Russell Brand Offers Exclusive VIP Package To Benefit David Lynch Foundation

first_imgActor and comedian Russell Brand will sell a limited number of VIP ticket packages for his 2013 “Messiah Complex World Tour” to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit charity that provides meditation instruction at no charge to at-risk communities including inner-city students, homeless adults and teens, abused women and veterans with post-traumatic stress.Each package includes one premium reserved ticket located close to the stage, a meet-and-greet with Brand, a personal photograph autographed by Brand, a copy of David Lynch’s documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace and Lynch’s book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity.“Russell Brand is a great comedian and a great human being. I am very grateful that he is supporting the Foundation’s work to bring Transcendental Meditation to one million at-risk youth around the world,” said David Lynch, filmmaker and founder and chair of the David Lynch Foundation.“I have become a better person through Transcendental Meditation, and I want to help bring this gift to others,” said Brand, a four-year meditator and supporter of the David Lynch Foundation.The “Messiah Complex World Tour” examines “the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability.” “Meet-and-Greet” packages are available for purchase for select stops of the multi-city comedy tour by clicking here.The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) brings Transcendental Meditation to underserved populations and has provided scholarships for over 300,000 at-risk youth to meditate worldwide. The Foundation has received public support from Hollywood luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Scorsese, Laura Dern, Cameron Diaz, Naomi Watts and Gwyneth Paltrow.The benefits of meditation have been studied and found effective by the Harvard School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. Meditation has been proven to reduce acute and chronic stress and stress-related disorders, decrease anxiety and depression, help individuals overcome addictions and simultaneously develop the brain and creative potential of the individual for a healthy, productive and self-sufficient life.last_img read more

Grand Council in Akwesasne taking different path to resolve cannabis issues

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsThe council of Akwesasne has decided to take another path towards settling its issues with cannabis stores in the community.This was the decision after two police raids split the community.The stores were raided because they didn’t have a license from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, but instead, they were licensed by a group called the Indian Way Longhouse.Now, despite the different perspectives on the issue, ongoing efforts are being made to encourage a peaceful solution.“We have since been in conversation with various representatives of the community into discuss what a more fullsome collective process would look like for the ongoing development of a framework regulatory for our community to be able to regulate and license the cannabis industry within Akwesasne,” said Abraham Benedict, grand chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.Roger Jock Kanerahtiio has been sitting on the men’s council for 13 years in the Indian Way Longhouse.As one of the representatives of the Longhouse, he denounced the interference of the Akwesasne Mohawk police and other non-Mohawk police on the Cannabis dispensaries.“Two times they were robbed,” he said. “Two times they were set back but they open the next day.“We do not live in a dictatorship we are Onkwehonweh and Onkwehonweh they are free.”Kanerahtiio says that things can be turned around in a positive way.“Communication is the most important thing and I think by working to come to peaceful understanding because basically I see that we can do that without having to say he won or we won or they won you know the people has got to win,” he said.Kanerahtiio is also hoping that the police will cooperate to the ongoing discussions.“I hope we do not see the aggression of the police again I really hope that they see that we are working it out and they need to stay out of the business as we know tensions get high really quick.”There is one thing that everybody agrees on – that some aspects of the cannabis business are good.“We want to create jobs in our community, we want to have small businesses,” said Abraham. “We want to have an economy that supporting our community as well as having a collective benefit for everybody it is just a matter of getting through the framework what the framework will look like.” read more

Annan set for visit to Washington DC meetings with senior US officials

Mr. Annan is slated to leave Tuesday afternoon to attend the UN Association of the US International Visionaries Award Dinner, where he will be honoured and make remarks.On Wednesday, the Secretary-General will travel to the University of Maryland to deliver the annual Anwar Sadat Memorial lecture, focusing on the current state of peace efforts in the Middle East. He will also receive an honorary doctorate.Mr. Annan “will take advantage of his presence in Washington to meet with US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday afternoon before the UNA dinner, and then with President George W. Bush on Wednesday afternoon,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Rogers family unveils 10tower condo project estimated cost 15 billion

