At stations where you can use Suica cards, there are marks indicating so. They are the Suica Mark and the Japan Transportation IC Card Mark.The Suica Mark is easy to understand. The transportation IC card mark is a sign that indicates that you can use Suica at stations of railway companies other than JR East Japan (East Japan Railway Company).As long as these marks can be found at a turnstile, you’ll be able to use your Suica at that station.Look Out! No Suica Here!Some tips to conclude. You can only use Suica when you’re moving within a certain area. If you’re crossing over areas, you will have to buy a paper ticket.For ExampleYou can use the Suica to go from Tokyo station to Shin-Yokohama station, or from Osaka station to Kyoto station, as these stations are in the same region (except for shinkansen tickets).But you cannot use the Suica to go from Tokyo station to Nagoya station.If you’re not from Japan, you might not know from where to where is within an area. As a rough standard, if the trip will take more than a few hours (for example Tokyo to Osaka), you will need to purchase a paper ticket.Also recommendedLuggage-free Sightseeing! How To Use IC Card Coin LockersGet Around With Ease: How To Buy Your Own SuicaMake Shopping In Japan Easier With A Suica CardRefund Your Suica Before Going Home!How To Charge Your Suica Can You Use A Suica Anywhere In Japan?A Suica is an IC card used for transportation by train issued by JR East Japan (East Japan Railway Company), which operates in the Greater Tokyo Area. At first, the Suica card was only usable in the area covered by JR East Japan.However, at present, it has overcome railway company barriers and is usable in most stations in Japan (however, still not 100%). Today we will be introducing how to use a Suica card outside the central Tokyo area, as the card is probably something most visitors from overseas will be purchasing.Know Where You Can Use A SuicaAt present, you can use a Suica card in the following areas.・Greater Tokyo AreaTokyo and the surrounding regions.・Sendai Area・Niigata AreaThe northern regions referred to as Tohoku and Hokuriku.・Sapporo Area (SAPICA area)・Kitaca Area (JR Hokkaido or Hokkaido Railway Company)The Hokkaido area.・TOICA Area (JR Tokai or Central Japan Railway Company)・manaca Area (Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya・Meitetsu・etc.)Nagoya and the surrounding regions.・ICOCA Area (JR West Japan or West Japan Railway Company) ・PiTaPa Area (Surutto Kansai) The western regions of Japan like Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima.・SUGOCA Area (JR Kyushu or Kyushu Railway Company)・nimoca Area (Nishitetsu, etc.)・Hayakaken Area (Fukuoka City Transportation Bureau)The Kyushu region.In this way, the Suica card is usable in most regions of Japan. However, it might be hard for tourists to understand where exactly the train lines are just from the names of the areas. And there are a few railways where you can’t use the Suica card. How do you know when you can’t use a Suica card at a station?Search For Two Marks
Minoo city in Osaka is popular place to live with great natural surroundings and a calm atmosphere. In autumn,many people come here to see the maple leaves.Do you know that there’s a famous dish available here in fall? Have you heard what it’s made of?More than ten shops serve maple leaf tempura on Takido street, which leads to Minoo waterfall, one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Minoo. Eating maple leaves… I wonder what they taste like?Let’s find out together!Maple Leaf Tempura?!Hisakuni Kousendou, which opened over 75 years ago, is one of the shops famous for its maple leaf tempura, and they were kind enough to show us how it’s made.Maple leaf tempura has a history dating back over 1300 years. The mountain in Minoo city was a known Shugendo area, a syncretic mountain religion in Japan. Shugendo practitioners were especially moved by the sight of beautiful maple leaves by the waterfall, and were inspired to create maple leaf tempura to serve to visitors to the area. This delicacy quickly became popular and ultimately grew to be one of the popular snacks and famous souvenirs of the region.This shop, Hisakuni Kousendou, grows their own 150 maple trees in order to produce their maple leaf tempura. They pickle the yellow leaves and store them every year; picking both purifies and preserves the maple leaves, which makes it possible for this shop to have maple leaf tempura available all year round.Maple leaf tempura isn’t made from leaves that have fallen off the trees. Plus, they only use yellow maple leaves – leaves that have already turned red have thicker and harder stems, and may turn black when cooked, which isn’t very appetizing.The pickled yellow leaves, coarse sugar, flour and sesame seeds are used to prepare the tempura batter. It takes a lot of time and work to make maple leaf tempura.Then it’s time to deep fry them.They know the right oil temperature and cooking time to cook the perfect maple leaf tempura.Although they fry them fresh in the store all day long, they aren’t sold when they’re freshly cooked. Instead, maple leaf tempura is left overnight to remove as much oil as possible from it before being sold.If they’re sold right after being fried, the heaviness and taste of the oil can overpower that of the tempura and maple leaf, and no one wants a mouthful of oil as a snack!What Does Maple Leaf Tempura Taste Like?Let’s try some!It’s quite crisp. The tempura batter has a slightly sweet taste while the veins of the leaf have a salty, pickled edge to them. They’re very easy to eat, and taste amazing!Although called tempura, they have a taste that is somewhat similar to karinto, a deep fried brown sugar snack. Maple leaf tempura is served here at Hisakuni Kousendou and at other shops along with a nice cup of Japanese tea, which is the perfect accompaniment. Maple leaf tempura has many different variations depending on where you purchase it, which means that there are many different options to choose from in Minoo city. We recommend trying out some of the different types in order to find the one that best suits your palate.Maple leaf tempura can also be purchased in Osaka City Air Terminal (OCAT) in Osaka Minami, the shopping district in Namba, next to Minoo city.What do you think of maple leaf tempura? Are you tempted to give it a try?Maple leaf tempura can’t readily be found in other parts of Japan, which makes it a must-try item if you’re going to be visiting the Osaka area. They’re an especially fun treat to enjoy as you stroll about Takido street and visit the waterfall here too.This area is also popular with those hiking and trekking in the woods, and as more and more visitors from around the world are coming here, the wife of the owner of Hisakuni Kousendou has prepared maps in English, Chinese, Korean and Thai to help sightseers get the most out of their visit to Minoo.By all means, please visit Minoo in Osaka and see their natural wonders as you enjoy some delicious maple leaf tempura!InformationMinoo Takido StreetNearest Station: Minoo Station on the Hankyu Minoo LineAccess: 1 minute walk to the entrance of Takido StreetHisakuni KousendouAddress: Osaka, Minoo, Minno 1-1-40Hours: 9:30-18:00Closed: ThursdaysPrices: 320-1500 yenPhone: 072-721-2747Other Languages: English and ChineseWebsite: http://www.hisakuni.net (Japanese)
You can make your very own photo frame using the sand, driftwood, and seashells from around the island.Yunnu TaikenkanAddress: Kagoshima, Oshima district, Yoron, Ritcho 3313Phone number: +81-0997-84-3661Website: Yunnu Taikenkan (Japanese)5. Akasaki Limestone Cave The southernmost island of Kagoshima prefecture is Yoronjima. Only 22 km south of this island is the main island of Okinawa, and you can sense the impact of Okinawan culture here despite still being in Kagoshima. The island itself only has a population of about 6,000 people, who are considered to be very mellow and friendly thanks to living in such a tropical paradise. A real train does not arrive or leave this station. There is only a station house, rails, and wheels. Yoron Jimakanko Committee View Informationtravel_agencySponsored by Kagoshima Tourism Federation Ooganeku Beach is Yoronjima’s largest beach and during the warmer seasons, it gets filled with swimmers. It is a spot where almost every tourist stops by when visiting Yoronjima. The area has glass-bottom boats, snorkeling and plenty of other marine activities and shops for people to enjoy. It is a perfect spot to stroll along the white sandy beaches or spend a relaxing time with a book.Ooganeku BeachAddress: Kagoshima, Oshima district, Yoron, Furusato2. Yurigahama Sandbar Appears During Low Tide Blessed with the sea, there are many rare shellfish, boats, and fishing equipment the people of Yoronjima once used in their daily lives on display here as well. A shop we would like for you to stop by is Misaki. This shop is known for having strange names for their shaved ice. There are shaved ices that take inspiration from actual places, such as Yurigahama or even one called Stupid Kimura. Inside the cave is the ”Gate to Happiness” and the ”Hall of Swords” that are wonderful spots created by Mother Nature.Akasaki