MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. said Monday it is close to finalizing an agreement to start producing its Q400 propeller-driven airliners in Russia.[np_storybar title=”Bombardier plane orders tumble in ‘challenging year for aviation’” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/01/20/bombardier-inc-plane-orders-tumble-in-challenging-year-for-aviation/”%5DBombardier Inc. faulted a sluggish economy for a decline in new aircraft orders last year as sales of both its commercial and business jets foundered.The Montreal-based manufacturer said Monday it delivered 238 aircraft in 2013, five more aircraft than in the previous year. But new orders for its aircraft tumbled last year to 388 compared to 481 in 2012, net of cancellations.Continue reading [/np_storybar]A deal to establish a joint venture with state corporation Rostec could lead to some 100 turboprops, valued at US$3.4 billion at list prices, being built for the Russian market.The deal, which local media in Russia says will see production start this year, flows from a series of preliminary agreements signed last August.The final assembly line in Russia would complement Bombardier’s Toronto operations, where final assembly of the 70- to 80-seat turboprop currently take place.Bombardier Aerospace announced last week the permanent layoff of 1,700 employees, primarily in Montreal and Wichita, Kan., where it makes jets, as it steps up efforts to cut costs amid delays with two new aircraft and a tough market for both commercial and business planes.The Q400s are used by airlines around the world, including Toronto-based Porter Airlines and WestJet’s new Encore regional service and Air Canada-affliated Jazz.Bombardier spokesman Marc Duchesne wouldn’t confirm details of the agreement, but said it would include a firm order from Rostec for up to 100 planes that would involve Russian leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co.“Discussion between Bombardier and Rostec are ongoing and both sides are working toward the conclusion of a definitive agreement and things are going very well but we need a couple of more days just to finalize the details,” Duchesne said in an interview Monday.The Moscow Times quoted a Russian government official saying at the World Economic Forum in Davos that a deal had been signed and a Bombardier representative confirming the planes would be built in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region, about 900 kilometres east of Moscow.Analysts said the agreements are designed to deepen Bombardier’s roots in Russia by “locking in” the Russian market for the Q400 against its main rival ATR.They also had said the Russian agreements could “revitalize” the Q400, whose orders have been lagging.Bombardier delivered 29 Q400s and received 17 net orders last year. That compares to 36 deliveries and 50 net orders in the prior year.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained one cent at $3.87 in Monday morning trading. read more

TORONTO — Bell Media has cut 80 full-time positions in its latest round of layoffs, citing an “industry-wide challenging advertising market.”The multimedia giant said Wednesday that the affected positions represent a cross-section of its areas of business: including local radio and TV; sales, research and revenue management; marketing and communications; network operations; and news.Jacqueline Milczarek, who has worked as an anchor on CTV News Channel since 2007, is among the public faces hit by the cuts.Other on-air talent who were laid off include CHUM-FM host Amanda Logan and BNN anchor and correspondent Chitra Nawbatt.“The difficult decision was made as the result of continued financial pressure in relation to the industry-wide challenging advertising market for radio and TV,” said Bell Media vice-president of communications Scott Henderson in an email.In June, Bell Media announced it would cut 120 positions across its television operations due to the tough advertising market as well as falling subscription revenues.Henderson said the 80 jobs chopped on Wednesday were “new and additional,” not a part of any previously announced cuts.Last week, “etalk” host Tanya Kim and The Movie Network personality Teri Hart were laid off as part of the first round of job losses. read more

first_img‘DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT’ has been expressed at draft redress legislation aimed at securing medical and community services for survivors of Magdalene laundries.Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) has said the Heads of Bill falls short of what was recommended by Justice John Quirke.The group has also raised concerns for survivors living abroad, and said it was ‘dismayed’ at the delay in the publishing of this draft legislation.Some survivors had passed away or have required frequent hospitalisation, the group claimed.JFMR has noted that “important services” are missing from the Bill, ranging from “complementary therapies, high tech drugs and home support to assist with household tasks”.It said that the services offered less than what a medical card holder is entitled to.“The Bill also requires a GP referral for counselling, which is not necessary under the HAA card scheme,” the group said in a statement. There is no provision in the Bill for liaison officers to assist the women in accessing their entitlements, while this is a fundamental aspect of the HAA card scheme.“We are very concerned about the health and community care needs of Magdalene survivors who live abroad. Judge Quirke recommended that each of the women would have equivalent health and community benefits.”The Government has received more than a hundred applications to the redress scheme from the United Kingdom.Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said that 754 applications have been received to date. 357 applicants have received their lump sum payment so far, at a cost of €12.8m. A further 106 formal offers have been made and letters of provisional assessment on the length of stay in a relevant institution have issued to an additional 35 applicants.Read: Government announces legislation to support Magdalene survivors >Opinion: Adoption, illegitimate children and ‘the bogey of proselytism’ in Catholic Ireland >last_img read more