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2016 10:18 am MDT Last Updated Sep 27, 2016 at 11:56 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – A private company owned by the family of telecom and media mogul Ted Rogers has announced plans for a $1.5-billion real-estate development in Mississauga, Ont.The M City project would include a 10-tower residential condominium development with frontage on Burnhamthorpe Road, one of the city’s major streets.Rogers Real Estate Development Ltd. will own and develop the project. It has engaged New York-based Cooper Robertson to design the framework for M City and Canadian developer Urban Capital to manage the process.The project was announced by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Edward Rogers, whose father Ted became one of Canada’s most wealthy people through broadcasting, publishing and the Rogers cable and wireless business.The family says the Mississauga real-estate project has been in the planning process since 2007. Ted Rogers died in December 2008 at age 75. Rogers family unveils 10-tower condo project; estimated cost $1.5 billion read more

Walkon receiver hopes to remain involved in sports after OSU career

Ricky Crawford, from Lewis Center, Ohio, followed his dream and joined the Ohio State football team as a walk-on wide receiver during spring drills in 2008. “To come to Ohio State has been my dream since I can remember,” Crawford said. “I never wanted to go to a different school.” Despite only being on scout team, Crawford worked hard helping OSU prepare for upcoming opponents. In his first two seasons at OSU, Crawford received the scout team workhorse award five times. It should also be noted that Crawford has never missed a practice. Going into his senior year in 2010, Crawford changed his position to tight end adding a little bulk to his 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound frame. “I had to work hard to gain the weight,” Crawford said. “I’m helping with being a receiver/tight end, just going out there doing whatever I can do to help the team.” Crawford’s hard work, dedication and willingness to help the team have finally paid off. He was awarded a scholarship this season and has earned playing time in five games. “It’s a little different. I really haven’t noticed it too much other than the fact that I can stay after practice and eat,” Crawford said. After the season is over, Crawford said he wants to work out for the OSU pro day. However, if professional football falls through for Crawford, he has a backup plan. “I want to go back to school and get a degree in education and maybe coach high school football,” Crawford said. “I just know I want to stay close to sports.” read more

Football Ohio State embraces Coach to Cure MD program this past Saturday

The Ohio State coaching staff wore Coach To Cure MD patches during the Ohio State-Rutgers game on Sep. 30. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAmerican Football Coaches Association coaches across the nation participate in Coach to Cure MD during one college football game per season. Last Saturday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes made an effort to raise awareness and tackle muscular dystrophy. The coaching staff wore patches during its game at Rutgers to spread awareness of MD. The team also raised over $10,000 collectively to fight the disease. MD is close to the heart of the football team as one of its biggest fan, Jacob Jarvis, is a person with the disease. Jarvis has been an honorary captain for the team, and scored the winning touchdown at the spring game in April.“When he comes into a room, it gives you a little perspective on your life,” redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett said in a statement. “He brightens up everybody each and every time he comes around us. He is a Buckeye and just a kid that loves Ohio State and the people around Ohio State.”Jarvis first met Meyer in 2013, and the Buckeyes have been raising money to help Jarvis win his battle since that season.To donate to help those suffering from MD, fans can visit or by texting CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation. read more

Man 24 charged with rape and murder of schoolgirl Lucy McHugh

A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of schoolgirl Lucy McHugh.The body of the 13-year-old was found in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre on July 26. She had been stabbed to death.Stephen-Alan Nicholson, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder, rape of a child under 13 and two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.One of the counts of sexual activity with a child dates back to 2012 and involves a 14-year-old girl.He is to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.A Hampshire police spokesman said: “Detectives investigating the murder of teenager Lucy McHugh have charged a man.”Stephen-Alan Paul Nicholson, aged 24, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder, rape of a child under 13 and two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.”Lucy’s body was found in woodland at Southampton Sports Centre on July 26.”Mr Nicholson is due to appear before Southampton magistrates on Thursday November 15.”Lucy’s mother Stacey White described her as “a smiling, content little dolly who everyone adored and cherished”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Bonneville Dam fish count 410

first_imgThursday — 12 adult spring chinook, 43 steelhead. Friday — 32 adult spring chinook, 40 steelhead. Saturday — 57 adult spring chinook, 38 steelhead. Sunday — 62 adult spring chinook, 22 steelhead. Year to date — 201 adult spring chinook, 2,032 steelhead. Ten-year average through April 9 — 317 adult spring chinook.Water temperature: 47 degrees. Water visibility: 2.5 feet. Streamflow: 423,000 cubic feet per second (gauge height of 13.8 feet at Vancouver, 16 feet is minor flood stage)last_img

