Amadeus has announced plans to boost its presence


first_imgAmadeus has announced plans to boost its presence in Indonesia, growing its investment in technology, people and expertise there to support the growth and development of the Indonesian travel agency community. As it moves into a new phase, the company will open new offices in Jakarta, adding additional and specialised expertise to its local workforce and ensuring that Amadeus’ global knowledge and reach can be delivered with a renewed customer focus. While Amadeus will directly take over travel agency distribution sales and customer service activity from partner MF Permadi (since 2003), both parties will continue to collaborate to localise technology in the market.Albert Pozo, President, Amadeus Asia Pacific, said, “The world’s fourth most populous country is on the cusp of a technological boom, fuelled by rising mobile penetration and one of Asia’s youngest populations. The nation’s emerging middle class is incredibly technology-savvy, and the local travel industry needs to be prepared to cater to these needs. Amadeus has enjoyed considerable success in Indonesia, in partnership with MF Permadi, but we do not intend to rest on our laurels. We are excited to invest in this important market, with a focus on shaping the future of travel.”“We have enjoyed a solid partnership with Amadeus for 13 years, and we are excited to continue a technology relationship for many to come. Indonesia is embracing tourism and technology in an astounding way, and the opportunities presented to us as a member of the AEC region are endless,” said MF Permadi.He added, “As the Indonesian government opens its doors wider to foreign investment, we are very pleased to see global leaders like Amadeus take centre stage to deliver innovation, scale and reach to the travel industry, while local players like us provide invaluable local insight.” Amadeuslast_img read more



first_imgawardsMagellan Last Friday, in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney, over 300 members and preferred partners turned out for Magellan’s night of nights – the 2018 Magellan Gala and Awards Dinner, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.The evening was sponsored by APT and Qantas Airways and marked the close of the 2018 Magellan Travel Group’s annual conference.The event saw individuals from within Magellan member agencies recognized and awarded for their outstanding contribution in various award categories;Melissa Provaroni of Rheom Travel was awarded the Rising Star of the Year award.James Jang of Where2travel Malvern was awarded Leisure Travel Consultant of the Year.Joanne Cranston of Maxims Travel was awarded Corporate Travel Consultant of the Year.Dayne Byrne of Platinum Travel Corporation was awarded Specialist Consultant of the Year.And the 2018 Loyalty Award was presented to both Blair Leslie of Mosman Travel and Tina Killeen of Spencer Travel.Melissa, James, Joanne, Dayne, Blair and Tina will all enjoy a luxury all expenses paid trip flying Business class to California, visiting San Francisco and beyond. This luxury trip has been generously sponsored by Qantas Airways and Visit California and will be personally escorted by Magellan Travel’s General Manager, Andrew Macfarlane.In closing the 10th anniversary conference, Andrew Macfarlane acknowledged the Magellan founders, members, supplier partners and the Magellan team for the past decade. Macfarlane’s closing comments emphasised that “the future for Magellan as part of Helloworld Travel Limited is brighter than ever.”IMAGE: Melissa Provaroni of Rheom Travel – Rising Star of the Year – with L-R. Andrew Macfarlane,General Manager – Magellan Travel (l) and Mark Beretta (r), MC for the night.last_img read more

Have Wheelchair Will Travels Julie Jones has long


first_imgHave Wheelchair Will Travel’s Julie Jones has long been an active advocate for accessible travel. As co-founder and executive editor of the new disability specific print travel magazine, Travel Without Limits, Jones hopes to make it easier for the 4.2 million Australians living with a disability to enjoy travelling.“Often, the information needed to travel with confidence when you have additional needs requires specific and detailed stories,” she said.“We believe these should be written by people with lived experience. So we’ve brought together contributors and partners to share stories and experiences to help you plan, prepare and feel like our readers can travel without limits.”Published by the team behind Travel With Special Needs and featuring launch partners such as Destination NSW, and Blue Badge Insurance Australia, Travel Without Limits provides valuable advice, tips, and reviews on all aspects of travel.Travel Without Limits will be released and available publicly for the first time at the Source Kids Disability Expo in Melbourne on 29 March 2019 and is currently available to read on the Travel With Special Needs website here. accessibilitydiabilitymagazineTravel Without Limitslast_img read more