first_imgThere’s apparently a strong intersection between freerunners and Super Mario Bros fans. This gym, Tempest Freerunning Academy, located in Los Angeles, has been decked out with platforms, trampolines, borders to climb on, and other hand-holds for freerunning enthusiasts to jump onto, bounce over, and spring themselves off of. The catch is that the entire gym looks like it was lifted straight out of a Super Mario game. All the way down to the pixel art question blocks and the 8-bit bricks, the entire gym is a tribute to the game and the people who love it, including the people who work and play there. The setup is also used in their Parkour 101 training class, so if you’re interested in learning how freerunning works in a geeky setting, that may be the class for you.Check out a video of the gym behind the jump. [via BoingBoing]AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The reactions against the government’s ambitious mobility scheme are going to reach a climax this week, with a number of unions and sectors taking to the streets.ADEDY, the country’s largest public sector union, has announced a 48-hour strike for all public sector employees, which will take place on Wednesday the 18th and Thursday the 19th of September. The employees at insurance funds, unemployment agency OAED and the Ministry of Labor’s services are on 5-day rolling strikes as of Monday, in protest to the inclusion of 618 employees in the mobility scheme.Secondary school teacher federation OLME has also announced 5-day rolling strikes that came into effect on Monday, while private school teachers went on a 48-hour strike yesterday, before reassessing their stance. The primary school teacher union DOE has decided against OLME’s strike and instead plans to participate in the ADEDY strike on the 18th and 19th of September.The developments in the healthcare sector have prompted hospital doctors to call a three day, nation-wide strike from today Tuesday the 17th of September until Thursday the 19th of September. The doctors are protesting in reaction to the mobility scheme and upcoming hospital mergers.ADEDY’s executive committee will convene with civil servant federations on Thursday to discuss the strikes outcomes. On Saturday the 21st of September, the General Council will convene to decide upon future actions.last_img read more

