Gabriel Ibarra redefines the entry-level timepiece with Skywatch

first_img How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep When Gabriel Ibarra developed the idea for Skywatch some five years ago, he set out to give the entry-level watch industry the very thing he felt it was missing; a “real deal” Swiss-made watch. He saw a flooded market chock full of over-sized skater watches, or products you’d typically see adorned on the wrists of college kids. What Ibarra wanted to provide was a high-quality, stylish watch line capable of achieving uniqueness and affordability.“Honestly, the entry-level watch world was just a glut of random stuff,” Ibarra tells The Manual. “So I came up with this idea to create something high-end but fun. Skywatch became a way for me to produce a quality watch which was accessible for price, but exclusive from a marketing standpoint.”Ibarra’s “high-end but fun” attitude translated into the production of a watch which touts superior construction and premium materials. Every Skywatch model features top-of-the-line Swiss quartz movements and comes standard with either a premium silicone rubber strap, or a band made from quality Italian sailcloth. Whereas most Swiss-made watches like this tend to cost a pretty penny, Ibarra’s stunning line of timepieces tout a price tag ($295-$395) which are sure to please as much as the watch itself.During the creation of Skywatch, it was paramount to Ibarra his luxury line attracted those partial to an active or outgoing lifestyle. “Skywatch started with the concept of a classic dive-style watch intended for people who are more inclined to wear it at Coachella, or at a dive bar,” he says, “I wanted to produce a watch which didn’t seem ridiculous in 10 to 15 years.”To do this, Ibarra gleaned inspiration from a number of his own experiences and interests when creating Skywatch’s blueprint. Though it’s no surprise vintage Rolex watches influence part of the Skywatch design, he admits he’s even culled inspiration from businesses like In-N-Out Burger or Apple. “I’m a big fan of clean lines and wanted to accentuate this style in my watches,” he adds, “I became inspired to do this by many of the brands I like myself.”Though Ibarra attributes inspiration to the brands he loves, Skywatch already serves as an enviable model for those looking to give back to their own communities. Despite the well wishes of his attorney, Ibarra jumped at the chance to give to charity and provide for those less fortunate than himself. Organizations like Minds Matter LA and The Carousel of Hope are just two of the many charitable organizations to have received donated Skywatch timepieces. These organizations typically auction the watches off at an event or gala, and the resulting funds then help them continue to operate and carry out their own good deeds. Ibarra’s high regard for charity gives Skywatch an impressive and refreshing human element not often seen in other companies.“It fills me with joy to see people prosper from my products and donations,” Ibarra says, “I like to see any help come of it. My needs are met, my family is healthy, I have food on the table, so any opportunity I have to give back, I do it. I have a soft spot for kids in need.”Ibarra began the company with a vision to create a “real deal” Swiss-made watch worthy of wrists the world over, but his philanthropy proves he’s accomplished so much more. The quality is real, the style is real, and most importantly, Ibarra’s cause is real; join him, you won’t be disappointed.— Gabriel and Skywatch served up some reader love and are offering 25% off any purchases made through the Skywatch website until March 11th. Simply enter THEMANUAL25 in the Voucher box of the Shopping Cart, click Apply, and just like that you’ll score the discount and some free shipping!  Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functionallast_img read more

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Guinea Ban urges all sides to ensure presidential polls are peaceful and

Two dozen candidates are contesting the presidential race in a country that has been dominated by military regimes and coups d’état since it became independent in 1958.Last year the military’s bloody suppression of a political protest on the streets of the capital, Conakry, led to the deaths of more than 150 unarmed demonstrators and the rapes and sexual assaults of numerous others. A Government of national unity was set up in January as part of a transition towards a more democratic order.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban stressed “the importance of the peaceful conduct” of Sunday’s elections.“He calls on Guinea’s national authorities, all political stakeholders, civil society and the electorate to continue to contribute towards a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful and credible polls that would result in the election of a Government that fully reflects the will of Guineans.”Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, is in Guinea ahead of the polls as part of a joint effort between the UN, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support the electoral process.Mr. Ban said in his statement that the UN reaffirms its support of the transitional process and he called on “the country’s partners to continue to accompany Guineans as they strive to restore constitutional order in their country, institute crucial socio-economic reforms and promote respect for human rights.” 25 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the people and institutions of Guinea to play their part in ensuring that Sunday’s presidential polls are conducted peacefully and result in the formation of a government fully reflecting the will of the public. read more

