British military historian John Keegan dead at 78

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The vital role family plays in society ErrorOK ErrorOK“I have read about battles, of course, have talked about battles, have been lectured about battles and, in the last four or five years, have watched battles in progress, or apparently in progress, on the television screen,” he wrote. “But I have never been in a battle. And I grow increasingly convinced that I have very little idea of what a battle can be like.”Born in London on May 15, 1934, Keegan followed the progress of World War II from rural England, where his father had been charged with looking after children evacuated from the cities to escape German bombing.His interest in war grew into a specialization in military history at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1957 he received a scholarship for travel to American Civil War battlefields. He then worked at the U.S. Embassy in London, and he would remain a strong supporter of the alliance between Britain and the United States.From 1960 to 1985 he taught at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst _ Britain’s equivalent of West Point _ before joining the Telegraph as defense correspondent in 1986.“I thought to myself: If I don’t do it now, I’ll be an academic all of my life,” he later told The New York Times. “So I left Sandhurst and I’ve been enjoying myself ever since as a journalist.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Con Coughlin, the Telegraph’s executive foreign editor, said in an email that Keegan died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Kilmington, western England, surrounded by his family.Keegan is survived by his wife, their two daughters and two sons. Coughlin said the date of the funeral has yet to be announced.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Associated PressLONDON (AP) – British academic John Keegan, whose studies of men at war are counted among the classic works of military history, has died, The Daily Telegraph said Friday. He was 78.A scholar of battle who never served in the military, Keegan’s interests ranged from the American Civil War to the Iraq War by way of Agincourt, Waterloo and both world wars. His 1976 work “The Face of Battle,” which provided a soldier’s-eye view of the blood and terror of combat, remains one of his most popular works. Yet in his introduction he denied possessing any special insight into the trappings of warfare.last_img read more

Egypt hardline Islamist party heals rift for now

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The agreement between the rival camps came a day before a state committee was to mediate the dispute, in an apparent attempt to diffuse the threat to the party. The committee could have also ruled to suspend the party over the internal fighting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Hammad said Abdel-Ghafour held talks with party members on both sides of the divide and that they managed to forge an agreement after a meeting with the body of clerics.“Confidence was renewed in Abdel-Ghafour as party leader,” Hammad wrote in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “An agreement was reached on all the problems that surfaced recently.” A meeting of the party’s general assembly is scheduled for Thursday to select new leaders.Details of the agreement were not immediately available and it was not clear whether the issue of leadership has been settled for good. Hammad confirmed the statement to The Associated Press in a text message. But he insisted that Abdel-Ghafour will remain as party leader.Bakkar didn’t respond to phone calls. On his Twitter account, he wrote that Abdel-Ghafour will stay on as the head of Al-Nour and his challenger has agreed to step down. He also said he was reinstated as party spokesman, and said internal elections would take place as scheduled.It was not immediately clear whether he agreed that Abdel-Ghafour would remain in his post.Abdel-Ghafour is currently serving as an advisor to President Mohammed Morsi, of the Brotherhood. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories CAIRO (AP) – Leaders of Egypt’s largest ultraconservative Islamist party have put aside their differences, settling _ at least temporarily _ a leadership dispute that threatened to break up the country’s second-largest political bloc, spokesmen said Saturday.The Al-Nour Party emerged from nowhere following Egypt’s 2011 uprising to take 25 percent of the seats in last year’s parliamentary elections, trailing only the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s best-organized political force. But a schism erupted last month after some of Al-Nour’s political leaders tried to shake off the control of clerics. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona ErrorOK ErrorOK At the heart of the feud is who should control the party, a dispute that is symptomatic of Islamist politics as the ultraconservative movement struggles to reconcile democratic maneuvering with religious ideology.The issue has split Al-Nour into two rival camps, one of which is led by the party’s founder and chief, Emad Abdel-Ghafour, who advocates separating the party from the movement’s main clerical oversight board, the Salafi Call. Such a move would give Abdel-Ghafour and his political wing the ability to maneuver away from the edicts of the religious leaders.The second camp opposes splitting the party from the sheiks, and is closely linked to a heavyweight Salafi cleric, Yasser Borhami. Several prominent party figures are in this camp, including former spokesman Nader Bakkar, who was removed from his post by Abdel-Ghafour.As the internal party election began last month, the second camp put forward a rival candidate, Mustafa Khalifa, for the party’s top job. Abdel-Ghafour responded by suspending voting and accusing his rivals of forgery to pack party posts with their loyalists. This left the party split between two leaders.After a long meeting Friday night, Bakkar and spokesman Yousry Hammad of the original leadership said in separate statements that the party had mended the rifts and agreed to keep Abdel-Ghafour as leader.last_img read more

