Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag floored by David Warner’s ‘power-hitting’

first_imgTwitter exploded after David Warner slammed his third hundred in the Indian Premier League off just 43 balls as the Sunrisers Hyderabad took on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad.Warner, who was dropped twice by Chris Woakes utilised the opportunities to full effect and slammed the first hundred by a Sunrisers player in the IPL.He was on the rampage right from the word go and completed his fifty off just 20 balls, which is the second fastest in this year’s IPL, right behind Chris Lynn, who hit a 19-ball fifty against the Gujarat Lions.The 30-year-old finally completed his ton off 43 balls by flicking Umesh Yadav for a double.However, he fell for 126 off 59 balls to Woakes, hitting 10 fours and eight sixes.This is how people reacted to his brilliant knock:Wow @davidwarner31 Unbelievable. This is power hitting at its very best ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 30, 2017Unbelievable stuff David Warner. Century in only the 11th over. #SRHvKKR- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 30, 2017https://t.co/8AZb7QpBHm- KP (@KP24) April 30, 2017And that is why @davidwarner31 is one of the very very best T20 players in the World!- Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 30, 2017Well played @davidwarner31 some serious ball striking!- Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 30, 2017The first half has been pure class from @davidwarner31. If someone reciprocates from @KKRiders, my wish for a great game would suffice.- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 30, 2017Sensational 100 to the hubby @davidwarner31. Well done darling. @SunRisers #OrangeArmy #SRHvKKR- Candice Warner (@CandyFalzon) April 30, 2017last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Stokes asked umpire to take off four overthrows during final, claims Anderson

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LondonJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 13:51 IST Ben Stokes won Man of the match award in the WC final. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStokes had accidentally knocked the ball coming in from deep midwicket fielder and deflected it off to the third man boundaryJames Anderson has revealed that Stokes had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decisionEngland won their maiden World Cup title on July 14Amid the furor over umpires call to give an extra run when a throw struck Ben Stokes’ bat in the World Cup final, it has now come to light that the all-rounder had asked the umpires to take away the four overthrows which ultimately proved to be decisive in England’s win over New Zealand.During the final over in England’s chase of 241 on Sunday at Lord’s, Stokes accidentally knocked the ball coming in from deep midwicket fielder and deflected it off to the third man boundary, while attempting to dive for his crease with an outstretched bat in a bid to complete his second run.After consultation with Marais Erasmus and the rest of his umpiring colleagues, Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs for the incident, meaning that England — who by then seemed to be drifting out of contention needing nine runs from three balls — were suddenly right back in the hunt for their World Cup glory needing three more from two.James Anderson, Stokes’ Test team-mate, has revealed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.”The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Anderson as telling BBC’s Tailenders podcast.”But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it.”I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’.”But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is,” he added.Former Australian umpire Simon Taufel has described the costly ruling in the World Cup final as a “clear mistake”.”They (England) should have been awarded five runs, not six,” Taufel told foxsports.com.au.”It’s a clear mistake and it’s an error of judgment,” he added.However, the ICC said the umpires took decisions on the field based on their interpretation of the rules, and the cricket body would not comment on the episode.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow EnglandFollow Ben Stokes World Cup 2019: Stokes asked umpire to take off four overthrows during final, claims AndersonBen Stokes and Adil Rashid pushed for a second run when a throw from the boundary deflected off Stokes’s outstretched bat and away to the boundary for four overthrows and six runs in total in World Cup finaladvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Port Kembla Coal Terminal Hit by Industrial Action

first_imgzoom Members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) launched an industrial action at Port Kembla Coal Terminal in Australia on Sunday afternoon, January 7. The reason behind the industrial action is said to be the terminal’s plan to scrap the current enterprise agreement.60 workers have been locked out since Sunday and are likely to have their pay suspended due to the protest, ABC News reported.The industrial action coincides with the arrival of the Kagara bulk carrier at the terminal, which is moored at the terminal since January 7, according to its latest AIS data.The port authority indicated that Kagara and another two vessels scheduled to arrive this week will berth and be loaded on arrival.Local media reports said that a contingency workforce would be hired to make sure coal is loaded during the lockout.The terminal estimates its throughput will fall to 5.1 million tonnes in 2018, the lowest level in its history, amid fierce competition from Newcastle.World Maritime News is yet to receive more details on the ongoing situation at the terminal from relevant parties.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Azam Khan wants to quit LS to contest Assembly polls

first_imgRampur: Within days of being elected to the Lok Sabha, Azam Khan, the Samajwadi Party MP from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, has now said that he is thinking of quitting his seat and contesting the next Assembly elections. “There are no doctors or health facilities in my constituency. We are running a hospital but there can be attempts to dismantle it. Barrage should be constructed, its construction is pending. I am thinking of quitting from Parliament and contesting the state Assembly elections. It is possible that I will contest in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections,” Azam Khan told reporters in here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC He said that the welfares of the people in his constituency was of prime importance and he was willing to let go of any position for this. Azam Khan had defeated BJP’s Jaya Prada from the Rampur parliamentary constituency in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. He was speaking at a press conference in his constituency after a complaint was reportedly filed against him for obstructing government work and occupying public property without permission for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Denying all the charges, Khan said, “Whatever has happened is not hidden from everyone. To remove me from the state, all types of efforts have been made– there was also an attempt to kill me. My license was cancelled. “Also, there was a conspiracy to kill me in an encounter by putting serious allegations on me. Newspapers have written that among all the winning MPs, I am number one and the biggest criminal MP because there are maximum cases against me.” Replying to a question, he said that he had bought the property from the previous government and had the papers to prove it.last_img read more

Something special about this boy Davies goes from refugee camp to soccer

first_imgEDMONTON – Soccer phenom Alphonso Davies and his former Edmonton Strikers coach, Nick Huoseh, often talk or text after his matches with the Vancouver Whitecaps.Huoseh said they usually go something like this:“Good job,” texts Huoseh.“Thank you, but I’m not done yet,” replies the 17-year old midfielder.Huoseh, who now represents Davies as his agent, said the Edmonton-raised soccer star is driven to succeed.“He’s set his goal,” said Huoseh. “He wants to go to the top.”Davies, who is set to play in the MLS all-star game in Atlanta this week, took another step closer toward his goal last week when the Whitecaps finalized his transfer to German soccer giant Bayern Munich for a record-breaking US$22 million transfer deal. He’ll start playing for the international team in 2019.His journey so far has been one of resilience, humility and determination — with many helping hands along the way.Davies was born in a refugee camp in Ghana on Nov. 2, 2000, after his parents fled the civil war in Liberia.“It was hard, it was dangerous. It was hard to live there because the only way you survive sometimes is you have to carry guns too,” said his father, Debeah Davies, in a video made by the Whitecaps. “We didn’t have any interest in shooting guns. So, we decided to just escape from there.”“Very scary,” added his mom, Victoria Davies. “You had to cross over bodies to go and find food. So the best way is to just get out.”She said the refugee camp was safe, but there were no schools.The Davies family was able to immigrate to Canada when Alphonso was five years old, eventually settling in Edmonton.“He started school,” said his mom. “And now his life is improving. I thank God for that.”Her focus has been to make sure her son gets his education — he told reporters in Vancouver last week that he’s hoping to finish high school before he heads overseas.Davies, who became a Canadian citizen in June 2017, often thanks his parents for his success.“They carried the family to a safe environment in Canada, a safe country,” he said in the Whitecaps video. “I am really happy they did that for us. Being Canadian is a great honour.”Davies said Edmonton has been a major part of his life.“That’s where I started my soccer, that’s where I played, that’s where I went to school, that’s where my family and my friends live,” he said.His Grade 6 teacher, Melissa Guzzo, said she met Davies at Mother Theresa Catholic school.“Our little Alphonso,” she said. “He’s just one of those kids who had a permasmile on his face, always dancing in the hallways.”The school, now called St. Theresa of Calcutta, joined Free Footie — a free after-school soccer league for inner-city kids in Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 who can’t afford registration fees and equipment or get transportation to games.Guzzo, who coached the program, said Davies played with their after-school program.“He’s such a natural talent,” she said. “Anything he touched — track, basketball, any sport — he was the kid.”Guzzo called Tim Adams, who founded Free Footie, before the year-end tournament and suggested he take a few minutes out of his day to watch Davies play.“I saw Alphonso take one touch and I knew he had something special,” said Adams. “He had a gift.”Adams had also called soccer coach Marco Bossio to check out the tournament.“Marco was there and said, ‘Yes, we need this kid to come to our program,’” recalled Adams.Bossio, who runs the St. Nicholas Soccer Academy in Edmonton, said he recognized Davies’ natural talent immediately.“There was something special about this boy,” he said. “He was fast, he had unbelievable control of the ball. I knew that was something special at that age.”After the game, Bossio went up to the 11-year old and asked him about his plans for junior high.“He said he was coming to the soccer academy at St. Nick’s,” said Bossio. “We were delighted and coached him for three years.”Davies was also playing at the club level with the Edmonton Strikers.During those years, both Huoseh and Bossio watched Davies develop as an amazing athlete.“There’s no doubt that there’s a natural gift with Alphonso,” said Bossio. “What separates him from the rest is his willingness to work incredibly hard.”They helped him navigate the next step with the Whitecaps.Davies joined the team’s residency program in 2015 and since then has steadily worked his way up to the starting line up.A lightning-quick player with astonishing ball control, Davies has five goals and 10 assists for Vancouver this season.His former coaches agree Davies is not only a great story for Canadian soccer, but for Alberta and Edmonton.“It’s great to showcase that soccer is alive and well in our city and in our country,” said Bossio. “A lot of times, people might think we’re only a hockey country or a hockey city, but there’s a lot of things that are happening.”Davies’ success has also inspired the founder of Free Footie to take a year off with the hopes of developing the program in other Canadian cities.“My hope is that this has a trickle-down effect,” said Adams. “People ask me if I am surprised that that kind of talent exists in Canada and I say no. I’ve seen lots of kids like Alphonso in terms of athleticism, but they haven’t had that same mental edge and they haven’t had that same community around them.“There is no doubt in my mind that there is an Alphonso Davies in every Canadian city and we can see that by the 2026 World Cup if we were aggressive in doing the right thing.”— With files from Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver.last_img read more

