Talisman Energy posts operating loss plans to sell Norway assets

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 5:15 pm MDT Talisman Energy posts operating loss, plans to sell Norway assets CALGARY – Talisman Energy’s offshore operations in Norway are up for sale, the oil and gas company said Wednesday as it posted an operating loss that missed analyst expectations.CEO Hal Kvisle said the Norway assets, which aren’t part of Talisman’s core business, take up a “disproportionate” share of spending and are better off in someone else’s hands.A formal sale process is underway and interest in the Norway assets has been strong so far, he told analysts on a conference call.Kvisle said he expects “a relatively short process to get into advanced negotiations with the preferred buyer” and that a deal should be announced some time later this year.“But then there will be an extended period to get that kind of a transaction closed, just from a regulatory perspective and the complexities of selling a whole operating entity in a jurisdiction other than our home jurisdiction. These things take time.”Part of the Norway sale will include Talisman’s interest in the offshore Yme field, where the company recently reached a settlement with contractor SBM Offshore to dismantle and scrap a faulty production platform.Though the Yme project has been a costly headache for Talisman, it remains “a big part of our asset value in Norway,” said Kvisle in an interview.“There’s over $1 billion invested in it now and significant further investment to come and it will generate a positive rate of return for whoever owns it at the time when it comes on stream” three or four years from now, he added.Elsewhere in the Scandinavian country, Talisman operates the Blane, Gyda, Varg and Rev fields, with interests ranging from 18 to 70 per cent.A sale process is also underway for Talisman’s 12 per cent interest in the OCENSA pipeline in Colombia, a country where the company intends to keep producing oil.As well, Talisman would like to pare down its shale natural gas position in B.C. and Alberta, potentially by partnering up with other firms to develop its Montney and North Duvernay lands.And it could also sell its natural gas transportation and processing infrastructure in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania, provided the deal would allow it to keep shipping its gas at a reasonable price.Talisman has been approached to sell similar assets around Edson, Alta., but Kvisle said the company intends to hang onto those, as they bolster its competitive position in the region.Earlier Wednesday, Talisman posted a $27 million loss from operations, or three cents per share, in the quarter — down from a year earlier profit of $71 million or seven cents per share.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had recently lowered their estimates for Talisman to less than a cent per share of adjusted earnings.The Calgary-based company’s net income — which include one-time items, such as hedging gains and losses — was $97 million in the second quarter, or nine cents per share, compared with $196 million, or 19 cents per share a year earlier.Investors have been eager to see a turnaround at Talisman since Kvisle became CEO in September 2012. The former TransCanada (TSX:TRP) boss took the top job after the abrupt departure of John Manzoni.“There is no three, six or nine month quick fix at Talisman. What we have to do is what I think our team is doing very well in North America, in Colombia and in Asia Pacific,” said Kvisle.“Our current share price reflects the value of the assets we have that generate cash flow today. What we don’t get more recognition for is that enormous undeveloped asset base and we’ve just got to build confidence in the investing market around that.”Higher-risk exploration areas, such as Peru and Poland, have also been chucked from Talisman’s portfolio in favour of stable, predictable production.However, it’s hanging onto its interest in a potentially huge oilfield in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan for now, with an eye to finding a joint-venture partner down the road.Kvisle recently returned from Kurdistan and was impressed with how well things were going, despite tough operating conditions.Talisman would like to keep operating the Kurdistan field, but bring in partners to help share the financial burden. Ideally, Kvisle said Talisman would like the hang on to a 30 or 40 per cent interest.“If one makes an oil discovery in eastern Alberta, your preference would of course to own 100 per cent of it, because they’re relatively small and the risk is relatively low,” he said.“In the case of a very big discovery; that would appear to be the case in Kurdistan. It’s probably beyond our means to fund the development of the thing entirely, so the sooner we bring in partners, the better for us from a risk management perspective.”The company says production in the quarter averaged 361,000 barrels of oil equivalent, down from 435,000 barrels in the corresponding quarter of 2012.While performance in Asia Pacific and the Americas was strong, the North Sea continued to be problematic, causing the company to scale down its full-year production targets from that region by 9,000 barrels per day.Company wide, Talisman expects its 2013 production to come in at the low end of its targeted 375,000 to 395,000 barrel per day range.Talisman shares were down 30 cents to $11.64 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, a drop of 2.5 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Emery County Care and Rehab Resident of the Month Sweetie Anderson