Limestone CaveAddress: Kagoshima, Oshima district, Yoron, Mugiya 678Closed: Every Wednesday (open all summer, Golden Week, beginning and end of year.)Phone number: +81-0997-97-20696. Yoron Station The main agricultural crop of Yoronjima is sugar cane. Until a sugar factory was made after the war, there were carts pulled by oxen where used to harvest the sugar cane, squeeze the juices from the plants, and make brown sugar.Yoron Folk VillageAddress: Kagoshima, Oshima district, Yoron, Higashi ward 693Admission fee: adults (above middle school) 400 yen, elementary school 200 yenPhone number: +81-0997-97-2934Website: Yoron Folk Village (Japanese)4. Yunnu Taikenkan During the industrial development era in Japan, convenient machinery arrived on the island. Houses got television, phones, refrigerators, washing machines, and the lives on the islanders changed drastically. The houses on Yoronjima have distinctive cone shaped thatched roofs and many still keep this shape today. Yoronjima is an island made up of a collection of coral reefs. This natural cave was made after the land gradually eroded after many years. Each drop from the stalactites creates a mystical scenery that captivates its visitors. In this article, we would like to introduce the main points of interest and the culture of Yoronjima.1. Ooganeku Beach, A Must Visit Place in Yoronjima! Yoron Station is a fictional train station situated on an imaginary line connecting Okinawa, Yoronjima and Kagoshima. Yoron Kenpo is a ceremonial drinking ritual that is done to welcome guests. The people who gather are supposed to drink while making a statement, however, there are distinctive rules and methods that need to be followed. Right past Yoron Station is a path to walk around from which you can see the beautiful sea.Yoron StationAddress: Kagoshima, Oshima district, Yoron7. Misaki’s Shaved Ice Different from Kagoshima and Okinawa, Yoronjima is a distinctive island that keeps its own traditions and culture. Why not visit this island that is lesser known to people outside of Japan?Basic Information About YoronjimaAddress: Kagoshima, Ooshima district, YoronjimaAccess: 1 hour 10 minutes by plane from Kagoshima. 40 minutes by plane from Naha airport.Phone number: +81-0997-97-3111Website: Yoronjima (Japanese)Yoronjima Tourism Map There are plenty of weird names that will have you confused, but all of them are delicious and would definitely be a memorable treat to have under the tropical sun.MisakiAddress: Kagoshima, Oshima district, Yoron, Higashi ward, entrance of Akasaki bayPhone number: +81-0997-97-51178. Yoron Kenpo It is part of the service culture where people welcome and thank you for coming. This is not recommended for those who aren’t big drinkers or fans of alcohol, but is a must-try for drinkers or those who would really like to experience the local culture. On the other hand, the important cultural lifestyle that the people of the island followed for ages became threatened with extinction as a result. The Yoron Folk Village was created to preserve the traditions of the islanders. Daily necessities used on the island along with old houses have been moved and restored here in order to tell future generations and visitors about what life on the island was originally like. Yunnu Taikenkan is a tourism center where you can enjoy the culture and history of Yoronjima. There are a total of 27 different activities for tourists to enjoy such as fishing for tropical fish, island history, and landmark expedition. This time we joined a photo frame making experience using the seashells of Yoronjima! Yurigahama is a sandbar that appears only during the low tide. Located only 1.5 meters away from Ooganeku Beach, you can spot a sandbar during the low tide during the spring and summer. However, it does not appear in a specified area, so it will appear in random places depending on the day.It is a seasonal phenomenon that takes place only from April to October. You can access the sandbar with a boat from Ooganeku Beach, but the only time you can step ashore is during the low tide as it quickly disappears. It is definitely a phantom island.YurigahamaAddress: Kagoshima, Oshima district, Yoron, FurusatoIf you take a photo here, you will get a very dream-like image indeed.3. Yoron Folk Village
Aireon and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced today that Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), Aircraft Operators, Regulators and Search and Rescue Organizations can now pre-register for their free, global Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (ALERT) service.The Aireon ALERT service will provide the last known position of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-equipped aircraft that is in an apparent distress state or experiencing a loss in communication. The service is only available to aviation stakeholders and offers precise position reports, free of charge. The Aireon ALERT system is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2019 and will operated out of the IAA North Atlantic Communications Centre in Ballygirreen, County Clare, Ireland.Enabled by Aireon’s unique space-based ADS-B service, Aireon ALERT will fill a critical need within the aviation industry. For the first time, ANSPs, Aircraft Operators, Regulators and Search and Rescue organizations will have access, on request, to exact position data for an aircraft in distress over the oceans, remote areas and anywhere else they may need aircraft position information in an emergency.“We are proud to host and operate the world’s first truly global aircraft locating and emergency response tracking facility, based on the AireonSM system’s capabilities,” said Peter Kearney, Chief Executive Officer of the IAA. “Our facility will be providing Aireon ALERT services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. As long as an aircraft is broadcasting on 1090 MHz ADS-B, we will be able to locate it anywhere worldwide. This is a unique and secure cloud-based service, designed to the highest data protection standards.”“Aireon is proud to support a much-needed solution to the aviation industry,” said Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon. “For the first time, the Aireon ALERT service will deliver the most precise location data for emergency and distress situations over the oceans and remote areas, typically void of ground-based infrastructure. We recognize that our system has unique capabilities, and with that comes a responsibility to help prevent future tragedies.”Users of the service do not need to be customers of either Aireon or the IAA to use the service; they simply need to be registered. Once a stakeholder has registered and been approved for Aireon ALERT, should an emergency arise, it can contact the 24/7/365 operations facility to obtain the last known position of its aircraft. This will include a map of the last 15 minutes of flight, with one plot per minute and a 4-dimensional report including altitude, latitude, longitude and time information. Based on the situation, additional tracking information may also be provided. Aireon ALERT will be provided as a public service, free of charge to registered stakeholders.Illustration at top courtesy of Aireon LLC To pre-register for Aireon ALERT, ANSPs, Aircraft Operators, Regulators and Search and Rescue Organizations should visit www.aireonalert.com.For additional information about Aireon ALERT, please visit www.aireonalert.comFor more information about Aireon, please visit www.aireon.com.For more information on the Irish Aviation Authority, please visit www.iaa.ieAbout the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is a commercial semi-state company. The IAA has three main functions: the provision of air traffic management and related services in Irish controlled airspace, the safety regulation of the civil aviation industry in Ireland and the oversight of civil aviation security in Ireland. The IAA is a founding partner of Aireon and hosts the Aireon ALERT service at its North Atlantic Communications Centre in Ballygirreen, County Clare, Ireland. For more information about the IAA, visit: www.iaa.ie.About Aireon LLCAireon is deploying a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon will harness next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and, for the first time ever, extend their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Real-time ADS-B surveillance will cover oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) from around the world, like NAV CANADA, ENAV, NATS and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon will have an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system in 2018. For more information, please visit www.aireon.com.About Aireon ALERTAireon ALERT will be the only free service providing global coverage and GPS location and real-time tracking data to assist rescue coordination centers in emergency situations. Through a 24/7 communications facility, operated by the IAA at its North Atlantic Communications Centre in Ballygirreen, County Clare, Ireland, Aireon ALERT will make it possible to precisely query the location and flight track of any ADS-B equipped aircraft flying in distress.
