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NeYo To Headline Charity Event

first_imgGrammy Award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ne-Yo will bring the hits to Fenway Park on July 27th for a benefit to kick-off a $1 million fundraising campaign launched by HealthBridge and CareOne Management to support employees and their families in fighting cancer.The campaign was developed after HealthBridge executive Dan Grimes, 42, of Carver, MA, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.NE-YO, with three platinum records and countless honors to his credit, is known for his community work and readily agreed to perform at the benefit to raise awareness about the struggles of cancer patients and their families.“What makes us a community is when we come together, when we see someone is suffering, and we take on their struggle together,” said NE-YO, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, who rocketed to early success with Top 10 hit songs “So Sick,” “Because of You,” “Closer” and more. “Fame and fortune are wonderful gifts, but life is the most important gift of all, and I am happy to be part of an event that celebrates Dan’s life and supports him and his family during this difficult time.”As the Southeastern Massachusetts regional manager for HealthBridge, which has 18 healthcare facilities in the state, Dan Grimes has spent his professional career caring for others. A dedicated husband and father of four children, his life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, despite having never smoked.At the age of 42, Dan is fighting his toughest battle yet, but thanks to his colleagues and company, he isn’t fighting it alone.When word of Dan’s illness reached CareOne Management, Chairman and CEO Daniel E. Straus announced that CareOne and HealthBridge would undertake a fundraising campaign to help employees like Dan meet those unexpected expenses that often arise when a family member faces an illness, so they can focus on their recovery and their families. CareOne has successfully waged other campaigns, raising more than $1 million to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, donating $250,000 to the One Fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and raising more than $1 million for The Valerie Fund, an organization providing programs and services for children living with cancer and blood disorders.“Dan’s story is our story,” said Straus. “Like all of our employees, he has dedicated his career to helping our skilled nursing care residents and their families. What we do in our profession is care for others, but we also need to take care of our own. We don’t just work in these communities,” continued Straus. “We also live in these communities and when something like this happens, whether it is one man’s battle with cancer or the ravages of a hurricane in New Jersey, it happens to all of us and we need to stand up as a community.”The Fenway Park fundraiser is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants, many of them colleagues and friends of Dan Grimes, who have already undertaken smaller fundraising events in the communities where HealthBridge operates skilled healthcare facilities, as well as in New Jersey where CareOne operates 29 facilities. The July 27th event will have a baseball theme throughout and includes a performance by NE-YO, food, music, special guest appearances, ballpark tours, raffles, silent auctions, and corporate sponsorship donations. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the event runs until 8 p.m.Tickets are $100 for adults and $20 for children under 12 and can be purchased online here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

THE 10 MOST OVERLOOKED UNDERRATED AND UNFAIRLY DISMISSED MOVIES OF 2017

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Domhnall Gleeson and Tom Cruise in American Made – David James. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img Advertisement It is the most wonderfully frustrating time of the year: that period when film writers get lost in the mad scramble of cobbling together a top-10 list to impress colleagues and convince readers that they hold the key to the collective movie knowledge of the past 12 months. It is an undeniably fun exercise, but one that can induce heart palpitations: What if I missed the one film everyone is, or should be, talking about?Yet there’s a natural point at which every critic’s “top films” start to blend together into a unified chorus. Phantom Thread, Call Me by Your Name, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri …… the favourites get name-checked again and again.To offset the familiar shouts and murmurs, The Globe and Mail presents its annual alternative Top 10, which compiles the most overlooked, underrated, and unfairly dismissed films of 2017 (listed alphabetically).American Made For obvious reasons, I’m a sucker for any film in which the protagonist is named Barry (an exceedingly rare occurrence). But the sort-of-true tale of drug-running pilot Barry Seal deserves a spot here for more than appealing to my vanity: the comedy-action film is a rollicking journey into the criminal underworld, with a frenzied and frantic energy courtesy of leading man Tom Cruise. As Cruise’s cocky Seal double- and then triple-crosses everyone from the CIA to Pablo Escobar, the star delivers an increasingly paranoid and wild performance, while director DougLiman ensures every single scene is visually explosive. The pair, who last teamed up for the delightfully stupid Edge of Tomorrow, don’t always succeed in their aesthetic and narrative tricks, but the end result is one of the most purely watchable mainstream studio films of the year.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Moroccan Model Leila Hadioui Denounces Fake Social Media Profiles