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Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Friday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9906Brazil real 0.3968China renminbi 0.1878Euro 1.4821Hong Kong dollar 0.159712India rupee 0.01952Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01142Malaysia ringgit 0.2923Mexico peso 0.07086N.Z. dollar 0.9037Norway krone 0.1605Peruvian new sol 0.3859Russia rouble 0.02125Saudi riyal 0.3331Singapore dollar 0.9207South Africa rand 0.09557South Korean won 0.001113Sweden krona 0.1561Switzerland franc 1.3024Taiwanese dollar 0.04151Thailand baht 0.03755Turkey lira 0.3615U.K. pound 1.6072U.S. dollar 1.2492Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

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Appeal for blood donors

Canadian Blood Services is making an urgent appeal for donations.Blood supplies are running low and, as Elise Copps reports, the agency is concerned about coming up short this summer.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Farmers loyalty to Trump tested over new cornethanol rules

LACONA, Iowa — When President Donald Trump ordered tariffs on China that scrambled global grain markets, many U.S. farmers were willing to absorb the financial hit.But the patience of Midwest farmers with a president they mostly supported in 2016 is being newly tested.The administration has now granted waivers to 31 more oil refineries so they don’t have to blend ethanol into their gasoline. Given that roughly 40% of U.S. corn is processed into ethanol, that’s a fresh blow to producers struggling with low prices and potentially mediocre harvests.Nebraska farmer Lynn Chrisp, president of the National Corn Growers Association, calls it “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in Illinois Wednesday that Trump will take action to soften the effects, but there are no details.Steve Karnowski, Scott McFetridge And Julie Pace, The Associated Press read more

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UN Security Council authorizes European force in DR Congo

The United Nations Security Council today endorsed the deployment of a European Union reserve force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to bolster stability in the vast country for its June 2006 presidential and parliamentary elections and up to four months afterward.Through a resolution adopted unanimously, the Council authorized the force, to be known as Eufor R.D.Congo, to protect civilians, help guard the Kinshasa airport, protect its own personnel and installations, execute limited operations to extract individuals in danger and support the UN Observation Mission in the country (MONUC) in fulfilling its mandate. The Congolese elections, slated for 18 June, are supported by the largest and most expensive electoral assistance operation the UN has ever undertaken, on the hope that the process will cement the country’s transition from years of bloody conflict, including a six-year civil war, during which over 4 million people have been killed.Earlier this month, the vanguard of a new Beninese battalion of UN peacekeepers arrived in embattled Katanga to help keep stability in that province during the election period. Overall, MONUC has nearly 18,000 uniformed personnel in the DRC.In today’s resolution, the Council called upon all Congolese parties to demonstrate their full commitment to democratic process by ensuring that the upcoming presidential and legislative elections were free, fair, peaceful and transparent. It also called upon the Government to ensure that the presidential and parliamentary elections were held in accordance with the timetable of its Independent Electoral Commission. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball performs down the stretch to top Northwestern 7163

OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle (13) during a game against Northwestern on Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mariesha Gibson | Lantern PhotographerA frustrating first half for the Ohio State men’s basketball team appeared to be a telltale sign of the start of another disappointing home loss. But thanks to the leadership of junior forward Marc Loving and tenacious play from freshman point guard JaQuan Lyle, OSU was able to pick up win No. 13 on the season, as it overpowered the Northwestern Wildcats 71-63. Lyle scored 13 of his game-high 16 points in the second half to pair with Loving’s 15 points and five assists. OSU coach Thad Matta said he had hoped the team would avoid another slow start, but he was proud of how his team fought back.“We found a way to win the basketball game,” Matta said. “It wasn’t pretty at times, but we are trying to find some constants with this team, and hopefully we can find that channel and stop channel surfing on a nightly basis.” The first half could be described in one word — ugly — with Loving being the lone bright spot. He scored 10 of OSU’s 26 points as the Buckeyes shot a lackluster 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the floor. For most of the opening 20 minutes, the home team looked puzzled on how to attack Northwestern’s (16-9, 4-8) zone defense.With Matta working like a mad scientist to find the right combination of players, OSU’s players appeared to start to get frustrated with the outcome as they headed to the locker room trailing 33-26.Lyle, who has played inconsistently for the Buckeyes (15-10, 7-5) for much of the season, showed his frustration on the court by yelling at redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson after he dropped a razor-sharp pass from Lyle, which subsequently lead to a turnover and ensuing foul on Lyle.Matta, noticing the frustration on Lyle’s shoulders, pulled his point guard aside the break and gave him an earful.“JaQuan and I had a one-sided conversion at halftime, and I was leading the charge about that,” Matta said. “I give him credit, I think he responded and did a nice job. He had a very good control of what he was doing, and he was giving off positive energy, which was a good thing for us.” Rejuvenated, Lyle and the Buckeyes found their offense, going on an 8-0 run midway through the second half to trim the Wildcat lead to 48-47. The newfound momentum continued to push OSU forward, as Loving hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 50. OSU then took the lead on a jumper by sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop with 5:58 left in the game — a lead which it would not relinquish.“We just needed to find some type of spark,” Loving said. “We were able to get the tempo going and then (forced) some key turnovers.”Thompson, who poured in 12 points and nine rebounds, said the team never thought about giving up and remembered the message Matta delivered to his players to “lose yourself playing for Ohio State basketball.”Matt’s unselfish motto, which he said he has been preaching for the last 12 seasons, resonates as the reason OSU has been having a tough time during this up-and-down season.“I think sometimes we get where our thought process is strictly on ourselves,” the coach said. “And we’ve proven that when we’re thinking not big picture, we’re not thinking about the other guys, we’re not a very good basketball team. When you lose yourself just playing the game of basketball, and whatever happens, happens, we’re a better basketball team.”OSU sealed the game late, hitting a dozen free throws over the final 2:40 of the game. The foul line played a big role in the Buckeyes pulling off the victory, as they shot 94 percent from the charity stripe in the second half (16-of-17).Loving said he and his teammates knew they had been working too hard in their preparation to lose on Tuesday.“We just kept telling one another that the shots were going to fall,” Loving said. “We had faith in one another. We were never going to quit.”The Buckeyes are set to get back in action on Saturday against Rutgers on the road. OSU took care of the Scarlet Knights earlier in the season, winning 94-68 on Jan. 13. Tipoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Side notesOSU had all five starters score in double figures.OSU committed a season-low five turnovers in the win.The Buckeyes’ 82.6 free-throw percentage was their second-best performance of the season.Matta is now 19-1 in his career versus Northwestern read more

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Thoroughbreds Are Running as Fast as They Can

