-annual RuPaul’s DragCon is the world’s largest drag culture convention, welcoming 100,000 attendees across LA and NYC in 2018. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According to Wonder, celebrating decades of production, which can be found online at and Fenton were honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 2014, celebrating exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the nonfiction and documentary community, named to Variety’s Reality Leaders List in 2017, and chosen for the OUT100 list in 2018 for their trailblazing work in the LGBTQ+ community. World of Wonder was also selected for Realscreen’s 2018 Global 100 list, which recognizes the top international non-fiction and unscripted production companies working in the industry today. World of Wonder creates out of a historic building/gallery space in the heart of Hollywood. Facebook TORONTO – Hot off the high heels of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE’s four wins at the 71st Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, Crave announced today the dynamic and diverse panel of judges presiding over Season 1 of its new original series CANADA’S DRAG RACE.For the herstorical first season, drag artists will have to slay the DRAG RACE stage in front of a dynamic and diverse panel of judges, including uber-popular Brooke Lynn Hytes; actor and activist, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman; and model, runway coach, and AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL mentor Stacey McKenzie. Additionally, ETALK Senior Correspondent Traci Melchor joins the series with a heavy dose of fabulousness, as Canada’s very first Squirrel Friend.“I’m thrilled to reveal my hand-picked judges for CANADA’S DRAG RACE. By the power vested in me, I command them to go forth and be my ‘Judge Judys’ of the North,” said RuPaul.  “I have complete confidence in their ability to choose Canada’s first drag superstar!” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement read more

Holiday suicides

For years, common thinking was that suicide rates increased during the holidays.But it turns out that’s not the case.According to crisis response teams in Hamilton, incidents of suicide are actually lower in December.“A lot of people are, generally speaking, involved with family get-togethers around Christmas,” said Deborah McGrath, manager of Hamilton’s Crisis Outreach and Support.“Christmas is generally a fairly good future oriented thing for people.”According to McGrath, they typically see more calls for help in spring and late fall.GO Transit staff experience about 12 to 15 fatalities involving GO trains every year.The majority of those are the result of suicide.Their transit safety officers play an important role in difficult situation, said Metrolinx spokesperson Matt Llewellyn.“We work with a company called ConnexOntario and we provide signs and if they’re in crisis they can call that number and we can reach out,”  he said.According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, about 10 people die by suicide everyday.First responders say it’s important to recognize the signs of someone in crisis.That includes a change in routine, being more withdrawn or an increase in drug or alcohol use. read more

Iraq Security Council committee places more humanitarian contracts on hold

The Office of the Iraq Programme reported that during the week leading up to 11 May, the panel — known as the “661 committee” for the resolution that established it — released 24 contracts valued at $42 million. During the same period, it placed another 24 contracts on hold valued at $238.4 million, bringing the total value of held contracts to some $3.7 billion. The sharp increase was largely attributed to a single contract in the electricity sector valued at $147 million.According to the Office, committee members often cite the lack of technical specifications and potential dual use as reasons for placing a contract on hold. The new “holds” placed this week included contracts for diesel locomotives, FM radio transmitters, water pumps, generators and laboratory equipment. Those released covered the purchase of buses, firefighting equipment, raw materials for the production of various medicines, trailer trucks and excavators.Under the oil-for-food programme, Baghdad is allowed to export its petroleum and use a portion of the proceeds to purchase humanitarian relief. According to the Office, Iraqi oil exports held steady last week at a rate of some 2.07 million barrels a day, earning Baghdad an estimated €377 million (euros) over the seven-day period. read more

UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalists in Brazil and Haiti

Condemning the recent murder of journalists in Brazil and Haiti, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has yet again stressed that an attack on reporters is an attack on society itself.Cândido Amorim Pinto, host of one of the most popular programmes on Rádio Comunitária Alterniva FM in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Carpina, was shot dead on 1 July. He was known for his outspoken criticism of nepotism and corruption and had survived an earlier attempt on his life last May. “An attack on a radio journalist is also an attack on freedom of expression and democracy,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a message. “As stressed by the 1997 resolution signed by UNESCO Member States, any physical violence against media professionals is ‘a crime against society, since this curtails freedom of expression and, as a consequence, the other rights and freedoms set forth in international human rights instruments,’” he added.“I am sure that Brazilian authorities will do their utmost to identify the culprits of this crime and bring them to justice, as they have done recently in other cases involving the murder of journalists in the country.”Haitian journalist Jacques Roche, cultural editor with the daily Le Matin and host of a television show, was kidnapped in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on 10 July and his body was found four days later after his captors demanded a ransom of $250,000. His murder was not directly linked to his professional activities, but “the press is one of the sectors most at risk in this climate of terror,” Mr. Matsuura said.“A free and independent press, which is an essential component of a democratic society, cannot exist in such conditions. I trust that the Government of Haiti will play its part in restoring order and the rule of law,” he said.Mr. Matsuura’s statements were the latest in a long series of condemnations of attacks on journalists around the world that he has issued recently. UNESCO’s mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom. read more