New York – Moroccan model, actress and TV presenter, Leila Hadioui, took on to her official Facebook Page to denounce the fake accounts that have been created using her name and photos.On Thursday, Hadioui uploaded a video to her page where she personally explained to her followers which profile is her official Facebook Page and which are fake.The Moroccan model, who has become a fashion icon, clearly expressed her outrage for the two fraudulent accounts that have surfaced on social media claiming to be her. Leila urged her thousands of fans to report the fake profiles. She used her personal cell phone to demonstrate which are her official and private (family and close friends) accounts and what they look like, in order to avoid any further misuse of her image.The Casablanca native’s official page has nearly 335,000 followers and it has been Facebook-verified with the small blue check next to her name.The Sabahyat 2M fashion presenter also expressed her indignation over an insensitive caption added to one of her stolen photos that read: “En fin, la vie continue…” (“Finally, life continues”).The famous magazine cover star considered it a lack of respect to imply that she was allegedly continuing with her life after her father’s death without any suffering.Leila’s father, Noureddine Hadioui, muezzin (man who calls Muslims to prayer) of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, was killed at the Mina stampede on September 24, 2015 that left almost 1700 deaths and several thousand other injured.Hadioui was born in Casablanca, Morocco on January 16, 1985 and is the mother of a young girl. Leila is one of the most prominent models in Morocco and her Kaftan shows have earned her the experience to work with nearly all fashion designers in the country.She has also participated in films, TV series, soap operas, sitcoms, and hosted variety shows. The 30-year-old model is also the face of Diamantine and GC. read more

In breakthrough UN agency delivers supplies to besieged districts inside Yemens Taiz

According to the agency, a 12-truck convoy entered the besieged areas of Al Qahira and Al Mudhafer districts on Thursday carrying 3,000 family food rations – each ration enough to feed a family of six for one month. The food includes vegetable oil, wheat, pulses and sugar.The convoy entered these areas following extensive negotiations to allow the WFP to deliver life-saving assistance to thousands of hungry people in desperate need.The breakthrough delivery coincided with a joint UN mission to Ibb, northeast of Taiz city, where UN humanitarian officials met local representatives and witnessed the safe arrival of humanitarian assistance.Speaking to the press from the capital, Sana’a, after returning from the two areas, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick said: “I witnessed the impact of conflict, particularly on civilian infrastructure and saw the difficulties people are facing […] I appeal to authorities and groups to work with the United Nations to establish a mechanism that will allow regular and sustained access of these goods and more into the city of Taiz.” WFP has been delivering food assistance to parts of Taiz city since December 2015 with the hope of reaching as many people in need as possible on the frontlines and inside besieged areas. But, with fighting and blockades, it has been difficult to move food to all districts there. Taiz is one of 10 governorates – out of Yemen’s 22 governorates – in the grip of severe food insecurity at ‘Emergency’ level – one step below famine on the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification scale. At least one in five households in the area do not have enough food to lead a healthy life, have lost their livelihoods and are facing life-threatening rates of acute malnutrition. WFP continued to appeal for regular and safe passage of food to all civilians in need across Yemen. The conflict has worsened Yemen’s already poor food security, adding more than 3 million people to the ranks of the hungry in less than a year, WFP said. According to the UN’s 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 7.6 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure – a level of need that requires urgent, external, food assistance. read more

UN body agrees framework to make globalization and trade work for billions

Known as the ‘Nairobi consensus, the outcome document culminated UNCTAD 14, which opened on 17 July and discussed the theme From Decisions to Actions, with the aim of contributing to the efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “I’m delighted that our 194 member States have been able to reach this consensus, giving a central role to UNCTAD in delivering the sustainable development goals,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said after negotiators adopted the consensus outcome document and Political Declaration. “With this document, we can get on with the business of cutting edge analysis, building political consensus, and providing the necessary technical assistance that will make globalization and trade work for billions of people in the global south,” he added. UNCTAD14 President, Amina Mohamed, told the negotiators: “It’s a good day for Kenya, a good day for UNCTAD, and a big win for multilateralism.” Prepared under the responsibility of the Kenyan Government, the political declaration, known by its Swahili translation, the Azimio, represents a broad expression of the social and economic state of the world. The conference was opened on Sunday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the presence of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Vice-President of Uganda, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi. More than 5,000 dele gates from 149 countries also attended, UNCTAD said. The Conference took place as analysts remain gloomy about the outlook for the world economy. In the global north, many people have grown skeptical about the benefits of globalization, while poverty and inequality remain pervasive in the south. The Conference saw concrete progress including the launch of a new e-trade initiative, the first UN statistical report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators, the launch of a multi-donor trust fund on trade and productive capacity, and the commitment of more than 90 countries for a roadmap on fisheries subsidies.The conference also saw a fashion show, highlighting the creative and commercial potential of Kenya’s fashion industry, the launch of this year’s Economic Development in Africa Report, and the highlighting of issues around non-tariff measures, debt, and illicit financial flows. read more

