WASHINGTON — The Republican Party believes it finally has its answer to the Democratic fundraising behemoth ActBlue.GOP groups are lending their support to a new donor platform called Patriot Pass, which they say will help the party match and even surpass the organization that sent more than $700 million to Democratic campaigns in 2018.After the Republican Party’s midterm losses, party officials said they needed to find a way to match ActBlue’s small-dollar fundraising power.The Republican platform is a joint effort of GOP payment processing firm Revv and the party’s data clearinghouse, DataTrust. Revv founder Gerrit Lansing says that combination will help the GOP pass Democrats.Democrats are playing a game of catch-up of their own, struggling to create a hub for their data to rival DataTrust.News of the new GOP donor platform was first reported by Politico.Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
BRUSSELS — AB Inbev, the world’s biggest brewer and the owner of brands like Bud and Stella Artois, is considering listing some of the shares of its Asian business on the Hong Kong stock exchange.The company, which is based in the Belgian town of Leuven, said Tuesday that the move would lower its high debt levels and allow it to consider more acquisitions in the region.AB Inbev is worth about 154 billion euros ($172 billion) and its Asian operations are reportedly worth as much as a third of that.It owns massive brands like Bud from its takeover of Anheuser-Busch in 2008, as well as Corona, Becks, and Fosters. It further established its dominance in the market in 2015 when it bought it next biggest rival, SABMiller.The Associated Press
The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped kick off Haiti’s spring planting season, distributing seeds, fertilizer and tools to farmers in a village near the epicentre of January’s devastating earthquake. “Agriculture is the lifeblood of this country,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said at a ceremony yesterday in the village of Palmisse a Ven, which was also attended by Haiti’s Minister of Agriculture, Joanas Gue.The village is near Léogâne, the epicentre of the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck the small Caribbean nation on 12 January, killing an estimated 230,000 people and levelling much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and nearby towns. “We will continue to work with the Government so that you have jobs, so that you have income and so that you can provide food for yourselves, your families and for the rest of the country,” said Mr. Diouf, who is on a four-day visit to the country.Similar distributions ahead of the upcoming planting season are under way in other areas, and FAO plans to reach 180,000 smallholder farming families with 1,500 tons of seeds and fertilizers between March and June.The UN and the Haitian Government last month issued a $1.44 billion appeal to assist the country in the wake of the earthquake, with nearly $71 million earmarked for agricultural support. According to the revised appeal document, the earthquake has significantly increased the number of people in the country who are food insecure, which prior to the disaster was estimated to be some 1.8 million people, or nearly 20 per cent of the population. In 2008 civil unrest, high food prices, three hurricanes and one tropical storm depleted household incomes, displaced thousands and ravaged infrastructure.Mr. Diouf stressed that a significant increase in national food production, rural employment and reforestation are the keys to a greener, more productive Haiti. An agreement was signed during the visit to enable FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development to work together to increase food production, support the integration of displaced populations in rural areas and build a revitalized, sustainable Haitian agriculture sector.In addition, the Director-General and Mr. Gue visited the site of a cash-for-work programme to repair irrigation canals damaged by the earthquake. Mr. Diouf also planted fruit trees with young people in the community of Croix-des-Bouquets, outside Port-au-Prince. “Young people are the future, but trees are also the future, because it’s trees that over the long term will transform this mother Earth, provide jobs, provide nutritious food for the population, make possible the economic development of the country,” he told several hundred youths. Mr. Diouf pledged FAO’s support to the Government’s campaign to plant 10 million trees – one tree for every Haitian. Last week the agency announced the launch of its “Fruit trees for Haiti” initiative to raise funds for fruit trees in school gardens and to build awareness of the role of trees in protecting the environment and reducing risks from hurricanes, flooding and erosion. 15 March 2010The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has helped kick off Haiti’s spring planting season, distributing seeds, fertilizer and tools to farmers in a village near the epicentre of January’s devastating earthquake. read more
He is also meeting with the heads of UN agencies working in the country, as well as the UN country team. After South Africa, Mr. Annan will visit Madagascar, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to meet with the countries’ leaders.In the DRC, where the UN is fielding over 16,800 uniformed personnel to back up a peace agreement that ended the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II, he will address the Congolese people and is expected to travel outside Kinshasa, the capital, to Kisangani.The UN is currently helping to organize national elections for 18 June, in the largest and most expensive such operation it has ever undertaken, to cement the transition to peace and democracy after a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and the attendant humanitarian catastrophe.
