TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR GIFT CARDS

  • This card has no value before activation at the till. It can only be activated and redeemed at any of the Decathlon stores in India only.
  • The gift card can be used to make purchase in Decathlon Stores in India only.
  • Minimum amount that can be recharged to the Gift card is INR 10 and the maximum is INR 10000.
  • Only 1 Gift card can be used for one bill.
  • This card is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Any balance left on the gift card after it’s validity of one year will be forfeited. This card cannot be exchanged for cash. No change will be given for purchases made with this card. Decathlon will not be responsible to replace or reimburse the value of gift card if it is lost, stolen, damaged or its validity period expires. Payment can be made on one or more occasions up to the value of the gift card or until the card reaches the end of the validity period. If the value of the purchase exceeds the available balance on the gift card, you can make up the difference with another form of payment (cash or credit/debit card).

Pay to go to Singapore and return for FREE

Airport taxes and fees of RM101 is payable for the flight back to Malaysia. A booking and service fee also apply. One way economy Starter fares with 7kg carry-on baggage only. Seats are subject to availability and not be available on all flights or days. Conditions apply. Please make sure you read the important information about sale and special offer fares.

How to book your return fare on jetstar.com and get your flight back to Malaysia for FREE*:

  • Search for your preferred destination below. The travel periods listed on jetstar.com are for when you can fly back to Malaysia for FREE*
  • Click the “Find Flights” link beside that destination and your preferred return travel period

Example of a fare to Singapore and return to Kuala Lumpur for FREE* (Travel dates apply. Airport taxes and fees vary):

What’s the deal with JB Hi-Fi gift cards?

What’s the deal with JB Hi-Fi gift cards?

JB Hi-Fi gift cards are the perfect gift solution. They are easy to buy, completely secure and a snap to redeem instore or online. Plus, they never expire. The recipient can receive either a physical gift card or have an emailed digital version. If you choose the physical card, it will be mailed via standard Australia Post usually the next business day. The email version can be used at our JB Hi-Fi website immediately upon receipt.


What happened to the old JB Hi-Fi Online vouchers?

These have been replaced by the new gift cards which can be used online and in-store. We are continuing to accept the old online vouchers. If we choose to discontinue them in future, we will advise all valid voucher holders and replace them with new gift cards.


Buying a gift card: What are the common scenarios?

a) “I’d like to buy a JB Hi-Fi gift card as a gift and get JB to post the card to the recipient”

Fill in the recipient’s name and details in the form and select either ‘By Email’ or ‘Send it in the post’. If sending in the post, when you take your order through the checkout, you will need to enter the recipient’s shipping address. The physical Gift Card will usually be sent the next business day and will be received by standard Australia Post usually within 2-5 business days (please allow up to 10 business days for it to arrive). If being sent by email, it should be received  the following business day.

b) “I’d like to buy the JB Hi-Fi gift card as a gift but I’d like to give the card to the recipient myself later”

Fill in the recipient’s name and your email address in the recipient’s email field should you elect the Digital version, or your shipping address should you elect the Physical card. When you take your order through the checkout, you will need to enter your shipping address. We currently do not have the feature to allow Gift Cards of either format to be sent on a later date.

c) “The gift card is for my use only”

Select ‘I just want to send this card to myself’ and ensure you fill in your own details as required.


What dollar values can I purchase?

You can nominate your own value by typing it in OR select a popular value. Minimum is $10.00 and maximum is $500.00.


Can I include a personal message to the recipient?

Yes! Simply enter your personal text in the field indicated (optional). This will appear in the recipient’s email or on the letter.


What happens after I purchase the gift card?

After you have placed your order for an email voucher, an email will be sent to the recipient by following business day. This has all the information they need to begin purchasing on our website immediately. This voucher can also be printed out and used instore. Simply follow the instructions in the email.


I haven’t received my gift card yet. Why is there a delay?

Some gift card emails are received instantly, but others can be delayed slightly by our payment authentication process. This process occurs to protect cardholders and will be resolved by next business day. If you haven’t received the email by then, please contact our support staff.

Can I order other items at the same time as ordering a gift card?

If you are sending the gift card to a friend’s shipping address, all items in the order will go to that address. So if you’re shopping for yourself at the same time, it’s better to create a new order for your own purchases.

How can I purchase multiple gift cards at once?

If they’re going to the same shipping address, this is fine. Where multiple gift cards are being posted to multiple shipping addresses, you will need to place a separate order for each gift card. If the cards are going to the one shipping address, but different email addresses (e.g. staff gifts), they can be combined into one order. You just need to fill out a card for each recipient. Don’t forget to press ADD ANOTHER after entering your gift card details. 

How do I redeem my gift card in-store or online?

a) At JB Hi-Fi Online: simply place your items in your cart and take them through checkout. At the payment screen, select “Gift Card” from the dropdown menu. If your gift card balance does not exceed the price of your purchase, you can pay the difference with another gift card, Visa/Mastercard, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay or Visa Checkout.

b) In-store at JB Hi-Fi: you must have your gift card with you to purchase at the cashier. JB Hi-Fi staff will swipe/scan your card. If your gift card balance does not exceed the price of your purchase, you can pay the difference with a selected credit card or cash.


Can I use multiple gift cards for my online purchase?

The website will only allow up to 5 gift cards to be redeemed per order.


How many gift cards can I buy in one order?

You can purchase as many gift cards as you like.