Break Out attempt at TCI Detention Center

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#detaineesattemptescape, #magneticmedianews, #TCIdetentioncenterbreakoutattempt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 6, 2017 – Providenciales – Fast acting, quick thinking security guards at the South Dock Road Detention Center foiled an attempt at escape late Monday night just before 11 o’clock; but they were held in a hostage type situation until Police showed up.Some detainees, including a dozen Dominican poachers and Haitian migrants tried to trick and overpower two guards but failed and, Magnetic Media understands, the Police Tactical Unit was called in to de-escalate the drama.A detainee pretended to be ‘sick’ and when the guards entered the upper floor of the center, they were ‘rushed’ by detainees who tried to bolt out of the open door.   The security men, who are said to be Turks and Caicos Islanders fought the group back and yelled for the lower floor door to be secured; it was and the migrants were unable to break out but the guards were held hostage.Police Tactical swooped in and was able to rescue the guards and restore order.   At the time 11 Dominicans, six Haitians including three women are being held at the Detention Center.#MagneticMediaNews#detaineesattemptescape#TCIdetentioncenterbreakoutattemptlast_img read more

Laid Off Portfolio Editors Launch Recession Site

first_imgUnlike its counterparts, Recessionwire.com is not long for this world. A “pop-up site,” similar to pop-up retailers that set up shop temporarily in storefronts, “When the recession is over, the site will go away,” said Rich. But “just in case,” Clemence said, she recently bought the domain name depressionwire.com. Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that two editors recently laid off from Condé Nast Portfolio are launching a recession-themed Web site, Recessionwire.com.Laura Rich and Sara Clemence, Portfolio.com’s former assistant managing and lifestyle editors, respectively, teamed up with Lynn Parramore, an author and academic, to create a “user’s guide to the recession.”While the site’s concept may be unique, the idea of former editors going it alone online is not. Late last year, former Elle editors began the e-newsletter, I Heart Daily, to fill the void of shuttered CosmoGirl! and Teen People in the teen girl market. In September, former editor of the San Francisco Giants magazine, Erica Boeke, launched sports site GoGameFace for female sports fans.last_img read more

TMCP to crack down on those demanding money for admissions

first_imgKolkata: A day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed police commissioner Rajeev Kumar to take stern action against those involved in collecting money for giving admission in colleges, Trinamool Chatra Parishad (TMCP) has also decided to crack the whip against such individuals.TMCP president Jaya Dutta will hold a meeting with student representatives from various colleges at Trinamool Bhavan beginning from Monday, giving clear instructions of abstaining from demanding money from any student for admission. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The party has made it clear that those who will disobey the directions in this regard and will indulge in corruption for his/her own interest, will have to land in jail. There will be no place for him/her in the party,” Dutta said, who had been assigned the responsibility to communicate the party’s strong stand in this regard.It has been learnt that Dutta will hold a meeting with representatives from Central Kolkata colleges on Monday, South Kolkata colleges on Tuesday and North Kolkata colleges on Wednesday. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that immediately after the CM’s instructions, Kolkata Police on Staurday posted a message on their Facebook page, inviting complaints against people who are demanding money to ensure admission to colleges. It has been learnt that the Chief Minister became furious after reports of students asking for money from freshers to get them admitted in different colleges surfaced in the media.Acting on two complaints, Kolkata Police have already arrested four students, for allegedly extorting money to arrange seats in colleges. Senior police officials are expected to visit some colleges in the city, to ensure smooth admission procedures on Monday. Extra police force will be deployed outside colleges where admissions are going on. Outsiders will not be allowed inside the college premises and only merit should be the criterion for admission.Kolkata Police has posted on Facebook, asking people to email or WhatsApp complaints about extortion related to college admissions.It may be mentioned that in the core committee meeting held at Netaji Indoor Stadium recently, Mamata Banerjee had categorically said that no money should be taken from students on the pretext of providing admissions in colleges and stern actions would be taken against those involved in the matter.The Bidhannagar City Police, on its Facebook and Twitter page, has put up an email id: bdncitypolice@gmmail.com and a WhatsApp number: 9051518444, on which a person can register his/her complaint if there is a demand for money for admission.last_img read more