Greek police body of murdered 4yearold can never be found

Greek police body of murdered 4yearold can never be found

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Police said they discovered blood traces matching the child in the pipes, on knives and in other parts of the family’s central Athens apartment.Authorities said that in recent weeks, the father had bought new furniture and cleaning material, sold his daughter’s crib and stroller and was arranging to have the apartment pipes replaced.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The body of a 4-year-old girl believed to have been killed by her father will likely never be found due to the gruesome way in which her killer disposed of her remains, Greek police said Tuesday.A nationwide hunt for young Anny, a Bulgarian citizen reported missing by her mother on April 24, ended Monday when both her parents were arrested and her father charged with murder and defiling a body.center_img Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Regional police chief Christos Papazafiri said the girl was dismembered and her remains were processed and dumped in various trash bins in Athens “in a way that it was not possible to determine they were body parts.”Papazafiri said the girl was believed to have been killed around April 8-9 and that her 27-year-old father confessed to disposing of his daughter’s remains over several days. He said the child’s body parts had been made to appear like food leftovers.The father did not, however, confess to killing the girl, saying he found his daughter dead in bed. He appeared before a prosecutor and was jailed pending trial.Yannis Panoussis, the public order minister and a criminologist, described the crime as “extreme, non-human behavior” and said the suspect was unlikely to survive prison.“Usually in these cases these people either commit suicide or meet a violent death from elsewhere,” Panoussis said on RealFM radio.“There is a code of honor inside prisons. … Therefore that’s why I told you I think that in these cases, very quickly we will have the death of the culprit.”Anny’s mother, who repeatedly changed her testimony, has also been arrested on charges of endangering a child. Authorities believe she did not know about her partner’s actions. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Policemen in plain clothes escort a 27-year-old Bulgarian, center, to a magistrate office on charges including murder and defiling the body of his 4-year-old daughter, in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Greek police say the body of 4-year-old Bulgarian girl is likely to never be found, but the 27-year old father is arrested on charges including murder and defiling a body, and the child’s mother will answer charges including endangering a child. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)last_img read more

EU raises eurozone forecast despite bleaker Greek outlook

EU raises eurozone forecast despite bleaker Greek outlook

first_img BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece, which is struggling to get its hands on vital bailout cash it needs to pay off debts.In its spring forecast published Tuesday, the EU’s executive branch said it is predicting 1.5 percent growth for the eurozone in 2015, up 0.2 percentage points from the previous forecast in February. For 2016, the Commission has kept its forecast of 1.9 percent for the eurozone. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici addresses the media on the spring economic forecast at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, May. 5, 2015. The European Union on Tuesday nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece.(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) The Commission’s Moscovici conceded that the forecast for Greece is subject “to a high degree of uncertainty” and is premised on a successful conclusion to the current discussions between the Greek government and creditors. The two sides have been locked in talks for months but there are some hopes that a deal may be seen on May 11 at a meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers in Brussels.“What I would hope between now and May 11, the eurogroup will be able to see significant progress in our discussions with Greece,” he said. “I think that is the signal everyone is waiting for both in Greece and among Greece’s partners.”___Pylas contributed from London.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility One country seemingly going the other way is Greece, which is struggling to agree on a package of economic reforms with European creditors to unlock bailout funds. Without the 7.2 billion euros ($7.8 billion), Greece could face bankruptcy and a potential exit from the euro.The uncertainty, which has grown since the left-wing Syriza party won January’s general election on a promise to bring an end to hated austerity policies, has weighed on the Greek economy. Businesses and investors are wary of making long-term plans in a country whose economic future is clouded in uncertainty.The European Commission now anticipates 0.5 percent growth this year. That’s a stunning 2 percentages points lower than the forecast made just three months ago. For 2016, the Commission anticipates Greek growth to accelerate to 2.9 percent.In its forecast, the Commission said the “positive momentum” that was building up last year after Greece’s savage recession came to an end has been stunted.The Commission also said the uncertainty has contributed to a “significant shortfall” in state revenues at the turn of the year.Greece has relied on bailout cash — some 240 billion euros — from its euro partners and International Monetary Fund for five years after its public finances spiraled out of control and investors were reluctant to lend it money. Years of austerity, such as big cuts to government spending, have helped reduce the country’s borrowing levels but the debt burden as a proportion of economic output has continued to rise amid recession. Top Stories It said the eurozone as a whole is benefiting from a number of factors, including lower oil prices, a steady global outlook, the weaker euro, the 1.1 trillion-euro monetary stimulus ($1.2 trillion) from the European Central Bank and less stringent budget policies.“The European economy is enjoying its brightest spring in several years, with the upturn supported by both external factors and policy measures that are beginning to bear fruit,” said Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs. “But more needs to be done to ensure this recovery is more than a seasonal phenomenon.”The recovery is being powered by Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, which is expected to post solid growth of 1.9 percent this year, followed by 2 percent next. Another standout is Spain, which is expected to grow by a healthy 2.8 percent in 2015 and 2.6 percent the following year.For some it was proof that a relaxation in the government belt-tightening measures that dominated EU policy for much of the financial crisis is starting to pay off.“The recovery has arrived because Europe has taken a break from the policies of austerity,” the European Trade Union Confederation said in a statement. “Growth has finally been given a fighting chance.”last_img read more