While United Airlines has adopted a wide variety of connectivity solutions, ranging from Gogo air-to-ground, Panasonic Ku and Thales/Viasat Ka, the carrier has historically strived to offer a consistent passenger experience across those systems.United unified the various user interfaces by layering its own portal over the existing Gogo portal. It has also limited the functionality of its speedy Thales/Viasat Ka system – with Thales as the prime contractor – to match the experience of both its Panasonic and Gogo systems. It blocked Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and pretty much any other streaming video service on its flights.Yet when Viasat Ka is fully unleashed, as seen at JetBlue, it provides an excellent streaming experience. With Viasat serving as prime for Ka installs on the 737 MAX 9 fleet, United has finally unlocked the full capability of the Viasat system on the MAXs, RGN can reveal. (We asked in February if the carrier would ‘unleash the beast’ on these birds; now we know the answer is ‘yes‘).In an update to its inflight Wi-Fi documentation page, the question is posed: “Can I use Netflix or other streaming video websites?” United’s answer confirms that passengers on the 737 MAX 9 aircraft connected with the Viasat system – and only on the MAX – can stream to their heart’s content. As for the rest of the Wi-Fi equipped fleet, video streaming services will remain blocked.The 737NG aircraft managed by Thales use a very similar system to the Viasat 737 MAX system (same satellite right now, even) so what accounts for this change? A United spokesperson tells RGN:We’ve always been interested in offering a Premium Wi-Fi service, which supports streaming and is currently only available on our MAX aircraft via Viasat. We introduced streaming on Viasat equipped aircraft because they have the right service using the latest technology to support streaming.Does United expect this to expand to other aircraft in the future?We are currently focused on improving our Wi-Fi’s reliability, which is a priority before adding other enhancements. However, we do know that customers value being able to stream on board, and we are looking into ways to expand this capability to more aircraft.As to whether there is any messaging on the aircraft to alert passengers that Netflix and streaming is allowed, the United spokesperson says: “When customers visit the Wi-Fi portal on our MAX aircraft, they are alerted that streaming is supported when purchasing the premium Wi-Fi option.”The frequently asked questions page also confirms that the MAX aircraft will sport Wi-Fi on international flights before the end of the year. “Our new 737 MAX 9s equipped with Viasat Internet are currently entering service and do not have Wi-Fi internet capabilities for international flights, but will begin offering Wi-Fi service on international flights by the end of 2018.”In February, United signed a deal with Viasat for connectivity on more than 70 aircraft, at least 58 of which will be for the MAX.The airline has not announced an upgrade path for the hundreds of existing 737NGs with Thales as the prime contractor, though Viasat management has intimated on earnings calls that it is gunning for prime on those birds as well (after winning prime with JetBlue).Related Articles:Could United unleash full inflight Internet beast on its 737s?Revamping its app, United wants “to go where you are”ViaSat’s high-capacity Ka footprint set to grow from 25 AprilSpirit Airlines has great expectations for FlytLIVE connectivityViaSat has great IFC expectations as 737 MAX with wifi readies for EISThales’ work to grow US footprint is harder with JetBlue pivotViaSat eyes connectivity opportunities at AA after inking MAX dealUnited Airlines to adopt single interface for disparate wifi servicesUnited to expand Ka Internet beyond initial fleet: ViaSat
Denver International Airport (DEN) has been the subject of conspiracy theories dating as far back as its construction in the 1990s. In recent years, with the progression of social media, the airport has embraced the publicity brought on by said theories, including the current Great Hall Project. In several areas throughout the terminal, the airport has placed construction signage referring to the end of the world.When driving to the airport, passengers are greeted by a 32ft towering blue horse sculpture, officially known as Blue Mustang, though locals refer to it as “Blucifer” because of its glowing red eyes. During its construction, a section of the statue fell on its artist and severed an artery, killing him.The main terminal also houses some curious objects, such as murals that depict violent scenes of death, and the airport’s ceremonial capstone mentioning the New World Airport Commission and featuring the symbol of the Freemasons, a fraternal society sometimes connected to the Illuminati by conspiracy theorists.Also feeding into the theories is the layout of the runways at DEN, which resemble the Nazi swastika symbol. The 53 sq mile sprawl of the airport has also led to speculation that the airport may house secret underground facilities or bunkers to house the Illuminati during the apocalypse. The airport opened in 1995, over a year behind schedule, and two billion dollars over budget.DEN is taking advantage of the many theories out there. Image: Paul ThompsonThe nation’s fifth largest airport (by passenger volume) is undergoing a major revamp of the Jeppesen Terminal, which houses its check-in and TSA screening facilities. After the creation of the TSA following 9/11, the airport created two massive screening stations at opposite ends of the terminal, which of course were never part of the original design. The Great Hall project will relocate passenger screening to the same level at which passengers check in for their flights, and promises to enhance the screening experience.Runway Girl Network reached out to the media team at DEN for an elaboration of what exactly “enhanced screening” will mean to passengers, but did not receive a response. However, given the current trend, one might expect biometric screening to be implemented.In addition to the relocation and enhancement of passenger screening, the Great Hall will receive a major makeover. The project is Denver’s first public-private construction partnership, and once completed, the terminal will be “an oasis” for travelers, including upgraded dining and retail options, as well as passenger use facilities such as elevators, escalators, and restrooms. The airport expects to be able to handle an estimated 80 million passengers annually, upon completion.DEN is also spending $1.5 Billion to add 39 gates to its three existing terminals. The airport’s Master Plan features a scheme for two additional concourses, a second terminal, and up to six additional runways, which would give the airport a staggering twelve runways. One of the current runways measures 16,000 feet in length, the longest commercial runway in the United States, and would be more than suitable for Airbus A380 operations. However, no airline currently operates into DEN with the A380. The only two airlines currently serving DEN with A380s in their fleet are British Airways and Lufthansa.At this point, it’s wishful thinking to have a need for twelve runways, but as a Denver resident and traveler who takes dozens of flights per year, it is my opinion that DEN needs a premium international terminal. The three lounges at DEN (One World, Star Alliance, and both United lounges) are modest in terms of size and luxury, which I think must be part of the reason the airport hasn’t attracted more premium international airlines. In fact, Emirates Chairman and CEO His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum earned his Bachelors’ Degree at the University of Denver. The 777-200LR in Emirates’ fleet could easily cover the 6,752 nautical mile hop from Dubai to Denver, with range to spare.DEN is getting an American Express Centurion Lounge, but that is planned to be built on the C Concourse, which is primarily home to Southwest Airlines, who does not currently offer an AMEX card to provide benefits to their Rapid Rewards frequent flyer members. It is an interesting location choice, but the C Concourse is the only concourse without a premium lounge of any sort.The Great Hall and gate expansion projects are expected to be complete in 2021, totaling $3.3 Billion, and expanding the airport’s aircraft capacity by 35 percent.Related Articles:Heathrow third runway vote offers no guarantee of airport expansionNew York starting to see the regional airport it deserves in LaGuardiaDenver International chief Kim Day celebrates inclusion in her fieldAUS uses laughter to speed passengers down its jetwaysMassive CDG construction project to improve Air France #PaxExMunich Airport’s showpiece new satellite terminal opensPictures: London Heathrow’s new Terminal 2 is a slipstream dream