Press Release JetBlue introduces new Core Experience for A320s

first_imgJetBlue today announced that its newest cabin experience has entered into service, bringing to the skies the widest seats available for this aircraft, custom-designed seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) with 100+ channels of DIRECTV and hundreds of free movies and shows, ability to pair your mobile device to the screen, easy-to-reach power sources at every seat, and expanded coverage of free Wi-Fi connectivity almost everywhere JetBlue flies.JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft, which make up the majority of the airline’s fleet, are being updated for the first time since the airline disrupted the industry with onboard live television and all-leather seats in 2000.The restyling effort has been several years in the making, with the latest aircraft marking the first to receive this all-new 2019 design. The aircraft, named “If You Can Read This, You’re Blue Close,” re-joins JetBlue’s fleet today, with roughly a third of JetBlue’s A320 aircraft scheduled for restyling completion by the end of the year.“JetBlue rocked the airline industry in 2000 with seatback television and all leather seats. In our first makeover since, this incredible new onboard experience represents what the founders would have done if they were launching JetBlue today,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, JetBlue. “The new experience brings together technology, entertainment, and comfort with the great service JetBlue customers love so much.”For most of the airlines 100+ destinations the A320 restyling will bring the upgraded JetBlue experience to their city for the first time.A major focus of the restyling is keeping customers connected throughout their flight, including a new inflight entertainment system, high-definition seatback televisions, in-seat power outlets with USB ports and continued free gate-to-gate Fly-Fi high-speed internet with an expanded coverage area – including throughout the Caribbean and Latin America where Fly-Fi had not been available until now.The Widest Seat Available For the A320In 2019, JetBlue will outfit its A320 aircraft with the Collins Meridian seat, customized for the airline’s needs and featuring a number of design elements with customer comfort in mind:Expanded seat width of more than 18 inches, the widest available for the A320.The most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (a).Enhanced cushion comfort.Adjustable headrests, a new feature for JetBlue’s A320.Contoured seatback design at knee level creating additional living space for every customer.Redesigned seatback stowage options, including an innovative elastic grid to accommodate a variety of customer items.At least two easy-to-reach power connections at every seat.“We are proud to partner with JetBlue on its A320 restyling project by supplying our Meridian Seat,” said Cynthia A. Muklevicz, Vice President, Account Management, Interiors for Collins Aerospace. “Meridian offers passengers industry-leading comfort and living space through an intense focus on ergonomic design supported by optimization of the underlying seat structure.”Inflight entertainmentAlso in 2019, JetBlue will build on its reputation as an industry leader in inflight entertainment options with Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 connectivity. With this system, JetBlue will offer customers aboard its restyled A320s expanded entertainment choices in nearly every region the airline flies (b). JetBlue is the only major U.S. airline with seatback entertainment screens at every seat on every aircraft.10.1 inch, 1080P high definition screen at every seat.More than 100 channels of live television with DVR-like pause and rewind functionality.Expanded collection of on demand movies, TV shows and video content, plus new gaming features.Destination-specific content allowing customers to enhance their travel experience.Picture-in-picture functionEnhanced, 3D flight map offering multiple ways to track time to destination.Personal handheld device pairing capabilities for use as a remote or gaming controller.Expanded Fly-Fi connectivity, providing coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network.“Thales is proud to have been a business partner with JetBlue since the beginning of their IFE evolution. The airline has reimagined the flying experience, and with our custom-designed AVANT IFE solution, we’ve helped JetBlue reimagine their customer experience on the A320 platform,” said Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer, Thales InFlyt Experience. “We look forward to collaborating with the airline to create new opportunities that wow their customers with a unique and personalized inflight experience.”“Thales is proud to have been a business partner with JetBlue since the beginning of their IFE evolution. The airline has reimagined the flying experience, and with our custom-designed AVANT IFE solution, we’ve helped JetBlue reimagine their customer experience on the A320 platform,” said Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer, Thales InFlyt Experience. “We look forward to collaborating with the airline to create new opportunities that wow their customers with a unique and personalized inflight experience.”“JetBlue continues to be an industry leader in its approach to inflight internet—bringing free, high-speed connectivity to every customer onboard,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, Viasat. “We’re honored to once again partner with JetBlue on inflight connectivity, giving them access to ViaSat-2, the world’s most advanced satellite network, enabling all JetBlue customers to enjoy fast Fly-Fi service on more routes where JetBlue flies.”Completing The 2018 PhaseThe first phase of JetBlue’s A320 interior cabin restyle began in spring 2018 and modernized the airline’s so-called “classic interiors” with products that matched those found on the airline’s newer A321 aircraft – features such as more modern seats and larger seatback TVs. More than a dozen A320 aircraft have been restyled with these products so far and several more are scheduled for completion in the coming weeks. This spring the restyling will fully transition to the 2019 version of onboard products for all aircraft going forward.About JetBlue AirwaysJetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 42 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of more than 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.last_img read more

Virgin Atlantic on design safaris and stoking the fires of brand love

first_imgThis week’s big reveal of the stunning Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 interior represents the culmination of nearly four years of product evolution for the carrier.Virgin Atlantic VP of customer experience Daniel Kerzner, speaking to RGN on the sidelines of the A350 event in London, said the airline focused on customer research, product selection and customizing the CMF (colors, materials, and finishes) to create a distinctive sensory experience that also delivers pleasure with a warmer palette. London-based Factory Design aided in the development.“I think the product speaks for itself … the attention to detail, the design and the trim and finish, the social space that is unique to us,” Kerzner said. “I think our customers are going to love it and it’s certainly something that we’re proud of.”A Loft-y lifestyleThe new Loft, which replaces the Virgin Atlantic onboard bar concept, is a welcoming and restful spot. A lobby-style social space at the entrance to the aircraft, it can also serve as a collaborative work space and is more inclusive than a bar. It’s expertly accented with Boltaron translucent thermoplastic.Kerzner described the Loft as a natural evolution of the airline’s lifestyle brand. “Virgin Atlantic was created by Richard Branson to give people a better way to travel,” explained Kerzner. “That expectation changes over time. Trends change over time. We don’t look at other airlines, as an example, as a baseline. We look at how our customers are living their lives outside of flying. We look to residential, automotive, retail, hospitality. We look at what are the trends for our customers, how are they living their lives today, what inspires them, and what is that going to be 5-10 years from now so that we stay relevant.”Virgin Atlantic, the loft. Image: Virgin AtlanticTo gather more information on the lifestyle trends of its customers, the airline carried out several “innovation safaris” in the UK, New York and Dubai.“It’s really about bringing the external thinking in. We look at who are the best hotels in the world and what are they offering customers. Who are the best restaurants in the world? Who are the best retailers? How do we then bring that into our world in a unique and different way,” said Kerzner. “We make sure that we’re giving our customers an experience that is different from what they get on any other airline.”Product targetingThe core Virgin Atlantic customer is a leisure traveler, Kerzner said, and the Virgin Atlantic brand is associated with key milestones and celebrations in passengers’ lives. But Virgin also serves its share of business customers, including the demographic of “hidden productivity travelers” – from entrepreneurs to freelancers – who may not fit the pattern of traditional business passengers.“It’s people looking to have something different than what the norm is in the industry,” noted Kerzner. “We have a lot of people who travel with us in economy who are on business. We have a lot of startup business and people who have more flexibility in terms of the cabin they travel in. For us, it’s about how we surprise and delight, and exceed expectations, regardless of what cabin you’re in.“The airline’s tiered economy offering – economy light, classic economy and economy delight – has proven popular with customers, Kerzner said, and put the airline in a position to compete with rivals, from low-cost carriers to flagship airlines.Saying “no” to doorsVirgin Atlantic’s decision to buck the trend on doors in business class suites has more to do with the airline’s lifestyle positioning than anything else, Kerzner told RGN. The brand quality of warm sociability between passengers and crew drove the decision, but Kerzner also believes that this Upper Class product is more honest than it would be with a ‘make-shift’ door.“Unless we’re looking at [airlines like] Singapore and Emirates, which have a fully enclosed suite on board, the partial doors do not stop someone from walking by and looking into your suite,” he said. “The door creates a sociability barrier between yourself and the crew members on board, and it doesn’t give you any more privacy than the privacy dividers we’ve introduced … Unless it is a full door, it’s not a full door. It’s a marketing trick. I think that customers are going to out-smart airlines on that.”Whatever side of the door argument you’re on, Virgin Atlantic’s suite also offers passengers plenty of light, with finishes that will play off the natural light coming from the A350’s large windows, cabin mood lighting and the personal mood lighting on the customized seat.Building love by being different  The Virgin Atlantic product – ground to air – reflects a desire to keep customers’ established “brand love” going.“That people want to fly Virgin certainly comes through in terms of load factors and it comes through in the momentum that we have within our business, but most importantly it comes through in the love that people have for the brand,” Kerzner said.Kerzner told RGN that the airline ran anonymous contests, offering free tickets to New York on their preferred airline, with consumers revealing a strong preference for Virgin Atlantic.“You pick the airline, and if you win you have to fly that airline,” he explained. “Virgin had 56% [of consumer requests] and the next closest had 25% … We do the research regularly to understand that, if you stripped away points, if you stripped away price, and if you stripped away benefits, what airline would you want to fly? Every time we’ve done this research – twice in London and one time in New York – every time, Virgin has been two times higher than the next highest airline.”“It’s a different experience when you walk onto a Virgin Atlantic plane and that’s what people love us for. People know when they get on a Virgin Aircraft that ‘this experience is going to be different than it is if I’m flying someone else.’,” Kerzner added. “They expect us to give them a better way to travel and we owe it to our customers to give that to them.”“It’s really difficult to be a most loved brand in any category, and that’s what gets us out to work every morning. We know that we have to be better than others, but the bigger question is how we can be different.”Related Articles:Closing doors in business while opening windows in other cabinsVirgin Atlantic eschews doors in new Cirrus NG business classDesigning cabins for the nomadic businesswoman travelerRanking 2019’s best business class seatsEvolving business class suite privacy beyond just adding a doorIf you liked it, then you (should) have put a door on itThe premium cabin trend du jour: privacy doorsBetter flight in amber: is it time to bring warmth back to cabin colors?Design for passenger pleasure: six senses of appeallast_img read more