Top Stories


first_img Top Stories This isn’t the first time Cooper has been on the field since the injury, as he’s been taking part in the team’s workouts over the last couple of weeks. But to see him lining up on the left side next to free agent acquisition Jared Veldheer is a sight for sore eyes.“They’re definitely expecting big things from us and hopefully we can do that,” he said. “I feel like we’re definitely building a relationship and starting to build a rapport now with the reps beside each other, so I think we can do some pretty good things.”In fact, while the Cardinals project to have new starters a possibly four spots along the line, few seem to be concerned about the left side, which is quarterback Carson Palmer’s blind side. That goes to show the faith people have in both Veldheer and Cooper, though unlike the left tackle, Cooper is still very much an unproven commodity. But he’s getting there, and the hope is he’ll get to prove himself this summer and then into the season.“Don’t jinx it,” coach Bruce Arians said. “It’s good, it’s good. He’s battling. I wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent, but he’s real close.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said Cooper’s progression, from the time he got hurt and then even over the last couple of weeks, has gone according to plan.“As the days went by he got more comfortable,” he said. “You can barely tell he had a major injury last season.”Goodwin added that the only thing the coaching staff is doing with regards to Cooper’s health is monitoring his snaps while trying to ease him back into things. But so far so good as far as the early returns on how the former Tar Heel looks. But as Arians noted and Cooper agreed to, he’s still not fully recovered and back to his pre-injury form.“No, no quite there yet, mentally or physically,” he said. “But I’m getting close, so I’m excited.” – / 21 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Jonathan Cooper is not a rookie, but he may as well be. The seventh overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft out of North Carolina, the left guard broke a leg in the team’s third preseason game and was forced to miss the entire season.Now he’s back on the field looking to resume his career.“It definitely feels good to be out here kind of building that camaraderie with the offensive line unit,” he said after the team’s Organized Team Activity Tuesday. “A little nervous at times, but it feels good.”last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img This season has been the Cardinals’ best start since 1974, and the best television numbers ever through their first eight games.The previous season record for ratings was set in 2009, with a 22.6 rating, 41 share and 432,000 homes.In eight games so far, Cardinals broadcasts have averaged 26.5 rating with a 49 share and an audience of 488,000 Valley households. – / 55 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals’ win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday gave the team the best record in the NFL at 7-1. It also gave them another record day in TV ratings.Sunday’s matchup was the most-watched regular season road game in Cardinals history. It garnered a 28.3 rating with a 53 share, and was watched in 519,000 Phoenix-area homes.The game in Dallas was the third straight week that a Cardinals game generated a share of 50 or better. From 1988 to 2013, the team only had two games with such ratings.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires


first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In all, the Seahawks had nine plays of 20 or more yards on the night. With the win, Seattle put themselves in position to wrap up the NFC West and the top seed in the conference with a Week 17 win over St. Louis.Arizona needs a win over San Francisco and a Seattle loss to capture the title, otherwise the depleted Cardinals will be hitting the road as a Wild Card in the opening weekend of the postseason. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   center_img Well, it had the feel of a division title game…then it started.The Seattle Seahawks pounded the Arizona Cardinals 35-6, using a suffocating defense and a franchise-record 596 yards of total offense Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.Seattle used the big play to fuel their win. Russell Wilson hit Luke Willson on an 80-yard touchdown pass, Marshawn Lynch reeled off a 79-yard touchdown run and Wilson himself uncorked a 55-yard scramble. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires


first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Related LinksBradford’s reps to increase vs. Saints, Rosen to get first-team repsCardinals’ Josh Rosen ranked No. 3 in Pro Football Focus’ rookie QBsWith Carson Palmer retiring, the Cardinals shelled out to see if Bradford can make an impact after missing almost all of the 2017 season due to a knee injury.Then, Arizona moved up in the draft to select Rosen 10th overall. He could use some seasoning, most fans agree, but preseason signs of success of course could change the narrative about the Cardinals’ chances this year and beyond, especially if fears of Bradford’s health end up becoming justified.Greenberg caught up with a few fans to gauge their interest in the quarterback depth chart and beyond.Unsurprisingly, there were a few disagreements about who should start and which player will shine. Top Stories Cardinals fans love Larry Fitzgerald. They believe David Johnson will return with a vengeance from a wrist injury suffered a year ago.But when it comes to what’s getting them amped for training camp, it seems all the excitement stems from the unknowns.There are a lot of unknowns at quarterback heading into the 2018 season.The quarterback storylines were the hot topic throughout Cardinals camp, as 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Andy Greenberg found out. Greenberg visited University of Stadium during camp to find out what players and stories were of interest in the minds of Arizona fans, and a large majority were excited to get the first glimpses of quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Emirates has commenced a daily nonstop service to