How do I check the balance of my gift card?

You can check your remaining balance here at any time. You will need your card number and PIN.


Can I top up the balance of my gift card?

No. Gift cards are sold on a one-use only basis. A new gift card will be needed for further purchases.


Do I need to keep my gift card after placing a JB Hi-Fi Online order?

No. If a refund is required due to your order not being shipped or you are entitled to a partial refund, this will be provided via refund – we will issue you a new gift card.


How will I receive my refund?

All refunds will be returned back to your original payment method.


Can I use my gift card at a New Zealand JB Hi-Fi store?

No, they are only accepted in Australian JB Hi-Fi stores.

Gulliver Competition gana vuelos gratis-terminos y CONDIZIONI2

Cómo entrar
1) las imágenes se pueden enviar por correo electrónico a gulliverandlily@gategourmet.com o a la página de Facebook de Gulliver Facebook. com/gulliverbearonhistravels.

2) todas las entradas deben ser recibidas antes de la medianoche del 20 de julio de 2017.
3) los promotores no asumen ninguna responsabilidad por las inscripciones perdidas o corruptas en la transmisión.

4) al entrar en este concurso, usted confirma que su entrada no contiene ningún material inapropiado.

5) todas las imágenes presentadas deben ser obra de la persona que las presenta. La imagen debe ser una fotografía real y no han sido manipuladas o alteradas de ninguna manera.

6) los promotores tienen derecho (a su sola discreción) a descalificar competidores, concertar mensajes de Facebook para ser cancelados, o retirar el premio si son conscientes de ello:

A) posible deshonestidad o fraude;
b comportamientos inadecuados o inapropiados (incluidos los movimientos ofensivos, ilegales, engañosos, derogatorios de easyJet y/o sus asociados);
c) incumplimiento de estos términos y condiciones;
D. infracción de derechos de terceros (incluidos derechos de autor) o
e) comportamientos contrarios al espíritu de la promoción o de estos T&CS

Elegibilidad
7) este concurso está abierto a los residentes del Reino Unido, las islas del canal, la isla de Man, la República de Irlanda y Europa, excepto los empleados de promotores, sus familias o cualquier otra persona asociada con este concurso.

Voz ganadora
8) la fotografía ganadora será la fotografía juzgada por nuestro jurado para que sea la imagen que mejor Capture a Gulliver o a Lily disfrutando de una nueva experiencia de viaje.

9) el ganador será contactado por correo electrónico o mensaje de Facebook (según corresponda) para explicar el proceso para reclamar el premio.

10) la decisión de los promotores es definitiva y concluyente en todas las circunstancias y no se concluirá ninguna correspondencia.

Premio
11) el premio consiste en: a 2 vuelos de vuelta de easyJet (más impuestos aplicables) a cualquier aeropuerto dentro de la red de easyJet; (b) 1 pieza de equipaje facturado por persona hasta un peso máximo de 20kg por sobre (se aplican cargos adicionales de equipaje); y c) puestos asignados.

12) los premios descritos están disponibles en la fecha de publicación. Todos los premios son intransferibles y no hay alternativas en efectivo.

13) los vuelos del ganador estarán sujetos a las condiciones generales de transporte de easyJet, tal como se estipula en el sitio web de easyJet (Easyjet.com).

14) la prima de 2 vuelos de ida y vuelta libre debe ser tomada dentro de los 12 meses siguientes a la notificación de adjudicación, después de esa fecha, las primas no reclamadas se considerarán nulas.

15) la prima excluye todos los costes no mencionados anteriormente. Por ejemplo, el seguro de viaje, los traslados desde y hacia los aeropuertos, el alojamiento, el dinero para gastos y la subsistencia no están incluidos en el premio.

Here are 5 things you should know about Sheng Siong

It’s Singapore’s third-largest supermarket chain.

The story of supermarket chain Sheng Siong (SGX: OV8) is one with true Singaporean roots.

Sheng Siong CEO, Lim Hock Chee, grew up in the 1970s with his siblings in Punggol on his family’s sprawling 90,000 sq. ft. pig farm. However, in 1985, their successful Cheng Siong Pig Farm (which reared 3,000 pigs at its peak) like many others suffered when the government closed down the pig-farming sector.

But a visit to a Savewell provision store in Ang Mo Kio changed Mr Lim (and his new wife’s) fortunes. Noticing it didn’t sell pork, he proposed setting up their own counter in the store from which they could sell off the farm’s excess stock of the chilled meat. The owner agreed, accepting 20% of Mr Lim’s takings as rental.

Savewell collapse

However, the Savewell chain of stores was experiencing difficulties of its own, and was soon forced to put its stores up for sale and offered them to its existing tenants. Lim Hock Chee and his brothers, borrowing capital from their father bought their outlet for S$30,000, and the first Sheng Siong store was opened.

Sheng Siong

With only a skeleton crew to run the store made up of the three Lim brothers, their six sisters and a Savewell employee Lim Gek Heng, life was tough – compounded by the fact there were five other provision stores within walking distance of theirs. The store’s location at the foot of a slope not visible from the main road made things even worse.

No-frills, lower profit margins

However, the Lim family focused on offering no-frills products at rock bottom prices. The siblings also offered to carry heavy items for customers up the stairs – believing in the importance of offering “excellent customer service”.

Their hard work paid off. Takings rose from S$2,000 per day in 1985, to over S$19,000 per day in 1988. By 2004, only one of their local competitors remained.