Readers can help choose next topic for Clark Asks

first_imgYou have questions, we have answers.But first, we need your help deciding the next topic The Columbian’s reporters will pursue as part of our Clark Asks feature.The questions for this month’s voting round come from three local readers who reached out through our Clark Asks page to take part in our community-led reporting project.You have the option of choosing one of these three questions:• “I’m curious what the future holds for Waterworks Park? Will the amphitheater ever be utilized again?” from Sara Morse of Vancouver.• “What is the history and story behind the mural and clock courtyard area at the intersection of Fourth Plain and Gher Road?” from a reader in Vancouver who identified herself only as Lauren.• “What happens to campaign money after the elections? Who monitors these funds and how often? Is that information available to the public?” from Kathy Heinemann of Vancouver.The voting round continues until May 26 at We will announce the winner once the voting is done and get to work on the story.If your favorite doesn’t get the most votes, don’t worry: We often pursue second- and third-place stories, as well. They’re all good questions. It’s just that the top vote-getter gets top priority.last_img read more

OBITUARY Carol S Schweinefus Roche 84

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Carol S. (Schweinefus) Roche, age 84, of Nashua, NH, where she resided with her daughter Maureen and her husband Scott, passed away peacefully at home on April 21, 2019. She was formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA.Carol was born on August 18, 1934, in Castalia, Iowa, the daughter of the late Otto and Dorothy Schweinefus. Carol was the oldest of seven siblings who grew up on the family farm. She learned the value of hard work from an early age, being responsible for many chores on the farm before heading off to school.Following graduation from high school, Carol went straight to work for the FBI in Washington, DC. She was recruited by the FBI in her senior year of high school. Carol loved her job so much that when the position relocated to Massachusetts, she eagerly followed and resettled in Newton, MA. In the years that followed, Carol worked as a sales administrator for over 30 years at Northland Industrial Truck Co. in Wilmington, MA.Carol met her husband Robert F. Roche at a dance in Somerville, MA; they married in October of 1961. The couple, along with their family, spent many great times together before Bob’s sudden passing in November of 2010. Carol and Bob moved to Wilmington, MA, in the summer of 1965 and raised four children. Family was everything to Carol. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.Carol was a woman of strong faith and for many years was very active at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington. She was a CCD teacher and an active member of the St. Thomas Woman’s Club.Carol will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady. She was hardworking, kind, and caring towards others. Carol was always eager to help out her family and friends. She will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.Carol was the beloved wife of the late Robert F. Roche, devoted mother of June Frechette and husband Armand of Hudson, NH; Maureen Lake and husband Scott of Nashua, NH; and Joseph Roche and Steven Roche both of Colorado Springs, CO. She was the loving “Grandma” of Amanda and Ava Scott, Josiah Roche, and Kristen and Sharon Lake. Carol was the dear daughter of the late Otto and Dorothy (Jahnke) Schweinefus, and eldest sister of Norma Schlee of Iowa, Ann Thomas of California, Laurie Schweinefus of Missouri, Brad Schweinefus of Iowa, and the late Jerry Schweinefus and Shirley Marting. Carol is survived by many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friend Marguerite Little, who is formerly a long-time Wilmington resident.Family and friends are invited to gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, April 25th, from 10:30-11:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452, or on-line through Roche(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Tabor) Ulrickson, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Suicide bombs involved in two of Sri Lanka blasts

first_imgSri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on 21 April, 2019. Photo: AFPSuicide bombers were involved in at least two of the deadly blasts that ripped through churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday killing around 160 people, according to police and hotel officials.The eighth blast, in a house in a northern suburb of the capital Colombo, was caused by a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives when police entered the residence to search it, a police source told AFP.The explosion brought down the upper level of the house and killed three police officers, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.And a hotel official at the Cinnamon Grand hotel, one of three in the capital that were hit by explosions, said a suicide bomber blew himself up at people at the facility’s restaurant.”He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” he told AFP.The nature of the other blasts has not yet been confirmed, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attacks — the worst act of violence in Sri Lanka since the end of the country’s bloody civil war a decade ago.last_img read more

Ballet School Increases Dance Opportunities for DC Youth

first_imgThe Washington Ballet intends to increase the number of free dance classes it offers to D.C. public schools east of the Anacostia River.The announcement of the expanded offerings came at a April 29 fundraiser for the ballet.  The classes are part of DanceDC, an education and outreach program that provides a seven week in-school residency to second and third grade D.C. students.The program currently serves eight to nine schools every year, totaling more than 700 students. The ballet expects to increase the number of schools to 13 to 14 through the expanded initiative.Incoming artistic director Julie Kent placed heavy emphasis on the academic and emotional successes of students who participate in the program.“Dance is vital and really bridges the gaps between all areas of D.C., allowing people to see all the real colors and layers D.C. has to offer,”  Kent told the AFRO. “We think it is important that we expand our program and are currently making plans to add an additional five schools to DanceDC.”last_img read more