This App Will Make Your Next Virtual Meeting Awesome

first_imgJanuary 5, 2015 3 min read LAS VEGAS — One new video conferencing app is looking to change how you have virtual meetings. Called Personify, the computer and mobile app transforms your average run-of-the-mill video call into an immersive 3-D experience that feels more like an in-person meeting than a conversation with your computer screen.Previously able to just overlay a single person onto a presentation for a one-on-one conversation, the app is today launching new video conferencing features at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Related: 6 Ways to Manage a Virtual Work ForceThe big difference between Personify and competitors like Skype and Google Hangouts is where and how the people you’re chatting with are displayed on the screen. Using a 3-D camera (you’ll need to snag one of those to use the app) and Intel’s RealSense, Personify captures a 3-D image of let’s say developer Bob whom you’re working with across the country.When you chat, the app applies a virtual green screen of sorts (the thing the weather man stands in front of) to the background behind Bob and replaces it with your desktop.  Instead of showing up in a window, Bob will be at the bottom of your computer screen, just like he’s sitting across from you. Any other people you bring into the conversation will be placed beside Bob at the bottom of the page, giving the feel of a roundtable discussion.Related: For More Productive Meetings, Throw Out Your Conference TableWhile the experience can make your average work meeting a bit more natural, the real win with the app comes when you need to work on something with the people you’re chatting with on Personify.  Since everyone is at the bottom of the page, the rest of the screen is open for you to do other things.  For instance, you could use the app while playing a collaborative game with a friend, or watching movie with mom. Unlike some other solutions, there’s a balance between the people you’re chatting with and what you’re doing on your desktop.Videos can also be shared live or recorded and shared later on. That way someone can see your face while watching a recorded video of your pitch presentation or you could have your child chat with grandma about her latest trip to Disney World while virtually showing off pictures. Pretty neat.Eager to give it a try? You can check out Personify for yourself from the company’s website.Related: The Biggest Do’s and Don’ts of Video Conferencing  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Two loggerhead nests found in Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — The first Playa del Carmen sea turtle nests of the season have been found on a beach north of the city. Sea turtle nests have already been found in several areas of the region, several weeks earlier than normal. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Personnel from Zofemat, Civil Protection and the Tourist Police have been trained in how to handle the report of a nest. Environmental officers say that anyone finding a sea turtle nest can report it to Emergency 911.center_img The first two nests have been found on the beaches of Xcalacoco in the north part of Playa del Carmen. Both nests are from loggerhead sea turtles and have been marked by federal officers as a protected site. last_img read more

GOH Top Achievers Weekend TAG Bali 2010′

first_imgNick deacock GOH with Andrew Prins Asia Holidays NZ Travel agents from around Australia and New Zealand gathered in Bali recently for a weekend of indulgence and celebration. Nick Deacock GOH with Cheryl Lee Newtown Holiday The occasion was Garuda Orient Holidays’ 2010 “TAG” (Top Achievers Group) weekend, the annual event recognising outstanding sales achievements during 2009 by Australian and New Zealand travel agents  In what has become a GOH tradition, the venue for the Gala Awards Dinner was the property being featured on the cover of the 2010/11 “Bali on ANY budget” brochure – The Royal Pita Maha – a stunning resort in a secluded valley overlooking the Ayung River in Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud.The awards were presented by the management teams of both Garuda Indonesia and Garuda Orient Holidays.  The Australian Top Achiever award was accepted by Ms Cheryl Lee Newtown on behalf of Holiday Planet, W.A., while the New Zealand Top Achiever award went to Asia Holidays, Auckland, and was accepted by Manager Mr. Andrew Prins. During their stay in Bali the Top Achievers lived it up in some of Seminyak’s finest villas and resorts including the beachfront Anantara Resort, The Amala, the Elysian Bali Villas, and the exclusive Sentosa Private Villas before spending the final night at the stylish new Komaneka Bisma Resort in Ubud. Agents enjoyed a relaxed welcome dinner at Hu’u Bar, lunch at the stunning new Alila Villas, perched on the cliff tops of Uluwatu, and a magnificent dinner at the iconic La Lucciola, Seminyak. “Of course another GOH “TAG“ tradition is pampering our Top Achievers!” said Michael Woods, GOH Marketing Manager. “We invited participants to indulge in a range of fabulous spa treatments, and indulge they did, courtesy of Dala Spa at Villa de Daun, Prana Spa at The Villas, Royal Pita Maha, Pita Maha Resort & Spa, and Maya Ubud Resort & Spa.” Prestige Bali Villas hosted their final indulgence with a magnificent farewell cocktail party and barbecue dinner in two of their stunning Seminyak properties, Villa Ramadewa and Villa Batavia.Supplies of the 2010/11 edition of “Bali on ANY budget”, available next week, can be obtained through TIFS or by contacting your local Garuda Indonesia Sales department.center_img Source = Garuda Orient Holidays TAG GALA Rosy, Karin, Kim, Sam, Annette, Narellelast_img read more