PLAYERAPPEAREDR64R32R16QFSFFW The French Open will begin on Sunday without Roger Federer, the first time he will miss the tournament since 1998. It’s also the first time the 17-time major champion will miss any Grand Slam since the 1999 U.S. Open. Federer’s withdrawal breaks his record-setting streak of 65 straight Grand Slam appearances, a stretch that encompasses fully one-third of the history of Open-era men’s tennis.When Federer last missed a Slam, two Americans, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the world. Federer had just turned 18, was mired in a slump, and was ranked so low that he needed to try to qualify for the tournament. He lost in the second round of qualifying. This time, Federer is ranked No. 3 in the world but has struggled all year with injuries, entering just four events. Federer said in a statement that he withdrew to “ensure I could play the remainder of the season and help to extend the rest of my career. I remain as motivated and excited as ever.”No. 1 Novak Djokovic has never missed a major since he played his first in 2005. The French Open will be his 46th in a row. His consistency rivals Federer’s and exceeds that of the other three men — Björn Borg, John McEnroe and Rafael Nadal — who achieved the five highest Elo scores of the Open era, our measure of the players who peaked at the highest levels of all time. Federer655140363623103 McEnroe74333332 All-time greats’ longest Slam streaks, by round Source: tennisabstract.com Nadal1313131311553 Borg77653332 Djokovic46403027271453 Federer also leads among his fellow greats in consecutive appearances at just about every stage of Grand Slams. Djokovic, though, is riding streaks of five consecutive finals, eight semis and 27 quarterfinals. Federer’s withdrawal will make it easier for Djokovic to maintain his streaks — not so much because a weakened Federer isn’t in the draw, but because it bumps Nadal up to fourth in the seedings, preventing the possibility that Djokovic would have to face his top clay-court rival before the semifinals. Injuries have kept Nadal from stringing together long streaks at Slams, while Borg and McEnroe rarely bothered to make the trip to Melbourne for the Australian Open. CORRECTION (May 19, 3:50 p.m.): The headline on a previous version of this article gave an incorrect time period since Federer’s last missed Grand Slam. It was 17 years, not 18 years. read more
PPD Zagreb 13 2 2 9 325:369 6 HBC Nantes kept question about EHF CL group winner open by beating RK Vardar Skopje 27:26 (18:12) in front of 4.600 home fans. Cyril Doumulin and his team-mates were fast and furios in the opening 40 minutes of the clash with the VELUX EHF Champions league champions. Domestic team had 21:13 after 34 minutes of the match, but at the end, Thierry Anti’s players had to save win by keeping the ball in the last 40 seconds until the final buzzer.Eduardo Gurbindo was TOP scorer in the winning team with eight goals, while Timur Dibirov netted six at RK Vardar Skopje.The Macedonian champions had everything in their own hands, as they need only a point in the last home match against Orlen Wisla Plock next weekend.STANDINGS:Vardar 13 9 2 2 359:310 20 ← Previous Story Brave PPD Zagreb stopped by PICK in Szeged Next Story → Glandorf saves SG Flensburg against Veszprem Barcelona 13 8 2 3 380:350 18 Szeged 13 6 1 6 394:383 13 Wisla Plock 12 2 2 8 322:345 6 Kristianstad 13 2 2 9 328:391 6 Rhein-Neckar 12 5 4 3 354:334 14 Nantes 13 9 1 3 372:352 19 read more
The Amazon.com website hasn’t changed much over the last few years, but it’s about to get a major revamp. You may or may not be able to see the changes Amazon has made as the new site is slowly being rolled out to users.The blue menus and buttons we’ve all grown to know and love are now MIA. Screenshots of the new design show a white and grey interface that appears to be less cluttered and is apparently easier to navigate.Though the redesigned site is said to look great on a desktop, the real reason for the changes is to make a tablet-friendly Amazon. The company is said to be launching a tablet in October, which may be why Amazon chose now to redo their site, ironing out any bugs in time for the tablet launch. The products featured the most on the new redesigned site are Instant Video, MP3 Store, Cloud Player, Kindle, Cloud Drive, AppStore for Android, Game and Software Downloads, and Audiobooks, which are all services that an Amazon tablet owners would want primary access to.The company was reportedly placing orders for the tablet components as early as May from Quanta Computers, with an expected ship date in the second half of this year and a projected 800,000 units being made available. We also heard back in May that Amazon would be releasing two tablets – a 7-inch aversion and a 10-inch version.However, if you want the 10-inch tablet, you may have to wait until 2012. Mass production of Amazon’s 10.1-inch tablet apparently won’t even begin until the first quarter of 2012 with Foxconn handling the orders. It’s rather interesting to see Foxconn listed as the manufacturer since the company is known for its long-standing relationship with Apple and its production of the iPad. Still, it’s not that unusual since Foxconn has been manufacturing Amazon’s Kindle. The 7-incher is still due to be released in October as far as we know.The Amazon tablet is rumored to be significantly less expensive than other tablets on the market. The company is said to make up for the loss in profit with the help of purchases made in the services mentioned above. Is that the key to getting more people to buy a tablet: Make the hardware cheaper, and the software priced at a point where people will continue to click the “Buy” button over and over again?Stay tuned for an imminent Amazon tablet announcement in the coming month…via The Next Web and DigiTimes read more