SpiceJet gets down to business on former Jet Airways 737NG twinjets

first_imgOne man’s loss is another man’s gain. When India’s 26-year old, full-service carrier Jet Airways shuttered operations in April, airlines including SpiceJet and Tata/Singapore Airlines-owned Vistara jumped at the opportunity to procure Jet’s leased Boeing 737NGs, making aircraft lessors rather happy indeed.With 13 Boeing 737 MAX 8 twinjets grounded under directive following the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines MAX crashes, SpiceJet leased 30 of Jet’s 737NGs; and over half of these have already been added to its fleet.Rather than lose revenue during the peak season (April-June) by taking aircraft out of service to reconfigure seats, the low-cost carrier chose to promote the available business class seats on the 737NGs to provide a similar product to what full-service operator Vistara offers, but at less than half the price. SpiceJet is also employing some former Jet Airways staffers.Welcome to SpiceBiz on SpiceJet’s 737NGs. The signage and pillow help to relay the SpiceJet brand. Image: Neelam MatthewsEager for passengers to experience the “SpiceBiz” product on the 737NG, SpiceJet invited Runway Girl Network to review the service. Taking a crack-of-dawn flight is never the easiest thing for me to do. One plus, however, is the ability to avoid in the early morning the normally uncompromising traffic in Delhi. So as Delhi slept, I headed to the airport to take a 6am flight on SpiceJet to “the Silicon Valley of India”, the city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore).At the SpiceBiz counter at Indira Gandhi International Airport, young Jyoti speedily checked me in with a smile, easing my early morning grouchiness. I was escorted to the complimentary Plaza Premium Lounge, where I was in for a surprise, as two chefs prepared fresh omelets and a delectable south Indian breakfast including ‘dosa’, a paper thin rice crepe served with coconut chutney.The lounge offered a delectable array of western and Indian breakfast choices. Image: Neelam MatthewsLater, as I settled into seat 1A, I was treated to a welcome drink of raw mango juice and coconut water, which is generally consumed to avoid getting a heatstroke in North India where temperatures can hit 48°C. The seat features pitch of 43 inches with a 7-inch recline, and SpiceBiz cushions remind the passenger of the carrier’s identity.Cabin crew then distributed menus, showcasing a choice of three dishes. The service standards and presentation of Jet Airways have clearly crossed over to SpiceJet, with at least one cabin crew member on my flight hired directly from Jet.A proper business class breakfast for a proper business class product. Image: Neelam Matthews“The Standard Operating Procedures are different. We had to relearn,” explained a crew member named Chinmay. He is comfortable with the change, however. “I have been trained on the 777s, ATRs and am even happy to be on a Q400,” which SpiceJet runs for regional operations.Crew were pleasant and efficient. Image: Neelam MatthewsWhile SpiceJet has refused to comment on whether some of its MAX 8s will ultimately be reconfigured with business class seats, an analyst tells RGN the decision to retain a business class cabin on the former Jet 737NGs seems to be a pilot of sorts. But it’s “too soon to tell” what the long-term strategy will entail. He notes that SpiceJet would have to address its branding and take a decision on whether to offer a frequent flyer program. “The classic budget model without complexities as of now has been most successful,” he notes.Even so, the chairman and managing director of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh believes there is “huge demand for business class in India” and that SpiceBiz “with its right pricing and best-in-class features and services” will be appreciated by customers.On arrival at Bangalore International Airport, your writer received a warm welcome, and the chance to see some of the facility’s special features, including its new biometric technology and The Quad, a space just outside the airport which celebrates the cuisine, art and heritage of this buzz-worthy IT-focused city in a contemporary way.My return flight was equally pleasant, and I delighted in the extra legroom and seat width provided up front, as well as the new service features of SpiceBiz.Image: Neelam MatthewsRelated Articles:Vistara aims to go the extra mile to make passengers smileOpinion: Boeing must give maximum assurance on 737 MAX airworthinessCanada, US ban 737 MAX flights citing new dataWill shrinking lavs spell rising fortunes for Indian carriers?Indian carriers ramp up marketing in battle to win passengersPress Release: SpiceJet picks Expliseat lightweight seat for 737s, Q400slast_img read more

Press Release Ensemble Media buys GUE Tech inflight games business

first_imgEnsemble Media Limited today announced the completion of its acquisition of the inflight games business of Miami-based GUE Tech, a provider of games for inflight entertainment (IFE).With Ensemble Media’s acquisition of GUE Tech, customers will benefit from an expanded catalog, backed by Ensemble Media’s engineering and support organization.“The merging of Ensemble Media and GUE Tech’s games catalogs has produced an unparalleled selection of game titles from every genre,” said Dan Harris, managing director, Ensemble Media. “Ensemble Media is leading the charge for innovation in the IFE games market and with GUE Tech, we’re further delivering on this vision.”“GUE Tech specializes in distribution of consumer market games for inflight,” said Max Lingua, CEO, GUE Tech. “With Ensemble Media, we see an excellent opportunity to further extend the reach of our entertainment offering and deliver a superb gaming experience to airline passengers all around the world.”“We are pleased to welcome GUE Tech’s customers to our rapidly growing list of prestigious airline customers,” said Mario Poirier, managing director and chief of sales, Ensemble Media. “We continue to advance towards market leadership.”With the acquisition now closed, GUE Tech CEO Max Lingua will continue to support the GUE Tech product line.About Ensemble MediaEnsemble Media offers the newest and most engaging games and apps catalog in inflight entertainment. With license agreements with leading game publishers, and with the industry’s most experienced management team, Ensemble Media helps airlines deliver engaging and compelling gaming experiences to their passengers on any platform.About GUE TechGUE Tech LLC specializes in the conversion of interactive entertainment titles from the PC and console consumer markets, core software development and engineering support services.last_img read more