Trendy HBistro Restaurant at Hansar Samui Receives TripAdvisor Certif

first_imgHansar Samui’s trendy beachfront H-Bistro Restaurant is proud to be the recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award. H-Bistro has quickly become popular with both hotel guests as well as locals and visitors to the Island.  Executive Chef, Stephen Jean Dion, A native of Canada, has created a memorable epicurean experience in his sparkling state of the art kitchens, where guests can appreciate the authentic taste of French Mediterranean Cuisine, in addition to a Thai menu at H Bistro.     Chef Stephen focuses on combining the right array of simple textures and flavors with the finest ingredients available which are sourced worldwide, while still ensuring value for money. The Foie Gras comes from the Soulard farm in France in the Perigord region which is famous for providing the best quality. Carefully selected fresh Maine lobsters and oysters are flown from Canada, Japan, and France.  Menu items are complemented by a handpicked list of International wines and champagnes, reflecting the resort’s commitment to creating a truly epicurean experience.    Signature Dishes – Highlights from Chef  Stephen’s menu include Appetizer: – Peach caramelized foie gras with jerez jusMain Courses:Grilled Maine lobster with garlic butter and rocket lettuceSlow cooked Prime Angus beef tenderloin with celeriac baby carrots and puffed quinoa   Hansar Seafood Melody (Maine lobster, Hokaido scallops, Oysters, Australia Mussels, and prawns]Imported Oysters  – Fines Del Claires (France), Kumamoto (USA) and Tatamagouche (Canada) Thai SpecialtiesTom Yum Goong – hot and sour soup with prawnsGaneg Phet Pet Yang – roast duck breast curryDessert: – Warm melted chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream Hansar Samui Infinity Pool with Waiter Source = Hansar Samuilast_img read more

Best Western scores a Perfect Ten

first_imgBest Western scores a Perfect TenBest Western scores a Perfect TenBest Western® Hotels & Resorts has been named as Asia’s ‘Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand’ for an incredible tenth year in a row!The iconic hotel group, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, once again took home the title of ‘Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand’ in the 27th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2016.Olivier Berrivin, Best Western’s Managing Director of International Operations – Asia, said he was delighted with the award, which demonstrates the enduring appeal of Best Western.“We are absolutely thrilled to have been honored once again at the TTG Awards,” said Mr. Berrivin. “To be named as Asia’s ‘Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand’ not just once, but for ten years in a row, is a truly staggering achievement for Best Western and one that we are extremely proud of.”“It is also a wonderful testament to our entire Asia-based team, both at our Bangkok head office and all our hotels. To maintain such consistently high standards is an amazing achievement, and reflects their tremendous hard work and professionalism.”As it celebrates its 70th anniversary and its 15th year in Asia, Best Western is currently undertaking an historic period of development. The company recently unveiled its new global branding and launched four new hotel concepts, including the ultra-modern Vīb® and GLō℠. Asia’s first ever Vīb hotels are due to open in Bangkok, Yangon and Vientiane in 2018.“This award shows is that the Asian travel trade is embracing the changes we are making, whilst also recognizing our continued leadership in the midscale sector. This is really wonderful to see.” Mr. Berrivin concluded.Best Western was presented with the award in a glittering ceremony in Bangkok, attended by many leading figures from the Asian travel trade. Best Western Hotels & Resortsbook your stay hereSource = Best Western Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Preferred Hotels Resorts Named Most Excellent