With the CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) relaxation of regulations early this year to allow passengers to use smartphones during flights, the China market has been buzzing with activities in a rush to provide Inflight Connectivity.FTS announced at the APEX Expo 2018 in Boston, USA, that it is partnering with Qingdao Airlines in China to equip its entire fleet of A320 aircraft with the FTS XStream-SAT Broadband Connectivity system.Qingdao Airlines is a fast expanding private airline in China, currently operating a fleet of 14 A320s and serving a route network of over 20 domestic destinations.With its commitment to “Passenger First”, the airline has been outperforming the market and plans to expand to over 100 aircraft by 2025. “Even before the lifting of the ban on passengers using their smartphone, we had been actively looking for a solution that meets our needs. The timing is right now that the smartphone ban was lifted, ChinaSat launched its Ka-band satellites CS-16 and FTS is here with its XStream-SAT system to complete the puzzle“, said the spokesperson for Qingdao Airlines.“We are extremely honored and delighted to be working with Qingdao Airlines on this groundbreaking agreement to equip their fleet with our XStream-SAT Broadband Connectivity solution. In the end what won them over is that we are not just offering hardware, but a total solution including a business management platform that helps minimize cost, improve operational efficiency and maximize ancillary revenue. FTS can offer local support, integration services and market know-how that differentiates us from other providers,” added Mr. Duan Shiping, President of the FTS group.FTS will be on hand to share more on its XStream-SAT solution and also unveil new innovations at the APEX Expo 2018 in Boston, USA, booth #1015, from 24 to 27 Sep 2018.About FTSFTS Technologies Inc. is a fast growing provider of full turnkey in-flight wireless entertainment and connectivity solutions for the aviation industry. FTS designs and manufactures its own aircraft hardware, software, mobile apps and cloud backend to offer a cost-competitive yet powerful integrated platform to elevate airlines’ service offering and optimize ancillary revenue. The company’s XStream-LITE Inflight WiFi Networking system has received EASA and FAA STC, and FTS has already signed agreements with airlines for its XStream-SAT Inflight Connectivity solution. FTS is a global company with regional offices located in the USA, Singapore, Europe and China.
German lessor Doric, which specializes in the sale-and-leaseback side of the market, is keen to see greater adoption of common combinations of seats and inflight entertainment systems to ensure as wide a possible an appeal to the secondhand market, and fewer re-certification hurdles.When a sale-and-leaseback deal is negotiated, an airline will generally either be taking delivery of a fresh widebody from an airframer, or will have a relatively young aircraft whose capital it wants to free up. The value of the aircraft at the start of the sale-and-leaseback process is then based on what Doric estimates the value of the airframe and cabin will be at the end of the lease period.“After they’ve looked at, say, the age of the aircraft and where it came from and the maintenance status, they will have a look on what is the seat manufacturer, what is the LOPA [layout of passenger accommodations], what is the IFE in it, and so on,” Maurick Groeneveld, director of aircraft management and re-marketing at lessor Doric explains to RGN.Determining the value of an aircraft’s cabin includes not just seats. Image: Delta Air LinesOn the IFE front, Groeneveld suggests that the upgradeability of recent generations of IFE software is showing advantages on the widebody leasing market. “In terms of options that you can take, with software you can play [with], that may be somewhat easier by having something extra programmed in there,” he says. Several years ago, Panasonic Avionics began offering a software upgrade to its legacy systems which was welcomed by major airline customers, including Emirates. But when upgradeability is already baked in, it means a longer obsolescence window.Choosing a higher-specification IFE system is quite simply a plus, he suggests. “If everybody now, let’s say, has a 10-in screen in economy class and I will be coming there with mine which is only 5-in, I’m not going to be very much liked [by potential airline customers] with my monitor. On top of it, it would also have implications for my seat because my seat and my monitor — all that needs to be certified.”Groeneveld adds, “We don’t want to have somebody that’s hardly present. There might be an IFE manufacturer that, in combination with a certain seat manufacturer, might not be very popular.” Purely as an example, he notes, “If everybody has Panasonic in its seats for a particular aircraft type, we’d like to have them rather than somebody who has, let’s say, Thales or something else in there.”His comments about leased widebodies contrast to those of SMBC, the mainly narrowbody lessor which told Runway Girl Network earlier in the year that inflight entertainment systems on board narrowbodies were “likely to be obsolete at the end of the lease”, as many narrowbody operators pivot to wireless IFE.Seeking common seats“In terms of seats” on widebodies, Groeneveld continues broadly, “you want to have as much common a seat — as much a state of the art a seat — and the same applies to the IFE in it and so on. Once you start to deviate and come with really unique seats, or seat manufacturers or whatever, unique designs, you have more costs and less attraction by potential parties because they are not familiar with it.”Lessors look for common combinations of seat and IFE. Image: Singapore AirlinesWith business class in particular, first-operator airlines are keen to have their own flagship products, but this can cause complexity in the leasing world, both because the subsequent operators may want product consistency and also because securing aftermarket parts and products is sometimes impossible. “The more fancy they are, they are really tailored and proprietary to the airlines that have them,” Groeneveld says. “We could not even order that same seat, even if I know where I can buy it, and I want to pay for it, I cannot even buy that seat because it is proprietary for that airline, their own customised seats as for a business class, because it’s part of their brand.”Yet, Groeneveld says, there is little pressure that lessors can bring on seatmakers for a more standardized, widely appealing business class product set that avoids those intellectual property issues and suits the aftermarket. And in any case, the lessor is clearly finding workarounds. To wit, wet-lease operator Hi Fly recently leased a former Singapore Airlines A380 from Doric, and opted to keep the Panasonic eX2 system already installed, as well as the first class, economy class and business class seats. The aircraft also has SITAONAIR’s SwiftBroadband-supported connectivity installed, giving Hi Fly the option of switching it on.“We did not require in this case that the modification performed during SIA lease would be removed and so there was no de-modification done and, hence, Hi Fly can make use of the infrastructure in 9V-SKC, now 9H-MIP (under the conditions with On Air, which will probably require a certain fee etc.),” reveals Groeneveld.Seeking a neutral condition for IFCIndustry has been generally concerned about the impact of inflight connectivity systems/radomes on airframes entering the second-hand market for several years. There is less of an aftermarket value in IFC, Groeneveld suggests, noting that with the life cycle and installation timescales of IFC often different to that of the airframe itself, installing systems often necessitates a negotiation with the lessor during the lease period for a modification to the aircraft, usually specifying that the airline returns the airframe to the “neutral” condition.Pressed to explain how Doric views “neutral”, Groeneveld says he means: “back to the original specification as if no satellite dish — and hole, et cetera — had been there”.In the event that the next operator happens to want exactly the same IFC manufacturer, system and generation of technology, Doric will allow the current operator to leave an installation on board such as the aforementioned SITAONAIR install, but in general, Groeneveld says, “We would like to stay out of customization because there is no residual value in it, and all that technology is getting extremely quickly obsolete.”Doric’s portfolio of 44 aircraft includes 33 widebodies: 23 Airbus A380s, four Airbus A330s, two Airbus A340-600s, three Boeing 777-300ERs, and one Boeing 787-9. Yes, it is highly exposed on the A380.But with leasing companies overall playing a greater role in the long-term design of aircraft at the same time as the effective life cycle of the cabins inside those aircraft is decreasing, the dynamic of airlines’ passenger experience choices — from seats to IFE and even inflight connectivity — is changing. RGN will continue to reach out to lessors to seek their viewpoint on matters pertaining to #PaxEx.Related Articles:Inside Hi Fly’s “Coral Reef” A380 for own-branded operationsSkin in the game, aircraft lessor SMBC makes its #PaxEx wishes knownLufthansa Technik to airlines: “Lease your cabin”?Aircraft lessors’ concerns bubble up over antenna blistersPremium economy bottleneck creates challenges and opportunitiesIFE suppliers aim for futureproofing with upgradeabilityAviationgate cuts lead time, improves used seat aircraft marketAircraft interiors marketplace sees rising demand from LCCsKeen about connectivity? Let’s talk about the hood