Expansion

Sheng Siong soon opened a second store in Bedok, followed by another in Woodlands, which featured the novel (and popular) concept of a wet-market style fresh produce section. The company continued its no-frills strategy, buying in bulk and keeping prices low, whilst opening stores in areas with little competition that offered lower rents.

Thriving in times of trouble…

If shrewdly managed, supermarkets posses the unique ability to be able to thrive under all economic conditions – even following events such as financial crises and the aftermath of 9/11 terrorist attacks. After all, we still need to eat.

As retail space rentals plummeted during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Sheng Siong seized the opportunity to open more stores. When diners avoided eating at restaurants due to the SARS outbreak, they bought more food from supermarkets to cook at home.

But did you know…

The names “Sheng” and “Siong” mean “rising” and “vegetable” in Chinese.
Sheng Siong offers its full-time workers one free meal per workday, with all food prepared in the company’s central kitchen.
Upon leaving school, Mr Lim undertook a two-year car mechanic course, with the aim of being able to fix cars. It stood him in good stead as until recently he was known as “Mr Fix It’ at Sheng Siong, regularly welding trolleys and fixing power outages.
Sheng Siong believes in profit sharing with its employees to promote brand ownership amongst its staff – in the past two years 20% of the Group’s profit before tax was distributed as a variable bonus to its employees.
Mr Lim was known as the “towkay” (meaning ‘boss’ in Chinese) who drives a lorry” due to this being his only mode of transport for many years. What’s more, to this day he spurns owning an electronic device such as a Blackberry, jotting down appointments and meetings in a trusty notebook instead.
Today, Sheng Siong is Singapore’s third-largest supermarket chain after NTUC Fairprice and Cold Storage, which is owned by Dairy Farm Holdings (SGX: D01), with 33 outlets and selling everything from groceries and seafood to stationery and electronics. It strongly believes in offering customers a quick and efficient service, and reckons it has the fastest cashiers and shortest queues.

TV

What’s more, the supermarket chain even has its own, live, Mandarin variety television game show on a Saturday night known as “The Sheng Siong Show”.

The towkay who drives a lorry…

But in spite of all of this (and featuring at position 35 in Forbes’ Singapore’s 50 Richest list) Lim Hock Chee remains a humble man, who still steadfastly refuses to waste money and who lives in a modest five-room HDB flat in Hougang.

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𝐁𝐈𝐃 𝐓𝐎 𝐖𝐈𝐍 𝐀 𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐬-𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐳 𝐂𝐋𝐀 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐩é

 

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. The Mercedes-Benz SL550 has a soft-spoken style but boasts technology unheard of when the previous S-Class arrived as a 2007 model.

Essentially, the new 2014 S-Class has more of everything. Leaving alone for a moment the sumptuous perforated-leather seats, the rear-seat legroom that would accommodate a stretched-out LeBron James, the illusion that the windshield actually seems to widen out toward the top, well, there’s the extraordinary safety systems and sophisticated electronics built into this iconic automobile.

The 2014 S-Class deserves a doctorate as a study in automotive technology and safety features. It is stuffed with sensors, surrounded by cameras and radar, and it can sense rough roads, pedestrians and other cars in its path, predict collisions and initiate braking. Data are collected by a stereoscopic camera able to see a 3D view of the environment up to 50 meters ahead and sense the spatial position and movements of objects ahead of the vehicle.

Mercedes calls all of these sci-fy-ish systems Intelligent Drive. Some of the components are standard, such as Collision Prevent Assist and Magic Vision Control. Others, while others such as the Driver Assistance Package and Magic Body Control are options.

The latter is worth a special mention. While the standard S-Class receives a pretty good air suspension, Magic Body Control employs the stereo camera to detect irregularities in the road surface ahead, and to automatically adjust the hydraulic suspension damping to a softer mode in a fraction of a second. The system works at speeds of up to 80 MPH. Goodbye, bumps.

The curvaceous interior is welcoming to all occupants, with fine leather and threads and a wraparound sweep to the cockpit. This is no cabin to cozy up to, but this is no sports car either.

The 2014 S-Class arrives in the U.S. in its long-wheelbase iteration (124.6-inch wheelbase, 206.5-inch overall length), making it ideal for a chauffeur-driven sedan, where it’s possible to stretch out in the expansive rear seat, and on the passenger’s side to recline much as in the first-class cabin of an international jet.

The all-new S-Class begins in the U.S. market with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 and S550 4MATIC and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC.

The 2014 S550 and S550 4MATIC are propelled by a V8 that displaces 4.6 liters and outputs 455 horsepower at 5250 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque from 1800 to 3500 rpm. Zero-to-60 acceleration performance is 4.8 seconds, according to the manufacturer. Top speed is limited to 130 mph. All 2014 S550 models come with a 7-speed automatic. The S550 uses rear-wheel drive, while the S550 4MATIC is all-wheel drive.

The 2014 S63 AMG 4MATIC is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine hand-built by Mercedes-AMG rated at 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard as is a 7-speed AMG Speedshift sports transmission and an AMG ADAPTIVE sports suspension. The new S63 AMG is 220 pounds lighter than a comparable previous-generation version. This high-performance sedan is capable of 0-60 mph in a very quick 3.9 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz USA.

Options are plentiful for those who wish to extend their car payments. How many makes offer heated armrests?