first_imgEmirates has commenced a daily nonstop service to the island of Bali in Indonesia. Flight EK 398 from Dubai arrived at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport for the first time on 3 June 2015 at 21.40 Bali time.On board the inaugural flight were media from the GCC, and a senior management team from Emirates. The flight also transported passengers originating from more than 40 different cities to Bali, including Moscow, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and New York, among others, demonstrating Emirates’ global connectivity.Bali is Emirates’ 146th global destination, adding to the airline’s route network in the Far East region, which now spans 18 destinations in 11 countries. The nonstop service between Dubai and Bali is operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration.Emirates SkyCargo now offers 294 tonnes of cargo capacity per week from Dubai to Bali and Bali to Dubai, opening up new opportunities for businesses on the island as well as for those across the SkyCargo global network. Goods carried from Bali include marine products (tuna and other fresh fish), household goods, leather goods and handicrafts mainly going to Europe, while household goods, personal effects, perishables, pharmaceuticals and automotive spares are expected to be imported, not just into Bali but also to Surabaya and Balikpapan, as well as other catchment areas.“Bali remains a leading tourist destination and a significantly important market for Emirates. There is high interest from across our network for flights to Bali, specifically in the leisure segment, and we are pleased to now be able to serve this demand and contribute to the island’s economic and tourism growth. We also look forward to connecting passengers from Bali to Dubai, and onward to more than 80 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas via one convenient stop at our world-class hub,” said Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East.Bali, which received more than 3.7 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2014, is likely to receive a further tourism boost with the new daily direct flight from Dubai.On Emirates, throughout all cabin classes, passengers can enjoy more than 2,000 channels of entertainment on demand on ice, the airline’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system. Passengers also have the added bonus of a generous baggage allowance with 30 kilograms for those travelling in Economy Class and 40 kilograms for Business Class.Emirates’ daily flight to Bali departs Dubai as EK398 at 0820hrs* and arrives at Bali’s Denpasar International Airport at 2140hrs* the same day. The return flight, EK399, departs at 2340hrs* and arrives at Dubai International Airport at 0500* the next day.Emirates commenced services to Indonesia in 1992 with three flights per week via Singapore and Colombo, and since March 2013, the airline has been operating three non-stop flights daily from Jakarta to Dubai with a Boeing 777 aircraft.4 June 2015last_img read more

Megan Hess in her new role as Artist in Residence


first_imgMegan Hess in her new role as “Artist in Residence” for Oetker Collection, will be illustrating each of the Collection properties in her own unique style. The first illustrations of Le Bristol Paris and The Lanesborough in London have been revealed this week during Megan’s world book tour promoting her latest book ‘New York, through a fashion eye’.Megan Hess was destined to draw. An initial career in graphic design transcended into art direction for some of the world’s leading advertising agencies and for Liberty department store in London. In 2008 Hess illustrated the New York Times number one selling book, ‘Sex and The City’. Following the release, Hess was catapulted onto the world stage and began illustrating Portraits for the New York Times, Italian Vogue and Vanity Fair Magazine. She has since written and illustrated three bestselling books: Fashion House, The Dress and Coco Chanel, and has become one of the world’s most sought after fashion illustrators.Megan spoke of her new role; “I’m so thrilled to become the “Artist in Residence” for the Oetker Collection. As an artist, one of the biggest sources of inspiration for me is travel. My work and the bespoke illustrations that I create take me all around the world on luxury projects and it is with great excitement that I will now be sketching and staying at the world’s most beautiful masterpiece hotels with the Oetker Collection. From the incredible architecture, to the finest cuisine and of course, the world’s chicest people, I will be sketching them all at each Oetker Collection property. My aim is to bring the bespoke and unique luxury of each hotel to life in illustration”Frank Marrenbach, CEO Oetker Collection, added “We are delighted to be working with Megan, her iconic style and eye for detail fit beautifully with the hotels of our Collection. We are very excited to soon be sharing Megan’s uniquely stylish portrayal of our masterpiece properties.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter United Airlines has ann