On Saturday, 19 thoroughbreds will once again be off, running in the 140th Kentucky Derby. The Derby calls itself “the greatest two minutes in sport” because that’s more or less how long it takes to win the race, and that hasn’t changed in decades. Since 1949, the time it takes thoroughbreds to run around the 1.25-mile track has averaged 2:02.25, and no winning race time has deviated by more than 3 seconds from this long-term average.Mark Denny, who studies biomechanics at Stanford University, wrote a 2008 paper that asked, “Are there absolute limits to the speed at which animals can run?” He looked at the statistics of the fastest times each year for the Triple Crown horse races (which include the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in addition to the Kentucky Derby), three premier greyhound races in England, and elite men’s and women’s athletics at distances of 100 meters to the marathon.The data reflected remarkable achievements by the fastest horses, dogs and people. Denny fit the data with a statistical model, and then used extreme value theory (since the data was about the best in each sport) to calculate a maximum speed limit.1Extreme value analysis is a subfield of statistics that seeks to model the probabilities of very rare events. It has been widely applied in contexts such as estimates of flood potential and equity risk. Some race times, like the Kentucky Derby’s, have plateaued, while others are still improving, like the men’s 100-meter race. This approach suggests that the fastest time possible for a human in a 100-meter race is 9.48 seconds. Usain Bolt’s world-record time is only 0.10 seconds from the limit.2A statistical approach is not the only possible way to estimate how fast runners can run. One evaluation of Bolt’s world-record 100m in the journal Significance found enough opportunities for improvement to argue that Bolt could run faster than Denny’s 9.48 limit.Denny says his approach tells us “that speed has its limits, but not what accounts for those limits.” There are, however, a few possible explanations for why thoroughbreds may have already hit those limits but humans, for the most part, have not yet plateaued.One possibility, advanced by Denny and others, is that thoroughbred race times may have leveled off because the narrow genetic diversity of racehorses limits the genetic diversity in the pool of potential thoroughbred champions. Modern thoroughbreds are descendants of a small number of horses (less than 30 in the 18th century), and 95 percent are thought to trace their ancestry to a single horse, The Darley Arabian. Today, there are fewer than 25,000 thoroughbreds born each year in the United States. Compare that with the more than 7 billion people worldwide.3The Triple Crown horse races are limited to 3-year-old horses, so each horse can run these races only once. Humans can race at any age, and in as many races as they like. The size of the human population may simply lead to a greater number of potential athletes with extreme speed.And humans could be even faster if we didn’t engage in any other athletic pursuit aside from racing. David Epstein wrote in his book “The Sports Gene” that while it’s unclear whether speed is innate or nurtured, one important reason for Jamaican athletes’ success in short-distance races is that in their country, “every kid is made to try sprinting at some point.” In the United States, at least, many of the fastest runners are lost to other sports, and thus never have a chance to reach their potential as runners. Epstein cites Trindon Holliday, now a kick returner for the New York Giants, who in college outran future Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix at 100 meters at the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Who knows how fast Holliday might have become as a full-time professional sprinter? Humans who race also have many opportunities to train, specialize, experiment and innovate. Those efforts are apparently still bearing fruit in some track and field events.Even if racehorses aren’t getting faster in general, assuming random variation in the speed of the very fastest horses would mean that we haven’t yet seen the fastest horse. Denny’s calculations suggest that the current Kentucky Derby record time of 1:59.40 in 1973, held by the legendary Triple Crown-winner Secretariat, could be beaten by as much as 1.5 seconds.4Or, in horse terms, about 11 lengths. But theory and reality are different things. Denny concludes that Secretariat “may represent a good approximation of the ultimate individual thoroughbred.”Of course, any extrapolation from observed statistics are based on important assumptions, and Denny admits that his are, too. On the one hand, he concludes the data from the Triple Crown races indicates that “the process of selective breeding of thoroughbreds (as practiced in the U.S.) is incapable of producing a substantially faster horse.” But breeding practices could change, Denny notes, and perhaps greater genetic diversity in horse breeding would create thoroughbreds with faster potential speeds.Going even further, it’s also possible that a horse could be genetically engineered to run faster. Horse racing has already taken a step in this direction via the cloning of thoroughbreds. The acceptability of cloning racehorses has been controversial for more than a decade, and in 2007 the international body that oversees horse racing banned cloned thoroughbreds (and, of note, cloned jockeys as well) from international competition. But in 2012 the ban was lifted, apparently for horses only. Imagine a future Kentucky Derby with the participation of cloned replicas of Secretariat, Sea Biscuit and Man ‘O War. Or even a race with identical cloned thoroughbreds in multiple lanes, to showcase the trainers’ and jockeys’ efforts.So to return to Denny’s research question, “Are there absolute limits to the speed at which animals can run?” The answer is yes. A more important question: How far are we willing to go to reset these limits? “The greatest one minute and 50 seconds in sports” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as smoothly. read more

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The charts that show what life is like for Britains million LGBT

first_imgThe UK is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of homosexuality being legalised, just a month after thousands took to the streets in this year’s Pride parade. More men say they identify as LGB than women, but more women than men identify as bisexual. According to the ONS, a further… London has the highest proportion of LGB-identifying population.center_img The Sexual Offences Act received royal assent on 27 July 1967 – some 50 years ago – and it decriminalised homosexual acts in private for men aged above 21 years old. Now, the latest figures show that there are an estimated 920,000 people in the UK who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual – making up 1.7 per cent of the population, or one in 58 people.last_img read more