Competition in this autobahn-blaster segment is robust. There are the usual suspects from Germany, including the Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series, but they lack the cachet of the Mercedes brand (although they maintain a fashionable cachets of their own). Lexus also presents an appealing luxe alternative with its top of the line LS series.

LINEUP

The all-new S-Class launches in the U.S. as the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550, S550 4MATIC, and S63 AMG 4MATIC. All three are sedans. (The other 2014 S-Class variants are built on the previous-generation platform.)

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 rear-wheel drive and S550 4MATIC four-wheel drive come with a 4.7-liter twin turbocharged V8 and 7-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 ($92,900) comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats, the COMAND system with navigation, a panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, a complete LED lighting system. Technologies include Magic Vision control, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, Adaptive Braking, Collision Prevention Assist, mbrace2, electronic trunk closer, soft-close doors.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 4MATIC ($95,900) includes all-wheel drive.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC ($139,500) is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine hand-built by Mercedes-AMG rated at 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard as is a 7-speed AMG Speedshift sports transmission and an AMG ADAPTIVE sports suspension. The S63 AMG is equipped similarly to the other S-Class but also includes powered AMG sports seats in Nappa leather, Keyless Go remote starting, an AMG exhaust system, LED ambient lighting, and a Burmester audio system.

WALKAROUND

The dimensions of the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are only a few millimeters different from the previous version, but this new one shaves off some bulk and has a more playful exterior demeanor. From the rear, the car presents a familiar, trapezoidal rear end, although it’s busy where the rear spoiler collides with the stylized exhaust.

The front fascia is a cohesive sculptured design with a large, slatted grill and headlamps encased in the body fenders. Flared arches in the front fender melt into the bumper, and sharp character lines shape the side profile, an element called the dropping line, that defines part of Mercedes’s current style language.

The rear windscreen cuts into the C-pillars, which have a powerful swoop where they meet up and evaporate into the rear shoulder.

The outer body panels and the roof are made of aluminum, and there’s aluminum in the interior structure and the suspension bits. Mercedes engineers claim to have achieved a 5-percent improvement in efficiency with these materials.

The overall effect is imposing and expensive, exactly what a new generation of an S-Class should be.

INTERIOR

While the new S-Class is defined in part by its technology and a handsome, conservative exterior, the cabin is where stylists have let loose.

Notwithstanding the stereo speaker mood lights, the softest headrest pillows in creation and the option to waft perfumed air into the cockpit, the S-Class interior is sublimely inviting.

The cockpit sweeps around the driver and front passenger, and the dash is a vista of contrasting woods (some with pearl effects), metals and soft-touch leathers, with controls and buttons that are all-intuitive but can be baffling where you first meet them.

Behind the exquisite wood-and-leather two-spoke steering wheel is one of the pair of 12-inch high-resolution color displays that sits in for the conventional instrument cluster. The circular tach and speedometer flank a computerized information panel. To the right, above the four circular HVAC louvres and a fancy analog clock, is display for infotainment, navigation and comfort functions. On the center console is the command center and rotary controller, along with direct access keys for features like the radio and navigation and the menu. A speech dialog system allows users to enter complete addresses by voice. There’s also the option of having emails or text messages read aloud.

A chauffeur package is part of a $3,000 Rear Seat package so that the passenger in the right rear seat can electronically raise the footrest and recline, first-class-airline style. Another option for $2,350 offers power rear seats that can be heated or ventilated, a heating steering wheel, and heated armrests front and rear.

Of course, what’s a luxo sedan worth if you can’t get a massage? There’s an Energizing function as well as a hot-stone component if the day’s been particularly rough.

Lighting inside the S-Class is something of an art form. The colors and intensity of the LEDs ambient lights in the cabin can lend a soft, romantic glow or, turned up, convert the interior into a mobile disco. In all, there’s a choice of seven colors with five dimming levels and four dimming zones.

If an unpleasant odor wafts into the cabin, the S-Class offers a $350 Air Balance Package to infuse the air with a variety of scented liquid packs, including Sport, Nightlife, and Fireside( no Burnt Rubber, alas). A high-end surround sound system from Burmester kicks in if you pony up the $6,400 option price; the standard audio system features 10 speakers.

Rear passengers also have inflatable seatbelts with buckles that rise up for handy access.

Official cargo space in the new S-Class is still to be determined, but suffice to say that the trunk will accommodate more than a couple of golf bags.

DRIVING IMPRESSION

Solid and stable, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class performs as advertised: It is fast without any touch of drama, monolith-solid, and, once you figures out the buttons and the controls, awesome in terms of its tricks.

By trimming mass with extensive use of aluminum, the 2014 S-Class is a finesse-balancing act on the road, totally isolated from wind and road noise even at prodigious highway speed. The firmed-up air suspension dismisses potholes with a soft thump (we only found one pothole in Canada), and rough tarmac is history thanks to the optional Magic Body Control system. Occasionally at lower speeds in traffic, we felt an awkward little bark from the transmission as its settles into what’s usually the appropriate gear, thanks to the dual-clutch.

Steering feel is light and neutral, as we’d expect in this class. Several curves set up a suggestion of body lean but didn’t upset the civility in the cabin.

Peering over the long, flat hood, sightlines are excellent, as are the ergonomic visibly of the major controls.

We had the chance to experiment with some (but not all, there are too many) safety systems available in the 2014 S-Class.