first_imgLe bambou, un matériau d’avenir ?Le bambou est un matériau qui cumule les qualités. Résistant, léger, bon marché, il sert de plus en plus dans le BTP et constitue même l’ossature de villas de luxe et d’une chocolaterie à Bali.Le secteur des Bâtiments-Travaux Publics (BTP) est l’une des industries les moins durables au monde. En effet, celle-ci utilise environ la moitié des ressources non recyclables consommées sur la planète. C’est au vu de telles données que l’on vient à penser à d’autres matériaux tels que le… bambou aujourd’hui considéré comme tout à fait intéressant. A tel point d’ailleurs, que son développement devrait être abordé à l’occasion du sommet de l’ONU Rio+20.”Le bambou, qui est en fait une herbe, cumule les qualités”, explique Jules Janssen, un expert néerlandais. “Le poids d’un éléphant de cinq tonnes peut être supporté par un morceau de bambou d’une surface de 10 centimètres carrés seulement”, indique-t-il. Mais c’est peut-être encore plus la rapidité de sa croissance qui intéresse les adeptes du développement durable. Sans compter le fait qu’un bambou refera des pousses, même après avoir été coupé. L’eucalyptus, un des arbres servant à la construction qui pousse le plus rapidement au monde, “peut croître de trois à quatre mètres par an, ce qui est très impressionnant pour du bois d’œuvre”, explique quant à lui Terry Sunderland, scientifique au Centre international de recherche sur l’exploitation forestière (Cifor), basé près de Jakarta. “Mais un bambou pouvant être utilisé pour la construction croît de six à dix mètres l’an”, dit-il cité par l’AFP. C’est en Asie que le bambou est abondamment utilisé. “A Hong Kong et en Chine, ils construisent des gratte-ciel d’acier et de béton en utilisant des échafaudages de bambou”, explique un Indonésien. Mais il sert également d’échafaudages ou d’ossature permanente à des constructions durables, comme c’est notamment le cas sur l’île de Bali. Une chocolaterie de 2.550 mètres carrés tout en bambou (18.000 mètres en tout) a même vu le jour au milieu de villas de luxes vendues entre 28.000 et 560.000 euros qui utilisent le bambou du sol au plafond et d’une école, elles aussi entièrement faites de ce matériau. L’établissement scolaire, appelé “Green School” (“Ecole verte”), accueille 240 élèves qui ont classe dans des salles où même les meubles sont faits de bambou.Quelques petits défauts À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le bambou n’a pas son pareil en tant que matériau de construction. C’est extraordinaire ce qu’il peut faire”, souligne l’Américain Ben Ripple, fondateur de “Big Tree Farms”. Son usine qui produit du chocolat biologique depuis l’an dernier, est le plus grand édifice commercial fait de bambou au monde. Lui aussi met en avant l’aspect écologique de ce type de construction. “Le bambou pousse beaucoup plus rapidement que le bois d’œuvre et ne détruit pas le terrain sur lequel il est cultivé. Notre usine peut être démontée et déménagée en quelques jours. Si nous décidons de la fermer, on pourra le faire sans avoir endommagé les rizières où nous nous trouvons”, explique M. Ripple.Il reconnaît toutefois deux défauts au bambou : il a tendance à pourrir s’il est exposé à l’eau et il est facilement inflammable. “Il lui faut un chapeau, un imperméable et des bottes”, ironise Ben Ripple, restant cependant optimiste : “Nous recherchons actuellement des matériaux non toxiques qui pourraient assurer une protection”.Le 17 juin 2012 à 14:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe nonprofit owner of Clark County’s only inpatient hospice care center plans to challenge an application by nonprofit Community Home Health & Hospice to build a second hospice facility in the county.Executives with Vancouver’s PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center contend the county’s population wouldn’t support a second hospice center. The hospital’s Ray Hickey Hospice House has been under capacity since its debut in 2004, according to PeaceHealth statistics.That’s a concern because hospice centers rely heavily on donations and Medicare reimbursements to stay in operation, said some local gerontology experts. “It’s competition in a world where money is already tight,” said Gail Haskett, a Vancouver gerontologist and member of the State Council on Aging. “We have no idea if Medicare is going to continue to fund hospice in the way it has.”Longview-based Community Home Health & Hospice executives maintain that the county offers enough patients for two centers. CEO Greg Pang pointed out that the county’s 70-plus population is expected to double by 2030, according to the state Office of Financial Management. The demand for services such as hospice and long-term care are expected to grown in tandem, Pang said.“I don’t think this is a zero-sum game where one loses and other wins,” Pang said. “I think both hospice centers are vital.”last_img read more

first_imgA pilot program that aims to save developers money was approved Tuesday by Clark County commissioners, even after they heard from engineers who said they would not recommend it to developers.Under the developer certification program, developers could opt out of having county staff conduct a final engineering review.That would save, for example, $4,845 for a 20-lot subdivision.However, liability would be put on the developer’s engineers.Jerry Olson of Olson Engineering said the program may leave solo practitioners or small companies unable to bid for projects as they often can’t afford $1 million in general liability insurance and $1 million in errors and admissions insurance that will be required. The county required the insurance so taxpayers won’t be on the hook for shoddy work.Olson also said he relies on the county’s final engineering review, which happens before construction starts, because private engineers aren’t as well-versed in the details of state and county codes.Thomas Dennis and Greg Jellison of HDJ Design Group shared Olson’s concerns.Jellison, who serves on the county’s Development and Engineering Advisory Board — which opposed the program — said there have been a lot of improvements at the county regarding the review process. He said county engineers have done much better at only making changes to plans to comply with codes, and not suggesting changes based on personal preference.Commissioner Steve Stuart emphasized the program, which was initiated by commissioners, was optional.Stuart asked Jellison what he would do if a developer wanted to use the pilot certification program.“We’d probably have a long discussion,” Jellison said. He said he would not recommend it.The county won’t have an approved list of engineers; any engineer licensed in the state of Washington who carries the appropriate insurance can participate. Eligible projects include short plats, subdivisions and site plans. The county would still do a construction inspection and make sure everything was in order before issuing a final occupancy permit.last_img read more

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is holding a field hearing this week focused on state laws that prohibit ivory sales.Listen Now In a release, Sullivan’s office says some of the bans extend to walrus and mammoth ivory used Alaska Native artists. The release states that the hearing will focus on how the impacts on Alaskans could be limited.Sullivan plans to hold the Senate subcommittee field hearing Thursday afternoon at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks.Those scheduled to testify include Rosita Worl of Sealaska Heritage Inc.; Tara Sweeney with Arctic Slope Regional Corp.; artist and writer Susie Silook; and Margaret Williams of the World Wildlife Fund.last_img read more