By Emery County Care and RehabilitationSweetie Anderson was born August 25, 1941 in Moab, Utah. She married Maurice Anderson on September 16, 1964. They were blessed with two children, Melissa and Maxwell. They moved around with Maurice’s job as a heavy equipment operator.Sweetie is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints and has served as Primary teacher, Young Women advisor and Sunday School secretary. She enjoyed cooking, canning and taking care of her family was number one on her list. She enjoys watching westerns and any movie that has a cowboy in it.She has lived in Emery County for about 46 years, residing in Green River, Huntington and currently in Ferron.Everyone who knows her understand why she is called “Sweetie.” read more

Mediator lAgence du médicament mise en examen pour blessures et homicides involontaires

first_imgMediator : l’Agence du médicament mise en examen pour blessures et homicides involontairesMardi, le directeur de l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM) a été convoqué au tribunal pour une possible mise en examen de l’Agence dans l’affaire du Mediator. La justice reproche à l’autorité de contrôle du médicament d’avoir fait preuve de négligence.L’affaire du Mediator est loin d’atteindre son terme. Elle a même connu un nouveau rebondissement mardi avec la mise en examen pour homicides et blessures involontaires de l’ANSM (anciennement Afssaps : Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé). Les juges d’instruction parisiens chargés du volet “homicides et blessures involontaires” de l’enquête soupçonnent en effet de négligence l’agence qui n’aurait pas tenu compte des alertes sur la dangerosité du médicament des laboratoires Servier entre 1995 et 2009. À lire aussiRéforme : un milieu pharmaceutique plus transparent ?Il est notamment reproché à l’ANSM “d’avoir contribué à créer la situation qui a engendré le dommage des victimes et de n’avoir pas pris les mesures permettant de l’éviter”. En effet, en janvier 2011, un rapport de l’Inspection générale des affaires sociales (Igas) mettait en avant de “graves défaillances de pharmacovigilance” dans la surveillance de la dangerosité potentielle du benfluorex, la molécule coupe-faim active dans le Mediator. “Le benfluorex était sous enquête officieuse depuis mai 1995 puis officielle en mai 1998, compte tenu de sa dangerosité potentielle”, écrivait l’Igas citée par l’AFP.La mise en examen a été adressée à Dominique Maraninchi, directeur général de l’ANSM. Deux informations judiciaires principales sont déjà ouvertes dans ce dossier : l’une pour “homicides et blessures involontaires” dans laquelle Jacques Servier, a été mis en examen le 11 décembre, l’autre pour tromperie et escroquerie dans laquelle M. Servier a été mis en examen avec ses sociétés en septembre 2011.Par ailleurs, à la mi-février, dans l’autre volet de l’enquête, les juges d’instruction ont mis en examen deux anciens responsables de l’Afssaps, Jean-Michel Alexandre et Eric Abadie, respectivement pour “participation illégale d’un fonctionnaire dans une entreprise précédemment contrôlée” et prise illégale d’intérêt.Le 20 mars 2013 à 14:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Demi Lovato to perform at American Airlines Arena with DJ Khaled