Southwest Airlines and Panasonic Avionics have made the “mutual decision” to end their business agreement for inflight entertainment and connectivity, the carrier has confirmed to Runway Girl Network.In a statement, Southwest says:Southwest and Panasonic made the mutual decision to end our business agreement for inflight entertainment and connectivity, as we shift our focus to other priorities. The process of removing equipment onboard equipped aircraft has started with plans to complete removals by the end of 2019. To respect confidentiality of our agreement, we will not be providing additional details.A Southwest spokeswoman says the impact of the decision affects a relatively small portion of the carrier’s fleet.Southwest alerted its employees to the news before the holiday, via an internal memo, which was viewed by RGN and published on RGN Premium.RGN understands that some Southwest aircraft have been flying dark, i.e. without connectivity, though the driver for this is unclear.Asked what Southwest is telling passengers, the airline spokeswoman says, “Our customer-facing employees are equipped with the information to encourage our customers to check if their flight has WiFi by connecting to the ‘SouthwestWiFi’ SSID once onboard. If a customer has a concern or would like to share any feedback about their experience, they can contact our Customer Relations department by visiting Southwest.com to retrieve the contact information to email, call or text.”In late 2016, Southwest revealed it would take a dual-source approach to connectivity, enlisting Panasonic to fit its Ku-band system to some Southwest aircraft, even though well over 600 frames carried incumbent Global Eagle’s Ku connectivity offering. If the goal was to keep Global Eagle on its toes, it certainly seems to have worked, as Global Eagle’s service quickly improved on the heels of well-reported Ku capacity boosts by the firm.In the fall of last year, Panasonic announced that while it will continue to service and enhance its Ku network, it intends to sell Inmarsat GX connectivity “as a primary offering for new business”. Southwest later told RGN that it would take into account Panasonic’s IFC pivot when assessing its fleet’s wifi needs.For its part, Global Eagle recently secured “an unplanned opportunity to increase the number of planes with a top customer by more than 50 aircraft installing quickly over the next year”, CEO Josh Marks said in November 2017.Global Eagle declined to comment on the latest news, but senior VP aviation solutions Alexis Steinman tells RGN: “Our relationship with Southwest is excellent and we keep supporting them as we can.”Related Articles:Panasonic IFC pivot taken into account as Southwest studies wifi issuesPanasonic to sell GX connectivity to airlines in deal with rival InmarsatSouthwest Airlines’ dual-source connectivity plan now in playRGN Premium: Exclusive – ending their business agreementPanasonic assures it is committed to XTS plan despite Inmarsat pactPanasonic Avionics vows vast IFC improvements with third gen networkSouthwest, GEE, PAC field fleet questions after IFC announcementRace is on as inflight connectivity providers take it to the MAXSouthwest Airlines begins surveying new inflight technologiesAs Southwest rolls out Panasonic Ku every tail counts for IFC providersCapacity boost coming to make Southwest wifi experience betterSouthwest Airlines eyes next step for Ku connectivity
As Cathay Pacific progresses in its Gogo 2Ku installation, the airline is looking ahead to the next steps in its inflight connectivity strategy: selecting a provider for its Cathay Dragon narrowbodies, harmonizing the portal across all providers, enabling full-journey packages, and being able to adjust pricing.The airline has Panasonic Ku-band connectivity on all its Airbus A350 aircraft, and is currently in the early stages of rolling out Gogo 2Ku to the remaining widebody fleet, Vivian Lo, general manager customer experience and design, told Runway Girl Network in a meeting at the airline’s Cathay City headquarters.“We are 12 aircraft in [with] the Boeing 777-300ERs, and we plan to implement that [2Ku] for the rest of the 777s and A330s as well. So far, the performance has been very strong. We’re quite pleased with it. We’re looking to have critical mass for our longhaul fleet for the end of 2019, and critical mass for our widebody fleet by the end of 2020.”Critical mass for Cathay Pacific in this case is 50% of the fleet, while the widebody fleet also includes the twin-aisle aircraft operated by Cathay Dragon, Lo confirmed.“We are still working on the decision about our narrowbody fleet, which is Cathay Dragon. The 777s, classics as well as the -ERs, and the A330s. Obviously the intention is to have full fleet, and by the time you have full fleet there’s a lot more you can do in terms of monthly passes, daily passes, transit passes, etc. That’s where we would really like to be, ultimately.”Lo was not aware that Cathay has experienced any of the the radome issues suffered by other Gogo customers. “Not that I know of. So far in terms of the 12 777-300ERs that we’ve had, the experience has been very steady and reliable, and has been meeting the service standard we set with them. Generally, the stability has been quite good.”As the rollout continues, Cathay Pacific is turning its attention to a combined portal across the Panasonic and Gogo (and a possible third provider for the narrowbody aircraft). The airline is presently looking at the case for such a move, and is looking to choose a provider to build it.“That provider could be either one of the two incumbent service providers or a third party,” Lo said. “But the appetite for the wifi provider to want to do that is still a question mark. We’ll see how it goes.”A key objective for the network carrier is to enable connecting flight packages.Right now, the overall operation is totally with that particular provider, so it is a Panasonic operation using a Panasonic portal, Panasonic account, and then Gogo. Right now there’s no integration between the two platforms. You can’t even use your loyalty number to sign in.When you have a harmonized portal, that’s the aim. It could be that, in the interim, if that takes too long, you can harmonize the individual portals so it looks more the same, but then the passing of the codes between the two systems would be a bit difficult, so it’s not something we can do right now. We are really putting a lot of hope on the harmonized portal.Indeed, noted Lo, “most airlines are now in the priority of trying to harmonize between different portals internally, building to a future that can potentially work across alliances. For us, our immediate priority is to get our two systems to talk, but there are ongoing discussions both in terms of oneworld and in terms of the APEX organization to see how we can go beyond the individual airline.”The portal, together with new commercial agreements with service providers, will allow Cathay Pacific to start changing its pricing, which is currently priced by flight, incentivizing passengers on the longest flights rather than shorter ones given that the per-hour pricing of a flat sub-US$20-per-flight rate effectively drops every extra hour travelers fly.“In terms of the A350 we don’t see the full potential yet because we also have roaming,” Lo said. “The Hong Kong [mobile phone network] providers provide very cheap data roaming passes for the flight, so that’s competition there. We should in time see better overall uplift in terms of the data usage.”As for the take rate that Cathay is seeing, “we are still in early stages. Obviously the longer haul it is the more popular … It also depends whether it is a day flight versus a night flight. We think we will be able to see a much bigger step change once we get to critical mass. Right now because we only have it in some aircraft, the A350s and twelve of the 777-300ERs, it’s still growing and getting increasingly popular.”Cathay Pacific provided flights to enable this interview.Related Articles:With successful Iridium NEXT launch, new day dawns for flight trackingNear-term IFC opportunities in China prove head-scratcherDelta and other Gogo 2Ku customers see system reliability improveAirline data breaches raise questions of accountabilityWith Cathay Pacific in the bag, Gogo’s double-down on Ku clearThe devil, or rather the dragon, is in the details for Cathay DragonCathay Pacific says A350 connectivity trial will determine rollout