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Photo: ReutersInternational relations experts said Bangladesh should be vocal against Myanmar in the international arena following Myanmar’s apathetic attitude over Rohingya repatriation and the recent Rohingya pushback from India and Saudi Arabia.The first phase of Rohingya repatriation, scheduled to begin November last year, was not possible due to Myanmar’s failure to ensure a safe environment for Rohingyas there. The repatriation faces another setback following recent clashes between Myanmar army and the Arakan Army in the Rakhine state.Under these circumstances, the international relations experts said this is the time for Bangladesh to be vocal about repatriation of Rohingya people to Myanmar.As Bangladesh’s relations with India and Saudi Arabia are good, the country should take up ‘silent diplomacy’ to stop further Rohingya penetration from these countries.Diplomatic sources at the Dhaka and Yangon think that Myanmar must initiate the return of the Rohingyas as this depends on a congenial atmosphere on their side.Officials of Bangladesh’s foreign ministry said the new foreign minister has also given priority to Rohingya issues, but Bangladesh should do more in this regard.Some of the foreign ministry officials said Bangladesh should change its diplomatic strategy over Rohingya repatriation.Former foreign secretary Towhid Hossain said, “We had kept silent over Rohingya crisis in the past. We didn’t even go hard against neighbouring Myanmar. It’s brought nothing good for us. Thus this is the time to make our voice louder.”Towhid Hossain thinks India remains limited to humanitarian aid to Rohingya. Rohingya penetration from India should be discussed at the highest political level rather than just in diplomatic circles.The country should tell Saudi Arabia that it stood beside the country in every crisis. This is Saudi’s turn to help Bangladesh out as international relations depend on mutual cooperation, he pointed out. Bangladeshi diplomats also said the Dhaka is thinking of ‘silent diplomacy’ over Rohingya infiltration from India.CR Abrar, a professor at Dhaka University’s international relations department, said, “India hasn’t voiced a single word over Rohingyas’ infiltration to Bangladesh territory. As Rohingyas are not nationals of Bangladesh, this is not a proper attitude of a good neighbour.”The government should also be vocal about Rohingya pushback from Saudi Arabia.The government should tell the Saudi authorities that relations should not be one-sided as it invariably displays blind support to the kingdom on every international issue.Meanwhile, United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh and met foreign minister AK Abdul Momen.Yanghee Lee, who is assigned to submit a report over state Rohingya people in Bangladesh, is facing a travel ban in Myanmar since 2017.After a meeting with the UN rapporteur, foreign minister Abdul Momen said, “We want to improve relations with them [Myanmar]. We’ve taken them [Rohingyas] in as a humanitarian cause.””It’s not the responsibility of Bangladesh alone to send them back and resolve their problems. But it’s a responsibility of all people and all the countries in the world,” said minister Momen.31 Rohingyas in no man’s landAs Bangladesh denied entry to 31 Rohingya trying to enter from India, they have been staying in no man’s land on the border along Brahmanbaria district for the last four days.The Border Security Force (BSF) of India is trying to pushback the Rohingyas into Bangladesh.Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) 25 battalion’s commander Golam Kabir told Prothom Alo that the Rohingya have health and refugee cards of Jammu Kashmir state of India.He said they informed the BSF authorities about the matter in a flag meeting, but BSF denied Indian citizenship of the refugees.*This piece originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

first_imgBritain votes to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, which is toppling the prime minister and sending global markets plunging.One British ex-pat who lives here in Houston — Ross Hocking — is happy with the vote. BBC News FacebookEngland: Leave Scotland: Remain Wales: Leave Northern Ireland: Remain“I believe that there’s quite a lot of waste in the European government and we don’t really need them to tell us what size our bananas should be and things like that,” Hocking said. “So (it) gives us a chance to renegotiate our trade agreements.”But British ex-pat Russell Cox of Houston is saddened by the vote.“Having any kind of referendum like this causes a big division in the country, which is saddening,” Cox said. “I would say two-thirds of my fellow ex-pats here are remainers and one-third are leavers. It’s interesting. I’m not sure whether that’s because we’re ex-pats and we see things from a different light, or because we’re older. You know, typically I think an ex-pat is slightly older than a remainer.”The decision launches a years-long process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the United Kingdom and what would become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.Video overviews the ‘Brexit’ vote  Sharelast_img read more