Ueno Zoo 8 Animals You Absolutely Must See

first_imgRead also Enjoy Your Visit to Ueno Zoo!If you are on a tight schedule but really want to see some of the animals at Ueno Zoo, the creatures introduced above are the ones you simply shouldn’t miss out on. There are hundreds of other animals waiting here for you, though, so if your schedule permits, make sure to check out the other cute animals at Ueno Zoo, too. You won’t regret it! Ueno Zoo View Informationzoo Read also Ueno Zoo: Animals from All Over the World Can be Seen Here! Things to Do in Ueno Park, Tokyo: Ueno Zoo, Museums, and Cherry Blossoms Ueno – Travel Guide And Top 10 Places To Visit 1. Pandas – The Stars of Ueno ZooThe giant panda is a member of the bear family which lives in the south-west region of China. Because of its charming black and white patterned fur, and how cute it looks eating bamboo grass, it has gained immense popularity in Japan.Currently, there are only around 1,800 giant pandas living in the wild. If you wish to see pandas, do come to see the precious, world-famous pandas at Ueno Zoo!On the official website and at the entrance to the zoo you can find out at what time are the pandas fed, so if you want to watch them eating bamboo grass, then adjust your visit accordingly and head towards the panda breeding center.2. The Only Place in Japan to See Them! Say Hi to the Aye-ayeThe aye-aye is an animal that lives in the tropical rain forests, bamboo thickets, and mangroves of Madagascar Island. Children in Japan learn a nursery rhyme called “aye-aye” in kindergarten and elementary school, so there are probably many people who can imagine the sweet little monkey that appears in the song.However, in the aye-aye’s homeland of Madagascar, they are feared as a demon primate.Aye-ayes eat their food with their long fingers. The nocturnal aye-ayes are raised in their own exclusive breeding center, where the lights are turned off. Thanks to this, their day and night are swapped around, so even during the day when the zoo is open you can see the aye-ayes moving.3. Is it a Horse? Is it a Zebra? No, it’s the Marvelous Okapi!The okapi lives in certain central African countries such as The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon. It’s famous for looking like a cross breed between a zebra and a horse. What’s special about it is that, while it’s very similar to the horse, its legs are patterned with black and white horizontal stripes, just like a zebra.This pattern acts as camouflage in the forest. People have a tendency to think that the okapi is a member of the zebra family. But, it is actually a member of the giraffe family. An animal close to the ancestors of giraffes, it is said that its appearance has barely changed from that of ten thousand years ago.The only places you can see the okapi in Japan are Ueno Zoo in Tokyo and Zoorasia Kanazawa Zoo in Kanagawa.4. Ueno Zoo’s Largest Animal – The ElephantElephants are known to everybody but when you actually see them up close, you’ll be surprised at just how big they are.In Ueno Zoo’s greenery and earth free-roaming zone, you can see the area where elephants are being raised. You can observe aspects of the elephants’ lives, like them being in their bedroom, bathing in the luxurious pool, and basking in the sand.5. The Japanese Monkey, Living on the First Monkey Mountain in a Japanese ZooUeno Zoo is home to the first monkey mountain built in Japan, which was constructed in 1931. As the name suggests, the Japanese monkey’s home is Japan, and its characteristics are its bright red face and posterior.During mating season, the redness of their posterior and face stands out even more. You can watch the older monkeys groom the younger monkeys and see them playing about freely on this mountain.6. The Zoo’s Oldest Resident – The Galapagos TortoiseAs the name suggests, the Galapagos tortoise is a tortoise that originates from the Galapagos islands and is known as the world’s biggest land tortoise.Currently, there are three Galapagos tortoises being raised in Japanese zoos, and two of them, Taro and Kamekichi, are being raised at Ueno Zoo.In 2015, Taro was estimated to be over 75 years old and 193 kilograms, and moving him about was difficult. Due to this fact, the handlers take watermelon (Taro’s favorite treat) and use it to get him to move on his own.Although their bodies are big, tortoises are tortoises, so their walking speed is slow. To cover the distance that a human would in one minute of walking, the Galapagos tortoise would end up taking around 15 minutes.7. The Polar Bear – Ruler of the ArcticIn order to observe the polar bears’ dynamic movement underwater at Ueno Zoo, a pool was set up within the facilities. Also on display are the seals and sea lions, who live close by in the same habitat as the polar bear.The highlight of this attraction is seeing the giant polar bear diving and swimming in the pool.8. The Cute and Slightly Chubby Pallas’s CatThe Pallas’s cat is a small wildcat that lives in the relatively mountainous region that ranges from Russia’s Yablonoi Mountains (around the circumference of Baikal Lake), to the Elburz Mountains of the Caspian Sea. It looks cute due to its short, stout figure, and long hair, which make it look round and chubby.How to Get to Ueno ZooUeno Zoo is located in Ueno Park and its main entrance is located close to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.If you’re using the JR Ueno Station, enter the park through the eastern entrance and you’ll reach the zoo entrance in less than 5 minutes. The eastern entrance is also easily accessible from the Keisei Ueno Station in about 5 minutes on foot.If you are using the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line to arrive to Ueno, please use Exit 7 and head for the Ueno Zoo east entrance. The walk takes about 12 minutes.Ueno Zoo has an additional western entrance called Ikenohata Gate, which can be reached in about 5 minutes on foot from Nezu Statin (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line).For more details on Ueno Zoo, please refer to the article below.center_img Ueno Zoo – Famous for Its Cute Pandas! A Must-Visit Place in UenoUeno Zoo isn’t a very large zoo, but to see each animal properly you’ll need at least two to three hours, which can be tough if you are on a tight schedule. So we’ve put together a list of cute and rare animals, which Ueno Zoo fans are sure to agree you’ll be missing out on if you don’t see them while at the zoo! Read also Ueno Zoo: Animals from All Over the World Can be Seen Here! Momi No Yu Cafe, Ueno – Enjoy The Blessings Of A Hot Spring! JR Ueno Station Guide – How To Exit To Find Your Destination Quickly!last_img read more

Kyotos Kitchen Nishiki Market Top 10 Things To Try And Where To

first_imgThere are a couple of shops at Nishiki Market that sell traditional sake and amazake (sweet non- alcoholic drink made from fermented rice). Some shops will even let you taste test or sell the sake by the cup so you can have a better idea of what kind of sake you want to get for yourself or as a souvenir.10. Delicious Local Green Tea at Yamadashiya Konnamonjya at Nishiki Market is owned by Kyoto Tofu Fujino, a soymilk manufacturer known for their unique and delicious inventions. Their soymilk doughnuts (six pieces 300 yen including tax) are their best selling item. They offer a healthy twist on the popular snack and are freshly made to order. They are not too sweet, slightly crunchy on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside.Another popular item is their soymilk ice cream (includes dairy) which is available in plain (300 yen including tax), matcha (400 yen including tax) and plain and matcha mix (350 yen including tax). They also offer savory items if you prefer something that isn’t sweet. Their yuba (tofu skin) sashimi is a great healthy and vegan choice at Nishiki market. Nishiki Market is also known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. Every day locals and visitors stroll along the narrow street lined with shops selling local food, crafts, and souvenirs.In this article, we will introduce you to the charm of Nishiki Market in Kyoto as well as ten delicacies to try when you visit.Nishiki Market – Kyoto’s Kitchen Located in the heart of Nishiki Market is a small mentaiko (spiced pollock roe) shop offering all kind of dishes made with the bright red fish eggs. You can choose from a huge variety of mentaiko to take out as well as snacks and dishes to eat inside the shop. Ramen with mentaiko topping, mentaiko mayonnaise topped fried chicken and mentaiko filled steamed buns are just some of the options.We braved the most unique of the selection, mentaiko soft serve ice cream (500 yen including tax). The ice cream base is very creamy and rich and the spicy mentaiko lends it an interesting edge. Be aware that this one is fully mentaiko flavored and only suitable for true mentaiko lovers but it is unique without a doubt.MENTAIKO FUKKURAAddress: Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Yanagi Baba Dori 456 GoogleMapBusiness Hours: 10:00 – 18:004. Coated Beans and Vegan Soft Serve at KYOTO BEANS CONFECTIONERIES Warabi mochi are usually covered in roasted soy flour known as kinako. At Sawawa everything is made with matcha and their most popular item is the matcha warabi mochi. you can either buy them in a small cup or a bigger box. They can be eaten right away or kept for one or two days. Kyoto’s Gion Area – A Walking Tour Kitaoshoji is a shop which specifies in bean snacks, especially black soybeans. They have two different restaurants in Kyoto and recently gained big popularity for their matcha and warabi mochi (bracken starch mochi) set. You grind the black soybean powder to top the warabi mochi yourself at the table. A truly fun and delicious activity with friends and family.If you crave for something more than a light snack we highly recommend trying their Black Soybean Gozen set (1234 yen including tax). It consists of rice, miso soup, natto tempura, silken tofu, boiled beans and small sardines with Japanese pepper. All of the dishes contain black soybean giving it a unique flavor experience.KitaoshojiAddress: Kyoto, Nakagyo Kyoto, Higashiuoyacho192 GoogleMapBusiness Hours: 10:00 – 18:00, Restaurant 11:00 – 17:00Official Website: http://www.kitaoshoji.co.jp/2. Tako Tamago Nishiki Ichiba, or Nishiki Market, is a shopping street located between Karasumaru and Kawaramachi. For the locals, it has always been a regular shopping spot but over the years has become more and more popular with visitors as well. As you can see from this picture obove it is better to eat them as soon as possible. They are still delicious the next day but the longer you keep them the more the matcha gets saturated by the moisture of the mochi.If you love matcha you might want to take a look around as there are many treats made with fresh matcha that last for a couple of weeks or even month such as cookies or castella cake. Of course, you can also buy fresh matcha powder at Sawawa.SawawaAddress: Kyoto, Nakagyo, Nakauoyacho 498-1 GoogleMapBusiness Hours: 10:00 – 18:007. Freshly Made Rice Cracker If your crave unique ice cream but aren’t adventurous enough for mentaiko ice cream, KYOTO BEANS CONFECTIONERIES at Nishiki market also sells soy milk black bean flour ice cream and tofu ice cream (both 380 yen including tax). The soy milk black bean flour ice cream is made without dairy or eggs and completely vegan. The staff couldn’t confirm if the waffle cone is vegan, so maybe you should just eat the ice cream and expose of the cone if you are vegan. Unfortunately, they don’t offer cups at the moment.KYOTO BEANS CONFECTIONERIESAddress: Kyoto, Nakagyo, Nakagyo 505 GoogleMapBusiness Hours: 10:00 – 18:00Official Website: http://www.terakoyahonpo.jp/omamehan/5. Fresh Soymilk Doughnuts at Konna Monjya If you search for souvenirs or want to try some unique and delicious Japanese cuisine Nishiki Market is a great one-stop destination. Here you can get authentic snacks, peculiar goods, and beautiful Kyoto ceramic and glassware. One visit can cover all the souvenirs for friends and family and fill your belly with delicious food at the same time.Why not drop in on your next visit to Kyoto?Original Author: Keishi KawakamiRewritten by Chiara Mischke* This article is a revision updated for 2019 of an article originally published June 14th, 2014 Nishiki Market View InformationRead also When you stroll the streets of Nishiki market you will most likely see small, suspiciously round looking, bright red octopus. They are one of the most popular snacks at Nishiki Market known as Tako Tamago. Tako Tamago is little glazed and grilled octopus stuffed with a quail egg. Many people really enjoy the mixture of flavors and textures. Are you brave enough to try it?3. Mentaiko Ice Cream at MENTAIKO FUKKURA Stroll The Streets Of Kyoto In Search Of Gion Komori’s Warabimochi! At nearly all the shops you will find a sign telling you to refrain from eating while walking. It is still seen as a bad custom in Japan to do so, even though many places are not that strict about it anymore these days. Don’t worry, you are welcome to eat in front of the shops and some shops even have places to eat in.10 Things to Try at Nishiki MarketNishiki Market is mainly known for having a great variety of food, snacks, and drinks. We choose ten things you might want to try when visiting.1. Kitaoshoji – Black Soybean Set You can buy senbei (rice cracker) all over Japan but shops selling them fresh are rather rare. You can choose between soft and hard crackers as well as from many different flavors. The crackers are between 100 and 200 yen a piece. This might seem a little bit expensive if you can get a bag of rice cracker for the same price. However, once you tried fresh rice crackers you will definitely see the difference and you might not want to eat normal bagged rice crackers ever again.8. Japanese Pickles Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine is located at the east end of Nishiki Market. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god of learning. Another cute omamori shows hello kitty holding a koi carp and being dressed up as one as well. These are meant to help you find love. The koi is a word game because koi is also short for Koibito, or lover. This particular koi is also known as a Nishiki Koi which is a nod to the name of the area the shrine is located in.Nishiki Tenmangu ShrineAddress: Kyoto, Nakagyo, Kyogoku Dori 537 GoogleMapsOfficial Website: http://nishikitenmangu.or.jp/Nishiki Market – One Stop for Souvenirs and Delicious Food At this small shrine, you can get some very unique omamori (good luck charms). The one you see above is for the health and safety of your pet and they can be attached to their collar. The price depends on type and weight but each is under 1000 yen for the least amount which is between 100 and 200 gram. With all the different versions it might be hard to figure out what’s the difference. Don’t worry you can ask them for an English menu which explains every single tea.YamadashiyaAddress: Kyoto, Nakagyo, Umeyacho Fuyacho Dori 501 GoogleMapBusiness Hours: 10:00 – 18:00Official Website: http://yamadasi.free.makeshop.jp/Get Unique Omamori at Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine Numerous shops at Nishiki Market sell tsukemono, or Japanese pickles, which are traditionally enjoyed with rice or to accent other Japanese cuisines. Tsukemono is not rare in Japan but the choice at Nishiki Market is huge. Most of the tsukemono are made with local ingredients and many shops will let you taste test some of them, so you get an idea of what they taste like.If you like pickles you should definitely give tsukemono a try!9. Japanese Sake and Amazake Maneki Machiya In Kyoto – Stay At A Historical House And Support Cats KYOTO BEANS CONFECTIONERIES is known for coated beans in a variety of flavors, a traditional Japanese snack. If you are not sure which flavor to get you can try all the flavors in the shop beforehand. You can either buy them prepackaged or fill a cup with a mixture of your favorites. Nishiki Market originally started out as fishmarket. Nowadays it hosts a little bit of everything Kyoto has to offer if in terms of food, arts, and crafts. If you don’t have much time to pick up food and souvenirs in Kyoto, this is a great place to do both at the same time. A Guide To Shotengai In Osaka, Kyoto And The Kansai Area If you have a dog at home, how about getting some soy milk dog treats for them as well? Why always just bringing souvenirs for the two-legged family?Konna MonjyaAddress: Kyoto、Nakagyo, Sakaimachi Dori 494 GoogleMapBusiness Hours: 10:00 – 18:00Official Website: https://www.kyotofu.co.jp/shoplist/monjya6. Matcha Warabi Mochi at Sawawa At Nishiki Market, you find many delicacies and souvenirs made in Kyoto. Most of the food items are meant to be street food and freshly prepared in the shop. Yamadashi doesn’t offer the possibility to drink their delicious green tea right away but its aroma is well worth the wait until you get home or to your hotel room. They offer fresh loose leaf green teas in every variation possible. The green tea roaster is located in the shop so the delicious smell wafts through the air long before you reach the shop.last_img read more