D1Baseball Ranks Louisville No 4 in Preseason Top 25

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team added its third and highest preseason ranking Monday after D1Baseball placed the Cardinals at No. 4 in its 2019 preseason Top 25.Last week, Louisville was ranked No. 8 in the Perfect Game Top 25 and was No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll released last month. The Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in each of the last 12 years (2008-19) extending their school record streak. Louisville has also remained ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings – the longest such span in school history.Vanderbilt is No. 1 in the D1Baseball Top 25 and followed by No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 4 Louisville and No. 5 UCLA. The Cardinals are among five ACC programs in the Top 25 joining No. 7 North Carolina, No. 13 Florida State, No. 20 Wake Forest and No. 24 Clemson.Last season, Louisville registered a 45-19 record overall after advancing to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. The Cardinals were ranked as highly as 23rd by Collegiate Baseball newspaper while also landing at No. 25 in the USA Today Top 25 and 27th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. Louisville registered its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell.The No. 4 Cardinals are scheduled to open the 2019 season against UConn (ranked 20th in the Perfect Game Top 25) with a three-game series on Feb. 15-17 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. Louisville’s home-opener at Jim Patterson Stadium is set for Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky.2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETSAfter one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter at @UofLBaseball and on Facebook at Story Links Print Friendly Versioncenter_img 2019 D1Baseball Preseason Top 25 last_img read more

Video of LiAngelo Ball bricking his way through a predraft workout shows

first_imgLiAngelo Ball wasn’t picked in last Thursday’s NBA Draft, which wasn’t a huge shock. He wasn’t even considered a rotation player for UCLA before he left the school after the fallout from a shoplifting incident during a team trip to China, and most scouts just flat out didn’t think he was good enough to ever play in the league.His pre-draft workout at the IMG Academy probably didn’t help his cause either. A video of the workout, with LaVar in attendance, shows Gelo serving up tons of bricks during during a three-point shooting drill. It’s not awful if you’re at the Y, but when you want to play SHOOTING GUARD in the NB-freakin-A, it’s just not gonna cut it.Not even LaVar can talk this into existence. The verdict is still out on Lonzo as an NBA player, but it’s safe to say the verdict is in on LiAngelo. It ain’t happening.last_img read more

Canadian Tourism Commission rebranded

first_imgCanada’s Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism and Agriculture, used the platform of Rendez-Vous Canada in Niagara Falls last week to unveil the new operating name of the former Canadian Tourism Commission, as Destination Canada.The new corporate identity, effective immediately, was created to reflect the vision of Canada’s government tourism body, where advocacy and content have become the new marketing mandate.The re-branding exercise will clearly define Destination Canada in the international marketplace as a significant global tourist board.  The following months will see a full re-branding overhaul to Destination Canada’s corporate websites, social media handles, assets and collateral materials to reflect the new name.The well-known consumer brand identity, “Canada, Keep Exploring”, will remain in use as Destination Canada continues to connect with travellers through media, social and content marketing campaigns.The transition to the new brand identity will complete by 1 November 2015, heralding an exciting new chapter for the industry.Source = Destination Canadalast_img read more