Hous The Assassin offers martial arts with an arty twist

Hous The Assassin offers martial arts with an arty twist

first_imgFrom left, actress Hsieh Hsin-Ying, director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, and actress Sheu Fang-Yi pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Nie Yinniang (The Assassin), at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) He said many young Asian directors try to make “Hollywood-style” films, in contrast to Hou’s generation, the Taiwanese New Wave of the 1980s, and earlier innovative cinema movements including the French New Wave and Italian Neorealism.Hou, 68, said he would continue doing things his own way.“When you’re creating films, the audience is not there,” Hou said. “If you keep thinking about the audience then it becomes something else, another kind of film.“Which path you want to take is a personal choice.”___Associated Press Writer Angela Chen contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Hou is known for beautiful, delicate films such as “A Time to Live, a Time to Die” and “The Flowers of Shanghai.” ”The Assassin” — an action movie with more stillness than action — is a series of gorgeous tableaux interspersed with tightly controlled bursts of violence.“I’ve seen a lot of kung fu films, and I particularly like Japanese films, films with samurai, because the combats are so realistic,” Hou told reporters at a Cannes press conference Thursday. His film is one of 19 competing for Cannes’ Palme d’Or, which will be awarded Sunday.“There are very few tricks in Japanese martial arts films. … I wanted to depict the same realism. I wanted to express the same energy and power.”Some viewers unfamiliar with the Tang Dynasty period and its literature found the film’s plot hard to follow, but critics hailed Hou’s signature beauty and control.Variety said that “shot for shot, it’s perhaps the most ravishingly beautiful film Hou has ever made,” and noted that “gore-seekers with short attention spans need not apply.”“The Assassin” cost $15 million, which the director called “a luxury” — though he said he would only be able to fulfil his goal of making a second martial-arts film if the investors got their money back. Check your body, save your life Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   center_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone CANNES, France (AP) — “The Assassin” is a rare thing — a martial-arts movie in competition for prizes at Cannes.It’s hardly typical action fare. The film is by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, who brings a painterly palette to the tale of an enigmatic killer in 9th-century China.Set at a time when central authority was challenged by rebellious provinces, the film follows a mysterious woman in black (Shu Qi) sent to her home region to carry out an assassination.last_img read more

German police alerted to armed mob find asparagus pickers

first_img Comments   Share   BERLIN (AP) — Police in rural northeastern Germany rushed out to track down a reported mob of up to 15 people armed with knives and sticks. Instead, they found a group of asparagus harvesters.Police in the town of Ludwigslust said a man called their emergency number Saturday to report having seen “10 to 15 people armed with knives and sticks” on a local road.Within minutes, six police cars were on their way to the scene. Officers quickly discovered, however, that the group was asparagus harvesters walking along the road with their work tools as they went to take a lunch break. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img White asparagus is a popular delicacy in Germany and a ubiquitous sight on restaurant menus in late spring.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Guatemala court revives study on ending presidents immunity

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s constitutional court on Wednesday revived a process that could strip President Otto Perez Molina of immunity from prosecution amid growing corruption scandals.Court President Gloria Porras said the appeal by the president was denied as well as a second one on Tuesday. The ruling allows a congressional committee formed to study the issue to continue its work, the first step in a process that could lead to impeachment. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   The Central American country has been embroiled in two major scandals, with protesters regularly filling the streets of the capital calling for Perez Molina’s resignation.He has not been implicated and says he did nothing wrong.But his vice president, Roxana Baldetti, was forced to resign over a customs scandal involving kickbacks for lower import duties. The corruption ring was allegedly headed by her private secretary.In a second scandal, officials purportedly awarded a $15 million contract for kidney treatments to a company lacking a license to perform the services.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Migrant dies on Eurotunnel tracks between France England

Migrant dies on Eurotunnel tracks between France England

first_img Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist The encampments have heightened tensions between France and Britain, with each accusing the other of failing to deal with the situation.The local prefecture confirmed the death but offered no details. Eurotunnel said border police responding to the report of stowaways found the dead migrant. Train service was delayed for thousands of passengers as well as on the freight trains that carry trucks between France and England.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PARIS (AP) — A migrant who stowed away on a truck in the Channel Tunnel was found dead on Tuesday, disrupting travel between France and England for a third week in a row, police and the tunnel operator said.The reported death Tuesday came shortly after Eurotunnel reported a group of migrants was found on a truck in the tunnel leading from Calais in northern France. Thousands of migrants are camped in Calais, living in dire conditions as they hope to reach a better life in Britain by stowing away on trucks as they wait to be loaded onto freight trains for the trip. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 0 Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories FILE – In this June 30 2015 file photo, a poster warns about the risk of death on rail tracks ahead of the Channel tunnel, during a workers ferry workers protest in Calais, northern France. French authorities say a migrant has died in the Channel Tunnel between France and England. The reported death Tuesday came shortly after Eurotunnel reported a group of migrants was found in the tunnel leading from Calais in northern France.(AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