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Opinion There is a wonderdrug that all schools should be prescribing

first_img Alarming trends are emerging.The first is the large drop in the number of children participating in the fitness challenge after Junior Cert. The latest results reveal that participation in the Schools Fitness Challenge drops by a staggering 80% after third year.Nearly 9,000 13-year-olds participated in 2018 compared to a meagre 1300 17-year olds.A wonder-drugIt is baffling that we still don’t understand the importance of fitness for children’s long-term brain health and academic performance.There are several international studies which show that exercise reduces stress levels, improves concentration and positively impacts academic performance.The findings from a 2014 study that tracked over 80,000 students found that children who significantly improved their fitness over a five-year period also improved their academic performance compared to children whose fitness levels did not change.Parents need to appreciate the strong link between childhood fitness and physical and mental health.Exercise should be viewed as medicine. Indeed, if exercise could be prescribed as a pill, it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet, and many parents who write excuse notes for PE are denying their children access to this ‘wonder-drug’.DetrimentalAnother major concern is the decrease in fitness levels among girls from first year to sixth year.There has been a steady increase in the number of 16 to 18-year-olds who are not meeting the minimum level of fitness required for optimal health.A low level of cardiovascular fitness is related to an increased risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and non-alcohol fatty liver.Considering that most health behaviours such as smoking, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption are adopted by the age of 20, and track into adulthood, every effort should be made to promote physical activity and cardiovascular fitness among teenagers.To do otherwise is simply detrimental to their physical health. The challengeThe Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge clearly demonstrates that a short-term exercise intervention significantly improves the cardiovascular fitness of children.Since 2013, we have found that girls and boys who participate in the six-week fitness challenge improve their fitness by an average of 10%.Because of poor health literacy, many adolescents fail to see the connection between their health behaviours and their current and future health.A new innovative health science curriculum in secondary school is urgently needed. The curriculum should ideally combine elements of home economics, physical education and human biology and should require each student to develop and update a health portfolio throughout their time in secondary school.The rise of consumer health wearables has the potential to provide today’s ‘digital native’ teenagers with personalised data for monitoring their health and forming positive lifestyle habits.Involve themThe key to making change is to involve teenagers in the design and implementation of physical activity initiatives for schools.PE and sport have negative connotations for many students, especially girls, who after junior cert tend to disengage from the school PE program and lose interest in structured sport type activities.Teenage girls prefer to participate in unstructured activities which are fun, enjoyable and which they can do with their friends. Even a couple of 15 minutes ‘play’ or ‘active’ sessions during a school day where they have the freedom to get up and move in the way they want would make a significant impact on their health.Perhaps the girls will tell us they don’t want to play soccer but they would be open to Aerobics or Zumba – if that is what they say we need to listen. Aerobics or Zumba classes could be rolled out easily in schools with online instructors.  With a little planning and imagination, school timetables could be planned so that children have to walk to a different area of the school between certain classes. All movement counts.The aim is to help develop physical activity habits which will continue into adulthood, so a simple walk between classes at school can be a step for encouraging children to move regularly throughout the day.Prevention is better than cureIt is stating the obvious, but prevention really is better than cure. As a nation, we need a paradigm shift in our approach to ‘healthcare’. Instead of managing the implications of lifestyle-related chronic diseases, we should place a much greater emphasis on preventing people from getting sick in the first place. With research consistently showing that cardiorespiratory fitness is one of the best indicators of current and future health, surveillance of cardiorespiratory fitness should be mandatory in secondary schools.We must remember there is ‘no one size fits all’ when it comes to physical activity and it is important that young people are exposed to activities that they enjoy.Young people who are the least active and most unfit will obtain the greatest improvements in fitness and health by starting to participate in regular physical activity.Professor Niall Moyna, oversees the Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge, at the Centre for Preventive Medicine at Dublin City University.  Niall Moyna Short URL 57,506 Views Share199 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14 Comments Monday 25 Feb 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: There is a wonder-drug that all schools should be prescribing Exercise should be viewed as medicine. Indeed, if exercise could be prescribed as a pill, it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet, writes Professor Niall Moyna. By Niall Moyna Feb 25th 2019, 7:01 AM MORE THAN 200,000 Irish secondary students have now participated in the Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge, making it the largest ever study on the fitness of teenagers in Ireland.We have conducted the challenge in secondary schools for the last eight years, and have analysed the results since 2011.last_img read more