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Demi Lovato is set to hit the road with DJ Khaled.The 25-year-old singer will head out on a 20-city tour across North America to promote her sixth album “Tell Me You Love Me.”The duo will make a stop at the American Airlines Arena, March 30.Fans can also catch Demi in December at the Y100’s Jingle Ball.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Consumer Tech Bad for Business

first_imgIn theory, partnering with Apple and Google should pay off in another way: allowing publishers access to information collected by these companies about potential customers so that the publishers can use it for marketing purposes. Here again, reality falls short of the dream. Apple doesn’t share any information with its publisher partners. And regardless of what the industry hype says Google has actually turned out to be a bit rubbish at the data collection lark.You Want Targeted Solutions, Not MassI would even argue that these services’ most persuasive selling point—their ability to reach hundreds of millions of potential subscribers—is all wet. Yes, they reach vast swathes of the planet’s population. But as a publisher of b-to-b minutiae you don’t want to reach vast swathes— you want to reach the teensy-weensy swathette of the population that (1.) Gives a crap about your minutiae and (2.) Has the money to pay for it. Using Google to do this is like trying to fill a cup by peeing into it from a zeppelin—impractical, if unintentionally amusing.Factor in the cost of working with these companies (Apple charges publishers an outrageous 30 percent of anything it sells) and the case for these services is anything but clear.Countdown to RealityAll of this shouldn’t be earth shattering analysis for those who have tried to exploit other consumer Internet technologies to support their publishing business; for every company that claims to have used Twitter or Facebook to drive revenue there are at least another 99 who haven’t.But this raises another interesting fact about the latest Internet technology: It takes an awfully long time for people to admit when it doesn’t live up the hype (half a dozen years, from 1993 to 1999, in the case of the first Internet bubble). So who knows, maybe the Apple/Google syndication programs will attract b-to-b publishers in 2011—just be prepared for fallout sometime after that. Stephen Saunders is the Managing Director of DeusM (www.deusm.com), a marketing services company specializing in the creation of online communities targeting any combination of industry, geography, or profession. He can be reached at saunders@deusm.com On the face of it, Internet technology should be a b-to-b publisher’s best friend. Sure, the Internet effectively put an end to the long and lazy golden age of publishing (1493—1993, RIP) when we used “ink” and a composite of mulched tree to disseminate information. But that same Internet is making our lives as publishers easy in so many other ways, right?Take recent efforts by Google and Apple to resell e-subscriptions to publications (in case you missed it, Google is rumored to be launching a digital newsstand, an attempt to one-up Apple’s iTunes subscription service). These offerings will supposedly provide publishers with an exciting and ubiquitous new sales channel for their products.Except… they won’t. And b-to-b publishers wondering which company to work with should go with choice C: Neither.Let’s say you sell a subscription to a reader via iTunes. Ostensibly that’s one (1) new subscriber for you. But really, it’s one new subscriber for Apple. By going through an intermediary you have ceded direct control over the subscriber relationship, never a good idea if you base your business on subscriber relationships (and you value things like controlling price and customer information).last_img read more

Khammam New Vision School celebrates Independence Day

first_imgKhammam: The 73rd Independence Day celebrations were conducted on a grand note at the New Vision School in Khammam. The chairman of the schools, CHGK Prasad, hoisted the flag and received the guard of honour from students. Cultural events enthralled one and all. School Directors Gopi Chand, Principal Abad Ali, VVN Raju, CH Madhavi and teachers attended the programme.last_img

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are spending time together for this reason