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterUnited Airlines has announced its largest-ever international network expansion from its hub at San Francisco International Airport. The airline will introduce non-stop year-round service to Toronto and Melbourne, Australia and seasonal service to New Delhi. United also announced it will begin a second daily flight between San Francisco and Seoul, South Korea. All routes are subject to government approvals.In addition to the new routes, in 2019 United will begin new year-round non-stop service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand, Tahiti, French Polynesia and Amsterdam.“This route expansion solidifies United’s position at San Francisco as the gateway airline serving destinations across the Pacific, the continental United States, as well as to Europe and beyond,” said Oscar Munoz, United’s CEO. “It serves as a fitting capstone to all our efforts that made 2018 a breakthrough year for United, from delivering strong financial performance to currently leading in on-time departures for the second year in a row.”Since 2013, United Airlines has added 12 new international destinations from San Francisco. With these new flights, United will serve 29 international destinations from San Francisco, including eight cities in Europe, India and the Middle East, seven in North America and 14 in Asia and Oceania. United, the largest airline at San Francisco International Airport, operates more than 300 daily flights.San Francisco to Melbourne, AustraliaOffering the most service between the US West Coast and Australia by any US carrier, United is adding new non-stop year-round service between San Francisco and Melbourne three times per week, beginning 29 October 2019. For more than 35 years, United has offered non-stop service to Australia. Today, United offers non-stop service to Sydney from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco and provides non-stop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne. United operates all flights between the US and Australia with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.San Francisco to AmsterdamUnited recently announced it will offer non-stop daily year-round service between San Francisco and Amsterdam. With this new flight, United will be the first US carrier to fly between California and Amsterdam. United currently serves Amsterdam non-stop from its hubs in Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington, DC. The new San Francisco service begins on 30 March 2019 and will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.San Francisco to New Delhi, IndiaUnited’s new seasonal service between San Francisco and New Delhi enables business and leisure travellers non-stop access from the US West Coast. The new flight will connect customers from more than 80 cities to India with just one stop in San Francisco. United currently offers non-stop service to Mumbai and New Delhi from New York/Newark. Seasonal service begins on 5 December 2019 with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.San Francisco to Seoul, South KoreaUnited is adding a second flight – flown four times per week – between San Francisco and Seoul, South Korea. The airline has served Seoul for more than 30 years from San Francisco. The second flight will provide customers with new time and itinerary options, while providing convenient connections to more than 80 destinations. The additional flights begin on 1 April 2019 and will be operated with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.San Francisco to Toronto, CanadaUnited’s new twice-daily non-stop year-round service between San Francisco and Toronto begins 31 March 2019, offering convenient connections for business and leisure travellers from throughout the western United States, Asia and the South Pacific. United currently offers more than 20 daily flights between Toronto and its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington Dulles. In addition to Toronto, United operates daily non-stop service between San Francisco and Calgary and Vancouver. United will operate service with Boeing 737-800.San Francisco to Pape’ete, Tahiti, extended to year-roundThis fall, United began the only non-stop service offered by a US carrier between the mainland US and Tahiti with its San Francisco–Pape’ete flight. The airline recently announced it is extending its Tahiti schedule to year-round service from San Francisco. Year-round service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays begins March 30 2019. United operates Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft between San Francisco and Pape’ete.San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, extended to year-roundBeginning March 30 2019, United will extend service between its West Coast hub in San Francisco and Auckland to year-round with thrice-weekly service. In partnership with Air New Zealand, United’s flight arriving in Auckland offers passengers more than 20 connections across the region and the return trip utilises United’s extensive route network in San Francisco, which provides connections to the United States, Canada and Latin America. United’s extended service between San Francisco and Auckland will operate with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.2019 new international routesFlightFromToFrequencyDepart*Arrive*AircraftUA104San FranciscoNew DelhiDaily7:15 p.m.12:45 a.m. +2 days787-9UA105New DelhiSan FranciscoDaily4:00 a.m.6:10 a.m.787-9UA060San FranciscoMelbourneTue/Thur/Sat10:50 p.m.9:40 a.m. +2 days787-9UA061MelbourneSan FranciscoMon/Thur/Sat11:40 a.m.6:50 a.m.787-9UA805San FranciscoSeoulMon/Tue/Thur/Sat4:55 p.m.9:35 p.m. +1 day777-200ERUA806SeoulSan FranciscoMon/Wed/Thur/Sat11:25 a.m.6:10 a.m.777-200ERUA565San FranciscoTorontoTwice daily10:25 a.m.11:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.7:00 a.m+1 day737-800UA459TorontoSan FranciscoTwice daily7:15 a.m.7:21 p.m.9:54 a.m.9:55 p.m.737-800UA968San FranciscoAmsterdamDaily2:55 p.m.10:20 a.m. +1 day787-9UA969AmsterdamSan FranciscoDaily2:50 p.m.4:50 p.m.787-9 Go back to the enewsletter 2019 international route year-round extensionsFlightFromToFrequencyDepart*Arrive*AircraftUA917San FranciscoAucklandTue/Thur/Sat11:10 p.m.7:20 a.m. +2 days777-200ERUA916AucklandSan FranciscoMon/Thur/Sat2:30 p.m.6:40 a.m.777-200ERUA115San FranciscoPape’eteTue/Thur/Sat1:15 p.m.6:55 p.m.787-8UA114Pape’eteSan FranciscoTue/Thur/Sat9:15 p.m.8:25 a.m. +1 day787-8last_img read more