first_imgPreferred Hotels & Resorts Named “Most Excellent”Preferred Hotels & Resorts Named “Most Excellent” Large Hotel Chain Globally By TripAdvisorPreferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, has earned the prestigious distinction of being named the number one “Most Excellent” large hotel chain in the world by TripAdvisor. For its first-ever “Most Excellent” awards, TripAdvisor selected the winners based on which brands have the highest percentage of Certificate of Excellence recipients globally for 2018. With an abundance of distinctive properties within its global brand portfolio boasting this prominent seal, Preferred Hotels & Resorts made the top of the list in the “large hotel chains” category (>500 hotels).“This “Most Excellent” award is testament to the dedication of our incredible member hotels who continuously inspire travelers by delivering genuine and memorable hospitality experiences in a way that only independent hotels can,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “We are incredibly proud to receive this recognition by the TripAdvisor community, and look forward to connecting even more travelers to the unique story that each of our hotels has to share.”This global recognition comes during an already momentous time for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a family-owned company that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Since 1968, the brand has been the steadfast champion of the independent hotel experience, representing a global portfolio that embodies the highest levels of luxury, life, and style. Since January 2018, as part of its milestone celebration, the company has launched a variety of 50th-themed marketing campaigns, which include a celebratory package at more than 250 of its hotels, a video series, and social media activations; welcomed more than 60 new member hotels, including more than 15 new openings; and announced the appointments and promotions of three women to key executive appointments.To browse all of the independent hotel experiences available within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, visit www.PreferredHotels.comSource = Preferred Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

Tourism Authority of Thailand reveals 2019 Songkran increases in tourist revenue

first_imgThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed that tourism revenue earned from international visitor arrivals to Thailand and domestic trips during the 2019 Songkran holiday showed year-on-year increases over the same period in 2018.TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that during the holiday period of April 12-16, 2019, total revenue from the international arrivals and domestic trips amounted to 22.07 billion Baht, a15% year-on-year increase.The number of international arrivals reached 543,300 (up 8% year-on-year) and generated revenue of 10.23 billion Baht (up 14%). There were 3.27 million trips by domestic tourists (up 3%) generating 11.84 billion Baht (up 7%).According to Yuthasak, international visitor arrivals performance was overall near the projections. The East Asia market accounted for the majority of foreign arrivals during the Songkran Festival. Arrivals from Hong Kong and India were higher than expected, thanks to the visa-on-arrival fee waiver in place. The domestic market also performed close to expectation.To showcase local traditions of the annual Thai water festival, TAT staged Songkran 2019 festivities in the three emerging destinations of Tak, Mukdahan and Ranong. It also supported activities in 10 other provinces (Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Lampang, Udon Thani, Songkhla and Phuket).“Together, these destinations saw 1.03 million domestic trips during the holiday period with 5.11 billion Baht generated for the local economy. Hotel occupancy in these destinations averaged 80,” Yuthasak informed.While the Songkran or traditional Thai New Year holiday normally takes place from April 13-15 every year, there are some locations that stage unique local festivities a little later. These include in Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district in the Central Thailand region, where the local Mon people observe New Year traditions from April 19-21.last_img read more

The celebrations for APT Travel Groups 90 Years

first_imgThe celebrations for APT Travel Group’s ‘90 Years of Unforgettable’ continue, with the group hosting a ‘glittering event’ for VIP agents and industry.Representatives from APT Travel Group’s Diamond and Platinum VIP agencies, as well as industry and media partners, will be invited to the special gala at Melbourne’s Regent Plaza Ballroom in March. The event, which will include the presentation of awards to top performing agents for 2016, is an acknowledgment of the Group’s loyal partners and a way of saying thank you for their support. Executive general manager global marketing & sales Debra Fox said the event would recognise the important role that agents and industry partners have played in the group’s story.“Our gala event will acknowledge the agency and industry partners who support us by building valuable relationships with guests, and by believing in our ability to deliver on our promise to delight the customer.”Image: A previous APT event APT Travel Grouplast_img read more