The autonomous Mercedes isn’t here yet, but one can option Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop & Go Pilot, which allows for hands-free driving at 37 mph, as the stereo cameras follow the car ahead, even on gentle bends, says Mercedes. The system uses both the car you’re trailing, as well as road markings, to keep centered in your lane. It’s all part of the $2,800 Driver Assistance Package, which also includes Mercedes’s Pre-Safe Brake. Using data from radar and the camera, it will automatically apply braking at up to about 30 mph without driver input if it detects a pedestrian or stopped vehicle. Jetsons stuff.

The S550 and S550 4MATIC use a 4.6-liter that produces 455 horsepower from 5250 to 5500 rpm and 516 foot-pounds of torque from 1800 to 3500 rpm. Mercedes-Benz says these two models can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 130 mph. Fuel economy data were not available from the Environmental Protection Agency at press time.

The S63 AMG features a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 with an output of 577 horsepower and 664 foot-pounds of torque. Mercedes-Benz USA claims the S63 AMG can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

SUMMARY

Completely redesigned for 2014, the Mercedes-Benz S550 boasts a seamless driving experience and cosseted luxury. The sublime, inviting interior is swathed in rich leather and wood, complete with mood lighting and aromatherapy. The S550 is fast and extremely stable at high speeds. Steering is light, there is little body lean and precise handling yet the suspension muffles the worst potholes. The S-Class is quiet underway and the driver benefits from excellent visibility

𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐒𝐎𝐎𝐍 𝐓𝐎 𝐖𝐈𝐍 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐂𝐀𝐑 – 𝐁𝐈𝐃 𝐓𝐎 𝐖𝐈𝐍 𝐀 𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐬-𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐳 𝐂𝐋𝐀 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐩é

 

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. The Mercedes-Benz SL550 has a soft-spoken style but boasts technology unheard of when the previous S-Class arrived as a 2007 model.

Essentially, the new 2014 S-Class has more of everything. Leaving alone for a moment the sumptuous perforated-leather seats, the rear-seat legroom that would accommodate a stretched-out LeBron James, the illusion that the windshield actually seems to widen out toward the top, well, there’s the extraordinary safety systems and sophisticated electronics built into this iconic automobile.

The 2014 S-Class deserves a doctorate as a study in automotive technology and safety features. It is stuffed with sensors, surrounded by cameras and radar, and it can sense rough roads, pedestrians and other cars in its path, predict collisions and initiate braking. Data are collected by a stereoscopic camera able to see a 3D view of the environment up to 50 meters ahead and sense the spatial position and movements of objects ahead of the vehicle.

Mercedes calls all of these sci-fy-ish systems Intelligent Drive. Some of the components are standard, such as Collision Prevent Assist and Magic Vision Control. Others, while others such as the Driver Assistance Package and Magic Body Control are options.

The latter is worth a special mention. While the standard S-Class receives a pretty good air suspension, Magic Body Control employs the stereo camera to detect irregularities in the road surface ahead, and to automatically adjust the hydraulic suspension damping to a softer mode in a fraction of a second. The system works at speeds of up to 80 MPH. Goodbye, bumps.

The curvaceous interior is welcoming to all occupants, with fine leather and threads and a wraparound sweep to the cockpit. This is no cabin to cozy up to, but this is no sports car either.

The 2014 S-Class arrives in the U.S. in its long-wheelbase iteration (124.6-inch wheelbase, 206.5-inch overall length), making it ideal for a chauffeur-driven sedan, where it’s possible to stretch out in the expansive rear seat, and on the passenger’s side to recline much as in the first-class cabin of an international jet.

The all-new S-Class begins in the U.S. market with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 and S550 4MATIC and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC.

The 2014 S550 and S550 4MATIC are propelled by a V8 that displaces 4.6 liters and outputs 455 horsepower at 5250 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque from 1800 to 3500 rpm. Zero-to-60 acceleration performance is 4.8 seconds, according to the manufacturer. Top speed is limited to 130 mph. All 2014 S550 models come with a 7-speed automatic. The S550 uses rear-wheel drive, while the S550 4MATIC is all-wheel drive.

The 2014 S63 AMG 4MATIC is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine hand-built by Mercedes-AMG rated at 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard as is a 7-speed AMG Speedshift sports transmission and an AMG ADAPTIVE sports suspension. The new S63 AMG is 220 pounds lighter than a comparable previous-generation version. This high-performance sedan is capable of 0-60 mph in a very quick 3.9 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz USA.

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Competition in this autobahn-blaster segment is robust. There are the usual suspects from Germany, including the Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series, but they lack the cachet of the Mercedes brand (although they maintain a fashionable cachets of their own). Lexus also presents an appealing luxe alternative with its top of the line LS series.

LINEUP

The all-new S-Class launches in the U.S. as the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550, S550 4MATIC, and S63 AMG 4MATIC. All three are sedans. (The other 2014 S-Class variants are built on the previous-generation platform.)

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 rear-wheel drive and S550 4MATIC four-wheel drive come with a 4.7-liter twin turbocharged V8 and 7-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 ($92,900) comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats, the COMAND system with navigation, a panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, a complete LED lighting system. Technologies include Magic Vision control, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, Adaptive Braking, Collision Prevention Assist, mbrace2, electronic trunk closer, soft-close doors.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 4MATIC ($95,900) includes all-wheel drive.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC ($139,500) is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine hand-built by Mercedes-AMG rated at 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard as is a 7-speed AMG Speedshift sports transmission and an AMG ADAPTIVE sports suspension. The S63 AMG is equipped similarly to the other S-Class but also includes powered AMG sports seats in Nappa leather, Keyless Go remote starting, an AMG exhaust system, LED ambient lighting, and a Burmester audio system.