Family holidays bring both pleasure and pain Reco


first_imgFamily holidays bring both pleasure and pain. Recorded in our Edinburgh studio on the historic Royal Mile, the Skyscanner podcast team discuss tips and advice on how to make family travel more fun, for those travelling with young children, teenagers, and even travelling with your own parents as an adult.Listen or download the podcast below, or find all the Skyscanner Travel Podcasts on Soundcloud and iTunes: wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTips for travel in South East Asia: Travel Podcast #04Advice about travelling in SE Asia, from visa requirements, how to avoid typical scams.Holiday Romance: Skyscanner Travel Podcast #10Looking for love abroad? We talk about the three different types of holiday romance and the pros and cons of seeking love in another land11 ways to work abroad: Skyscanner travel podcast #05From busking to ‘WWOOFing’, we explore 11 ways to make money abroad in the new edition of the cult Skyscanner travel podcast.last_img read more

Related Virgin recruits worlds cutest poochBoo le


first_img RelatedVirgin recruits world’s cutest poochBoo let the dogs out? Pomeranian Facebook sensation in Virgin America post.JetBlue launches new flights to St Lucia from New YorkJetBlue launches new flights to St Lucia from New YorkJetBlue launches new flights to KingstonJetBlue Airways has launched new flights to Kingston, Jamaica from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. Orphaned baby cougars are cute enough. Stick one on a plane and video it being fed milk from a bottle and you hit a whole new level of ‘aww-ness’. That is exactly what happened this week on board a JetBlue flight from Idaho to Massachusetts, USA. four-year old cougar kitten was found alone in Salmon, Idaho by wildlife officials who were unable to find his mother and took him to a local veterinary clinic. They decided that they would have to find him a new home and arranged to send him to a zoo in New England.The adorable kitten, later named ‘Blue’ after the carrier who transported him and not his piercing blue eyes, was whisked away to a new life in New England and arrived after almost five hours in the skies.The journey has taken its toll on the little tyke. He is spending some time in the animal hospital at Franklin Park Zoo in Massachusetts and he won’t be up for any visitors at the zoo for at least a year. Awww. But don’t worry, this is standard procedure – it’s just until he’s big enough to fend for himself. You can catch Blue’s big debut, alongside the other cute cougars at Stone Zoo, in the Treasures of the Sierra Mare exhibition in winter 2015. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Hong Kong China – Reported by Elite Traveler the


first_imgHong Kong, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFollowing Embraer’s authorization for Metrojet to be its first service center in China in August 2011, Metrojet proudly welcomes the very first Embraer aircraft to its managed fleet. The Legacy 650 entered service in late 2010 and has a range of 3,900 nautical miles, affording nonstop distances, as well as a fully equipped wet gallery and the largest inflight accessible baggage compartment in its class. Metrojet is now fully equipped to provide maintenance services for Embraer’s customers of both the Lineage 1000 and Legacy 600/650 series.“It is an exciting time for the business aviation industry as we are seeing a lot of activities across the Asia region. After becoming Embraer’s first authorized service centre in China, we are now managing our first Embraer aircraft. This arrival is meaningful to Metrojet and I am confident that we will continue to welcome more Embraer aircrafts to our Metrojet fleet. We look forward to a long term partnership with Embraer and are committed to delivering service and operational excellence to all our customers,” said Björn Näf, CEO of Metrojet.“We are delighted to partner with the Metrojet family. This partnership not only showcases Embraer’s strong business growth in the Asia region, but also demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving support and services for all our customers. We are confident that Metrojet will provide the efficient and excellent service that it is known for,” said Guan Dongyuan, President of Embraer China.With this addition, Metrojet now manages up to 30 aircrafts of various aircraft types. Both Metrojet and Embraer are very positive with the outlook of aircraft demands in the Asia region, particularly in Greater China.www.metrojet.comwww.embraer.comlast_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler


first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMB&F’s newest Machine was born of a proverbial trip back in time: The fabled watchmaker traveled back 100 years and imagined what MB&F would have created had it existed a century ago. One part the thrill of time travel, one part firm respect for the very best of traditional watchmaking, the Legacy Machine No. 1 (LM1) is the first in MB&F’s exciting new line.Maximilian Büsser is an unconditional admirer of 18th and 19th-century horology—the Golden Era, when virtually everything was invented. But he needed two new “Friends” to pay proper tribute to the Grand Masters of that era. Enter Jean-François Mojon, one of the most innovative watchmakers today, and Kari Voutilainen, among the most highly-regarded watchmakers when it comes to classic horology and respect for tradition.The resulting LM1 is a true masterpiece. Its movement was created from scratch, but echoes the classic caliber designs of a century ago. The finish is impeccable; just ask Kari, who for the first time has accepted to put his name on a movement other than his own.Despite the beautiful harmony of the movement, you may notice an important element is missing: The balance wheel, the heart of any timepiece, and for good reason the obsession of horology’s ancestors. To give the balance wheel its due, it has been placed at the very forefront, floating right above the dial. In fact, the balance wheel levitates above two dials—driven by the same unique regulating system—giving you two totally independent times, not just offset by the usual hours or half-hours like other GMT watches, but by whatever time lapse you might need. The unusual sextant-shaped instrument at 6 o’clock, in case you were wondering, is the world’s first vertical power reserve.LM1 is available in red or white read more