first_imgBradley Cooper (R) and his partner Russian model Irina ShaykGetty imagesBradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have reportedly ended their four-year-long romantic endeavour. There have been several rumours about Lady Gaga’s involvement in the breakup but these were nothing but fabricated speculations. As of now, the number one priority for Irina is to look forward to creating a good future for her two-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine.After ending her long term relationship with Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk’s number one preference is her daughter she shares with the actor. As per a report by People, an insider revealed that the famous model takes her daughter to park, to classes, and to other relevant places.The insider went on to allege that Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are reportedly spending time together as a family just for the sake of their daughter.”For Lea’s sake, they keep spending time together as a family,” the insider revealed. “Bradley is a great dad. He has always been very involved with his daughter.”When it comes to taking care of their daughter, Bradley and Irina both shares the same goal. They both intend to make sure that Lea has a normal life growing up and she will be surrounded by close family and friends. Lady Gaga, Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre.Getty images”It’s clear that Bradley and Irina have the same goals for their daughter,” the source further added. “They want her to live a normal life, be surrounded by friends and thrive through play. They are both wonderful parents.”Ever since Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga shared the screen space in the musical romantic movie, A Star Is Born, there were rumours that these two will start dating in real life as well. At that time, Bradley was in a serious relationship with Irina Shayk. Even Grammy Award-winning singer Gaga denied the absurd reports.That being said, there are hundreds of thousands of fans who desperately want to see Bradley Cooper dating Lady Gaga. Will they ever date? Well, it is unlikely to state at this moment as they both have maintained a good friendship but no one can be sure what future holds for these two.last_img read more

Scientists rediscover selfhealing silicone mechanism from the 1950s

first_img New nanotube material stays rubbery over a more than 1,000 degree temperature range The researchers, grad student Peiwen Zheng and Professor Thomas J. McCarthy from the University of Massachusetts, have published a paper on the rediscovery of siloxane equilibration in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.“We have been working on silicone materials from a couple of different perspectives,” Zheng told PhysOrg.com. “When we rediscovered the forgotten unusual properties of silicones and combined them with today’s research interests, we found that the silicone material with the siloxane equilibration was an obvious candidate for a self-healing material.”The researchers performed several experiments to test the theoretical predictions from papers published in the early 1950s, as well as to extend some of the experiments performed at that time. In one experiment, Zheng and McCarthy prepared a siloxane-based mixture containing a cross-linking agent and a catalyst. Then they poured the solution into molds of various shapes, such as cylinders, disks, and dog bones. After heating the molds at 90 °C (194 °F) for four hours, the researchers removed clear, rubbery silicone shapes from the molds. The scientists described these silicone samples as “living polymer networks.” More information: Peiwen Zheng and Thomas J. McCarthy. “A Surprise from 1954: Siloxane Equilibration Is a Simple, Robust, and Obvious Polymer Self-Healing Mechanism.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja2113257 (PhysOrg.com) — Research in self-healing organic polymers has grown recently, but one simple self-healing mechanism from more than 60 years ago has been nearly forgotten until now. Using this mechanism, which is called “siloxane equilibration,” scientists have demonstrated that silicone rubber that has been cut in half with a razor blade can completely repair itself through heat-activated reversible bonding. The self-healing mechanism could have applications in a variety of areas, such as for designing self-healing surfaces of vehicles and countertops. Citation: Scientists rediscover self-healing silicone mechanism from the 1950s (2012, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-scientists-rediscover-self-healing-silicone-mechanism.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com (A) A silicone sample started off in the shape of a dog bone. (B) The sample was cut into pieces and rearranged in a dog mold. (C) The sample was remolded into a dog, in which the fracture locations are undetectable. Image credit: Zheng, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society “The silicone network is at a chemically anionic equilibrium,” Zheng explained of the term, “where the reactive center will cleave and reform a covalent siloxane bond.” These bonds are reversible, which enables the two sides of a crack to reconnect under the right conditions.To demonstrate the self-healing ability, the researchers cut a 1-cm-long cylindrical sample in half using a razor blade. Then they rejoined the two pieces by wrapping them together with Teflon plumbing tape and heating them in an oven at 90 °C (194 °F) for 24 hours. When the researchers retrieved the sample and removed the tape, they found that the silicone cylinder had completely healed. Then they bent the cylinder by hand until it broke again – significantly, it broke in a different location than where it had been cut. The scientists repeated this experiment on different shaped objects with the same results. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society In another experiment, the researchers molded a silicone dog bone, which they cut into multiple pieces. Then they rearranged the pieces to fit into a mold of a dog. Heating the sample resulted in a silicone dog with no visible fractures or weak spots where the pieces had been fitted together.The researchers also quantified the strength of the healed samples in comparison with the original samples using fracture toughness measurements. The data for the two types of samples was indistinguishable, indicating exceptional self-healing.The researchers explained that, in principle, any cross-linked dimethylsilicone elastomer (only one type was used here) can be converted into a living elastomer by the addition of basic catalysts. This possibility opens up many different routes for synthesizing a variety of self-healing silicione-based materials. While the samples used here required applied heating to self-heal, the researchers predict that samples in a sealed, high-temperature environment would self-heal “autonomically,” or automatically. Zheng explained that self-healing materials, with some improvements, could lead to a variety of applications.“It can be developed into self-healing coatings on auto vehicles or countertops,” she said. “It is also a ‘plastic’ elastomer which can be used in molding to form desired shapes and patterns. The concept of a self-healing silicone can be used to guide the preparation of elastomers with gradient modulus, Janus elastomers, reversible surface patterns when filled with magnetic particles, and super tough materials which can chemically relax stress.” Explore further (A) A silicone sample in the shape of a cylinder. (B) The sample was cut in half with a razor blade. (C) The sample completely self-healed after 24 hours at high temperatures. (D) When the healed sample was bent by hand, it broke in a different location than where it had been cut. Image credit: Zheng, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Societylast_img read more