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Public funeral planned for US student freed from North Korea

first_imgCINCINNATI — A public funeral service is planned Thursday at a high school attended by a 22-year-old college student who was held for nearly a year and a half in North Korea and died shortly after he was sent home to Ohio in a coma.Meanwhile, a spokesman for Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammaraco said the office accepted the case of Otto Warmbier, who died Monday in a Cincinnati hospital. Justin Weber told The Associated Press that a news conference is expected later to provide more information.The coroner’s office daily report Tuesday included Warmbier in its listings with cause of death termed “pending.”Wambier’s parents did not cite a specific cause of death, but cited “awful, torturous mistreatment” by North Korea. Doctors had described Warmbier’s condition as a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” and said he suffered a “severe neurological injury” of unknown cause.The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. at Wyoming High School, where Warmbier was an athlete and salutatorian of his 2013 class.“All those that wish to join his family in celebrating his life are cordially invited,” said the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.Warmbier was returned to Ohio on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion.He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing.last_img read more

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Asian Streamer iflix Abruptly Exits Middle East

first_img Popular on Variety Asia-based streamer iflix is pulling out of the Middle East after entering the region with some fanfare two years ago in a partnership with Kuwait-based mobile and data services operator Zain.Shuttering the streamer’s Iflix Arabia joint venture is taking place as disgruntled distributors with whom it has content deals complain about missing payments and unreturned emails and calls, sources confirmed to Variety.“Iflix and its partner, Zain, are working together to complete the wind down of the operations in the Middle East to allow iflix to focus on its core markets in Southeast Asia,” the company said in a statement.The statement did not give any other motive for the pullout.In December iflix sold its Africa business, Kwese Iflix, to telco Econet Group claiming it was looking to double down on growth in Asia, which is its core market. “We are also working with all suppliers to finalize that wind down, which has been a complex process and apologize if some people are yet to be contacted, though expect this to happen in due course,” it added. Former 03 Chief Fadi Ismail Launches Shingle With Eye on Saudi Arabia (EXCLUSIVE) Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 News of the pullout surfaced shortly after Iflix announced that it had completed its latest round of funding for more than $50 million by bringing in major institutional investor, Fidelity alongside strategic shareholders Hearst, Sky and EMC and said it is looking at a possible IPO.Iflix, which launched in Malaysia and the Philippines in 2015, set up Dubai-based Iflix Arabia in 2017 and rolled out the service in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan. In line with its policy of localized content production, that year the company made a splash with Arabic online original “Tough Luck,” a Cairo-set comedy of errors titled packed with local stars.But though streamer subscribers in the Middle East are growing, analysts say top-tier services such as Starz Play, which is now the Middle East market leader ahead of Netflix and Shahid Plus, are getting more traction than lower-cost operations like iflix, which targeted a more downmarket customer base that is being eroded by increased piracy.The decision to pull out from the Middle East was first reported by Deadline. Asian Streamer Iflix Completes $50 Million Fundraising Roundlast_img read more

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Trans man arrested in Russia for possessing testosterone