UK officials charge 2 men with trying to join Islamic State

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors have charged two men with trying to join the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.One of the men is also charged with planning a terrorist attack on U.S. military personnel in Britain.The Crown Prosecution Service said Tuesday that 24-year-old Junead Ahmed Khan and his 22-year-old uncle Shazib Ahmed Khan have been charged with trying to join the extremist group. Junead Khan was also charged with plotting to attack U.S. military personnel. Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories center_img The vital role family plays in society “We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Junead Khan and Shazib Khan with the intention of committing acts of terrorism,” said Deborah Walsh, deputy head of Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service.The men were arrested last week in Luton, north of London.A third man who had been arrested on suspicion of terrorism at the same time has been released without being charged. He has not been named.British officials say some 700 Britons have traveled to Syria in support of the militant group.The two are scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later Tuesday.___This story has been corrected to show that the date of the statement is Tuesday, not Wednesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Cruise industry also impacted by volcanic eruptions

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/218af/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Through all the chaos and airline related delays during these last few days, another sector has also seen great disruptions has been the cruise industry, particularly for ships based in the UK and EU.One of the headline stories over the last few days has been the realignment of Celebrity Eclipse, a brand new cruise ship, which instead of embarking on its inaugural launch cruise would be repatriating stranded UK holiday-makers from Bilbao in Spain. Thompson Cruises has also announced that it will use its 1,600 passenger Island Escape to picking up extra passengers, who were stranded in Madeira, on its way back to the UK.But smaller stories are also popping up, Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas are just some of the cruise lines who have postponed sailings in order to wait a few more days for passengers who have yet to arrive.UK-based Ocean Village has been one of the hardest his cruise lines, and it currently re-jigging this week’s Mediterranean sailings.  With port calls not being guaranteed on most cruises, some cruise lines have been reworking its itineraries in order to cater to delayed passengers. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

Webjet posts 24 increase in 3Q TTV

first_imgWebjet recently announced a 24 per cent increase in Total Transaction Value (TTV) for July to September 2010. The company posted third quarter TTV of approximately $149 million in this year’s period compared to $120 million last year, it said in an announcement on 4 October. “As average booking values this year are essentially the same as last year, virtually all of this income is in unit numbers and reflects Webjet’s increasing market footprint where available airline data suggests a general market increase in the order of between 8-10 per cent. In other words, Webjet’s rate of growth is between 2.5 and 3 times the underlying market,” managing director David Clarke said.“This latest quarterly increase relative to 2009, compounds the growth of similar order which we achieved in this quarter last year, when we defied the general industry downturn.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

QF VA apply to renew routes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Both Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways have submitted commission determinations to Australian regulators to extend allocating capacities due to expire over the next year.In its determination to the International Air Services Commission (IASC), Qantas requested the renewal of flights to the Philippines, Germany and Thailand for an extra five years as well as services to Japan, Italy and Indonesia.Meanwhile Virgin Australia was focused on maintaining its South Pacific and Oceania allocations, requesting to fully utilise allocated capacity for the majority of each season for flights to the Cook Islands for five years from 12 September next year, as well as full capacity to Papua New Guinea for the same period of time from 12 September 2013.Virgin also requested renewal on services to Vanuatu, Tonga, Indonesia and Fiji.Building its business close-to-home, Virgin Australia also unveiled its new partnership with bus operator, Greyhound Australia early yesterday.Click here for more information. last_img read more

Virgin Australia moves A330 between Perth Brisbane

first_imgBattle for the domestic market continues.  Virgin has announced it will move its Airbus A330 aircraft on flights between Brisbane and Perth, days after Qantas unveiled plans to introduce the A330 on services between the east and west.As part of the battle to build and maintain its share of the domestic market, the aircraft will operate on two of three weekday return services between Brisbane and Perth from 15 May 2013.The daily Airbus A330 flights to Perth on weekdays will depart Brisbane at 8:45am and 8:15pm, arriving Perth at 12:25pm and 11:55pm respectively.The return A330 services from Perth depart at 12:30pm and 10:45pm, arriving in Brisbane at 6:50pm and 5:05am (+1 day) local time.A third weekday return service, operated by a Boeing 737 aircraft, will depart Brisbane at 5:30pm and Perth at 7:35am arriving at 9:25pm and 1:55pm respectively.The weekend A330 departure is on Sunday departing Brisbane at 8.15pm and Perth 10:45pm arriving 11:55pm and 5:05am (+1 day) respectively.Virgin Australia group executive of alliances, network and yield Merren McArthur said the decision was made to meet customer demand for a “spacious aircraft, comfortable seating, and inclusive catering and entertainment”.Tickets for the A330 service go on sale tomorrow.Virgin Australia also announced today a decline in profits before tax of up to $35.1 million for the first half of financial year 2012/13.Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