Turn off Windows 10 Features

first_imgTurn off Windows 10 Features by Martin Brinkmann on June 18, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: August 06, 2018 – 27 commentsMicrosoft operating systems ship with features, several of them enabled by default, that many Windows users may not need when it comes to running the computer.These features are enabled for compatibility purposes, and while that is a good thing, may use memory, cpu cycles, or even expose the device to attacks or security issues.The following guide lists installed features on Microsoft’s operating system Windows 10, and their purpose.The guide explains what each feature is designed for, and whether it makes sense to disable the feature on your machine.Obviously, you don’t want to disable or turn off features that you require, but since it is a simple “flip a switch” process, it is easy enough to restore functionality should you experience any issues after turning off features.Windows 10 FeaturesThe first thing you need to know is how to access the features listing on a device running Windows 10.Right-click on the Start Menu icon, and select Programs and Features from the menu.Alternatively, use Windows-X to display the menu and the mouse or touch afterwards to make the selection.When the Program and Features window opens, select Turn Windows features on or off.Basic informationA checkmark indicates that a feature is installed, a dot that only part or a subset of it is available, and a blank box that nothing is turned on.A click on the plus icon in front of a feature opens it, and displays the available items listed under it.Please note that you may need to restart the PC before the changes take effect. Windows displays a prompt if that is necessary.Internet Explorer 11The default browser on Windows 10 machines is Microsoft Edge, but Microsoft ships a copy of Internet Explorer 11 with the operating system for legacy support reasons.Recommendation: IE11 is the only browser that can access the Microsoft Update Catalog currently to download patches manually. Microsoft’s Update Catalog works with any browser now. If you don’t require that, and don’t need the browser to access legacy apps, turn it off.Legacy Components DirectPlayDirectPlay is a deprecated API that was once part of Microsoft’s DirectX API. Microsoft deprecated DirectPlay in favor of Games for Windows Live  more than ten years ago.Classic computer games, those created ten or more years ago, may require DirectPlay but modern games released in the past ten years definitely don’t.Recommendation: Turn off unless one of your games requires DirectPlay.Media Features Windows Media PlayerWindows Media Player is the default multimedia player on Windows 10.  It is a so-so program that lacks support for several popular video and audio codecs.Recommendation: If you use a third-party client like VLC Media Player or SMPlayer, turn it off.Microsoft Print to PDFThe feature adds an option to Windows to print any document to PDF. This is a virtual printer service that you can use to create PDF documents on Windows.Recommendation: Turn off, unless you require the functionality.Print and Document ServicesThe dot in the checkbox indicates that some items under Print and Document Services are enabled: Internet Printing Client, and Windows Fax and Scan.Internet Printing ClientThe Internet Printing Client — as the name suggests — enables printing using local network or Internet printers using the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP).Recommendation: Turn off if you don’t print at all, or if you only use a local printer.Windows Fax and ScanWindows Fax and Scan enables scanning and faxing support on Windows 10.Recommendation: Turn off if you don’t use the feature.Remote Differential Compression API SupportMicrosoft introduced Remote Differential Compression API Support with Windows Server 2003 R2, and included the feature in later client and server operating systems as well.It is used by a small number of programs, especially on Windows Server machines, but rarely used on non-server systems.Recommendation: Unless you know that a program uses it, turn it off. If you notice any issues running