European finance ministers announced on Monday that a bailout slush-fund will be established to halt the spread of the economic turmoil throughout Europe.The joint EU-IMF bailout fund provides €750 billion, aimed at shoring-up the perilously perched economies of Spain and Portugal in the wake of the Greek financial crisis.Under the three-year aid plan, the EU Commission will make €60 billion available while countries from the 16-nation eurozone would promise bilateral backing for €440 billion.The IMF would contribute an additional sum of at least half of the EU’s total contribution, or €250 billion, Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado said.“We are placing considerable sums in the interest of stability in Europe,” said Ms Salgado after the talks, which were called on Friday night amid concerns that the financial crisis sparked by Greece’s runaway debt problems had begun to spread to other fragile economies.The news came as the international Monetary Fund approved a €30 billion loan to Greece, offered in conjuction with 15 other eurozone countries as part of a larger €110 billion rescue package.It’s the biggest cash injection the IMF has ever invested in a single country and aims to shore-up global financial markets, which took a battering late last week with news of economic and political upheaval in Greece.In exchange, the Greek government is expected to implement a series of strict austerity measures, which have in turn further fuelled the domesitc upheaval.The €30 billion loan forms part of the the historic €110 billion financial aid package to bail out Greece, announced by the 15 other eurozone nations late last week.On Friday, European leaders cleared the way for the release of €80 billion of European Union funds over a period of three years.Under the deal’s terms, Greece will cut its Budget deficit from a record 13.6 per cent of GDP last year, to 8.1 per cent this year.Greece has also agreed to bring its deficit under the European Union ceiling of 3 per cent by 2014.The first loan payments under the bailout package will be made available to Greece in the coming days to meet a May 19 deadline for repaying its debts, according to statements made by the Greek Prime Minister.“This will allow us to implement our (austerity) programme and our reforms,” he underlined.These funds, he added, will “help us to implement without everyday’s uncertainty in the international markets, the stabilisation and growth programme for our economy.”However the Greek Prime Minister indicated that in supporting Greece the European Union was also addressing the broader stability of the eurozone.“These decisions show that we are going to work all together not to let international speculation acting without control in the markets, to take Europe out of the crisis and contribute substantially to the world economy’s recovery,” Papandreou said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Comments Share your voice 3 Now playing: Watch this: The FCC wants smarter farms. Scott Olson/Getty Images The Federal Communications Commission has formed a task force to look into how to deliver high-speed broadband for the agriculture industry. Better internet will unlock efficiency, innovation and improvements at farms and ranches, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a press release (PDF) Monday. With faster connections comes the ability to better implement internet of things and smart farming capabilities. Pai said farmers with access to both fiber and wireless internet are using it to monitor food intake across cattle, analyze soil and send out drones to monitor potato farms. Tags Mobile Internet Politics Internet Services 5:13 How to solve the rural broadband problem? Fix the maps Chairman @AjitPaiFCC announced the formation of a new task force dedicated to advising the Commission on policies aimed at delivering connectivity so that American agriculture producers can use and benefit from precision agriculture.— The FCC (@FCC) June 17, 2019 “This is the present and the future of American agriculture and we must do whatever we can to support these producers and enhance precision agriculture,” Pai said.The FCC’s Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States will work alongside the Department of Agriculture on developing policy recommendations. It will also consult with the agriculture and technology industries, and with experts.The FCC is now looking for nominations for the 15-person task force. The task force should include representatives from internet services, satellite providers, state and local governments, agricultural production, electric cooperative industry, tribal agriculture, and precision agriculture equipment manufacturing, as well as coverage mapping experts, the agency said.The goal is to achieve reliable connections on 95 percent of agricultural land by 2025. FCC read more