Boeing statement on EVA Airways latest intended purchase

Boeing statement on EVA Airways latest intended purchase

first_imgBoeing statement on EVA Airways’ latest intended purchaseBoeing [NYSE:BA] today announced EVA Airways’ intent to purchase up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, which is valued at more than $8 billion at current list prices. EVA Airways will join the 787-10 launch customer team and will be one of the first airlines in the world to introduce the newest member of the 787 Dreamliner family.Once the deal is finalized, it will be posted on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.“We look forward to welcoming EVA Airways as Boeing’s newest member of the 787-10 Dreamliner launch customer group,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “EVA Airways has been a valued Boeing customer over the past few decades and we are honored that they continue to introduce new Boeing widebody airplanes into their growing world-class fleet.”EVA Airways continues to modernize its long-haul fleet to replace aging aircraft and these new airplanes will allow the airline to expand into new markets, particularly in Southeast Asia, Oceania and North America.The airline currently operates more than 37 Boeing airplanes in its fleet, including 21 777-300ERs. The 777-300ER is the backbone of EVA Airways’ growing fleet and the carrier is the world’s 8thlargest 777-300ER operator and 4th largest in Asia.With its intent to purchase two additional 777-300ERs as part of this deal, EVA Airways will have unfilled orders for 15 777-300ERs and five 777 Freighters, as well as 24 787-10s – both direct purchased and leased.The 787-10 will be the third and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity, robust range and passenger-pleasing features, the 787-10 will complement EVA’s Boeing widebody fleet while setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics. The 787-10 will be 25 percent better in fuel and emissions than the airplanes it replaces and more than 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future. Fly Eva AirwaysSource = Boeinglast_img read more

Emirates to deploy A380 on more routes in 2016

Emirates to deploy A380 on more routes in 2016

first_imgAn Emirates A380 www.emirates.comEmirates to deploy A380 on more routes in 2016Emirates has announced it will deploy its highly-popular A380 to even more destinations across its network in 2016 – reinforcing its commitment to provide an enhanced onboard experience for its passengers.Birmingham (BHX), Prague (PRG) and Taipei (TPE) have been added to the growing list of Emirates A380 destinations, making Emirates the first and only airline to operate a scheduled A380 service from each of these destinations. Emirates’ daily Birmingham flight, EK39/40, will be up-gauged to an A380 beginning 27th March 2016. Emirates A380 services to Prague and Taiwan will start from 1st May 2016. Additionally, Barcelona will be served with a second daily Emirates A380 service from 1st June 2016.“The introduction and increase of Emirates’ A380 services in these strategic destinations means more travellers will have the opportunity to experience our industry-leading A380 product,” said Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates.“Our onboard innovations on the A380, across all classes, continue to impress and delight our customers. Deploying larger capacity aircraft, such as the A380, also helps us to efficiently meet growing passenger demand in these markets, contribute to tourism development and enhance customer choice and options,” Thierry Antinori added.Flying the world’s largest fleet of A380 aircraft at 71, Emirates continues to set the pace for A380 deployment. Since Emirates launched is first A380 flight in 2008, the aircraft has flown over 42 million passengers, covering more than 630 million kilometres.Emirates’ inaugural A380 flight to Birmingham, EK39 will depart Dubai at 07:35hrs and arrive at 12:20hrs and will be operated in a two-class configuration. EK40 will depart Birmingham at 14:20hrs and arrive in Dubai at 00:35hrs (+1). The addition of an A380 on this route follows the recent introduction of Emirates’ third daily flight to Birmingham, as well as the airline’s milestone 15th year of operations to the city being celebrated this week.The daily Emirates Dubai-Prague route, operating as EK139, will depart Dubai at 09:05hrs and arrive in Prague at 13:30hrs. The return leg, operating as EK140, will depart Prague at 15:40hrs and arrive in Dubai at 23:35hrs. The A380 route will be operated in a three-class configuration, representing a 44 per cent increase in capacity.In Taiwan, Emirates will up-gauge its service to a two-class A380 service, representing a 44 per cent increase in capacity. Emirates flight EK366 will depart Dubai at 04:35hrs and arrive in Taipei at 16:50hrs the same day. The return flight EK367 will leave Taipei at 23:30hrs, arriving in Dubai at 05:05hrs the next day. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport recently completed enhancements making it compatible with the double-decker aircraft.Barcelona will be served twice daily with an Emirates A380 service, in a three-class configuration. From 1st June 2016, the second A380 service flight EK187 will depart Dubai at 15:45hrs and arrives in Barcelona at 20:55, while the return leg, EK188 departs Barcelona at 22:40hrs and arrives in Dubai at 07:25hrs the next day. The first A380 service to Barcelona was launched on 1st February 2014.On a three-class configured Emirates A380, there are up to 429 seats in Economy Class, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 14 Private Suites in First Class where passengers also have access to the world’s only onboard Shower Spas. First Class and Business Class passengers can also socialise at 40,000 feet at the Onboard Lounge. Emirates’ two-class configured A380 features 58 flat-bed seats and the Onboard Lounge in Business Class, and 557 spacious seats in Economy Class.Passengers in all classes can enjoy access to over 2,000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, as well as free Wi-Fi and gourmet cuisine.There are currently 36 A380 destinations on the Emirates network, setting the industry benchmark for both A380 connectivity and customer experience.About Emirates:Emirates connects people and places around the globe, inspiring travel and facilitating trade across 147 destinations in 79 countries and territories. On-board its modern and efficient fleet of 244 aircraft, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service, delivered by friendly cabin crew representing over 130 nationalities. Emirates has received more than 500 international awards for excellence.Today, Emirates operates the world’s largest and one of the youngest fleets of the iconic A380 and popular Boeing 777s.In 2013 the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility, Concourse A, opened at Dubai International Airport for the exclusive use of Emirates and its global aviation partner Qantas, connecting to over 35 Emirates A380 destinations around the world.Together, Qantas and Emirates operate 91 flights per week to Dubai from Australia. Emirates’ 77 services operate from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, including five daily A380 flights. One service daily from Sydney operates via Bangkok.One service daily from Brisbane operates via Singapore. One Melbourne service daily operates via Singapore, with another daily service operating via Kuala Lumpur. Emirates operates 28 flights per week to New Zealand – daily to Christchurch from Sydney, and daily all-A380 travel to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Source = Emirates Emiratesbook and fly herelast_img read more