What international travellers love most about Australia

first_imgWhat international travellers love most about AustraliaWhat international travellers love most about AustraliaWorld-first #TravelBrag AI analysis from reveals travellers’ top social media bragsMelbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney’s art galleries bragged about the most by international travellers Over 5 million brags analysed through social media mentions and latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology‘Travel bragging’ posts that are filling up your social feeds show no sign of slowing down but now thanks to the world’s first #TravelBrag Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis,™ reveals what’s topping the brag charts in destinations around the world, so you can choose your next trip wisely.Brags about Melbourne and Sydney show that international travellers are flocking to our shores for Aussie famous sport, culture and landmarks.TOP 5 MELBOURNE BRAGS1. Art galleries2. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair3. Sydney Kings4. Circular Quay5. Sydney HarbourTOP 5 SYDNEY BRAGS1. Melbourne Cricket Ground2. Seasons (relating to the weather)3. Rooftop bars4. St Paul’s Cathedral5. National Gallery of VictoriaTOP 10 GLOBAL BRAGS1. Museum2. Rooftop bar3. Old Town4. Modern Art5. Opera6. Sunshine7. Olympic Games8. Cathedral9. Gallery10. BalletMore than five million brags globally were analysed by an Artificial Intelligence tool. Using a combination of Tweet data that included links to Instagram posts and innovative AI technology, the tool identified and grouped brag types based on travel keywords anddestination mentions to give an overview of what people show off about on social media while on holiday.This travel bragging trend echoes the findings from the recent Mobile Travel Tracker* report, which revealed that one in six travellers search social media before their trip to plan the photos they’ll take #inspo. And the average holidaymaker spends more than 66 minutes a day on social media.While travellers naturally brag about taking in the tourist hotspots and cultural offerings, more people than ever are sharing foodie ’grams, weather updates and sporting snaps.#FoodpornYou’re never more than an Insta-scroll away from #FoodPorn and the brag lists are brimming with culinary treats. Cakes in Stockholm and curry in Toronto spice up the brag lists, and New York steak and pizza both made the cut. Perhaps more surprisingly, enchiladas proved twice as popular as modern art in Mexico City, ice cream scooped 10 percent of all San Francisco brags and Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurant in Hong Kong took second place in the Hong Kong chart, with more than 20,000 brags.Shop ‘til you dropShopping is a must do for most travellers. Those visiting Paris brag more about the Rue Vieille du Temple, famous for its boutiques, than Le Louvre! Other top shop-spots included Bal Harbour in Miami, the Harbour City mall in Hong Kong, vintage shops in Melbourne, and the stylish Cecile Copenhagen fashion brand made the Danish capital’s top 10.Bragging come rain and shineThe weather gets travellers debating like nothing else and when travellers soak up the sun they want to brag about it, with sunshine coming in at number six on the global brag list. Some cities have four seasons in one day, with Vancouver visitors bragging about the sun and the rain, with both making the top 10. But in Stockholm visitors love to celebrate the snow, with over 10,000 mentions of it, and the shock of the sun coming out in London saw almost 10,000 brags mention the British sunshine.Five-star luxuryWhen travellers check into a posh, luxury hotel they naturally want the world to know. The stunning 5-star Ritz Carlton in San Francisco topped the city’s brag list, the Four Seasons in Singapore proved brag-worthy and the Park Hyatt came in at number one in Seoul – most likely for its awe-inspiring rooftop pool.Sporting Show OffsThe Olympics are loved around the globe and travellers flock to the iconic sporting venues from host cities, including Sydney, Tokyo, Rio, Barcelona, Vancouver and Beijing. In Australia, the Sydney Kings basketball team were more popular than the harbour bridge and the Melbourne Cricket Ground was the number one brag for the city. In the football capital of Barcelona, it’s also no surprise that Lionel Messi made it into the Catalonian top 10.David Spasovic, Marketing Manager Australia & New Zealand at, said; “Bragging on social media has become the norm – if you didn’t get social kudos out of it, it didn’t happen! With travel posts being so plentiful on social media, travellers are checking out what others are bragging about, and from where, to get tips for their next trip.“This #TravelBrag analysis shows just how diverse travellers are. Whether its enjoying rooftop cocktails in Bangkok, checking out Camden Town in London or visiting the mob museum in Vegas, social bragging is out in full force.”Start planning your next adventure now and head to the Blog to check out the biggest brags from more than 30 destinations. Download the mobile app to choose from hundreds of thousands of places to stay, and brag, around the world.Source = launches world-first #TravelBrag analysis, showing what travellers are shouting about on social media in cities around the globelast_img read more