WALKAROUND

The dimensions of the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class are only a few millimeters different from the previous version, but this new one shaves off some bulk and has a more playful exterior demeanor. From the rear, the car presents a familiar, trapezoidal rear end, although it’s busy where the rear spoiler collides with the stylized exhaust.

The front fascia is a cohesive sculptured design with a large, slatted grill and headlamps encased in the body fenders. Flared arches in the front fender melt into the bumper, and sharp character lines shape the side profile, an element called the dropping line, that defines part of Mercedes’s current style language.

The rear windscreen cuts into the C-pillars, which have a powerful swoop where they meet up and evaporate into the rear shoulder.

The outer body panels and the roof are made of aluminum, and there’s aluminum in the interior structure and the suspension bits. Mercedes engineers claim to have achieved a 5-percent improvement in efficiency with these materials.

The overall effect is imposing and expensive, exactly what a new generation of an S-Class should be.

INTERIOR

While the new S-Class is defined in part by its technology and a handsome, conservative exterior, the cabin is where stylists have let loose.

Notwithstanding the stereo speaker mood lights, the softest headrest pillows in creation and the option to waft perfumed air into the cockpit, the S-Class interior is sublimely inviting.

The cockpit sweeps around the driver and front passenger, and the dash is a vista of contrasting woods (some with pearl effects), metals and soft-touch leathers, with controls and buttons that are all-intuitive but can be baffling where you first meet them.

Behind the exquisite wood-and-leather two-spoke steering wheel is one of the pair of 12-inch high-resolution color displays that sits in for the conventional instrument cluster. The circular tach and speedometer flank a computerized information panel. To the right, above the four circular HVAC louvres and a fancy analog clock, is display for infotainment, navigation and comfort functions. On the center console is the command center and rotary controller, along with direct access keys for features like the radio and navigation and the menu. A speech dialog system allows users to enter complete addresses by voice. There’s also the option of having emails or text messages read aloud.

A chauffeur package is part of a $3,000 Rear Seat package so that the passenger in the right rear seat can electronically raise the footrest and recline, first-class-airline style. Another option for $2,350 offers power rear seats that can be heated or ventilated, a heating steering wheel, and heated armrests front and rear.

Of course, what’s a luxo sedan worth if you can’t get a massage? There’s an Energizing function as well as a hot-stone component if the day’s been particularly rough.

Lighting inside the S-Class is something of an art form. The colors and intensity of the LEDs ambient lights in the cabin can lend a soft, romantic glow or, turned up, convert the interior into a mobile disco. In all, there’s a choice of seven colors with five dimming levels and four dimming zones.

If an unpleasant odor wafts into the cabin, the S-Class offers a $350 Air Balance Package to infuse the air with a variety of scented liquid packs, including Sport, Nightlife, and Fireside( no Burnt Rubber, alas). A high-end surround sound system from Burmester kicks in if you pony up the $6,400 option price; the standard audio system features 10 speakers.

Rear passengers also have inflatable seatbelts with buckles that rise up for handy access.

Official cargo space in the new S-Class is still to be determined, but suffice to say that the trunk will accommodate more than a couple of golf bags.

DRIVING IMPRESSION

Solid and stable, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class performs as advertised: It is fast without any touch of drama, monolith-solid, and, once you figures out the buttons and the controls, awesome in terms of its tricks.

By trimming mass with extensive use of aluminum, the 2014 S-Class is a finesse-balancing act on the road, totally isolated from wind and road noise even at prodigious highway speed. The firmed-up air suspension dismisses potholes with a soft thump (we only found one pothole in Canada), and rough tarmac is history thanks to the optional Magic Body Control system. Occasionally at lower speeds in traffic, we felt an awkward little bark from the transmission as its settles into what’s usually the appropriate gear, thanks to the dual-clutch.

Steering feel is light and neutral, as we’d expect in this class. Several curves set up a suggestion of body lean but didn’t upset the civility in the cabin.

Peering over the long, flat hood, sightlines are excellent, as are the ergonomic visibly of the major controls.

We had the chance to experiment with some (but not all, there are too many) safety systems available in the 2014 S-Class.

The autonomous Mercedes isn’t here yet, but one can option Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop & Go Pilot, which allows for hands-free driving at 37 mph, as the stereo cameras follow the car ahead, even on gentle bends, says Mercedes. The system uses both the car you’re trailing, as well as road markings, to keep centered in your lane. It’s all part of the $2,800 Driver Assistance Package, which also includes Mercedes’s Pre-Safe Brake. Using data from radar and the camera, it will automatically apply braking at up to about 30 mph without driver input if it detects a pedestrian or stopped vehicle. Jetsons stuff.

The S550 and S550 4MATIC use a 4.6-liter that produces 455 horsepower from 5250 to 5500 rpm and 516 foot-pounds of torque from 1800 to 3500 rpm. Mercedes-Benz says these two models can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 130 mph. Fuel economy data were not available from the Environmental Protection Agency at press time.