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday called upon the government to hold a fresh election under a caretaker government as the current parliament is not formed with people’s votes, reports UNB.”The current parliament is illegal as the government was not elected with people’s votes. They robbed people’s votes,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a meeting of the party at Horipur of Thakurgaon.The BNP leader said the country’s people, not their party, was defeated in the 11th parliamentary election as the ruling party ‘usurped’ power using guns and the state machinery.”Awami League turned victorious rigging votes, but democracy got defeated in the election. So, a fresh election under a caretaker government must be held. The government will be forced to arrange a new election through a movement,” he said.Fakhrul alleged that Bangladesh has now turned into a failed state where there is no accountability while the government is acting as per its whim.About the current budget, he said it is not a pro-people budget as it was designed only to protect the interest of businessmen and plunderers.The BNP leader urged his party colleagues not get upset, but to put in their best efforts to restore democracy. read more
“Lemonade,” Beyoncé’s second visual album, features guest vocals from The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White and James Blake. It was the best-selling album of 2016, selling 2.5 million copies worldwide and picked up Grammys for best urban contemporary album and best music video as well as a Peabody Award.The audio release will come just six days after today’s Netflix premiere of “Homecoming,” the Beyoncé-directed 137-minute documentary about her headlining performance at Coachella in 2018 that paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities. She also returns to the big screen this summer, voicing Nala in director Jon Favreau’s remake of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The movie hits theaters on July 19.Related: ×Jay-Z and Beyonce GLAAD Awards 2019Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpWyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title00:49 twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2019/digital/news/beyonce-to-release-audio-of-lemonade-film-across-all-music-streaming-platforms-exclusive-1203191643/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:4401:44More Videos00:49Wyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses04:09Hollywood Celebrities Who Died in 201901:13Redman Supports Jay-Z’s Partnership with the NFL01:08Naughty by Nature on Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title06:18Best Fashion of the 2019 VMAs: Taylor Swift, Lizzo and Lil Nas X Stand OutClose Beyoncé is offering up some more “Lemonade.”Variety can exclusively reveal that the audio of Beyoncé’s 65-minute “Lemonade” film will drop across all music streaming services on Tuesday, April 23. The drop marks the third anniversary of the film’s debut on HBO. It’s also the first time all of Bey’s catalog is available for streaming.The “Lemonade” film, which coincided with release of the album of the same name on April 23, 2016, also uses poetry written by Somali poet Warsan Shire that will be included in the new audio release.Until now, the film was only available through Beyoncé’s co-owned streaming service Tidal. Divided into 11 chapters—”Intuition”, “Denial”, “Anger”, “Apathy”, “Emptiness”, “Accountability”, “Reformation”, “Forgiveness”, “Resurrection”, “Hope”, and “Redemption”—the film went on to earn four primetime Emmys. read more
Like humans, dogs too have a specialised area in the brain that process faces to give them social cues and make them highly trustworthy social animals, new research has revealed.The findings provide the first evidence for a face-selective region in the temporal cortex of dogs.“The results show that dogs have an innate way to process faces in their brains, a quality that has previously been well-documented in humans and other primates,” explained Gregory Berns, neuroscientist at Emory University and the senior author of the study. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This may help explain dogs’ extreme sensitivity to human social cues.For the study, the researchers focused on how dogs respond to faces versus everyday objects.The study involved dogs viewing both static images and video images on a screen while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging.The dogs had to undergo training to learn to pay attention to the screen. A region in dogs’ temporal lobe responded significantly more to movies of human faces than to movies of everyday objects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis same region responded similarly to still images of human faces and dog faces than to images of everyday objects.“If the dogs’ response to faces was learned by associating a human face with food then you would expect to see a response in the reward system of their brains, but that was not the case,” Berns noted.“We can predict what parts of your brain are going to be activated when you’re looking at faces. “This is incredibly reliable amongst people,” noted Daniel Dilks, assistant professor of psychology. read more