TOGA set to bring tallest tower to Macquarie Park

TOGA set to bring tallest tower to Macquarie Park

first_img* Property Council for NSW Office Market Report Jan 2014** ABS Census 2011 by place of work – 43,287 jobsSource = TOGA One of Sydney’s booming satellite cities is set to soar to new heights as an Australian developer and hotelier announces Macquarie Park’s tallest residential tower.Leading property developer TOGA has announced One Twenty Macquarie a AU$160-million residential tower is set to soar 23-storeys over the state’s second largest business district – often billed Australia’s Silicon Valley.Designed by award-winning Turner architects, One Twenty Macquarie will be the latest addition to Herring Road; a thriving boulevard at the centre of the NSW Government’s Priority Growth Areas and Precincts Program.One Twenty Macquarie will feature unique architectural ribbons forming a statement linear facade and comprise 196 luxury apartments plus premium amenities including a gymnasium, a theatrette, landscaped gardens, parking and a stylish retail café at its ground level.Sales will begin in March.TOGA Development and Construction Chief Executive Fabrizio Perilli said One Twenty Macquarie epitomised TOGA’s vision to deliver sophisticated living at the heart of a thriving economic centre.“One Twenty Macquarie will rise above Macquarie Park to be a focal point on the skyline,” Mr Perilli said.“This quality development will offer buyers the chance to capitalise on Macquarie Park’s exceptional growth as the city’s population climbs, employment and education opportunities expand and existing infrastructure improves,” he said.Macquarie Park is the second largest business district in NSW, boasts the state’s largest suburban shopping centre and is projected to be Australia’s fourth largest CBD by 2030.*By 2030, Macquarie Park is expected to attract 45,000 new jobs and 25,000 new students.**“One Twenty Macquarie will be a convenient retreat in the heart of one of Sydney’s most sought-after satellite cities,” Mr Perilli added.Located at 120 Herring Road, One Twenty Macquarie is positioned 16 kilometres from Sydney CBD and 450 metres from Macquarie University, Macquarie Shopping Centre and Macquarie University railway station.Apartments boast generous balconies capturing sweeping views to Sydney CBD, North Sydney, Chatswood and Homebush as well as views overlooking Lane Cove National Park.TOGA General Manager of Sales and Leasing Alex Adams said One Twenty Macquarie was designed to meet the needs of buyers whom sought exceptional convenience and spectacular views.“One Twenty Macquarie reflects the growing demand for apartments with sought-after views and unrivalled convenience in Macquarie Park,” Mr Adams said.“Residents will be able to efficiently connect to major shopping centres, commercial centres, world-class university and hospital infrastructure, childcare services and key transport interchanges linking to the CBD.“We have already been inundated with expressions of interest,” Mr Adams added.Construction of One Twenty Macquarie is expected to commence in mid-2016, with completion expected in 2018.TOGA is now accepting expressions of interest ahead of One Twenty Macquarie’s March sales launch. More details herelast_img read more