Modernity meets femininity this fall when Salvator


first_imgModernity meets femininity this fall when Salvatore Ferragamo and Yohji Yamamoto come together, for the first time, in a collection of eight, limited-edition women’s shoes for Fall Winter 2009/2010.Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto’s typical deconstructed lines and plastic shapes will blend with Florentine designer Salvatore Ferragamo’s classic feminine creations and fine craftsmanship.“The first Ferragamo’s model I was interested in was their standard model, Vara,” Yohji Yamamoto said in a press release. “They are so simple but fit perfectly to everyone’s feet. I was also interested in their femininity, which is so far from my creations.”Together, the iconic Vara pump base will be combined with expressive shapes and clean lines to create a lace-up and sneaker. Even the packaging will mesh—Yamamoto’s red and black print will take over the shopping bag and box while Ferragamo’s signature red will be the inside of the shoes.“The partnership with Yohji Yamamoto has been a great source of creative inspiration for us,” James Ferragamo, Director of the brand’s Women’s Leather Goods Department, said in the press release. “We are extremely proud to be sharing our technical and design background with an artist who has innovated the aesthetic canons of fashion today.”The Salvatore Ferragamo for Yohji Yamamoto mini-collection will be available in July at Yohji Yamamoto boutiques and select Ferragamo stores worldwide. Visit read more

A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on Apr


first_img A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on April 4, 2012. CBC says it plans to launch a paid version of a new CBC TV app that will let viewers watch programs without ads. The broadcaster says in a memo that the new app will allow users to live stream CBC TV, watch episodes on demand on the same day they’re released, see ad-free children’s programing, and see series not aired on the network. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette TORONTO – CBC said Monday it plans to launch a paid version of a new CBC TV app that will let viewers watch programs without ads.The broadcaster said in a memo that the new app, which will also be available for free in an ad-supported version, will allow users to live stream CBC TV, watch episodes on demand on the same day they’re released, see ad-free children’s programing and see series not aired on the network.“It is our hope that this new offering will entice an increasing portion of our audience to spend even more time with us each month,” said Heather Conway, executive vice-president of CBC’s English services, in the memo.CBC said that starting Tuesday, all of its 14 regional linear channels will be live-streamed, and audiences will also be able to sign in with a CBC account to access more features.The broadcaster said it will cost $4.99 for the ad-free, premium version of the new CBC TV app.It says the app is part of its expanding offerings to new digital platforms as customers get more of their content from digital services such as Netflix.CBC says more than 1.1 million unique visitors used the CBC TV digital service in November. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2017 3:46 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img CBC to launch ad-free paid streaming option as part of revamped TV applast_img read more