Kolkata: Calling for the ouster of the BJP at the Centre, the All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party’s MP Abhishek Banerjee said on Sunday that there will be a ‘new sunrise’ in Delhi in the days to come under the leadership of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.He also stressed that the 2019 Lok Sabha polls would be a fight between dictatorship and democracy. “The upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be fight between an authoritarian rule, and fight to save democracy and constitution of this country,” he said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAbhishek further maintained: “Our party supremo Mamata Banerjee has transformed herself as one of the favourites among 130 crore Indians. This is the reason why so many national leaders who are anti-BJP have responded to her call to attend the grand Brigade Rally on January 19 and strengthen her resources in her fight to oust the BJP government at the Centre.” Addressing a public gathering at Hazra Crossing, he said national leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Akhilesh Yadav, Stalin, Shatrughan Sinha, Farooq Abdullah and several others will attend the rally. He accused the BJP of ‘family tradition’ in elections and reiterated that the Trinamool Congress does not believe in the same. “We field those people in elections whom we feel can be a good representative and leave it to the people to elect or reject him,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAbhishek also came down heavily upon the CPI(M) alleging that they have surrendered themselves before the saffron party. “The BJP has taken anti-people decisions one after the other which include note ban, soaring prices of petrol diesel and the GST but the CPI(M) has not raised its voice against a single issue. “The Trinamool Congress under the leadership of our party chief has been vocal against all the decisions as we are pro-people which is clear from the several schemes like Kanyashree, Khadya Sathi, Sabuj Sathi, Sikshashree that have been initiated by Mamata Banerjee in Bengal,” he added. Taking a dig at the saffron party over its politics of appeasement, he maintained: “We are against politics in the name of religion. We are with the people and will continue to stand by them. We are elected by the people so our only religion is the peoples’ religion.” Criticising Modi for his assertion at the BJP national convention in New Delhi on Saturday, Abhishek questioned whether the saffron party-led NDA government from 1999-2004 or various coalition governments that it was a part of were “majboot” or “majboor”. Abhishek slammed the Prime Minister’s call of Achhe Din and maintained that good days will come only when the government at the Centre is toppled. The MP has been addressing rallies across the state to garner support for the party’s Brigade rally for nearly a month. It ended with the address at Hazra on Sunday. read more
Kolkata: The number of female candidates appearing for the Madhyamik Examination 2019 that kicks off from Tuesday has seen a significant rise this year despite a drop in total number of candidates who are appearing for the examination.A total of 60,3311 girls have been enrolled for the examination which is 13.3 percent more than the number of male candidates which stands at 46,1669. “The number of candidates who are slated to appear for the examination this year stands at 10,64,980 which is a little lesser than 10,83,388 candidates who had appeared last year. But the number of girls appearing for the examination is significantly more in comparison to boys,” said Kalyanmoy Ganguly, president of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE), at a press conference on Monday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA senior official of the state Education department said the rise in the number of female candidates is the result of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s project Kanyashree that has pushed up the enrollment of girls and at the same time contributed in curbing early marriages. The maximum number of candidates which stands at 98,702 is from North 24 Parganas while the minimum number is from Kalimpong 3619. The examination that begins from Tuesday will continue till February 22. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe number of head-examiners and examiners has also seen a rise in comparison to last year. The WBBSE has taken a series of security measures to check malpractices and cheating in the examination centres. “Teachers, who have been assigned the duty of invigilators, will have to hand over their mobile phone 30 minutes before the start of examination to the venue-in-charge who will be a government official,” Ganguly said reiterating that strong action will be taken against the teachers or the exam centres who fail to comply with the new rule. Students are already barred from carrying cell-phones inside the examination halls. The board president made it clear that only centre officer-in -charge, centre secretary, venue supervisor, venue in-charge and additional venue supervisor would be allowed to use cell phones in the exam centres. The sealed packets of question papers will be opened in the examination centre by the invigilator and distributed immediately among the students. The decision comes in the wake of charges of opening the seal of question papers much before the scheduled time by the headmaster of Maynaguri Subhasnagar High School, Haridayal Roy, during last year’s examination. He had allegedly made question papers of more than one subject available to the topper of the school. Roy has been suspended and disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against him. read more
From the print editionRabbi Gershon Winkler, a star of the Kabbalah theosophy, will give a series of talks about the spiritual movement next week in Costa Rica.The polemic tradition of ancient Jewish mysticism garnered mainstream attention with celebrity converts like Madonna and Demi Moore. Winkler, who has authored 15 books on the practice, will address the dicey issues about Kabbalah and several other intriguing topics. In addition to one $50 chat called “The Controversy: Is Kabbalah for Everyone?”, Winkler will speak on the soul and death, and also the “joys of sex in Jewish law and lore.” Miriam Maron, Winkler’s wife and a rabbi, cantor and healer, also will be present at some of the talks. She’s released albums of spiritualistic Kabbalah music. Winkler has spoken throughout the Americas and in Europe, and is founder of the Kabbalah nonprofit organization Walking Stick Foundation. Winkler gained experience as a rabbi in West Virginia, in the United States, where he worked as a rabbi with two federal prisons and was Hillel director at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He also worked for several years in Missoula, Montana, and Durango, Colorado.Winkler has gained acclaim for his storytelling on Jewish folklore and philosophy. According to his website, as far back as 1992, the Wall Street Journal described the rabbi as one who “travels an unusual path and ruffles feathers.”Kabbalah Series in Costa Rica$75 events• “Dance of the Cosmos and the End of Times: Ancient Jewish Perspectives on our Rapidly Changing Times,” July 22, 9-11:30 a.m.• “Across the Threshold: Ancient Jewish Teachings about the Journey of the Soul, Before, During and After Life,” July 22, 2-4:30 p.m.$50 events• “Kabbalah, The Controversy: Is Kabbalah for Everyone?” July 23, 9-11:30 a.m. or 7-9:30 p.m. • “Sacred Secrets: The Joys of Sex in Jewish Law and Lore,” July 24, 9-11:30 a.m. or 7-9:30 p.m.• “The Keepers: Jewish Teachings about Angels,” July 25, 9-11:30 a.m. or 7-9:30 p.m. Location: Hacienda Villa Hermosa, in La Garita, northwest of San José, in the province of Alajuela.For more information, contact the Keshet Holistic Studies Institute at www.kenshethsi.com, call 2433-9538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Comments No related posts. read more
Thailand’s source tourism markets 2016The Tourism Authority of Thailand – Leaders in Destination ResilienceMany travel industry leaders and global media “experts” assumed that after the tragic passing of Thailand‘s long reigning monarch, King Bhumibol in October 2016, tourism to Thailand for the remainder of 2016 would enter a steep decline. The figures released by the Thai government a few days ago on inbound tourism to Thailand in 2016 have proved the pundits wrong. In fact in 2016, Thailand welcomed just over 32.5 million tourists representing an 8.9% growth on the previous record level of 2015.While Thailand is still observing a one year mourning period following the late King’s passing, the most intensive part of the mourning occurred in the month immediately following. The period mid October-Mid November 2016 did indeed result in the cancellation a number of events and during the month there was a slight drop in tourism demand. However, tourism to Thailand quickly recovered from mid November and ended 2016 on a surge.Despite some event cancellations and some gloom and doom reporting from the world media, Thailand’s tourism kept flourishing. Much of the credit for this goes to the Thai Tourism Authority. The TAT is arguably the most resilient national tourism organization in the world. The TAT rapidly changed its marketing strategy after the King’s death to present a very different image of Thailand from the popular perception of party central to a country with a range of cultural , cuisine and scenic treasures. The TAT made it clear that international visitors were warmly