A record of 579 billion dollars overnight spend

A record of 579 billion dollars overnight spend

first_imgA record of 57.9 billion dollars overnight spendAustralia’s domestic visitor economy continues to set new records with the latest figures for 2015 revealing strong growth in overnight trips, nights and expenditure said the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).The National Visitor Survey released today by Tourism Research Australia has confirmed that in the year ending December 2015, there were 87.1 million overnights trips (up 7 per cent), 322 million visitor nights (up 4 per cent) and $57.9 billion in overnight expenditure (up 6 per cent).Daytrip expenditure rose by six per cent to $19 billion for the year, alongside a nine percent increase in daytrips to 179.6 million.“This is another fantastic result for Australia’s domestic visitor economy and just goes to show that the Australian love affair with seeing and experiencing the delights of our own island nation is only growing,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.“NSW continues to lead the charge with $16.1 billion in overnight visitor expenditure followed closely by Queensland ($14.5 billion) and Victoria ($12.1 billion).“The ACT (25 per cent) and Tasmania (20 per cent) have seen double digit growth in overnight visitor expenditure in the past 12 months – a great result for these two markets that highlights the value of investing in the visitor economy. Tasmania is a standout with double digit growth in all three indicators.“Western Australia ($6.7 billion), South Australia ($3.5 billion) and the Northern Territory ($1.5 billion) are performing very strongly with at least 6 per cent growth in visitor expenditure over the past year.“Together with the strong performance in Australia’s international visitor market, total overnight visitor expenditure reached a record $94.5 billion meaning our nation’s visitor economy is well positioned to be a job and economic growth generator for years to come.“Today’s figures only serve to emphasise why Government should back the visitor economy as one of the pillars of Australia’s future economy.“A strong partnership between Government and industry is the approach we need to take the visitor economy to the next level, by encouraging more Australians to explore their homeland and attracting more international visitors to our shores, through cutting the cost of visas and improving the visitor experience.” Tourism & Transport ForumSource = Tourism & Transport Forum Australialast_img read more

Discover LA invites Aussie travellers to embark on a culinary roadt

Discover LA invites Aussie travellers to embark on a culinary roadt

first_imgDiscover L.A. invites Aussie travellers to embark on a culinary road-trip during dineL.A.This July, Summer dineL.A. kicks off for 15 days, encompassing two weekends of value-driven menus starting at USD$15. Taking place 14-28 July, 2017, the biannual food event spotlights the city’s rich, culinary diversity and features more than 300 restaurants throughout Los Angeles.“Summer roadtrip,” is this season’s dineL.A. theme – inviting guests to travel to and throughout the city eating their way across the various neighbourhoods and a diverse variety of cuisines. Tying into the roadtrip theme, Gary Baseman, Emmy award-winning creator of ABC/Disney’s animation series Teacher’s Pet and collaborator with luxury brand COACH, has designed a map featuring iconic Los Angeles landmarks and restaurants that will be included in the dineL.A. Roadtrip Guide. The guide also contains a list of participating restaurants divided by neighbourhoods, a helpful tool that diners can print from the dineL.A. website or pick up at visitor information centres throughout the city.“Nearing its ten-year anniversary, dineL.A. has supported and promoted the city’s growing dynamic and diverse culinary cuisine,” says dineL.A.’s Polly Peak. “During this 15-day event, we celebrate a wealth of culinary talent creating globally-inspired cuisine that offers diners an exciting opportunity to travel throughout our welcoming city savouring eclectic flavours and ingredients from all over the world.”For a second season, dineL.A. once again partners with the California Avocado Commission to feature California avocado-centric dishes from some of the best chefs in the city including:Akasha Richmond – AR CucinaChandra Gilbert – Gracias MadreDavid Lefevre – Fishing with DynamiteJosiah Citrin – Charcoal VeniceNeal Fraser – RedbirdNick Erven – ErvenTed Hopson – The BellwetherDiners can also feast at a range of options including newcomers such as Officine BRERA, Odys + Penelope, The Ponte, and timeless favourites like Spago, Border Grill, and Chaya. Additional participants include celebrated restaurants, such as Alimento, Connie & Ted’s, a.o.c., and more.Another popular and returning program is the Exclusive Series, presented by American Express, offering diners a chance to experience some of L.A.’s most luxurious restaurants at a value-driven price beginning at USD$95, such as Providence, ink., and BOA Steakhouse. Diners can visit the dineL.A. website to book reservations.Summer dineL.A.’s specially-priced lunch menus are USD$15, $20, and $25, with dinner menus priced at USD$29, $39, and $49. American Express is also offering diners a way to save during the promotion. Diners can sign up and use their American Express card at all participating restaurants to receive USD$5 off their final bill of USD$25 or more.Diners are encouraged to share their Summer dineL.A. experiences by participating in the Dine. Snap. Win.Instagram contest sponsored by American Airlines. Participants simply snap a photo of their dineL.A. dish, using the hashtag #DineSnapWin, and include the restaurant name to be entered into the contest where one winner will receive 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® miles. The contest is valid for the dates of Summer dineL.A. Summer DineL.A.Source = Discover L.A.last_img read more