Bridal designers talk princess moments and Meghan


first_imgBridal designers talk princess moments and Meghan Markle FILE – In this April 12, 2018, file photo, Bridal fashion from the Reem Acra collection is modeled during Bridal Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2018 6:25 am PDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 10:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle approaching, princesses were a hot topic of conversation during the recent market week for the bridal industry.Who will dress the American for her big day May 19 and what style she will choose remains a locked-down mystery.“I hope she’s got an American brand on, I really do,” said London-based designer Kate Halfpenny, founder of Halfpenny London who shows in New York twice a year to be closer to buyers.“I’d love her to be in an Oscar (de la Renta) or a Carolina (Herrera). I think she’ll be clean and simple. I think she’ll be nothing like Kate, nothing like Pippa. Maybe off the shoulder, very open but with a very lacy veil,” she said.Naeem Khan, who went glitter rock chick in a collection of after-party glitz, said whatever Markle chooses, she’ll influence the market.“I think Meghan is a very, very cool modern princess,” he said. “People love her and women will love to dress like her.”Taking a break between bridal shows at her penthouse flagship in Manhattan, designer Romona Keveza said much is at stake for Markle on her wedding day.“She has the opportunity to break barriers or set barriers back 100 years just by her wedding dress,” she said. “It’s going to depend on who she listens to.”Reem Acra, whose “Prophet Collection” was both princessy and angelic, envisions Markle in a ballgown. The royal wedding will carry a message for the next generation of brides, she said.“Everything is possible and we all can become princesses, we all can become queens,” said Acra. “That message is going to be so strong in the wedding world.”Some highlights from bridal week:HALFPENNY LONDONAs a stylist, Halfpenny worked with Rihanna and Kate Moss before launching her bridal company in 2005. She now relishes offering regular women star treatment both online and in 26 namesake stores around the world.She’s all about mixing textures and fabrics for brides who want contemporary but just outside the box. One look was all-over lace adorned with tiny stars that have a touch of metallic so they glitter under bright lights, with a long veil to match. Another used stretchy dotted lace for a draped sleeve with a matching overlay on a dress that showed off a model’s curves.Halfpenny stiffened lace with pleats and paired that with a stout but soft and pliable mikado for a flutter-style sleeve that stayed in place. Overskirts with pockets opened to sleek column gowns and a cape was trimmed in feathers.Having always given her gowns feminine names, Halfpenny is honouring the men in her life with namesake looks in this collection for next spring. But, she said, “No exes. Absolutely no exes.”REEM ACRAEvery client is Acra’s queen. This season she gave models spring buds on branches and put flowers on their crowns as they walked down her aisle at the majestic main branch of the New York Public Library.With names that included “Gate to Eternity,” the Beirut native used Lebanese-American Kahlil Gibran and his book “The Prophet” as her muse.Flowers dominated, in detailing and fabrics. She included a floral Jacquard and silk faille.One modern, fitted look had a large jewel bow adornment. Acra also showed a multitude of full skirts, both stiff ball gown silhouettes and flowing pleated forms.The marriage of worlds between an American actress and Prince Harry was mirrored in a union of fabrics featuring intricate beading and embroideries, worked on by hand in both Europe and America.“This collection has an intellectual feeling,” Acra said. “It’s kind of an empowerment of how all these hands put together from all over the world make such a beautiful thing.”ROMONA KEVEZAChances are you know a bride who has worn Keveza. She showed three lines, including her Legends collection. One gown was a strapless fit-and-flare in white with a large black bow attached at the back, its tails trailing behind as a train. Another had a stiff cape that lent a 1950s feel.Keveza honoured everybody from Jackie O and Princess Diana to the oft-married Elizabeth Taylor and an American who never was queen, Wallis Simpson. An ivory ball gown with a deep-V neckline and illusion sleeves was an ode to the elegance of Princess Grace of Monaco, among the OG American actresses to become royalty.Keveza’s Romona New York collection was young and flirty. One strapless gown that hugged and flared in all the right places was fitted with lace pieces attached at the waist to flap like wings.Her namesake Romona Keveza Collection had some big royal moments in silvery sheens with traditional touches of embroidery and lace, all inspired by grand venues around the world.There was a dainty off-the-shoulder gown with a modest plunge at the neck and light touches of classic embellishment, with Versailles as a muse. A long-sleeve gown with a full skirt and high boatneck took a Buckingham Palace feel. Her look inspired by Windsor Castle, where Markle will wed her prince, had long sheer sleeves and neck attached to a less voluminous white dress.VERA WANGShe did not have the royal wedding in mind. She had bold reds and yellows and greens, light purples and pinks, on the brain.The drama this season came in layers and layers of crinkly tulle, and huge flowers at the hip, neck and back, and trains for days. There were some space agey fitted light taupe dresses with blocky structured shoulders as well.Wang’s brides were a touch angsty. One wore a skin tone bustier draped in darker lace, paired with crinkly, wispy long layers in ominous dark colours that looked like storm clouds.She trimmed tulle in lace hems and offered a few flowing bows at the waists in pink and yellow. These brides wore their hair loose and wild, curly and tossed, ponytailed and pixie short.The inspiration in general was that of the Flemish painters, Vermeer among them.NAEEM KHANIn a jumpsuit, a tracksuit, in a cape that ties with a ribbon, in metallic golds and silver, Khan’s “rocker” collection is perfect for drinking and dancing.“My bride is somebody that actually wears multiple things through the evening, so she’ll wear something for dinner, something to greet the guests in, the main dress and something to dance in. So we design multiple pieces for her for the whole night,” he said.The above mentioned cape, for instance, can be removed to reveal a cocktail dress underneath. His designs were his trademark ornate with dazzling sequins, beads and feathers as accents.“The American bride is getting very, very fashion conscious,” he said, in an industry once dominated by manufacturers.“It’s not your standard wedding dress,” Khan added. “It’s a fashion moment.”___Associated Press writer Ragan Clark in New York contributed to this report.___For complete coverage of the royal wedding, visit: read more