programs afterwards, turn the feature back on again.Windows PowerShell 2.0Windows PowerShell 2.0 may confuse users as PowerShell is an integral part of Windows. What you need to know to better understand the feature listing is that PowerShell 2.0 is not the latest version of the technology.The most current version is PowerShell 5.0 which means that turning of PowerShell 2.0 support won’t have an effect on the machine’s ability to use PowerShell.Recommendation: Unless you require PowerShell 2.0 support, turn it off.Windows Process Activation ServiceWindows Process Activation Service “generalizes the Internet Information Services (IIS) process model.All the features of IIS that were previously available only to HTTP applications are now available to applications hosting Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services, by using non-HTTP protocols. IIS 7.0 also uses Windows Process Activation Service for message-based activation over HTTP. (source)The feature is aimed at developers, and usually not required by most Windwos users.Recommendation: Unless you are a developer who requires the feature, turn it off.Work Folders ClientWork Folders is a business / enterprise feature that allows you to access work related files while offline and on any device associated with you.Recommendation: Turn off, unless it is used.XPS Services and XPS ViewerXPS is a file format created by Microsoft that has been designed as an alternative to Adobe’s PDF format.XPS Services add functionality to Windows to print and create XPS documents, and XPS Viewer to view XPS documents on the machine.Recommendation: Unless you require XPS functionality, turn it off.Closing WordsA large part of features that you can turn on or off are there for legacy purposes. Disabling features won’t impact the loading of the Windows operating system negatively so that you can turn them on again should the need arise.Now You: Which features have you turned off, or kept?SummaryArticle NameTurn off Windows 10 Features DescriptionDetailed information about all Windows Features that are enabled by default, and recommendations whether to turn them off or leave them be.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology News Advertisementlast_img read more

Southernbloc FARC chief arrives in Cuba to support peace process

first_imgHAVANA, Cuba – Joaquín Gómez, head of the Southern Bloc of the FARC and a member of the rebel group’s Secretariat, arrived in Havana Sunday to join ongoing peace negotiations between the rebel group and the government of Colombia, according to the FARC.According to the guerrilla organization’s peace delegation, the presence of Gómez in Cuba represents “a new gesture of peace from the FARC, expressing our determination to advance toward the signature of the final agreement that will establish a foundation for the Colombia of the future.”The government of Colombia confirmed Gómez’s trip to Cuba in a statement asserting that his departure from Colombia “was carried out according to established protocol and with the express authorization of the President of the Republic.”Founded in 1964, the FARC today counts about 8,000 fighters and is the largest of the guerrilla groups waging Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict, which has left 220,000 people dead and 5.3 million displaced, according to official figures.The FARC has been in dialogue with Colombian government negotiators attempting to broker a peace deal to end the five-decade-long fight.Gómez joins Pastor Alape and Carlos Lozada, FARC leaders who joined the peace negotiations in late October. In total, five of the seven FARC Secretariat members are now in Havana. Achievements of the negotiations have included agreements on issues of rural reform, political participation and illegal drugs.See also: Colombia suspends peace talks with FARC after general kidnapped Facebook Comments Related posts:Colombia and FARC rebels announce major breakthrough in peace talks An end to Colombia’s war seems close – except in rebel territory Victims’ issues come to the fore in Colombia peace talks Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace processlast_img read more