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Trans activists in Russia have called for all criminal charges against a trans man who had bought hormone medication abroad to be dropped.Vladislav K* had been buying hormones online from neighboring Belarus for about 18 months to help with his medical transition. GAYSTARNEWS- He was forced into buying the testosterone online because access to adequate medical treatment for trans people is very hard in Russia.‘I bought on foreign websites – that is, Belarus. For a while-these eighteen months-everything was fine,’ he told Zona Media.‘I did not even know in principle that it was forbidden.’But on 21 November, 2017 Vladislav was stopped by two customs agents at the post office. He was there to pick up his latest order.‘They introduced themselves and said that they had received a tip about me that I was getting something illegal at the post office,’ he said.‘They took me to their car… seized my parcel, opened it, there was a drug – as they expected, as I expected.’Customs interrogated him about whether he was an athlete taking the drugs to enhance his sporting performance. They also investigated whether he was importing drugs to sell them in Russia.‘I immediately said: “I’m transgender, and I need it.” Well, people – it’s understandable… they did not understand – they were very surprised very much,’ Vladislav said. He was then charged smuggling of superpotent substances. If convicted it carries a jail term between five and 10 years and fine of 1 million roubles (US$17,740).End criminal prosecutionTrans activists including the Trans* Coalition said the charges against Vladislav are unacceptable‘Transgender men who have decided to transition usually take testosterone for life, as gender changes in the body require lifelong medical attention,’ the coalition said in a statement.The coalition said the combination of low access to good medical care, poor doctor training, transphobia in society and the high cost of hormones in Russia forces people to import their own medications.‘The criminal prosecution of a trans person who needs medical care is inhumane and inadequate to international legal norms,’ the Coalition said.‘We demand unconditional termination of the criminal prosecution of Vladislav K. and removal of all charges from him.’LGBTI people in Russia have face increased persecution and violence since the government introduced an anti-gay propaganda law in 2013.But some hope was given to the community last week, when the Health Ministry made it easier for trans people to acquire a medical certificate to more easily update their gender on official documents. Five LGBTI people reveal what it’s like to be young and homelessPresident Trump: I’m doing the military a favour by banning transgender troopsGay couple attacked for ‘holding hands’ after leaving Edinburgh gay clubRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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An impressive 13 Canadian agents among Jamaicas 50 topselling retailers

first_imgTags: Jamaica Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett, in bringing greetings, lauded the group for their significant contribution to the island’s tourist industry. He noted that as a group, they helped the destination achieve what has been a record-breaking year, noting that total room nights booked by the Top 50 agents was nearly 115,000, which earned the island in the region of US$25 million. An impressive 13 Canadian agents qualified for the reward, with 12 attending this year’s event.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesJamaica’s One Love Rewards Program serves as a dedicated training platform for the travel agent community to become certified experts on the destination. The program guides agents through online pages that provide insider knowledge about the island. It also takes the travel agent community into the heart of the destination showcasing the island’s rich history. In addition to learning about the island, travel agents earn valuable rewards points when they record their bookings at the program’s inception more than 18,000 agents have completed the training program. To register for Jamaica’s A One Love Rewards Program, visit Travelweek Group Posted by An impressive 13 Canadian agents among Jamaica’s 50 top-selling retailers MONTEGO BAY — Rewarding top-selling Jamaica Travel Agent Specialists from Canada, the U.S. and the UK for all their hard work, the Jamaica Tourist Board gave 50 agents the royal treatment at Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay as part of a three-night reward getaway that included tours, world-class dining and shopping. The agents were flown to Jamaica and honoured in style as part of the JTB’s One Love Rewards program.The vacation concluded with an ‘All White Affair’ gala where the top selling agents were presented with artwork specially designed by Jamaican artist Everald Powell. Friday, December 16, 2016 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Qantas launches Joey Club to inspire future travellers

first_imgQantas launches Joey Club to inspire future travellersQantas’ youngest flyers will enjoy a range of new benefits when travelling with Qantas, with the unveiling today of “The Joey Club”.The world’s most successful children’s entertainment group The Wiggles joined Qantas to make the announcement, treating guests to a pop-up performance at Sydney’s Qantas Club.The program recognises Qantas’ youngest customers and aims to create memorable and engaging travel experiences for them and their families.Qantas Group Executive, Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth said travel is an exciting experience, particularly for children, and the airline wants to make sure that it’s as enjoyable as possible for the whole family.“Looking after our loyal customers, including our tiny travellers, is incredibly important to Qantas. We have always had initiatives in place for children travelling with us but the Joey Club takes it to the next level with a formal program and a number of new benefits that will make flying with Qantas more fun for kids,” she said.“Many of our pilots, engineers and cabin crew chose careers in aviation after taking their first flight with Qantas so we want to further inspire a new generation of Qantas customers and employees.”Children are currently the fastest growing segment of the Qantas Frequent Flyer membership base, with some parents signing up their children from birth.Source = Qantaslast_img read more