Since I don’t have enough vision to use a touchscreen without text-to-speech, I’ve never used a seatback IFE system. I usually download something from Netflix or Amazon with audio description to watch on longer flights or listen to my Apple Music library.On an American Airlines flight to London in October, my wife noticed that the carrier offered audio-described content on its IFE. She offered to get me set up to use it, but I opted to stick with my original plan of binge-watching a Netflix series.I’ve used bring-your-own-device (BYOD) wireless IFE – such as that offered on American and United narrowbodies – though I have encountered some challenges in the past. On a redeye flight from Phoenix to Miami in May of last year, I watched Iron Man on my phone. I had some issues working the web-based menu system because some controls weren’t labeled properly for screen reader use. But I managed to figure it out. Someone who is less tech-savvy may not have been able to, though. The system also didn’t appear to offer audio-described content at the time.I hope more airlines follow United’s lead and begin offering accessible seatback entertainment on their aircraft. While this kind of accessibility is only a small part of the challenges facing disabled passengers, it’s also one of the areas that is most easily addressed in my opinion. Hopefully this is just a small step in the efforts to make air travel more accessible to people with disabilities.Photo at top credited to RGN contributor Paul Thompson.Related Articles:Free accessibility plus connectivity-lite coming to Bluebox customersBluebox hopeful airlines adopt IFE for the blind before regs hitUnited expands upscale offerings with opening of LAX Polaris LoungeVirgin Atlantic, Bluebox provide world-first fleetwide accessible IFEOp-Ed: Disabled passengers deserve better accommodationAir Canada enhances IFE options for visually impaired passengersOp-Ed: Industry progresses in provision of closed captions for IFEClosed captioning for IFE is coming, though not soon enoughAudio description of IFE in the offing for blind passengersPress Release: Bluebox Aviation Systems unveils product updates Earlier this month, United Airlines began flying the Boeing 787-10 between Newark and Los Angeles. While discussing the carrier’s decision to debut the -10 Dreamliner on this route on Twitter, the topic of United’s inflight entertainment system came up. Being blind, I said that IFE doesn’t matter to me since I can’t use it.RGN contributor Jason Rabinowitz highlighted a line from a previous United press release stating that the 787-10’s IFE has “the world’s most extensive suite of accessibility features on a seatback entertainment system, which accommodates any level of vision, as well as provides support for customers with hearing and mobility issues”. As a digital accessibility specialist for a community college and a semi-frequent flyer, I was intrigued.This isn’t the first time an airline has offered accessible IFE for the blind. Air Canada’s Boeing 787s feature IFE with text-to-speech functionality. Bluebox developed an iPad-based system in partnership with Virgin Atlantic which features audio description through Apple’s VoiceOver technology.But United’s claim concerning the Panasonic IFE aboard its 787-10 is noteworthy. The carrier has published a video that describes the new accessibility features for blind and visually impaired passengers. These features mirror those found on many smartphones today. Most of the blind and visually impaired community has usable vision, and many can operate a touchscreen system with a few display adjustments. In the seatback system’s accessibility settings, users can adjust text size, turn on higher-contrast text, and invert screen colors to reduce glare. Users can also enable a magnification feature that enlarges portions of the screen and a color filter option that compensates for common forms of color-blindness.For people like myself who don’t have enough vision to make use of the aforementioned features, the system can also be navigated using synthesized text-to-speech functionality. This feature is turned on by triple-tapping on the screen with two fingers. Like smartphones with their screen readers enabled, a user can swipe left or right with one finger to move through selections on the screen or drag their finger across the screen to search for a specific item. While they’re doing this, the item is read to them. To activate the last item read to them, they just have to double-tap on the screen with one finger. Passengers in premium cabins can also navigate the system using their remote controls.
“Just making people happy … (that’s) the true meaning of Christmas.” –Mark Harris, Triangle Float Company ownerby Mimi Montgomeryphotograph by Annie CockrillMark Harris, 52, has worked with floats pretty much his whole life. When he was a child, his father worked part-time pulling floats for a local company, and when Harris got his driver’s license at 16, he joined in. When the float company they worked for no longer had room to store all its floats, the owner told Harris’s father that if he built a structure to house the floats, he could become a partner in the business. Eventually, his father bought the entire business, and Triangle Float Company has been in the family ever since. “Basically, I was born into it,” Harris says. “Whatever Dad did, that’s what the family did, and so that’s what we’ve always done.” It continues to be a family affair: Harris’s father is now retired, and Harris runs the Wilton-based business on weekends on top of a full-time job in an unrelated field. Harris’s wife, son, daughter, brother, sister-in-law, nephews, and nieces help, too, and they’ve all employed some of the same people for years. The company provides floats all across the Piedmont for beauty pageants, dance groups, homecomings, Fourth of July parades, and more. It can be a lot of work. The group constructed all 45 of the company’s floats themselves, assembling the wagons with wooden frames and fiberglass covered in sheeting and colorful fringe. Materials constantly need to be updated and refreshed, especially during the busy seasons, when a town may want to rent three or four floats at a time. But it’s the Raleigh Christmas parade that holds a special place in Harris’s heart. The company normally supplies around 30 floats, making it their biggest one-day event. “It takes a lot of preparation,” he says, “and a lot of work on a lot of people’s part.” But continuing his father’s legacy is worth it. “Dad’s only request is ‘Keep it going,’” he says. “So that’s what we do – we keep it going.” See some of the Triangle Float Company floats at the WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade Nov. 19; 9:40 a.m.; begins on the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets; trianglefloat.com
On Friday, November 9, 2018, Elton John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin will be auctioning specially illustrated editions of the lyrics to some of Elton and Bernie’s biggest hits, including “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “I’m Still Standing,” and the Princess Diana funeral version of “Candle in the Wind,” at a special auction conducted by Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.The auction will also feature platinum and gold record awards, clothing, photographs, jewelry, western ephemera, music memorabilia, decorative arts and more. A highlight of the event will be Taupin’s leather desk chair in which he wrote many of his hits over the last several decades.Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Wounded Warriors.Find out more here.