Firenze Convention Visitors Bureau records a significant year for MICE 2016

first_imgIn 2016, the Congress Citadel of Florence, Firenze Fiera, welcomed more than 77,000 congress delegates and over 44,000 conventions. Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau (FCVB) presented 55 bids to host international congresses and 10 of these have been actually won.FCVB reports that in the next years, the 10 won bids will have an economic impact of 4,850,000,00 Euros in terms of services such as room nights booked, transports and facilities for all congresses participants. Although, the congresses acquired during past years that have been hosted in 2016 contributed for more than 16,000,000,00 Euros.Incentive events and conventions represent another success for FCVB. Out of the 340 requests received from corporate companies for conventions, product launches and meetings, over 200 have been confirmed. After the Destination Wedding Planner Congress hosted in Florence in April 2016, the new company division Tuscany for Weddings (opened in 2015) managed over 40 requests between international and Italian weddings.Overall these results generated an increase of two percent in respect to 2015. In 2016, FCVB acquired two congresses with a large number of participants with 5,000 delegates won in 2012 and Heart Failure, with more than 6,000 people, won in 2014.“Our new subvention plan, the strong synergy between the main MICE players of the territory and the partnership with the Municipality of Florence make our destination a strategic choice for congresses and events. We are now an important competitor for other European destinations,” affirmed Carlotta Ferrari, Director, FCVB.Florence introduces the new subvention plan for international conferences to be held in the city. The subvention plan will have a maximum value of 60,000,00 Euros. It is meant to support Florence bids for new International conferences that must be applied for during the bidding stage. This big result has been achieved due to the synergic work of FCVB and its main members.last_img read more