Nicaraguas Seaside Mariana Spa Golf Resort send

first_imgNicaragua’s Seaside Mariana Spa & Golf Resort sends 5 percent of home purchases from $77,000 or or preferred offerings from $57,000 toward achieving a 3 million dollar fundraising goal for its charitable Fundacion Grupo Mariana.The 3 million dollars raised through the this porogram will be utilized to construct schools in Masachapa, Diriamba, Salinas Grandes and San Rafael del Sur, and to develop a training program for elders in the community—an essential part of the independence and sustainable growth for the future of Nicaragua.Today, only a small percentage of eligible students actually attend school regularly because of family and the need to work. Existing school structures have withstood years of damage, have sporadic electricity, no indoor plumbing, and no school meal programs. These fundraising efforts will bring a much-needed foundation to the lives of local children and families in the area.Fundación Grupo Mariana has been created expressly to organize and support socially responsible programs dedicated to fostering growth, self-reliance and sustainability in the New Nicaragua.www.grupomariana.comlast_img read more

by Jeff Karoub And Josh Replogle The Associated P

first_img by Jeff Karoub And Josh Replogle, The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2018 1:22 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 30, 2018 at 2:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Well wishers leave hand written notes on boards outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History during a public visitation for Aretha Franklin in Detroit, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT – Mourners streamed in for a second day Wednesday to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing, as if making a costume change during a show.Fans waited festively outside, then walked in a solemn, single-file line into the rotunda of Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. There, they found Franklin in a polished bronze casket and a sheer baby blue dress with matching shoes, a change from the bright red outfit seen Tuesday across the world. On the inside of the lid, embroidered into the fabric, read “Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul.”The two-day viewing was part of a week of commemorations for the legend, who died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer. She was 76.Workers carefully moved Franklin’s polished bronze casket from the rotunda late Wednesday night and loaded it in to a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse.Journalists from The Associated Press were allowed to document the casket’s movement after the public viewing concluded.A sold-out concert called “A People’s Tribute to the Queen” will be held Thursday night at Detroit’s Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre.A marathon funeral with an all-star list of speakers and performers was scheduled for Friday.Just as Franklin’s more than six decades of music wrought emotions out of her fans, so too did her viewing.As they approached the casket and heaping displays of roses, many people smiled, cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses. The strains of Franklin’s gospel recordings echoed in the airy space.“I was pushed by … but a tear still came,” said Maggie Penn, 78, of Detroit. The retired counsellor, who grew up in the same neighbourhood as Franklin and crossed paths with her in the pre-fame years, said she always appreciated that the singer remained rooted.“She never forgot from which she came,” Penn said.Gina Moorman attended Tuesday night’s sorority ceremony staged in Franklin’s honour at the museum and returned Wednesday.“I wasn’t even going to do it, but I wanted to see her again,” said Moorman, 57, as she waited with hundreds of others in a line that snaked around to the back of the museum and beyond. “It’s a real blessing to see her.”Peggie Funny and her friend Mary A. Wilson, of Columbia, South Carolina, both born in 1954, came to Detroit for one day only on a whim because they wanted to pay their respects. They were standing outside the museum taking video and sharing it with friends on social media.“During the ’70s, anything she made during that time, we were just dancing to and enjoying it,” Funny said.Seeing Franklin in her casket rendered Wilson speechless. “I felt very emotional going in, very emotional,” she said. “I just wanted to stand there. I froze.”They were both impressed that Franklin had on a different outfit.Delana Kidd said she woke up Wednesday and knew she had to go to the museum.“Today was my day off, so I said, ‘You’ve got to come,’” Kidd said. Kidd met Franklin at a store where she worked about 10 years ago, and the encounter made her a “forever fan,” she said.She said the singer looked beautiful while lying in repose: “I don’t know about red yesterday. I didn’t see it, but … she just looked gorgeous, peaceful,” Kidd said.Lauren Mills, 74, said her late husband proposed to her at a Detroit-area Franklin concert in 1977. She’s not sure what overcame him, since they had seen Franklin perform many times before, but “I guess it was something special,” she said.“It was just something about her voice that calmed you — whatever you were going through,” said Mills, who attended Tuesday night’s ceremony. “Seeing her, I would say she was saying, ‘I’ve done my duty. I’m OK — I’m going to rest now,’” Mills said.Herman Phillips, another fan who spent time at the viewing Wednesday, shared his own personal connection to Franklin.“I feel that I’m a privileged one because I sang in a choir with Aretha when I joined her father’s church, in a young adult choir,” Phillips said. “I sang with her, not often because she was on the road a lot, but I do say I have that privilege. I was able to sing with Aretha at one time.”Moorman didn’t know Franklin personally, but that didn’t seem to matter. The music, she said, drew her in as it conveyed joy, pain and all things in between.“She was intertwined in all of our lives,” she said, adding that her love for the singer “started with ‘Respect.’” “We’re just feeling good about seeing the Queen.”___Associated Press Writer Kristin M. Hall contributed to this report.___Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jeffkaroub and find more of his work at https://apnews.com/search/jeff%20karoub .___For more, visit https://apnews.com/tag/ArethaFranklin .center_img Fans stream in for 2nd day of Aretha Franklin public viewinglast_img read more