Explore Sapporo in Two Days with This Model Itinerary

first_imgWhat Makes Sapporo Special?As the biggest city on the island of Hokkaido, Sapporo City has many features that appeal to international visitors: magnificent natural scenery, great food and a unique art scene.Here’s a recommended two-day itinerary that lets you experience the best of Sapporo.Also read:A Thorough Comparison of Routes from Tokyo to Hokkaido!8 Delicious Hokkaido Souvenirs (Part 1)8 Delicious Hokkaido Souvenirs (Part 2)Day 1: The Red Brick Office, the TV Tower and Mt. Moiwa – Sapporo’s Landmarks!Photo provided by: Yokoso SapporoOn the first day, let’s visit theFormer Hokkaido Government Office Building (The Red Brick Office), the clock tower, TV Tower and Beer Museum, as well as the Shiroi Koibito Park, Mt. Moiwa, and other Sapporo highlights!10:30: Start At The Red Brick Office!Photo provided by: Yokoso SapporoFirst, let’s start our journey at the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, known as the Red Brick Office.Take photos of the seasonal flowers blooming alongside this building steeped in history. With weeping cherries and tulips in May, sweet flags in June, water lilies and Japanese roses in July and more, you can see the change of seasons. In the fall, gingko trees turn the area gold.Entry to the interior is free, and you can learn about Hokkaido’s history.Also read:See The Red Government Office In Sapporo!11:30: Head to the Sapporo Clock Tower!Photo provided by: Yokoso SapporoFrom the Red Brick Office, it’s about seven or eight minutes to the Sapporo Clock Tower. You could say that the clock tower is the city’s symbol.When you arrive at the tower, pick up a general admission ticket at the third-floor information counter. This ticket lets you into both the clock tower and the TV tower. At 800 yen a head, buying this ticket is 120 yen cheaper than getting the tickets separately.At the clock tower, you can see its mechanisms and check out the tower bell.12:30: Get Lunch at the TV Tower and Enjoy the Panoramic Scenery!Dine at New SankoWhen you get to the TV tower, head to New Sanko on the third floor, a restaurant where you can get an uninterrupted view of Odori Park (lunch from 11:30).We recommend the stew made with beef from Japanese black cattle. Paired with a demiglace sauce that is simmered over a week, the soft beef is irresistible. You can enjoy it with salad and rice or bread for 1850 yen.Also read:The Sapporo TV Tower Is The Symbol Of The CityGet a Good View of the Panoramic SceneryOnce you’ve satiated your appetite with beef stew, take the third floor elevator to the observatory.From the observatory, located 90.38 meters above ground, you can get a 360-degree view of Odori Park’s seasonal blooming flowers and the massive Ishikari Plain.Don’t forget to peer into the mysterious well located directly beneath the TV tower!14:30: Stroll Through the Sapporo Underground Shopping Center from the TV TowerPhoto provided by: Yokoso SapporoTake a walk from the TV tower through the Sapporo underground shopping center to Sapporo Station. You can enjoy the shopping down here.After this, if you want to head to the Sapporo Beer Museum, you need to head to the Sapporo Station subway. If you want to go to Shiroi Koibito Park, head to the Odori Station subway.15:30: Check Out the Sapporo Beer Museum or Shiroi Koibito ParkSapporo Beer MuseumPhoto provided by: Yokoso SapporoFor people who like beer, we recommend visiting the Sapporo Beer Museum. Admission is free, and by paying 500 yen for the premium tour, you can taste a reissued version of beer that was produced 130 years ago. To get to the museum from Sapporo Station, take the Toho Line subway bound for Sakaemachi and get off at Higashi-Yakusho (200 yen). The museum is an 11 minute walk away.The restaurant has the most flavorful Genghis Khan (Hokkaido’s famous grilled lamb), crab, potatoes and cheese to pair with just-brewed beer.At Ario Sapporo, the multipurpose commercial complex next door, you can do some typically Japanese shopping.Shiroi Koibito ParkPhoto provided by: Yokoso SapporoShiroi Koibito are sweets consisting of white chocolate sandwiched between two cookies. The combination of rich butter and delicious white chocolate is a Hokkaido specialty, and Shiroi Koibito Park is the place that makes these treats. From Odori Station, take the Tozai Line subway bound for Miyanosawa, and get off at Miyanosawa Station (16 minutes). Shiroi Koibito Park is a 7 minute walk away.There’s more to do at Shiroi Koibito than just observe the factory and make sweets. The surrounding area has lovely buildings that look like they belong in a dream. Immerse yourself in the area and get lost in a fairy-tale world. General admission is 600 yen.Also read:Dive Into A World Of Fairy Tales At Shiroi Koibito Park17:30: Head to the Mt. Moiwa RopewayPhoto provided by: Yokoso SapporoHead to the Mt. Moiwa ropeway to get a glimpse of the scenery that was chosen in 2015 as one of Japan’s Three Great Night Views. It takes 460 yen and about 45 minutes to get to the ropeway from the Beer Museum. Walk to Higashi-Yakushomae Station and take the Toho Line to Odori Station. From there, take the Tozai Line to Maruyama Koen Station, then walk to the Odori-Nishi 25-chome bus stop to catch the #11 loop bus. Get off at Moiwa Fumoto Station.It takes 460 yen and about 41 minutes to get to the ropeway from Shiroi Koibito Park. Walk to Miyanosawa Station and take the Tozai Line to Maruyama Koen Station, then walk to the Odori-Nishi 25-chome bus stop to catch the #11 loop bus. Get off at Moiwa Fumoto Station.18:30 Enjoy Dinner! Romance or Ramen?Dinner With Someone Special At Mt. Moiwa’s Restaurant With A View, The JewelsPhoto provided by: Yokoso SapporoThe Jewels, located atop Mt. Moiwa, is the highest restaurant in Sapporo. Have a romantic dinner surrounded by a 270-degree view of the night scenery and the ceiling’s planetarium.Dinner prices start at 4500 yen, and you can savor creative French cuisine that is very concerned with ingredient sourcing and seasonal ingredients. Last order is at 20:00.Enjoy Real Sapporo Ramen at Susukino!Susukino is the largest entertainment district in Hokkaido, and is home to roughly 4000 establishments where you can enjoy local specialties like ramen. If you love ramen, you can’t miss Ramen Street.Also read:The Holy Land For Ramen Lovers: The Ramen Street In Sapporo, HokkaidoDay 2: Morning Markets, Moerenuma Park and More Natural Beauty!On the second day of your trip, savor Hokkaido seafood at the morning market, discover nature’s beauty at Moerenuma Park, and enjoy the land of Hokkaido! Cap off your journey with a dip in a hot spring!7:00: Enjoy the Best Seafood at Nijo Ichiba Market!Photo provided by: Yokoso SapporoNijo Ichiba Market, with all its delicious seafood, is a 15 minute walk from Odori Station. Here you can enjoy a kaisen-don bowl made from fresh-caught seafood, which is something you can only get here, so dig in! If you’re hoping to avoid the rush, try to go before 8 AM.Also read:Sapporo’s Nijo Ichiba Market Is The Place For Seafood!9:00: Witness the Fusion of Nature and Art in Moerenuma ParkMoerenuma: A Beautiful Park Designed by Isamu Noguchi, sourceMoerenuma Park is home to pieces of art by Isamu Noguchi.When going to Moerenuma Park from Nijo Ichiba Market, you should buy a combined subway/bus transit pass to save some money. Take the Toho Line subway from Odori Station to Kanjo-Dori Higashi Station, then take the eastbound #69 or eastbound #79 bus to the Moerenuma Park east entrance bus stop (you can also take the eastbound #61 bus, which stops at the west entrance to the park).The panoramic view from atop the hills can only be seen here. In summer there are man-made beaches, and in the wintertime you can play in the snow, so this is a great place to bring kids. Photo provided by: Yokoso SapporoThe park is wide, so we recommend getting a rental cycle. The park map can be downloaded in Japanese and English or Korean and Chinese.Refresh Your Body at the Moere Natural OnsenThe Moere natural onsen, Tamayura-no-Mori, is 8 minutes from the park’s west exit.For the final leg of your journey, you can refresh yourself in Tamayura-no-Mori’s open-air springs, medicinal baths, jacuzzis, a sauna and bedrock baths.Note that people with tattoos or intoxicated people are not allowed into Tamayura-no-Mori.Enjoy the City’s Beauty and the Earth’s BountyWith bountiful nature and delicious seafood, Sapporo is the place to enjoy the blessings of nature and art. Enjoy the various sides of Sapporo.Also read:10 Recommended Sapporo Sightseeing SpotsMoerenuma: A Beautiful Park Designed by Isamu NoguchiShopping In Hokkaido? Hit Up Sapporo PARCOSapporo’s Horomitouge Lavender Garden Is Just Too Beautiful!last_img read more