On Saturday, November 3, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), the first and largest myeloma-specific foundation in the world, presented its 12th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI) at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.Gabriel Iglesias, Sasheer Zamata, Jim Jefferies, Kevin Nealon, Natasha Leggero, Cristela Alonzo and Chaunté WayansCredit/Copyright: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for International Myeloma FoundationActor and comedian Kevin Nealon (Man with a Plan, Hiking With Kevin) hosted an unforgettable evening of laughs featuring some of the biggest names in comedy to raise money for research to find a cure for multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells, and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Nealon took over the hosting duties from Ray Romano, and shared it was an important cause for him to support as his mother has multiple myeloma. At the event he said, “it’s a serious thing and people need to start paying attention.”Joining Nealon on-stage was an all-star lineup of comics including Cristela Alonzo (Cristela, Lower Classy), Gabriel Iglesias (Mr. Iglesias), Jim Jefferies (The Jim Jefferies Show, Jim Jefferies: This is Me Now), Natasha Leggero (The Honeymoon Stand Up Special, Another Period), Chaunté Wayans (Fifty Shades of Black) and Sasheer Zamata (I Feel Pretty, Saturday Night Live).Additional attendees included Alex Meneses (Jane the Virgin, Unorganized Crime), Dale Godboldo (Colony, Palomino & Swissy), Dylan Silver (HGTV’s You Wish You Lived Here), Forrest Shaw (Comedian), Howard Hesseman (Dirty Politics, Fresh Off the Boat), Jake Smollett (Food Network’s Smollett Eats), Grace Gibson (All Eyez on Me), plus IMF executives Dr. Brian Durie (IMF Chairman of the Board), Loraine Alterman Boyle (Event Chair & IMF Board Member), Susie Novis Durie (IMF Founder & President) and more.The evening also honored Dr. Robert A. Kyle, Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, for his contributions to the myeloma community as a doctor, researcher, and professor of medicine. Sometimes referred to as the “grandfather” of myeloma, Dr. Kyle has had a career spanning 50 years. He has published over 1,000 studies in medical journals, mentored generations of doctors who are now among the top researchers in the world, and at 90 continues to be a major influence in the myeloma researching community.For the second year, the IMF presented an exclusive live stream of the red carpet arrivals on the International Myeloma Foundation’s Facebook page. Co-hosted by TV personality Alie Ward and former pageant queen Daphne Lee (Miss Black USA 2017), the live stream featured red carpet interviews with attending celebrities and myeloma experts, as well as an exclusive look into the into the silent auction display. The silent auction featuring iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences. A replay of the entire live stream can be viewed on Facebook.com/myeloma.Proceeds from event benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund, named for the beloved actor who died in 2006 after a four-year battle with myeloma. Since the first event in 2007, the annual IMF Comedy Celebration has featured over 50 celebrity comedians and musical performers, and raised more than $7 million.For the sixth year, the event also supports the International Myeloma Foundation’s signature Black Swan Research Initiative® (BSRI), a groundbreaking and collaborative global project aimed at developing the first definitive cure for myeloma led by a multinational consortium of leading myeloma experts. Through the Black Swan Research Initiative, the IMF is conducting over 40 concurrent studies to find the cure, including the recently launched “CURE” clinical trial in the United States, and the world’s largest prevention study in Iceland.The International Myeloma Foundation 12th Annual Comedy Celebration is presented by Celgene and Takeda.
The Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) hosted a tribute night in honor of Founder Billie Jean King’s 75th birthday at the New-York Historical Society on November 14, 2018.Billie Jean King at BJK 75The event titled “BJK 75” served as a platform to raise funding for a permanent exhibition of King’s collection at the museum and the digitization of her archives to ensure future generations have the opportunity and access to learn from King’s life story.“Ensuring that Billie Jean King and her collection remains a permanent fixture in our halls is an important statement in the history of women who have a significant impact on American history,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “While the museum is an incredible place to visit, we are conscious that not everyone has access. The digitization of the collection will ensure we can share Billie Jean’s story and message about inclusion and equality with people all over the world.”The tribute night included musical performances from Alan Cumming, Emma Stone, Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles, Nona Hendryx and tap-dancing group The Syncopated Ladies. Robert Kraft, Jeanie Buss, Maria Sharapova, Mary Carillo, John McEnroe, Holly Hunter and Kate Clinton shared anecdotes about their friendships with King.Thanking the co-chairs and supporters of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, Billie Jean King said, “If you can see it, you can be it and that’s why it is so important to support the museum in its continued efforts to educate the next generation of leaders and share the lessons of those who have come before us. The more you know about history, the more you know about yourself.”After the tribute performance, friends and family of King and Kloss had the opportunity to view “Billie Jean King: The Road to 75” an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, curated in honor of King’s 75th birthday and celebrating her life and career through more than 75 photographs. The exhibition is available to the public for viewing until January 27, 2019.Among her many achievements, King led the way in founding the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973; lobbied for, and obtained, equal prize money at the US Open in 1973; co-founded World TeamTennis in 1974; and is renowned for her celebrated win over Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” match on September 20, 1973, with an estimated worldwide audience of 90 million people. Named one of Life magazine’s “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century,” she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama. In 2006, the National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in honor of her accomplishments on and off the court. King continues to work to advance social justice causes, serving on the boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. In 2014, she launched the BJKLI to advocate for equality and inclusion in the workplace.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI is expected to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday afternoon, according to the French-based news outlet Atlasinfo.The news website reported that Macron will receive King Mohammed VI at the Elysee Palace in Paris.The last meeting between the two leaders took place last December in Paris, at the One Planet Summit on climate change. King Mohammed VI has been touring France since his successful heart surgery. Several pictures of the King and his fans in Paris have recently gone viral on social media. The latest photo of the King, published earlier today, was with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.Since the surgery, the sovereign has been frequently posing with admirers, including local and international fans who have publicly expressed their joy at meeting and taking pictures with the King.
Rabat – Former French president Jacques Chirac died this morning, September 26, at his home surrounded by his family at the age of 86.“President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully,” his son-in-law told AFP.Chirac served two terms as president of the Republic of France from 1995 to 2007. His tenure as president was the 2nd longest after his predecessor Francois Mitterand’s 14 years of rule. Under his term, Chirac launched several political reforms, including reducing the presidential term from 7 to 5 years through a referendum in 2000.The French National Assembly has held a minute of silence in homage to Chirac.Chirac was previously the Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988. He served as the Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. Chirac also occupied various ministerial posts including Minister of Agriculture and Minister of the Interior.Read also: Moroccan PM: Morocco Considers France a ‘Special, Exceptional Friend’The late former president was known for standing against the American-led assault on Iraq and recognizing the French government’s role in deporting Jews during World War II.In December 2011, the Paris court found Chirac guilty of diverting public funds and abusing public confidence. He was convicted of a two-year-term suspended prison sentence.In 2005, he suffered from a stroke. The debilitating stroke affected the former president’s memory. Born on November 29, 1932, Chirac pursued an educational career in political studies, graduating from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 1953. After his graduation, he joined Harvard university’s summer school as an auditor.In 1957, he entered the Ecole Nationale D’administration (ENA) where he trained as a reserve military officer.After graduating from the ENA in 1959, he became a civil servant in the Court of Auditors.Chirac was known for his friendly relationship with Morocco. The former president’s first foreign trip was to Morocco when he was newly elected as the new President of France in May 1995. After winning his second presidential race in 2002, Chirac’s first foreign trip was to Morocco again, fostering diplomatic relations between the two countries.Read also: France’s Le Point Says Morocco Is an Emerging PowerChirac’s relationship with Morocco was special, especially with late Moroccan King Hassan II. The former president used to visit the country every year accompanied by his wife Bernadette.During his travels to Morocco, Chirac frequently visited the southern provinces of Morocco, especially Taroudant and Agadir. He used to sit with the locals to learn about regional and local cultures and ways of life.When late King Hassan II passed away in July 1999, Chirac traveled to Morocco to personally present his condolences to the Royal family.