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flanging the track ahead twisting and looping back at me — above me — like a disco Mbius strip That’s what it’s like to wrap your hands around the Wii U’s GamePad and plumb Mario Kart 8‘s wild panoply of wonderfully absurd tracks — 16 new 16 reimagined — spinning sideslipping soaring and tumbling roaring down vast mountainside waterfalls or bulleting through squalling banks of lightning-lit clouds (“Hello hello… I’m at a place called Vertigo…“) Imagine a carnival of race tropes a grab bag of driver profiles tactics and race types a melange of little gameplay iterations and configuration tweaks and “Holy crap I’m racing up and down that” moments jammed into a single game To sum up my affection for this best of all Nintendo’s Mario Karts to date in a few words: lavish kaleidoscopic gasp-inducing ingenious exotic balletic and — let’s switch from words to statements — something I’ll be playing for a long long time Not because the basic kart racing’s been rejiggered in some wondrous new Nintendo-fied way It hasn’t Think of it more like a 22-year-old snowball that’s still snowballing a slightly bigger smorgasbord of soothing cartoon-scape tracks and fanciful kart types a collage of all-terrain vehicles (including actual ATVs this time enlarging racer metrics like speed acceleration and handling) some new objects to toss (the cleverest: the piranha plant that snaps up items coins and other racers and the three-use boomerang flower that does damage outgoing and incoming) upside-down anti-grav racing (though since the screen shifts to maintain perspective it doesn’t feel like upside-down racing) more karts and kart parts and unlockables and so forth And then Nintendo whops you upside both retinas with some of the most sublime visuals ever seen in or out of a Nintendo game The ballyhooed new mechanic — antigravity racing your wheels automatically flipping perpendicular to the ground like Doc Brown’s DeLorean during Back to the Future‘s coda — makes the new every-which-way (including upside-down and backwards) tracks feel cooler to course through but that’s about it unless you’re playing cooperatively The novelty here’s that instead of avoiding drivers you’re encouraged to ram them which causes both vehicles to turbo off in different directions But it’s too happenstance as a solo tactic other drivers slamming into you from behind unexpectedly or sliding away at the last minute and wrecking your angle of attack Team up with another player by contrast and it becomes an indispensable tactic the two of you slamming into one another willfully rocketing down the course like a yo-yoing centrifuge The series’ signature element of chance remains: the most skilled players in the world can still wind up losing an otherwise expertly played race thanks to another player’s inopportunely dispatched blue shell And as usual finding the fastest path through a course (and figuring out how to maximize drifting through it) is at least half of winning You can hone your skills learning from the best players by using returning features like Ghost mode (in Time Trials) uploading your own performances as you like And though I wasn’t able to test it (it’s not working yet) the game now supports (modest) editing and uploading of video clips to YouTube a move that only brings it up to par with its rivals but warrants an attaboy nonetheless You can’t talk about Mario Kart 8 the most important game Nintendo’s yet released for its flagship console without thinking about the troubled state of the Wii U Mario Kart 8 alone won’t save the Wii U if indeed the Wii U needs saving That’s the implicit question the kart-riding elephant in all the game’s glittering stadiums water parks shoals harbors mansions and electrodromes No single game has the power to make (or for that matter break) something as multivalent as a platform Mario Kart 8 is wonderful thank goodness but it’s still just one game Nor does the racer best emblematize what the Wii U stands for: playing games with a tablet that’s not a tablet juggling input from disjunct screens that aren’t supposed to feel disjunct (and they definitely seem at odds here — I rarely felt comfortable enough to look down) Sure the Wii U GamePad offers sometimes-complimentary feedback but nothing about its stack of command center feeds tracking racer positions or letting you enable motion control steering on the fly feel essential much less exude halcyon-days-Wii novelty Put it this way: if you have a Wii U it’s the proverbial no-brainer for any sort of player casual to pro If you don’t own a Wii U here’s a reason to buy one with the caveat that the Wii U’s software future looks pretty hazy right now Nintendo’s deluxe 32GB Wii U bundled with Mario Kart 8 runs $330 knocking $30 off the standalone price for the racer so there’s that but it’s still $330 for one game (plus a driving wheel and Wii Remote) and a platform with an uncertain future But it’s also one of the best games Nintendo’s delivered and a reminder that 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