Brazil blocks market access for Argentine pome fru

first_img Brazil blocks market access for Argentine pome fru … U.S.: Amazon reportedly planning to launch new gro … You might also be interested in November 14 , 2018 Costa Rica expects lower pineapple, banana exports … From the pages of Produce Business UKCool Fresh’s Nic JoosteCool Fresh International (CFI), based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has launched its first pre-packed fresh produce convenience solution in the form of single cloves of fresh garlic in a resealable bag. Branded BonAjo (Good Garlic), the solution is designed to create a new segment in the garlic market that retailers worldwide can use to capture upper-end consumers.Taking high-quality Morado garlic produced and packed by professional growers in Spain, CFI collaborated with Dutch packaging manufacturer DaklaPack to create special packaging that specifically minimizes garlic odors and maximizes air flow, while providing optimal protection to preserve product quality.After six months of development, in addition to market research, CFI has unveiled the BonAjo ‘Cook with Me’ concept, that comprises approximately two garlic bulbs-worth of single cloves in an easy-to-use and resealable 100-gram (g) bag that can be kept outside of the fridge in a cool, dry place. To understand the product’s true positioning and to hear about the firm’s next garlic innovations, PBUK caught up with Nic Jooste, Director of Corporate Communications, Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Training at Cool Fresh International. Answering market needsApproaching its research in a broad-based manner, CFI employees first asked their own families and friends to reveal what frustrates them most about (using) garlic. The firm also spoke to a number of specialists involved in consumer packaging and the introduction of consumer concepts. Finally, a group of students was tasked with scanning the consumer landscape.On the back of that research, Jooste says BonAjo was created to cater for the “four most important needs” of the culinary consumer: convenience, hygiene, food safety and consistency of taste. Plus, it comes with a “very competitive” price point that preliminary trials indicate shoppers are willing to pay. “We believe that for consumers, the main added value is that they no longer have to search for the garlic bulb in the kitchen, or in the fridge; wherever they keep it,” Jooste tells PBUK.“Nor do they have to be irritated by loose garlic skin floating around. Plus, our old saying of ‘Less Waste, More Taste’ definitely applies here. We use only the best and most flavourful garlic from Spain, called Morado. “During our research (also with a local chef), we determined that Morado definitely ticks the taste box for the culinary-conscious consumer.”For buyers, meanwhile, BonAjo creates a new segment in the garlic market.“It is definitely a concept which retailers can use to capture upper-end consumers, and capitalize on this by linking BonAjo to other (possibly high-end) products,” Jooste claims.While CFI developed the concept with the European retail market in mind, the firm is now seeing an upsurge in enquiries from the foodservice sector, too.“Obviously, the bigger operators are asking for the product in a bulk pack,” he explains. “The consumer pack is also perfectly suited to restaurants which use a high volume of garlic per day.“The 100g pack protects the taste and smell of the product perfectly well, so a restaurant can easily use it on a ‘pack a day’ basis.” With more than 600 customers in 54 countries around the world, CFI is confident BonAjo will go global. “Cool Fresh has clients in 54 countries; with this in mind, we developed the concept for the international market, hence using English on the pack,” says Jooste.Standing out from the crowdAs for other convenience-targeted garlic solutions on the market, Jooste says BonAjo stands out for a number of reasons.Compared with the traditional single garlic clove offering — where garlic is peeled and packed in plastic tubs or glass jars — Jooste points out that by leaving the garlic unpeeled, BonAjo remains a fresh solution.“The product in glass jars is a processed item; it is not ‘fresh’,” Jooste states. “In our view, the modern-day consumer is all about fresh. And there is no doubt that the taste of fresh Morado garlic is far superior to a processed item. The difference in taste and smell says it all!“We specifically wanted a product which has a decent shelf-life, is fresh, retains its great flavor and which can be used as inspiration for the consumer to buy other products which should be prepared in combination with garlic.”  According to in-house testing, if kept in a cool, dry place, the bagged cloves “stay perfect” for at least four to six weeks.“The packaging is designed with micro-breathing holes which minimize odors, whilst maximizing air flow,” notes Jooste. “In this way, the garlic does not accumulate any form of moisture. But it is not necessary to keep BonAjo in the fridge; in fact, the product benefits from being kept in a cool and dry place.”On the food safety front, Jooste adds that careful consideration was paid to the product’s development in order to deliver a higher standard of hygiene.“There are two levels to this,” he explains. “In the first instance, our garlic stays in hygienic conditions in our coldstores in Spain until the last possible moment. “There is no unnecessary handling by all and sundry in the supply chain. Exposure to human hands is kept to a minimum. “The other aspect refers to the consumer; there is no more loose garlic skin floating around, as everything stays sealed in the package. The consumer simply removes a clove as and when necessary.”In turn, this prudent production process positively reflects on the product’s quality, too.“Our garlic is prepared on order at source in Spain,” Jooste says. “We use a special roller machine which separates the cloves carefully without doing any damage to the internal structure [of the garlic bulb]. Keeping the cloves intact until the last possible moment is the ultimate way in safeguarding quality.”Added to that, Jooste attests that BonAjo is the first such garlic concept with “luxury styling.”“We have not seen anything like it in the markets in which we operate,” he claims. “Some open market operators separate the bulbs, and then pack them in generic plastic ‘sandwich bags’, but that is for a totally different target market.” Garnering the responseSince launching the concept undercover in March this year (2018), CFI has had a positive response to date.BonAjo even reached the finals of the Fruit Attraction Innovation Award 2018 at the recent Madrid trade fair on 23-25 October, which drew strong competition from companies such as Anecoop, Kissabel, Rijk Zwaan Ibérica, Endinava and Florette. The prize was won by Rijk Zwaan Ibérica for its ‘Snack Lettuce’ concept.“The response is positive, but as with all innovations of this kind (single product), it is a project which must be rolled out over an extended period of time,” accepts Jooste.“At our booth [during Fruit Attraction], we had a lot of interest and positive feedback.”Advancing the BonAjo innovation CFI has been a garlic specialist for many years, originally focusing on importing the product from China. In recent years, however, the company has begun building a presence in other countries where garlic is produced, according to high international agricultural standards, such as Spain. “We have almost always been involved in ‘moving bulk’,” explains Jooste. “Around a year ago, we decided to set up an innovation team and start focusing on concepts which could add value to our products at a consumer level.” Following a positive start with BonAjo, CFI has been working with students from the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands to conduct further in-depth research into European garlic consumption. Based on this research, the firm expects to develop more garlic innovations in future. “We believe that this specific packaging lends itself to ‘add-on’ innovations,” reveals Jooste. “Such as maybe adding free spices from all over the world as ‘testers’. This we would do in partnership with a large spice company.”As for the consumption research, Jooste is unwilling to give away any “secrets” at this stage. “Suffice to say that the students focused specifically on the UK market, traditionally one of the most critical markets in Europe,” he notes. “We gleaned a lot of interesting information from the English!” Mexican mangoes: Slow start but volume and quality …last_img read more

Exhumation of Greeks killed during strife starts

first_imgAuthorities on Tuesday began the exhumation in Nicosia of 11 Greek nationals killed in Cyprus during intercommunal strife in the 1960s and the 1974 Turkish invasionSix of them were part of the crew of Greek patrol boat Faethon, killed when it was bombed by Turkish air force jets off Xeros in Morphou Bay in August 1964.They were buried at the Constantinou and Elenis cemetery.The exhumation is a government programme and not the committee on missing persons, which searches solely for Greek and Turkish Cypriot missing.Following that exhumation, the authorities will undertake another difficult task of finding and identifying the remains of 31 patients killed when the Turkish air force bombed the psychiatric facility in Nicosia in 1974.Their bodies had been buried in the hospital’s grounds in Athalassa.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more