The S63 AMG features a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 with an output of 577 horsepower and 664 foot-pounds of torque. Mercedes-Benz USA claims the S63 AMG can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

SUMMARY

Completely redesigned for 2014, the Mercedes-Benz S550 boasts a seamless driving experience and cosseted luxury. The sublime, inviting interior is swathed in rich leather and wood, complete with mood lighting and aromatherapy. The S550 is fast and extremely stable at high speeds. Steering is light, there is little body lean and precise handling yet the suspension muffles the worst potholes. The S-Class is quiet underway and the driver benefits from excellent visibility

The Clubcard Anniversary Prize Pool Includes

We’re celebrating Clubcard’s anniversary by giving you the chance to WIN one of 3x $50,000 cash prizes plus thousands of Fly Buys points & Airpoints Dollars™ to be won!

Every $50 you spend in-store when you scan your Clubcard gives you an entry into the draw. The more you use your Clubcard between 6 August and 26 August 2018, the more chances you have to win.

The Clubcard Anniversary Prize Pool Includes:

3x $50,000 cash prizes
2x 25,000 Fly Buys Points
5x 10,000 Fly Buys Points
5x 5,000 Fly Buys Points
5x 1,000 Fly Buys Points
10x 500 Fly Buys Points
1x 10,000 bonus Airpoints Dollars
2x 5,000 bonus Airpoints Dollars
4x 1,000 bonus Airpoints Dollars
2x 500 bonus Airpoints Dollars

Terms and conditions

1. Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of these and any other applicable terms and conditions. This competition may have additional terms and conditions and wherever possible the additional terms and conditions will be posted at www.newworld.co.nz.

Promoter

2. The Promoter of this competition is Foodstuffs (N.Z.) Limited (Foodstuffs).

Promotion Period and how to enter

3. The competition commences on 06/08/2018 and runs until close of trade on 26/08/2018 (Promotion Period).

Eligible Spend

4. You will receive one entry in the draw for every $50 you spend (excluding Christmas Club, cigarettes, tobacco, gift cards, fuel, phone card and AT hop card top ups and Lotto purchases) during the Promotional Period and swipe or scan your Clubcard, Fly Buys, or Airpoints™ card instore (Loyalty Card) at the time of payment, or when you enter your Clubcard details before the time of payment for IShop purchases (Eligible Purchase) at all New World stores nationwide plus online at ishopnewworld.co.nz (including Fresh Collective by New World stores) (Participating Stores).

5. When your Loyalty Card is swiped or scanned (or Clubcard entered in the case of IShop purchases) you will automatically be entered into the draw.

6. The number of times you can enter is determined by the number of Eligible Purchases made. For example, if you spend $100 in one Eligible Purchase and you scan your Loyalty Card, you will receive two entries into the prize draw and so on.

Eligibility to enter and to win a prize

7. To be eligible to enter this competition and win a prize:

a) you cannot be a New World or Loyalty New Zealand Limited (LNZ) staff member;

b) you must have made an Eligible Purchase and swiped or scanned your Loyalty Card at the time of purchase;

c) you must be 18 years of age or older. If a winner is under 18 years of age, at Foodstuffs’ sole discretion, their prize may be deferred to a parent or legal guardian who is 18 years of age or older, who may be asked to sign an acknowledgement of their agreement to these Terms and Conditions, or, the prize may be awarded to another winner;

d) you must be a current Fly Buys member, Air New Zealand Airpoints member, or New World Clubcard member;

e) you must consent to Foodstuffs using your name, photo, hometown and image for publicity and promotional purposes (including the display of your name in store) and you must make yourself available for publicity photographs relating to the competition on request for no additional compensation.

How winners will be selected

8. The prize winners will be drawn by the Promoter by 03/09/2018 by random electronic selection as detailed below.

Major Prizes

There are three grand prizes to be win, two in relation to all entries received from all customers who participate in the North Island (North Island Draw) and one in relation to all entries received from all customers who participate in the South Island (South Island Draw).  Each prize is $50,000 cash.   Participants for each draw will be determined by their shopping location (e.g. customers making an Eligible Purchase at a North Island store will be entered into the North Island Draw).

– For the North Island Draw, two winners will be selected from all the eligible entries received in relation to the North Island Draw.

– For the South Island Draw, one winner will be selected from all eligible entries received in relation to the South Island Draw.

Minor Prizes 

From all other entries received from customers who have Fly Buys earning Loyalty Cards, 27 winners will be selected and will win the prize noted below:

Minor prize winner selection number Prize Estimated retail value
1 and 2 25,000 Fly Buys Points

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3 to 7 10,000 Fly Buys Points
8 to 12 5,000 Fly Buys Points
13 to 17 1,000 Fly Buys Points
18 to 27 500 Fly Buys Points

From all other entries received from customers who have Airpoints Dollar™ earning Loyalty Cards, nine winners will be selected and will win the prize noted below:

Minor prize winner selection number Prize Retail value
1 10,000 bonus Airpoints Dollars $10,000
2 to 3 5,000 bonus Airpoints Dollars $5,000
4 to 7 1,000 bonus Airpoints Dollars $1,000
8 to 9 500 bonus Airpoints Dollars $500

If prize becomes unavailable

9. Subject to any applicable law that cannot be excluded, Foodstuffs is not responsible or liable for any loss suffered by any entrant in the event that a prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond its control.  In this event, Foodstuffs may substitute a prize of its choice.

