Steinway & Sons, also known as Steinway, is an American and German piano company, founded in 1853 in Manhattan, New York City by German immigrant Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later known as Henry E. Steinway). The company's growth led to the opening of a factory in Queens, New York City and a factory in Hamburg, Germany. The factory in New York City supplies the Americas and the factory in Hamburg supplies the rest of the world.
Steinway is the most prominent of the concert piano companies, known for making pianos of high quality and for its influential inventions within the area of piano development. The company's share of the high-end grand piano market consistently exceeds 80 percent. Its status as the world's elite piano manufacturer has been secured in part because of the success of marketing strategies such as the Steinway Artist program, which was invented in the 1870s by William Steinway, a son of the company founder. Steinway uses a multi-pronged strategy and the keystone of the Steinway strategy was and remains quality. The company holds a royal warrant by appointment to Queen Elizabeth II.
Rolls-Royce Limited is a renowned English car-manufacturing company and later, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed in 1904.
In 1973, the car division was separated from the parent company as Rolls-Royce Motors. Rolls-Royce (1971) Limited continued as a nationalized company until it was privatized in 1987 as Rolls-Royce plc.
In 1931 Rolls-Royce acquired the much smaller rival car maker Bentley. From soon after World War II until 2002 standard Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars were often identical apart from the radiator grille and minor details.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley car production moved to Crewe in 1946 where they began to assemble complete cars with bodies from the Pressed Steel Company (the new standard steel models) for the first time. Previously they had built only the chassis, leaving the bodies to specialist coach-builders.
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew Ontario. It started with four teams (all based in Canada) and, through a series of expansions, contractions, and relocations, is now composed of thirty active franchises. The "nation" referred to by the league's name was Canada, although the league has now been binational since 1924 when its first team in the United States, the Boston Bruins, began play. After a labor-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap. In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships, attendance, and television audiences.
The league draws many highly skilled players from all over the world and currently has players from approximately 20 different countries. Canadians have historically constituted the majority of the players in the league, with a dramatically increasing percentage of American and European players in recent years.
Since its first flight, Hainan Airlines has been operating safely for 21 successive years, maintained an excellent safety record, and its service has won the unanimous approval of a wide range of passengers and those in the civil aviation industry. In October 2014, Hainan Airlines won the 2014 annual World Travel Awards (WTA) "Asia's Best Business Class 2014" award. On January 27, 2015 Hainan Airlines was named as one of the 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands selected by the internationally known brand consultancy and assessment agency “BrandZ”. Since 2011, Hainan Airlines, with its high quality service standards and continuous years of service innovation, has won four consecutive global SKYTRAX five-star airline ratings. Meanwhile, it has also won SKYTRAX “Best Airline in China” and “Best Staff Service in China” awards for the fifth time.
Hainan Airlines inherits“Oriental hospitality”, advocates a “respect for the customer” service spirit, follows the “SMILE” service standard, passes on the “cherished experience” brand philosophy, highlights the “Oriental Beauty” new international brand image, becoming a world-class aviation enterprise and brand for the Chinese nation.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is a Canadian orchestra based in Toronto, Ontario. Since 1982, the TSO has performed at Roy Thomson Hall. From the time of its founding in 1922, it had given regular concerts at Massey Hall. The TSO also manages the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO).
The Music Director of the TSO is Peter Oundjian, who was appointed to the post in January 2003 and assumed the position in the 2004-2005 season. Sir Andrew Davis, who served as the Orchestra’s Music Director from 1975 to 1988, is the TSO’s Conductor Laureate. Other members of the TSO’s artistic team are: Steven Reineke, Principal Pops Conductor (appointed 2012); Shalom Bard, RBC Resident Conductor; Gary Kulesha, Composer Advisor; and Kevin Lau, RBC Affiliate Composer.
The TSO was founded in 1922 as the New Symphony Orchestra, and gave its first concert at Massey Hall in April 1923. The orchestra changed its name to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1927. The TSO continued to give regular concerts at Massey Hall from 1923 to 1982. TSO performances are now held in Roy Thomson Hall.
China Network Television (CNTV) is a national web-based TV broadcaster officially launched on December 28, 2009. CNTV International offers 6 local language services (Chinese, Mongolian in Mongol Script, Tibetan, Kazakh, Uyghur and Korean) and 6 foreign language services (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Korean and Arabic). They also provide viewers with a host of news and feature programs from China National Television's foreign channels.
CNTV has multiple specialty channels which focus on a wide variety of subjects, including news, business, and sports. As of December 2014 according to Alexa Internet, the network's website was rank 71 in the world.