TORONTO FASHION WEEK® – RECAP OF DAY ONE TUES SEPT 3

TORONTO, ON – Yorkville was abuzz on Day One of Toronto Fashion Week® as some of the nation’s top designers kicked off the event with their latest collections for S/S2020 at brand-new venue – FASHION HOUSE, a non-traditional, dynamic space located in the heart of the neighbourhood (78 Yorkville Ave)..Fashion Talks™, produced in partnership with CAFA™ and hosted by Donna Bishop, returned for another season, welcoming Franklin Benjamin Elman, the Canadian designer at the helm of historic fashion label, Trigère, as her first guest. FIJI Water, the Official Water Sponsor of Toronto Fashion Week®, was displayed on stage at the taping and seen backstage at Toronto Fashion Week®, keeping Canada’s most talented designers, makeup artists, and models, hydrated as they prepared for their respective shows.Guests were treated to an incredible showing of fashion, starting with 90’s Kids, who transported guests back to the ’90s with a collection that combined leather, spray-painted tees and denim jackets. Keeping iconic looks from the era in mind, Creative Directors Sheroz Asad and Kendrick Tran utilized leather, denim and nylon to bring back nostalgia from the era. Innovative vintage styles was the goal with current street-wear trends and pop culture influences.In a sea of hot pinks, pastels, tulle and unexpected silhouettes, Steven Lejambe’s collection debut was inspired by Costa Rican wildflowers. Select models were accented with lovely hand-made, Anavi Designs mini-bags. Along with the flow of the frothy tulle fabrics, combined with bright hues, the gowns maintained a delicacy combined with a dramatic feel. Login/Register With: Adrian Arnieri showcased his SS20 collection at Fashion House during Toronto Fashion Week, utilizing a variety of Dr. Martens footwear to perfectly finish off his quintessentially Cool Britannia-inspired collection.(Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) Advertisement ABOUT TORONTO FASHION WEEK®Toronto Fashion Week®, an event showcasing fashion, art, music and culture takes place in Yorkville, Toronto’s revitalized and most prestigious luxury retail neighborhood. The bi-annual event hosts national and international designers, entertainers and the fashion community to create a touchpoint where fashion is embraced and celebrated. As the leading fashion event in Canada, Toronto Fashion Week creates a catalyst for media engagement, retail activity and global connectivity. A selection of hi-res images can be accessed at the following links:Fashion Talks™: https://bit.ly/2khSBjZ90’s Kids: https://bit.ly/2kqjO3R Facebook Steven Lejambe: https://bit.ly/2krmbDyWuxly: https://bit.ly/2lVtnYVTOMÉ: https://bit.ly/2lZbRDhHilary MacMillan: https://bit.ly/2lx8iUuFarley Chatto: https://bit.ly/2jY7cklAdrian Arnieri: https://bit.ly/2lYtdA9Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography. Advertisement Strong shoulders, leather-textures and organza ruled the TOMÉ runway. With over three decades in the city’s fashion scene, TOMÉ proved his ability to understand the need for a woman’s garment to accentuate her curves with a collection representing different shapes and silhouettes. The collection included pleated skirts, leather pants, sheer paneled organza gowns mixed with colourful prints, and strong necklines accented with pieces from the beloved Canadian brand, Rita Tesolin.Contemporary Canadian vegan womenswear designer Hilary MacMillan‘s Spring/Summer 2020 collection showed a range of cerulean-toned blues with hints of gold, coupled with blacks and whites, champagne satin, vegan snakeskin-textured leather, and a multi-tonal blue and gold tweed. Famed for her range of feminist-themed varsity jackets, the designer’s latest collection will extend up to size 4X and 28. The public will have the opportunity to pre-order the Spring/Summer 2020 collection until September 18 at hilarymacmillan.com.Farley Chatto showcased its first “seasonless” collection of luxurious sustainable furs and accessories. The designer presented a whopping 38 looks that were testaments to his fur mastery but also to his expertise in bespoke tailoring and womenswear. Very few know that Chatto trained at Maison Lesage in Paris, a couture house that serves the likes of YSL, Dior, Chanel and LaCroix. Inspired by the Golden ’20s in Shanghai, the show spoke about luxury, longevity, timelessness and heritage – fashion statements that transcend the trends and seasons.Adrian Arnieri closed night one with a Spice Girls-inspired collection, taking ’90s pop culture and making it glam! From an early age, Arnieri admired the iconic pop band and was inspired by their powerful messages of individuality and empowerment. His collection channeled their playful self expression featuring vibrant coloured furs, glossy leather, mesh, sequins and lace. TOMÉ showcased their SS20 collection at Fashion House during Toronto Fashion Week. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) Designer 90’s Kids showcased their SS20 collection at Fashion House during Toronto Fashion Week, utilizing a variety of Dr. Martens footwear to perfectly complement each of their retro looks. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) Farley Chatto showcased his SS20 collection at Fashion House during Toronto Fashion Week. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) Donna Bishop chatted with Franklin Benjamin Elman during the live taping of Fashion Talks™. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) Hilary MacMillan showcased her SS20 collection at Fashion House during Toronto Fashion Week. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) Steven Lejambe showcased his SS20 collection at Fashion House during Toronto Fashion Week. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) Wuxly Movement showcased their SS20 collection at Fashion House during Toronto Fashion Week. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) Adrian Arnieri showcased his SS20 collection at Fashion House during Toronto Fashion Week, utilizing a variety of Dr. Martens footwear to perfectly finish off his quintessentially Cool Britannia-inspired collection. (Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography) The captivating looks on the runway were accentuated by makeup from da lish Cosmetics. Hair was courtesy of Redken 5th Avenue NYC led by Jorge Joao, and nails were done by CND™ Canada lead by Liliya Leheta for Adrian Arnieri, Tamara Di Lullo for Hilary MacMillan and Long Nguyen for Steven Lejambe.The Designer Showroom also opened today, featuring Canadian designers in a consumer-facing market space located at The Lane at Yorkville Village (136 Yorkville Ave). From 10 AM – 7 PM daily, the public and Toronto Fashion Week guests have the opportunity to meet and shop directly from designers from all areas of the industry including Erin Marcus Designs, La Reyna, Lesley Hampton, Christopher Bates, ooobaby, The Brand is Female, ROSÉ Toronto, Hania Kuzbari, BIKO, Clara Lifestyle, Maguire Boutique, Jessica Bedard, Okayok, and ai Toronto Seoul.Back for another season, STYLE PLATE launched today offering the perfect pairing of style and dining. Participating restaurants and bars offered up signature dishes and/or cocktails inspired by designers showcasing at Toronto Fashion Week. New sister initiative STYLE ART welcomed an artistic twist to Day One of Toronto Fashion Week, showcasing extraordinary fashion-focused pieces by renowned artists at participating galleries. For more information, visit TFW.TO. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The founding partners are Yorkville Village, The Hazelton Hotel, Freed Developments and Hill & Gertner – an ownership group comprised of several of the country’s top companies in real estate, development and luxury hospitality.Website:          TFW.toInstagram:      @tfwTwitter:            @tofashionwkFacebook:       @tofashionwkHashtag:         #tofw.Toronto Fashion Week is made possible with the generous support of its sponsors:Yorkville Village, The Hazelton Hotel, Redken 5th Avenue NYC, PFAFF, CND, Bloor-Yorkville BIA, Belvedere, Bowmore Single Malt Scotch®, FIJI Water, GT’s Kombucha, Launchmetrics, Rogers, Toronto Star, and The Kit.About CND™ Canada x Toronto Fashion WeekCND™ Canada is proud to partner with Toronto Fashion Week this season. Toronto Fashion Week is the premier showcase for Canadian designers and is a great partner as a brand known globally for support of the fashion industry. This year CND™ Canada is pleased to provide nail design for the presentations of designers Adrian Arnieri, Hilary Macmillan, Kim Newport, Trigère and Steven Lejambe. Founded in 1979 and based in San Diego, CA, CND™ (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail products and services – including CND™ SHELLAC™ Brand 14+ Day Nail Color.@CNDCanada#CNDCanadaAbout GT’s KOMBUCHA x Toronto Fashion WeekGT’s KOMBUCHA is the original Kombucha brand that started a movement. Founded by GT Dave, the company has been handcrafting its signature, small batch brew since 1995. GT’s launched in Canada in 2010 and are honoured to be present at Toronto Fashion Week this year. Stop by their LIVING LOUNGE, a relaxing, Eastern-inspired oasis, for an assortment of cold GT’s KOMBUCHA flavours such as Gingerade, Trilogy, and Watermelon Wonder. Additionally, join their team for Terrarium workshops in Yorkville Village and silent disco meditations at their living lounge on Hazelton Lane. GT’s KOMBUCHA intends to help people live happier, healthier lives with its simple ingredients and sacred inspiration. Cheers to gut health!About da lish Cosmetics x Toronto Fashion Weekda lish cosmetics is a leading Canadian clean beauty company, created by founder Melanie Cruikshank to help women feel confident and look their best, while being their most natural self. Manufactured in Toronto, using locally sourced ingredients, products by da lish Cosmetics are vegan, organic, cruelty-free and fragrance-free.  Featured on Fashion Television, Breakfast Television, eTalk Daily, Global News and across the pages of Vogue India, FASHION, Flare, and ELLE Canada, and Hello! Canada, this beauty brand is a favourite of top make-up artists and celebrities. Uncomplicated Beauty is our mantra and can purchased online at www.dalishcosmetics.com. Twitter read more