Notifying winners

10. Winners will be notified by Foodstuffs or its agent once a draw has been completed within 5 working days of the draw, via the contact details on record for the Loyalty Card used to enter the competition (or the primary Fly Buys card holder if a secondary card was used). In the event that a winner cannot be contacted within 7 working days of a draw occurring or if Foodstuffs determines that a winner is not eligible to participate in a draw the prize will be forfeited, a further draw will be conducted and the prize allocated to the new winner.

11. Foodstuffs is not responsible if a winner cannot be contacted following the draw due to incorrect or out of date contact details being recorded in the Loyalty Card’s system, and any such winner will forfeit the prize to the next eligible winner, on these Terms and Conditions.

Prize conditions

12. Prizes are not transferable, exchangeable or negotiable and are not redeemable for cash.

13. Winners can only be awarded one prize.  If a winner is drawn for any additional prize, the prize will be forfeited, a further draw will be conducted and the prize allocated to the new winner.

14. For Airpoints prizes, Airpoints terms and conditions apply. These can be viewed at //www.airnewzealand.co.nz/airpoints-terms-and-conditions

15. Fly Buys prizes, Fly Buys terms and conditions apply. These can be viewed at //www.flybuys.co.nz/Pages/site/terms_and_conditions

Verifying compliance with these terms

16. Foodstuffs reserves the right to verify the identity of any entrant (including an entrant’s identity, age, city/town of residence and place of employment) and to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry or refuse to award a prize where false or misleading details have been given by an entrant, or an entrant has behaved in a fraudulent or dishonest manner, or otherwise than in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.

Exclusion of liability

17. Subject to any applicable laws which cannot be excluded, Foodstuffs, any Participating Store, Air New Zealand, LNZ, their respective employees and agents will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury of any nature incurred or suffered by any person (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss or loss arising from negligence) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with this competition or with winning, redeeming or benefiting from the prize.

Disputes

18. In the event of a dispute concerning any aspect of the competition including eligibility the decision of Foodstuffs will be final.  No correspondence concerning any decision made by Foodstuffs will be entered into.

Additional terms

19. In addition to these Terms and Conditions, terms and conditions of your Loyalty Card, depending on the card you scan or enter for an Eligible Purchase will also apply.

20. The Promoter reserves the right to amend, suspend or terminate the competition and these Terms and Conditions at any time.

Privacy

21. All entries remain the property of Foodstuffs and LNZ.  All personal information will be collected and stored by Foodstuffs, LNZ and if applicable your Loyalty Card provider in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993.  You have the right to access your personal information and request correction of any errors in it pursuant to the Privacy Act 1993. Entrants’ personal information may be used to conduct this competition and for future promotional and publicity purposes in accordance with the applicable Loyalty Card terms and conditions.  By entering this competition entrants consent to the use of their information as described above.

Questions

22. Any questions regarding this competition or promotion contact Foodstuffs (N.Z.) Marketing Department on 09 621 0600.

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MAC Cosmetics in association with Express Avenue celebrates National Lipstick day 2018

Did you know lipstick has been popular for thousands of years around the globe? In fact, people have been wearing lipstick since the 13th Century; the ancient Mayans, ancient Sumerians, aboriginal tribes in Australia, and even the famous Cleopatra rocked a signature shade. Since they didn’t have the variety of waxes and oils we have today, they had to get creative. They made lipstick out of everything from crushed beetles to berries to ground up fish scales mixed with oil. Just be glad you don’t have to wear beetles this July 9 for National Lipstick Day!

NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY – SURVEY RESULTS

 NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY – HISTORY
1884
First commercial lipstick sold

Guerlain, a French cosmetic company, started to manufacture it.

16th century
Red lipstick popularized

Queen Elizabeth brought red lipstick and a plain white face into fashion.

618
Beeswax lipstick created

During the Tang dynasty, they even added scented oils.

14th century
Solid lipsticks invented

Cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi created perfumed sticks he pressed into special molds.

4000 B.C.
Lipstick invented

Ancient Sumerians made it out of crushed gemstones.

NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY ACTIVITIES

1. Treat yourself to a new shade
We know you probably already have your signature shade, but wouldn’t it be nice to experiment with a color out of your comfort zone? Use the day as an excuse to try a new shade of lipstick you wouldn’t normally wear!

2. Share your colors on social
National Lipstick Day is the perfect excuse for a selfie, so snap the perfect picture and share it with the world. Don’t forget to hashtag it #NationalLipstickDay!

3. Throw a makeup party
Invite all your friends over and have them bring their favorite shades. It’s a great way to hang out with your friends while discovering your new favorite lipstick brand—whether it’s an indie company or a drugstore staple.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY

A. It’s the easiest way to get fancy
A swipe of lipstick can make it look like you’re wearing a full face of makeup—letting anyone look polished and put together in less time. It can also help you own a signature look: just ask celebrities from Elizabeth Taylor to Taylor Swift!

B. Lipstick-wearers are viewed as more capable
In a 2011 study by Procter & Gamble, researchers from Harvard and Boston University found that people wearing color cosmetics were perceived as more competent and reliable. Lipstick doesn’t only make you feel better—it also makes other people trust you more!

C. Lipstick improves both your outlook and posture
Several studies have shown that people who regularly use lipstick have a better posture and higher confidence. And the benefits stay with you as you age—lipstick-wearers ages 65-85 have been shown to have significantly less problems with their posture and balance. Who knew that putting on lipstick was a form of yoga?