Twitter Lenny KravitzOn Tuesday, September 3rd, Lenny Kravitz and his team at Kravitz Design Inc, gathered at Bisha Hotel Toronto to celebrate the launch of the Kravitz Design Floor. After an afternoon of exclusive interviews with some of Canada’s top writers and magazine editors, Kravitz welcomed 40 guests in the Bisha Suite, a 2,000 square foot duplex designed by Kravitz and his team.Noteworthy guests included: TIFF Artistic Director & Co-Head, Cameron Bailey, MLSE President and CEO, Michael Friisdahl, film & music video producer, Director X and Canadian TV personality, Tyrone Edwards. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment He’s come a long way since being discovered on the now defunct social media app Vine.On Friday night, 21-year-old Shawn Mendes from Pickering played his first stadium show to more than 50,000 fans at a sold-out Rogers Centre.And I thought they couldn’t scream any louder then @camila_cabello joined #Shawnmendes on stage for his sold-out Toronto show. pic.twitter.com/4yjMVWzadB— Lindsay Dunn (@LindsayDunnTV) September 7, 2019 Twitter Advertisement Shawn Mendes plays before a sell out crowd of 50,000 fans at the Rogers Centre on Sept. 6. CITYNEWS Advertisement Advertisement Shawn Mendes-mania was at an all-time high with fans lining up for hours to try and get limited edition merchandise from his line of clothes at select Roots Canada stores, to his face being plastered on Tim Horton’s Cups.The Juno-Award winner had fans in the palm of his hands as he opened the show with his number one song “Lost in Japan” and then went into back-to-back hits playing “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” “Nervous” and “Stitches.”For people who doubt his star-power he had the entire arena singing every word to his songs and at times the sounds of the screams were deafening.“We just love him so much,” screamed Isabelle Rosintelli who flew all the way from Italy with her friends for the show. “We are missing school for this but he just is so good, his music is just so good and he is so kind, he is the best!” Facebook
Laura deCarufel Gabriela Cowperthwaite Nicolas Cage Dakota Johnson A guide to today’s parties and events:AT&T On Location VIP Lounge9 a.m.-6 p.m., through Sept. 9Le Germain Hotel, 30 Mercer St. Anthony Mackie Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson Lili Reinhart Susan Sarandon “KNIVES OUT” AFTER-PARTYImmediately following 6 p.m. premierePatria, 478 King St. WWho to Expect: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer, Frank Oz, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, K Callan, Noah Segan, Rian JohnsonOVATION 201910:00 PM AT SHANGRI-LA HOTEL A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WORLD PREMIEREWho to Expect: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris CooperABOMINABLE WORLD PREMIERE PARTYWho to Expect: Chloe Bennet, Sarah Paulson, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Tsai Chin, Michelle Wong Advertisement #SHEINSPIRESME PANEL DISCUSSION BY TWITTER CANADA2:00 PM AT ASSEMBLY CHEF’S HALLWho to Expect: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lorene Scafaria. Cardi B Keke Palmer Keke Palmer Matthew Rhys Jamie Dornan COLOUR OUT OF SPACE PREMIERE AFTER PARTYWho to Expect: Nicholas Cage, O’orianka, Joely Richardson Eddie Murphy Christopher Plummer Constance Wu George Stroumboulopoulos Facebook Alex Wolff Daniel Craig Advertisement Chloe Bennet CREATIVE COALITION SPOTLIGHT AWARDS GALA AND DINNER7:00 PM at Nordstrom Supper Suite At Marbl Restaurant On King (Invite-Only)Who to Expect: Nicolas Cage, Imogen Poots, Alex Wolff, Chloe Bennet, Keke PalmerSONY PICTURES CLASSIC DINNER7 p.m. at Morton’s The Steakhouse, 4 Avenue Rd.VARIETY & CHANEL’S FEMALE FILMMAKER DINNER7:00 p.m. – La Banane, 227 Ossington Ave. Login/Register With: Jennifer Lopez Constance Wu Anthony Mackie Ana de Armas Jamie Lee Curtis LaKeith Stanfield Toni Collette Don Johnson, Michael Shannon Imogen Poots “DOLEMITE IS MY NAME” COCKTAIL RECEPTION6:00-9:00 p.m. at Arcane, 461 King St. WWho to Expect: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tip ‘TI’ Harris, Luenell, Tasha Smith, Wesley Snipes, Craig Brewer“INCITEMENT” DRINKS AND CANAPÉS6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Spoke Club, 600 King St. WWho to Expect: Yehuda Nahari Halevi, Amitay Yaish Ben Ousilio, Anat Ravnizky, Yoav Levi, Dolev Ohana, Raanan Paz, Sivan Mast, Daniella Kertesz, Yaron Zilberman Jason Segal Wesley Snipes Keegan-Michael Key Chris Cooper FILM FESTIVAL PANEL – SWAROVSKI FASHION & FILM2:00 PM AT THE PURMAN BUILDINGWho to Expect: The Kit Editor-In-Chief Laura deCarufel and renowned celebrity stylist Karla Welch.VARIETY & AT&T’S COCKTAILS AND CANAPÉS FOR ROBERT PATTINSON AND “THE LIGHTHOUSE”5:00-7:00 p.m.The Victor, Le Germain Hotel, 30 Mercer St. Jennifer Lopez Hustlers SYNCHRONIC WORLD PREMIERE PARTY AT NORDSTROM SUPPER SUITE10:00 PM AT MARBL RESTAURANT ON KINGWho to Expect: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson NESPRESSO COFFEE WITH CREATORS PANEL – THE FRIEND FILM9:30 AM AT BYBLOSWho to Expect: Jason Segal, Dakota Johnson, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Matthew Teague, Teddy Schwarzman or Michael Pruss Tip ‘TI’ Harris Nicolas Cage Mercedes Ruehl Katherine Langford Yannick & Shantelle Bisson Tom Hanks Snoop Dogg Susan Kelechi Watson Vince Vaughn LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “HUSTLERS” PREMIERE AFTER-PARTY11:30 p.m. at Sofia, 99 Yorkville Ave.Who to Expect: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi BHOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION (HRPA) / THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER PARTY AT FOUR SEASONSWho to Expect: Last year drew a constellation that included everyone from Melissa McCarthy to Kit Harington. Julia Stiles Lili Reinhart Lorene Scafaria Kristen Stewart Advertisement SEBERG NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE PARTYWho to Expect: Kristen Stewart, Anthony Mackie, Jack O’Connell, Vince Vaughn, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Yvan Attal, Stephen Root, Colm Meaney Chris Evans ARTISTS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE GALA7:00PM at Windsor Arms HotelWho to Expect: Susan Sarandon, George Stroumboulopoulos, Yannick & Shantelle Bisson and more Keke Palmer Twitter