FORMER VICE MEDIA EDITOR PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO IMPORT LARGE LOADS

Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 31.The prosecution seeks a 12-year prison term while the defence is asking for “considerably less,” said Pastukhov’s lawyer, Dan Kirby. READ MOREFORMER VICE CANADA EDITOR PLEADS GUILTY IN COCAINE CONSPIRACY CASEA Toronto-based journalist who made headlines in 2017 for his alleged role in an international drug smuggling ring pleaded guilty this week of conspiring to traffic cocaine.Yaroslav Pastukhov (also known as Slava Pastuk) will serve 12 years in prison if federal prosecutors have their way, though his lawyer is arguing for “considerably less” time based on Pastukhov’s admission of guilt. READ MOREYaroslav Pastukhov, also known as Slava Pastuk.National Post/FileSECRET RECORDING OF DRUG SMUGGLING SALES PITCH BY A VICE EDITOR TO FORMER INTERN SINKS HUGE COCAINE PLOTYaroslav Pastukhov had asked Robert Wang if he wanted a free trip to Australia to deliver packages — described as ‘things’When Yaroslav Pastukhov, a Vice Media editor in Toronto at the time, gave a clandestine briefing to two drug mules recruited into his large cocaine smuggling scheme, one of the couriers — a former intern at Vice — was so nervous he secretly recorded it on his phone.Pastukhov’s own voice offering an upbeat sales pitch has now helped to sink him.The recording of the meeting, along with details of the arrest and conviction in Australia of five of Pastukhov’s drug couriers, led to his guilty plea Monday and his agreement with a detailed statement of facts outlining his role in the multi-million dollar international drug smuggling operation. READ MORE FORMER VICE MEDIA EDITOR PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO IMPORT LARGE LOADS OF COCAINEThe prosecution seeks a 12-year prison term while the defence is asking for ‘considerably less,’ said Yaroslav Pastukhov’s lawyerA former Vice Canada editor and writer admitted Monday he conspired to import large quantities of cocaine into Australia.Yaroslav Pastukhov, 28, who wrote under the name Slava Pastuk in his high-profile position as music editor with Vice Media’s Toronto operations, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge Monday afternoon. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Former Vice Media editor Yaroslav Pastukhov. File read more

10 BIGGEST WINNERS AND LOSERS AT THE TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

Advertisement 10 BIGGEST WINNERS AND LOSERS AT THE TORONTO FILM FESTIVALThe Toronto Film Festival used to be an all-night event. Agents and producers would unveil their latest masterpieces, and then wait for the bids to come rolling in through sunrise. But the movie business has changed dramatically in the last five years. Many studios, burnt by costly acquisitions, are exercising more restraint at film festivals, opting to produce their indies internally.And Toronto’s standing has changed too, as Telluride and Venice have eclipsed its position as the first stop on the awards season trail. Instead, rather than being a festival of discoveries, Toronto has become a destination to binge watch the latest fall movies that are about to explode. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and many movies got a boost from screening in Canada. But it does mean that if you’re premiering a movie at the festival, it’s much harder to get noticed.Here are some of the biggest winners and losers from the 2019 edition of Hollywood’s trip up north. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement WINNER: NetflixThe streaming service dominated the festival, fielding a number of critical favorites such as “Marriage Story” and “The Two Popes” that seem destined to become serious Oscar contenders, as well as buzzy crowd-pleasers like “Dolemite is My Name,” starring Eddie Murphy. It’s a sign of how far Netflix has come in just a few years, when big directors still clung to the notion of theatrical releases in mass multiplexes. That narrative has changed as a result of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which scored 10 Oscar nominations last winter and cemented the studio’s reputation for being filmmaker-friendly. Even Meryl Streep, who stars in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” offered a glowing endorsement for why she’d starred in her first Netflix film.LOSER: The MarketBidding wars were few and far between at this year’s Toronto. The good news: Agents got to bed early. The bad news: Many filmmakers are still scrambling to find homes for their movies.  READ MORETIFF 19: THE BIGGEST WINNERS AND LOSERS AT THIS YEAR’S FILM FESTThe Toronto International Film Festival wraps Sunday with one film taking home the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award.Winners of the prize have a solid track record of going on to have big nights at the Oscars and Golden Globes, and in its 44-year history TIFF has cemented itself as a launch pad for awards season.Going into this year’s festivities, which began Sept. 5 and run through Sunday, TIFF co-head Cameron Bailey touted a lineup led by Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Joaquin Phoenix in Joker and Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers.Bailey also hailed Taika Waititi’s Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit and Meryl Streep’s seething performance in Netflix’s financial drama The Laundromat.  READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter read more

SMALLVILLE STAR TELLS WARNER BROS TV TO TAKE A FLYING LEAP

The WB LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum brought a singular genius to the screen in his decade-long tenure as Lex Luthor, but the actor said he isn’t having any second thoughts about declining a Warner Bros. TV overture to revive the character this fall.On Twitter, Rosenbaum explained that his decision to leave the Smallville reunion as part of the Arrowverse crossover to his former castmates (namely Tom Welling and Erica Durance, aka Clark Kent and Lois Lane from the WB series) was a no-brainer for reasons both personal and professional.Here ya go. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/8PFT6wsPMo— Michael Rosenbaum (@michaelrosenbum) September 24, 2019 Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement read more

Huawei Kirin 990 chipset first to have a 5G modem

Huawei announced Kirin 990, the first chipset with an integrated 5G modem that will power its future smartphones, at IFA 2019 held in Germany last Friday. Kirin 990 5G Kirin 990 Kirin 980 CPU 2xA76@2.86GHz 2xA76@2.36GHz 4xA55@1.95GHz 2xA76@2.86GHz 2xA76@2.09GHz 4xA55@1.86GHz 4xA76@2.36GHz 4xA55@1.80GHz GPU 16-core Mali G76MP16 16-core Mali G76MP16 10-core Mali G76MP10 NPU 2 + 1 Da Vinci 1 + 1 Da Vinci 2 Cambricon Modem Balong 5000 5G 4G 4G DRAM support LPDDR4-4266 LPDDR4-4266 LPDDR4X-4266 Table source: AnandTechWith its release, slated for Sept. 18, the Kirin 990 will supersede the Kirin 980 as Huawei’s flagship mobile chipset. It’s expected to debut in its upcoming Mate 30 series smartphones.The Kirin 990 will arrive in standard and 5G variants. The Kirin 990 5G has the Huawei Balong 5000 5G modem integrated directly into the chipset for better performance. The standard Kirin 990 has a 4G modem.Because 5G networks are still in development, mobile chipset manufacturers tend to avoid embedding the 5G modem into the chipset. Instead, they opt to have the 5G modem as a discrete component in tandem with a 4G modems inside the chipset. Placing the 5G modems as separate modules allow them to be integrated as per demand and without having to manufacturer other parts of the chipset, thus reducing cost.But as Ian Cutress wrote in his AnandTech analysis, chipset makers would eventually need to move the modem into the chipset to reach maximum performance. Huawei’s design beat both Samsung and Qualcomm to the punch, delivering a mobile chipset that supports both 4G and 5G.Although the Kirin 990 5G supports both 4G and 5G sub-6GHz frequencies, Huawei has also launched a Kirin 990 without 5G capabilities, possibly due in equal parts to reducing cost and the tepid demand for 5G phones.Huawei’s 5G modem supports standalone and non-standalone sub 6GHz frequencies. In its press release, Huawei says that the Balong 5000 can achieve up to 2.3Gbps downlink and 1.25Gbps uplink. This is exactly half of the speeds specified on HiSilicon’s product page. A Huawei spokesperson told IT World Canada that the Balong 5000 can only hit the advertised speeds as a standalone modem. Because of the other components in the Kirin 990 — the CPU, GPU, and NPU–, the 5G speeds needed to be reduced when it was integrated into the chipset.For better power tuning, both chips are manufactured using TSMC’s 7nm+ transistors and feature two ARM A76 performance cores, two A76 standard cores, and four power-efficient cores A55 cores. The standard Kirin 990 has the standard and efficiency core frequencies lowered but is still an increase over the Kirin 980. In contrast, the Kirin 980 has four performance cores and four efficiency cores. Slicing the performance module into two parts allows for finer power controls, which translates to better battery life.The graphics subsystem has received plenty of attention, at least from the specification perspective. The Kirin 990 features the Mali G76MP16 graphics processor with 16 cores, 60 per cent more than the Huawei 980. As shown in previous reviews, graphics have always been a weak point of Huawei chipsets.The chips also feature a new neural processing unit (NPUs) with the new “Da Vinci” architecture and core combination. Moreover, Huawei also announced the ISP 5.0, the image signal processor that improves noise reduction and real-time video post-processing. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