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Personal Travel Managers simply wowed by Queen Mary II

first_imgThe Queen Mary II’s visit to Melbourne this weekend gave these PTMs the opportunity to get up close. (From left) Nicole Edgar, Leonie Wilcock, Lisa King, Tanya Barker, Carli Hester, Joanne Haines, Frances Cochrane, Andrea Friend, Leanne PearmanPersonal Travel Managers simply wowed by Queen Mary IIOne of the most elegant and luxurious icons of the cruise ship world was moored at Melbourne’s Station Pier on Sunday, and a dozen of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) were more than happy to accept an invitation aboard.Cunard Line’s Queen Mary II underwent a spectacular refurbishment eighteen months ago, with an equally spectacular 90-million-pound price tag. TravelManagers’ Nicole Edgar, representative for Narre Warren South in Victoria, says the result of this record-breaking investment exceeded all her expectations.“I was blown away by how spacious, modern, light, bright, classy, elegant and stunning the Queen Mary II was: not old-fashioned, dated or stuffy like you might have expected. The money and attention to detail that has been lavished on her really shows – she is beautiful!”Cunard took advantage of the Queen Mary II’s presence in Melbourne to announce that her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth, is going to be based out of Melbourne during the 2019/2020 summer season: something which industry heads describe as a major coup for the city’s tourism & cruising industry, and for Cunard’s sales and passenger numbers out of Victoria. She will then spend another month or more based out of Sydney.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the opportunity for PTMs to spend time aboard the Queen Mary II will lead to further growth for the company’s overall cruise sales figures, which have already risen by 15.5% over the past year.“Every cruise ship is unique and offers a different holiday experience to its guests: the more familiar our PTMs are with each individual ship through inspections and famils, the better they can match their clients’ needs and expectations with the right ship, and the more likely that they will become repeat cruise clients.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAccor has officially welcomed 21c Museum Hotels into the MGallery Hotel Collection, a global network of more than 100 storied boutique hotels located in 26 countries. The move marks the arrival of the MGallery brand into North America.Bearing both the MGallery and 21c brands, 21c Museum Hotels – MGallery represents a shared commitment to inspiring guests to delight in and fully discover the very best the world has to offer. 21c Museum Hotels – MGallery will maintain 21c’s distinctive spirit and pioneering vision of combined contemporary art museums, boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants, and preserve the singular personality, style and story of each individual property. 21c will be fully integrated into the MGallery collection, bringing to life the passion for rich experiences and local discovery for which MGallery is known.“MGallery was first created in 2008 to share a new vision of high-end, boutique accommodation featuring highly emotive experiences designed to be inspiring, engaging and richly imbued with character. This ambition gave rise to a collection of unique storied boutique hotels that are captivating, memorable and individually styled. As sought-out addresses for those who relish memorable experiences, bespoke design and off-the-beaten-track moments, each MGallery hotel is remarkable for its singular personality and is deeply rooted in the destination’s history,” said Yohan Amiot, Vice President Brand Management, MGallery.Yohan Amiot comments further, “Today we are honoured to welcome 21c Museum Hotels into the MGallery family. 21c envisions a new kind of hospitality, which promotes accessible, unexpected and innovative arts, cultural and culinary experiences for guests and locals alike, globally connected to contemporary culture, yet firmly rooted within each local community. The 21c brand is the perfect complement to MGallery’s concept of bespoke, creative hospitality for lovers of travel, the arts and immersive experiences.”21c Museum Hotels – MGallery currently includes eight properties in Bentonville, Cincinnati, Durham, Kansas City, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville and Oklahoma City. Additional projects are in development in Chicago, slated for debut in late 2019, and Des Moines.The brand also just announced that 21c Museum Hotels has been selected as the brand and management company for a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and independently branded, chef-driven restaurant anticipated to open in the restored YMCA building in downtown St Louis in late 2020.21c Museum Hotels – MGallery are now bookable through Accor reservations systems, including 21c will also officially join Le Club AccorHotels as of 1 April 2019, affording 21c guests full access to Le Club AccorHotels member benefits, status points and the earning and burning of rewards points.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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