first_imgFebruary 5, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you haven’t seen it by now, Amazon’s Super Bowl LII commercial is fairly clever. Kudos to the company for coming up with a fun way to mash together celebrities and Alexa without it feeling overly cheesy or trying-too-hard. More importantly, a big thanks to Amazon’s engineers who came up with an ingenious way to broadcast the “A word” without it triggering everyone’s Echos — whatever version of the device you own.The most annoying thing about watching any YouTube video or televised commercial that mentions Alexa is that it typically triggers your Echo device to get ready to respond to a query. Or worse, the person you’re watching who says “Alexa” just keeps on babbling, which then makes your Echo do something you didn’t want it to do — or just apologize for being unable to do whatever commands it tried to interpret.And since Amazon definitely wanted its Super Bowl LII to mention she-who-shall-not-be-named, and refer to her frequently, the company had to come up with a different way to do so in order to avoid hacking off everyone who already owns an Echo device.The solution? Acoustic fingerprinting.”The trick is to suppress the unintentional waking of a device while not incorrectly rejecting the millions of people engaging with Alexa every day,” said Shiv Vitaladevuni, a senior manager on the Alexa Machine Learning team, in an Amazon blog post.Though Amazon isn’t detailing the specific techniques its using to keep your Echo from triggering from its Super Bowl advertising, Bloomberg notes that a Reddit user, Asphyhackr, might have figured out Amazon’s secret.”I did a little research tonight and found that the Echo, while it’s processing the wake word, searches the Audio Spectrum and if is significantly quieter in the area of 4000hz to 5000hz, she will not wake for the word,” Asphyhackr writes.”I found that when I analyzed the spectrum of them saying her name, the spectrums were significantly quieter in the range of 3000hz to 6000hz. In some of those recordings, those frequencies appeared to be non-existent. In others it appeared like the boosted the surrounding frequencies to make the Echo see a gap in the spectrum.”In other words, if your Echo (Best Price at Amazon) notices something strange happening in the audio spectrum, it realizes that it should ignore whatever is being said — like “Alexa.” And while this works well when Amazon has a planned announcement to make, like an advertisement, the company has to get a bit more creative when it can’t anticipate the large-scale broadcast of its digital helper’s name.”When multiple devices start waking up simultaneously from a broadcast event, similar audio is streaming to Alexa’s cloud services. An algorithm within Amazon’s cloud detects matching audio from distinct devices and prevents additional devices from responding. The dynamic fingerprinting isn’t perfect, but as many as 80 to 90 percent of devices won’t respond to these broadcasts thanks to the dynamic creation of the fingerprints,” reads Amazon’s blog. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

first_imgThe President of Fiji, His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote, today brought home Fiji Airways’ newest A330 to Fiji.Rapturous applause and excitement greeted the aircraft as it touched down at Nadi International Airport and taxied up to the airline’s Hangar facilities. Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and other Government Ministers joined Fiji Airways staff to welcome the aircraft.A traditional Rotuman ceremony of welcome was accorded to His Excellency the President, who stepped off the A330 as its first official guest. The aircraft has been christened ‘Island of Rotuma’, following Fiji Airways’ naming convention for its fleet after Fiji’s islands.His Excellency the President stated: “This aircraft is more than just another addition to the fleet of our national airline. It is a symbol of a modern, progressive nation, which remains proud of its roots, culture and identity, while moving with the times to embrace the opportunities of the future.”The new A330-300, the largest in the fleet, has 289 seats in Economy and 24 in Business Class. The new plane features enhanced mood lighting, increased cargo space and a Quiet Zone in Economy Class. Other product features and configuration match the current 200-series fleet.It will be deployed largely on the airline’s busy long haul routes of Los Angeles and Hong Kong.His Excellency added: “This aircraft will bring real economic opportunities for our people, because almost sixty-five percent of all visitors who travel to Fiji travel on Fiji Airways. And the more seats we have, and the better our service and overall flight experience, the more we will be able to attract more travelers. We are competing in the premier division of air travel, and we want to win.”The Head of State also explained the significance of naming the aircraft after Rotuma: “By christening this Airbus after their [Rotumans’] island, we are honouring their contribution to our country…. I am sure that all Fijians of Rotuman descent will join the rest of the country in sharing their pride every time they see this aircraft.”The A330-300 is expected to begin commercial flights in early January. Fly Fiji AirwaysSource = Fiji Airwayslast_img read more