US economy delivers solid Q2 growth rising inflation as Fed moves toward

US economy delivers solid Q2 growth, rising inflation as Fed moves toward rate hike In this Friday, June 5, 2015 photo, Maria Cantellano, left, gives change to a customer while working at her stand at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta. The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, the Commerce Department said Thursday, July 30, 2015, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year. (AP Photo/David Goldman) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2015 7:37 am MDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy isn’t moving at warp speed, but it looks like it will be strong enough to handle an expected interest rate increase later this year.Fueled by solid consumer spending, Thursday’s report on the gross domestic product underscored the steady growth that is likely to bolster the Federal Reserve’s case that it will soon be time to make a move, perhaps in September.The economy’s total output of goods and services rebounded to a respectable annual rate of 2.3 per cent in the April-June quarter, the best showing since last summer. Moreover, the first quarter managed to grow a slight 0.6 per cent, reversing an earlier government estimate of a contraction.“The fact that the economy improved meaningfully in the second quarter and is likely to strengthen further in the current quarter should keep a September rate hike on the table,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.While the latest figures fall short of a boom, the United States appears in better shape than other major economics of the world. China — the world’s second-biggest economy — has seen a sharp drop in stock prices recently. Meanwhile, Europe has been consumed with resolving a stubborn debt crisis in Greece.The International Monetary Fund is forecasting that the 19 nations that use the euro currency will grow a modest 1.5 per cent this year. It expects China to expand 6.8 per cent, which would be the slowest growth rate for the country in 25 years.In the United States, economists are hopeful that the 1.5 per cent average growth from January through June will double in the second half of this year to around 3 per cent.The optimism stems from projected trends in consumer spending, which should strengthen further in coming months thanks to robust job gains. Unemployment hit a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent in June, but the Fed says it wants to see more. It remains concerned about wage growth and the number of part-time workers unable to find full-time jobs.The Fed also needs to be convinced that price gains will eventually rise toward its target of 2 per cent a year. Inflation has been running well below that level for some time, a situation that policymakers view as a sign of a still-weak economy.The GDP report did offer some encouragement on the inflation front. A price measure tied to GDP rose at an annual rate of 2.2 per cent in the second quarter. Excluding food and energy costs, the price index rose by 1.8 per cent, up from 1 per cent gains in the two previous quarters.While the GDP report provided support for the Fed’s march toward higher rates, economists cautioned that a hike at the Sept. 16-17 meeting is by no means a certainty. It will depend largely on incoming data between now and then, including two jobs reports and a revision to Thursday’s GDP estimate.“Data over the next two months retain their primary position in the decision process,” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors.The Fed noted in its post-meeting statement Wednesday that the job market, housing and consumer spending had all improved. As expected, it kept a key rate at a record low near zero, where it’s remained since 2008.While many analysts peg September for a rate hike, others aren’t so sure.They contend that it may take longer for the Fed to see the improvements it seeks, delaying the first rate hike until as late as December. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has emphasized in recent appearances that if the economy improves as she expects, a rate increase will happen before the end of this year.The current recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 has been the weakest of any expansion since World War II. Revised data released separately Thursday showed even more weakness than previously believed. For the three years from 2012 through 2014, growth averaged just 2 per cent, down from the previous estimate that the economy turned in average growth of 2.3 per cent during this period.The modest performance has raised concerns that the U.S. economy has entered a period of historically slow growth. The nation’s workforce is growing at a weaker pace, and employees are less efficient than before the recession, government data show. Those trends could restrain future economic growth.In the second quarter, consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, expanded at an annual rate 2.9 per cent. That is a sizable pickup from the 1.8 per cent growth in the first quarter.Trade also served as a small boost to overall growth after subtracting nearly 2 percentage points in the first quarter. Trade in the first quarter was hampered by a labour dispute at West Coast ports and the rising value of the dollar.Business investment, which has been hurt by a sharp cutback at energy companies, fell at an annual rate of 0.6 per cent in the first quarter. That reflected in part a big drop in the category that covers oil and gas exploration activities.Housing construction was a bright spot, rising at a 6.6 per cent rate. The government sector grew at a 0.8 per cent rate as gains in spending by state and local governments offset a drop at the federal level.__Associated Press economics writer Christopher S. Rugaber contributed to this report. read more

UK CV market growth continues in April

UK CV market growth continues in April Medium vans up 19.5 per cent. ‘Commercial vehicles are business tools and buying patterns are dictated by capital investment plans. This means that the market is generally less volatile, though there is some nervousness about the effects of the US slow-down,’ said Christopher Macgowan, chief executive at the SMMT. ‘The foot-and-mouth epidemic seems to be responding to treatment, which will help some business confidence. And although the imminent election may dent growth temporarily, the effects will probably be less than some people expect,’ Light van registrations, up to 1.8 tonnes, grew 13.1 per cent to 6,211. Medium vans, from 2.6 to 3.5 tonnes, grew 19.5 per cent to 10, 570. Vans in this weight band are the heaviest commercial vehicles that can run without an Operator’s Licence, and for a growing number of drivers, the heaviest commercial vehicle they can drive on an ordinary car licence. For those reasons, this sector is expected to keep growing. The heavy van and light truck sector, covering vehicles from 3.5 to 7.4 tonnes is also growing steadily, particularly on the back of the home delivery business. Most home deliveries use heavy vans in this category, which grew 17.1 per cent to 411. The market for 7.4 to 7.5 tonne trucks is the biggest single sector in the UK truck market, generally accounting for over 25 per cent of all truck registrations over 3.5 tonnes. In April the sector was steady at 0.8 per cent growth, to a total of 1,182. Registrations of two-axle trucks over 15 tonnes grew 44.8 per cent to 724. These trucks are most used for distribution work and the growth in this area reflects the strength of that business sector. Overall, registrations for all two-axle trucks, the workhorses of the nation’s delivery and distribution fleet, grew 10.9 per cent to 2,578. Artic tractor registrations were down 8.8 per cent to 1,315, probably affected by the foot-and-mouth epidemic and other nervousness earlier in the year. Bus and coach registrations dropped to 367 or 30 per cent down on last year. The market has been, and remains, affected by a concentration of passenger transport investment in the rail sector. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Light vans up 13.1 per cent. 7.5 tonne trucks steady at + 0.8 per cent. The UK commercial vehicle market continues to grow and remains above its recent medium term average. The sound domestic economy is generating significant levels of business, both as orders and enquiries. But some sectors are suffering and there are worries that the US economic troubles may affect the UK toward the year-end. Heavy vans and light trucks up 17.1 per cent. Buses and coaches down 30 per cent. >15 tonne two axle rigids up 44.8 per cent. Artics down 8.8 per cent. read more

Missing teenager found in Berbice River

The body of the teenager who went missing on Thursday was this afternoon discovered at the Blairmont, West Bank Berbice (WBB) foreshore, this afternoon Saturday, March 16, 2019.Fifteen-year-old Hemraj Mulshie also called ‘Brandon’ of Benet Dam D’Edward Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), went missing while reportedly on an expedition in the Berbice River.The partly decomposed body was found in vicinity of the old ferry stelling at Blairmont sometime around 13:00h by relatives.The young man’s mother, Devika Seeram, told Police that her son left home on Thursday morning to go to a fisherman’s residence. The teenager was employed with the fisherman and told his mother he was going with the man to “pick up stick flags.”However, at about 18:00h that day, Seeram was contacted by the fisherman, who told her that the young man was missing.It was reported that the fisherman along with Mulshie and a group of other persons were at a location loading flag sticks and afterwards, they all went for a swim. However, when it was time for the group to leave the water, the teenager was not seen.After they could not find the teenager, the fisherman made a report at the Blairmont Police Station.Police have since said that no marks of violence were seen on the young man’s body.The body is currently at the Fort Wellington Hospital awaiting a post mortem examination. In the meantime police are investigating the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice teen commits suicide after drinking spreeSeptember 8, 2016In “latest news”Body at Turkeyen: Mother’s ex-lover had threatened teen, suicide note reportedly foundMarch 27, 2015In “Crime”Suspects who confessed to raping, killing Berbice teen for court MondaySeptember 24, 2017In “Crime” read more