welcome but that visits and visitors would be expected to show some restraint and respect. In effect it may have deterred some of the yahoo element but it opened up a new culturally sensitive tourism market to Thailand.Amazing ThailandThe Tourism Authority of Thailand has earned a reputation as global masters of risk management. I have observed their work at close quarters in their successful management of Thailand’s tourism recovery from for the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsumami, the 2009-10 civil disturbances and the 2011 floods. The TAT has always been quick and accurate with messaging on the status of tourism in Thailand and has tailored its marketing approach during or after crisis events to instill confidence in both the travel industry which sells and promotes Thailand and the prospective customer. In Australia, in the wake of the King’s passing, The TAT’s office was quick to provide detailed briefings to the Australian and New Zealand travel industry, much of its via trade media outlets like ETB Travel News to let wholesalers, airlines and travel agents know about the status of tourism and events in Thailand. The marketing of destination Thailand underwent an instant change to reflect a less exuberant but still attractive and welcoming destination image.The death of a long reigning and revered King could potentially have been a crisis for Thai tourism. However, the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s sensitive and professional management of the tourism fallout has turned the potential danger to tourism into an opportunity to re-image Thailand. nominate NTIA Best Tourist Board hereTourism Authority of Thailand Source = Dr David Beirman Ph.D read more
Go back to the e-newsletterVirtuoso, along with its more than 16,000 travel advisors worldwide, has revealed the hottest hotel openings around the globe for this autumn and beyond.Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China – Opening late 2017Situated on the riverside in the heart of the city, Bulgari Hotel Shanghai will feature contemporary, spacious rooms and exceptional guest amenities including Maserati transportation. Offering views of the city’s skyline, the hotel is located just minutes from attractions such as the Bund and the museums of People’s Square. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade at arrival if available, breakfast for two daily offered 24 hours a day, hotel credit valued at US$100, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check in and late check-out if available.Montage Los Cabos, Mexico – Opening spring of 2018Perched upon 15 hectares of beachfront, Montage Los Cabos will feature 122 rooms and suites when it opens. The resort will offer walk-in access to swimming, diving and snorkelling activities. Guests can take advantage of wellness programs and treatments at Spa Montage, and fitness offerings including two pools and tennis and recreational lawn facilities. Virtuoso guests will receive an upgrade when they arrive if available, daily breakfast for two, special amenity, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in and late check-out subject to availability.Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland – Reopening spring of 2018Originally opened in 1857, the hotel in Warsaw’s historic district has recently undergone restoration to preserve its heritage. Raffles Europejski, Warsaw will offer 106 guestrooms and suites, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace showcasing Poland’s cuisine, a bar and cigar lounge, a patisserie and a spa. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability; daily buffet breakfast for two; hotel credit worth US$100; complimentary roundtrip private airport transfers; complimentary Wi-Fi; and early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability.Hotel Lutetia, France – Reopening spring of 2018 The hotel on the Left Bank in Paris, opened in 1910, has attracted celebrities from the worlds of arts, culture and politics over the years. The Art Nouveau gem will offer 184 rooms and suites, a spa, fitness facilities, and jazz and cigar bars. Its esteemed Lutetia Brasserie will feature a bar, terrace, show kitchen and private dining room. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability; daily breakfast for two; US$100 equivalent credit to be used during stay; complimentary Wi-Fi; and early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability.Six Senses Bhutan, Bhutan – Opening late 2018Five unique resorts in different locations will unite under the Six Senses name to offer an intimate new lodging experience with only 82 suites among all the properties. Each resort focuses on a specific theme, such as culture, and will feature the signature Six Senses qualities, including eco-friendly design, personalised service, world-class cuisine and wellness. Virtuoso guests will receive a daily buffet breakfast for two, special amenity, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in and late check-out if available.Go back to the e-newsletter read more
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