first_imgDocMagic Hires National Sales Manager to Drive Enterprise Software Sales in Headlines, News Edward KomskiDocMagic, Inc., a provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, compliance, eSign, and eDelivery solutions, recently announced in a press release the hiring of Edward Komski as the company’s national sales manager. In his role, he will be responsible for introducing DocMagic’s entire suite of software solutions to large, enterprise-level lending organizations.Komski brings practical, proven knowledge of enterprise sales techniques, creative business development approaches, extensive solution crafting skills, a successful history of deal structuring and applied business strategy to his new position, the company noted. As Sales Manager he will work with prospects across all regions of the country to understand their business requirements, and how DocMagic’s solutions can be leveraged to benefit the prospects’ daily business challenges.”We are very excited to work with someone of Ed’s caliber,” said Dominic Iannitti, president and CEO at DocMagic. “Ed’s business acumen, strategic sales approaches, and ability to quickly build a rapport will be key in penetrating large market accounts.”DocMagic also mentions that for over 24 years, Komski has owned and operated ELK Group, Inc., a comprehensive business consulting firm that focuses on strategically structuring, managing, and implementing complex technical and economical business solutions for clients. He also has an extensive background in mortgage banking working with lenders, technology firms, and other large business entities. Komski has a B.S. in Business Administration from Shenandoah University and is an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association.“DocMagic has developed a number of amazing solutions which have catapulted the company into becoming the mortgage industry’s leading eService’s provider,” said Komski. “I’ve seen a lot of mortgage technologies over the course of my career, but nothing compares to what DocMagic has engineered. Additionally, the work they are doing with TRID significantly outpaces the nearest competitor’s solution.” DocMagic Loan Document Preparation National Sales Manager 2015-07-01 Staff Writercenter_img Share July 1, 2015 552 Views last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAdding a third property to its portfolio of luxury resorts in Vietnam, Anantara Hotels and Resorts has unveiled the development of its newest villa retreat which is scheduled to open in late November 2018. Located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will comprise 26 one- and two-bedroom ocean-facing villas settled amid 7.2 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens.Anantara Quy Nhon seamlessly blends into the natural environment. Locally-sourced materials, traditional craftsmanship and regional influences are discretely incorporated into the resort’s contemporary design.Spacious villas with their sleek timber and granite sundecks, minimalist plunge pools and extended low overhang roofs have a fresh, contemporary feel. Vietnamese blue stone keeps the look of the common areas vernacular while granite and marble elements introduce a touch of modernity.Anantara Quy Nhon Beach Villa.With a focus on personalised service, each villa at the new resort will come with dedicated butler services and a range of customisable luxury amenities such as preferred room scent ranging from exotic lemongrass to refreshing green tea, Anantara signature soap collection and in-villa wine cellar stocked with fine vintages and delicatessen.A destination in its own right, the dining outlets at Anantara Quy Nhon will celebrate the abundant local seafood and regional flavours. At Sea Fire Salt, the all-day dining restaurant, the Salt and Wine Gurus elevate the dining experience with expert advice and guided tastings.Anantara Quy Nhon Hillside Pool VillaAt the swim-up bar, premium cocktails, Vietnamese craft beers and Cuban cigars are served in a spectacular ocean-facing setting. In-villa dining aims to recreate a restaurant experience in the privacy of one’s villa with gourmet breakfast in bed, fully catered poolside barbecues and a luxury Vietnamese street food concept.Anantara’s signature Dining by Design delights with “Castaway” island picnics and exhilarating fishing trawler expeditions followed by five-star dining.Perched high on the hillside overlooking a serene bay, Anantara Spa is a jungle-shrouded wellbeing paradise. Nature-inspired treatment suites boast double massage beds and oversized bathtubs for nourishing coconut milk soaks, while breezy cliffside pavilions bring the art of relaxation to new heights.Anantara Quy Nhon Spa Treatment RoomAnantara Quy Nhon guests will be able to take advantage of Anantara’s signature Balance Wellness concept offering a flexible approach to feeling good, through an inspirational range of wellness experiences and the total freedom to explore and indulge in between. The Masters of Wellness practitioner calendar allows guests to book private sessions with alternative therapists who are trusted experts in holistic healing.Rich in cultural attractions, Binh Dinh province, of which Quy Nhon is the capital city, is an attractive option for families, couples and groups of friends in search of meaningful and shared experiences with easy access to local cultural attractions, such as the relics of Champa civilisation and centuries-old Buddhist pagodas.The resort is a 50-minute drive from Quy Nhon Airport, or Phu Cat Airport as it is known locally, and only a 20-minute drive from downtown Quy Nhon. Daily flights into Phu Cat Airport are operated from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more