Celebrate Valentines Day and Chinese New Year

Celebrate Valentines Day and Chinese New Year

first_imgCelebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New YearCelebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New YearTo celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day, Chatrium Hotels & Residences proudly presents a delicious menu choice for both occasions in Bangkok and Yangon. Our experienced chefs and team have specially created a selection of anticipated for our guests.Valentine’s DayChatrium Hotel Riverside BangkokSilver Waves Sensuous Selection at Silver Waves Chinese RestaurantFor lovers everywhere Silver Waves’ Valentine’s Day Menu is the perfect opportunity to share a romantic rendezvous or two with a seductive 5-course meal featuring chilled Boston lobster with fresh mango and fresh tropical fruits, double-boiled abalone and conpoy Valentine’s soup, pan-fried Australian veal spare ribs with sesame oil, braised scallops in superior soup with egg noodles and a chilled mango pudding with fresh strawberries as the sweetest ending on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 priced at THB 3,800 net per couple including a glass of sparkling wine and a red rose.Be My Buffet Valentine at the River BargeAt our Valentine’s Dinner Buffet the art of romance and the art of creative cuisine will be perfectly combined courtesy of Executive Chef Spencer Kells and his talented team who’ll be dishing up a selection of the dreamiest international and local fare in the capital just made for sharing on Wednesday, 14th February 2018 priced at THB 1,790 net per person including a glass of sparkling wine and a red rose.Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake YangonValentine’s Day SpecialsMay love come your way this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy our classic Valentine’s specials to prove to your loved one how much you really care and get a chance to win in our very lucky draw at the Sunset Terrace on Wednesday 14th February 2018.Hold your loved one’s hand and make a wonderful night with a “Romance under the Stars” Valentine’s Set Dinner at USD 199.00 per couple and get the chance to win an exciting lucky draw prize from Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon.Enjoy one night’s stay at Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon with complimentary buffet dinner at The Emporia Restaurant, High Tea set for couples and Special Valentine’s Cake available at the Lobby Lounge.Chinese New YearChatrium Hotel Riverside BangkokEnjoy a Delicious Year of the Dog at Chatrium Hotel Riverside BangkokThe Chinese New Year is fast approaching so why not make it a truly auspicious one for your family and friends with our Chinese New Year menu items high above the Chao Phraya’s riverside with two sumptuous set menus just for the occasion with Set Menu A at THB 15,000 net featuring creative Cantonese classics; while Set Menu B at THB 17,000 net offers our signature Silver Waves-style barbequed suckling pig, deep-fried snow fish with salt and chili and wok-fried crab with XO sauce at Silver Waves Restaurant from 16th – 18th February 2018.Alternatively, try our special menu item “Yee Sang”, a Cantonese-style raw fish salad, mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yee Sang is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.Chatrium Residence Sathon BangkokChinese New Year 2018 CelebrationStart the Year of the Dog in the most delicious way possible at Albricias Restaurant – we’re waiting to welcome you with a great array of best selection of Seafood International Buffet and Mediterranean International BuffetFriday, 16 February 2018Seafood International buffet food only THB 1,650netSaturday, 17 February 2018Mediterranean International buffet food Only THB 1,050netAbsolutely, you’d better come as a group as you can get free dinner for your family & friendsDine 3 pay two, Dine 6 pay four and Dine 9 pay six.Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake YangonCelebrating the Year of the DogEnjoy our delightful Chinese New Year festive dishes and win a lucky Ang Pao from the“Tree of Fortune” from Friday 16th February – Friday 12th March 2018 at Tiger Hills Restaurant.What would be better than pampering your taste buds with Yee Sang Special (Chinese New Year Salad) at only USD 40.00 per portion and 9-Course Prosperity Chinese Set Menu at only USD 40.00 per person (Minimum order 6 persons). Special add-on delicacies are also available.This February, Chatrium Hotels & Residences are the place to be for families and couples alike. Come on down for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day celebrations with your loved ones and enjoy a joyous and prosperous year of the dog ahead!For reservations please callChatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok T: +66 (0) 2307 8888 E: info.chrb@chatrium.com Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok T: +66 (0) 2672 0200 E: info.crst@chatrium.comChatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon T: 95 1 544500 ext. 6221 E: fb.chry@chatrium.comFor more information for reservations please call Chatrium Hotels and Residences at +66 2 307 8888 Email: plus@chatrium.com or visit www.chatriumpointplus.comSource = Chatrium Hotels and Residenceslast_img read more