An official app has also been released providing

first_imgAn official app has also been released, providing instant access to all of the latest event information including the official program, delegate diary, speaker profiles, event partners and more. Simply search ‘Luxperience 2018′ in the App store or Google Play to download the application.Go back to the enewsletter The business action of the invitation-only Luxperience commences on Monday 17 September at 8.30am and runs through until Wednesday 19 September. Highlights include:Monday 17 September: Engaging Guests with Sustainability – Business Beyond Green-washingThe panel will discuss the business challenges and successes of several case studies on sustainability and how businesses walk the line between green-washing and providing an exclusive and genuinely engaging experiences. It will talk about what appeals to those travellers looking to make a difference, to engage, or transform through meaningful travel and the importance of having metrics in place to measure the impact of this engagement.Panel:John Daw – Executive Officer, Australian Wildlife JourneysJames Wyndham – General Manager, Emirates One&Only Wolgan ValleyModerator:Penny Rafferty, Global Manager Premium, Tourism Australia.Tuesday 18 September: Luxury Market Insights Panel DiscussionThis preeminent panel of cutting edge communicators will discuss the state of marketing in the luxury goods and service industry. It will look to where the communications world is heading. There will be time for questions from the audience to enable delegates to gain valuable insights from these experts.Panel:Chris Walton – Managing Director – Sydney, Nunn MediaDouglas Nicol – Co-founder and Partner, The WorksNicholas Gray – CEO, The AustralianLaura Jones – Managing Director, Frank PRModerator:Tim Burrowes – Content Director, MumbrellaWednesday 19 September: The One Business Elegance That Never FadesPresented by: Mark Carter – Director, Presenter, Speaker, Author, & CoachInspired by Audrey Hepburn, a timeless role model and epitome of class and luxury, who lived by the philosophy ‘you’ve got to look at yourself objectively, analyse yourself like an instrument’. In the same vein, this golden age inspired business session will focus on classic themes for business success yet adapted for contemporary, creative relevance in luxury markets. Go back to the enewsletterOne of the highlights of Luxperience has always been the vibrant social and networking events. For 2018, event organisers have completely revamped the opening night and Awards events. After all, the show is not all about work; there is plenty of time for play too.For the first time, the highly anticipated opening night event for Luxperience 2018 will be combined with the excitement of the Luxperience Award winners being announced, all in the sumptuous surroundings of the Merivale ivy Ballroom this Sunday night, 16 September.The Awards will recognise innovative products and services, exceptional experiential tourism products, examples of social responsibility and outstanding marketing campaigns. They will also highlight a visionary tourism office, which has influenced the development of luxury and experiential tourism within their country or region.Over the years, Luxperience has built a reputation of hosting groundbreaking and motivating speakers and 2018 will be no different. This year’s keynote speaker at the Opening Session is the erudite and innovative Dr Jordan Nguyen (pictured above), inventor of the mind-controlled smart wheelchair.“In line with this year’s theme: The Blue Print – A World Re-Designed, we have chosen an impressive speaker who embodies this ethos,” said Luxperience Event Director Michelle Papas. “Jordan’s life is spent re-thinking and re-imagining computers to enhance the lives of the less able-bodied: A noble cause and one we can all learn from to help us re-design our own lives.”“The World Re-Designed theme is continued during the business component of Luxperience,” continued Papas. “Each day offers the delegates an unmissable seminar which expands their knowledge on the luxury industry and redefines ways for them to capitalise on this new found knowledge for their clients.”Following the keynote speech and Awards, the frivolity and conviviality will continue at the ‘Welcome to Sydney Party’ next door at Merivale’s ivy Den and Lounge. Taste buds will be tempted by delectable morsels inspired by the multicultural delights hidden within the global metropolis of Sydney.Luxperience partner, Merivale, is also the official Luxperience After Party venue. It is hosting those keen night owls at the Establishment on Sunday and Monday evenings and at Hemmesphere on Tuesday night.last_img read more