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first_img The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, left, and American bishop Michael Curry pose for the media ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, England, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP) American bishop brings human rights focus to royal wedding by David Rising, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2018 10:08 am PDT Last Updated May 19, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img He’s the son of an American civil rights activist and the descendant of African slaves. He condemned last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as fascist and he has outspokenly stood up for gay rights.The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry also plans to join a march on the White House next week that rejects U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America first” stance as “theological heresy.”The 65-year-old leader of the Episcopal Church was hand-picked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to deliver a sermon at their wedding Saturday even though the couple had not met him at the time.The bride and groom haven’t said why they chose Curry, but he’s known as an engaging, impassioned speaker who preaches openness and tolerance. He can be relaxed and jocular at the pulpit, peppering his sermons with jokes and personal anecdotes, but also fiery as he delivers more serious messages.Curry, who has two grown daughters with his wife Sharon, was born in Chicago and raised in Buffalo, New York. His father, the late Rev. Kenneth Curry, was rector of an important African-American parish there and an outspoken civil rights activist.In 2015, Curry became the first black presiding bishop of the predominantly white Episcopal Church, an offshoot of the Church of England in the United States that has been the spiritual home of many of the American founding fathers and U.S. presidents.His appointment came just after the church decided to bless same-sex marriages, and in his sermons and writings has frequently compared the black civil rights movement to the LGBT struggle for equality.The Episcopal Church’s stance on gay marriage has caused friction with the greater Anglican Communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will be officiating as the latest royal couple make their marriage vows.Despite those differences, Welby tweeted that he was “thrilled” Curry had been asked to deliver a sermon during the royal wedding, calling Curry a “brilliant pastor, stunning preacher and someone with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.”Curry’s stances have also brought him into open conflict with several Trump administration policies, including its move to end the Obama-era immigration program that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.In a September statement, Curry emphasized the Episcopal Church’s support for the immigration program and the youth affected, saying “our Christian values are at stake; humane and loving care for the stranger, the alien and the foreigner is considered a sacred duty and moral value for those who would follow the way of God.”Earlier last year, Curry denounced Trump’s plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military saying it was “a violation of the fundamental ideal of equality in America.” He has also thrown his support behind the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s protest against a planned oil pipeline backed by the Trump administration.On May 24, Curry plans to join other Christian leaders in a march on the White House to draw attention to a joint declaration that sets out a number of concerns. It says that “we are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches.”In rejecting Trump’s “America first” policy, the declaration says “while we share a patriotic love for our country, we reject xenophobic or ethnic nationalism that places one nation over others.”It also adds: “Global poverty, environmental damage, violent conflict, weapons of mass destruction and deadly diseases in some places ultimately affect all places, and we need wise political leadership to deal with each of these.”last_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2018 6:52 pm PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Michael Kaan wins $40,000 First Novel Award for ‘The Water Beetles’ TORONTO – Winnipeg writer Michael Kaan has won the 2018 First Novel Award for “The Water Beetles,” and with it a $40,000 prize.“The Water Beetles,” loosely based on the diaries of Kann’s own father, tells story of a family as they look to survive the 1941 Japanese invasion of Hong Kong.The story is told through the perspective of a child who escapes to the countryside with his siblings to avoid the Japanese.Published by Goose Lane Editions, “The Water Beetles” was also a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction.Kaan’s book was chosen from a shortlist of six, which included “The Boat People” by Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart), “The Bone Mother” by David Demchuk (ChiZine Publications), “American War” by Omar El Akkad (McClelland & Stewart), “The Black Peacock” by Rachel Manley (Cormorant Books), and “Dazzle Patterns” by Alison Watt (Freehand Books).Now in its 42nd year, the First Novel Award has a lengthy history of beginning the careers of notable Canadian novelists, and past winners include Michael Ondaatje, W.P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, David Bezmozgis, Andre Alexis and Madeleine Thien.The prize is co-presented by Amazon and the Walrus Foundation.This year’s panel of judges was composed of writers Irene Gammel, Dimitri Nasrallah and Donna Bailey Nurse.Note to readers: CORRECTS list of shortlisted authors in para 5 to include Alison Watt.last_img read more

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first_imgEx-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara FILE – In this undated file photo, Chilean singer and songwriter Victor Jara poses for a portrait in an unknown location in Chile. A judge in Chile has sentenced eight retired soldiers to 18 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of the well-known folklorist, which occurred during the chaotic first days of Chile’s 1973 coup, according to the court’s communications office on Tuesday, July 4, 2018. (AP Photo, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2018 8:11 am PDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img SANTIAGO, Chile – A Chilean judge has sentenced eight retired military officers to 18 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of folk singer Victor Jara and a government official at the start of the country’s military dictatorship.The office of the court system says a ninth veteran was sentenced to five years for coverup.The Marxist folk singer was seized in the hours after Gen. Augusto Pinochet overthrew socialist President Salvador Allende on Sept. 11, 1973. He was taken the country’s main soccer stadium where he was tortured and killed.Allende’s prisons chief Littre Quiroga also was killed.The ruling announced Tuesday can be appealed.More than 3,000 people were slain during the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, and most of those crimes remain unsolved.last_img read more