Black Panther actor Michael B Jordan surprises

first_img‘Black Panther’ actor Michael B. Jordan surprises schoolkids by The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2018 3:37 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Students from a private school in Alabama’s capital got a surprise visit from actor Michael B. Jordan, who dropped in when he spotted them exercising in the midday heat.The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Jordan was in Montgomery on Monday to begin filming “Just Mercy,” which is based on the memoir of attorney and criminal justice advocate Bryan Stevenson.The “Creed” and “Black Panther” star was instantly recognized when he surprised the 15 students from Valiant Cross Academy.One asked if he was, indeed, Michael B. Jordan. Another shouted: “You’re from ‘Black Panther’!”Jordan said in an Instagram post he was driving when he spotted the students doing jumping jacks. He wrote: “The sight of them inspires me & reminds me why I do what I do!”last_img read more

NEW YORK — On the ninth floor of the Madame Tussau

first_img NEW YORK — On the ninth floor of the Madame Tussauds building in New York, they’ve built a little piece of Broadway.A new permanent immersive attraction opened Tuesday that offers visitors an Instagram-ready chance to put on costumes for some cosplay and sing some of Broadway’s most famous show tunes, and also gives a taste of what’s going on backstage, from controlling fog to switching on spot lights.While it’s billed as “The Ultimate Broadway Experience,” the truth is it’s more an Andrew Lloyd Webber Experience, featuring only props, music and characters from the theatre icon’s work. His shows “The Phantom of the Opera,” ”Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat,” ”Evita,” ”Sunset Boulevard” and “Cats” are represented.The self-guided tour includes three actors — playing a stage manager, an actress getting ready for “Cats” and a Phantom — four main chambers, and 10 waxwork figures, including one of Lloyd Webber himself, hunched over his favourite Yamaha Clavinova. The price of a tour is included with the basic $29.95 ticket.Visitors navigate a mirrored labyrinth (representing the complex birth of artistic creation), visit a dressing room to put on makeup in front of a digital screen with plenty of filters, play a giant interactive floor piano with their feet (like the movie “Big”) or belt out the finale from “Phantom” in a fog-filled gondola.“Broadway is an integral part of what New York is, so we wanted to bring an immersive experience and an interactive experience that can give you a Broadway you can’t have anywhere else,” said Kael Elliott, the lead creative producer in North America for Madame Tussauds.Madame Tussauds has packed the space with ways for the audience to pose beside wax figures (Glenn Close from “Sunset Boulevard” is in the dressing room), put on Joseph’s dreamcoat or play with props. (Beware of the falling chandelier and the hairspray bottles that spew smoke). One highlight is a Grizabella wax figure singing “Memory” that features a sculpted 3-D head, which video projection brings alive.“You can tell this is very different from what Madame Tussauds has been in the past. We’re moving into the immersive, interactive world — that’s where the future of the brand is. It’s about making the figures more alive, more immersive,” said Elliott.___Online: https://www.madametussauds.com/new-york/en/whats-inside/broadwayMark Kennedy, The Associated Press Madame Tussauds celebrates a bit of Broadway on Broadway FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Andrew Lloyd Webber arrives at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. A new permanent exhibit opening Tuesday, June 11, 2019, offers visitors an Instagram-ready chance to put on costumes and sing some of Broadway’s most famous show tunes, but also a taste of what’s going on backstage, from controlling fog to switching on lights. While it’s billed as “The Ultimate Broadway Experience,” the truth is it’s more a Lloyd Webber experience, featuring only props, music and characters from the theater icon’s work. His shows “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Evita,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Cats” are represented. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 2:42 pm PDTlast_img read more

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