Over the past few weeks, we have heard rumours of the Mi Mix 2s and Mi 7 flagships that Xiaomi is expected to launch in the coming months. The other phone that has seen some mild rumours but is also just as likely to launch soon is the Mi Max 3, Xiaomi’s phablet that will succeed last year’s Mi Max 2. Apart from sporting a 7-inch 18:9 display and a massive 5,500mAh battery, a new report suggests the phablet will also support wireless charging and an iris scanner.XDA Developers found some new information via firmware files obtained by @FunkyHuawei, the person behind FunkyHuawei.club service. According to the firmware files, the Mi Max 3 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset. However, the report was updated to suggest that the phablet may go with a Snapdragon 636 SoC instead, which will be an upgrade over the Snapdragon 625 chipset powering the Mi Max 2. Additionally, the firmware re-confirmed that the Mi Max 3 will house a large 5,500mAh battery and an 18:9 display, although the screen resolution could not be confirmed.Notably, the MIUI Keyguard APK revealed strings related to wireless charging, which suggests the Mi Max 3 will get the feature. This won’t be surprising since Xiaomi joined the Wireless Power Consortium late last year. Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship Mi 7 smartphone is also rumoured to come with wireless charging support and will likely be the company’s first smartphone to do so. Apart from this, folks at XDA Developers also found some interesting information regarding the Mi Max 3’s cameras. The rear will either feature Sony’s IMX363 sensor or Samsung’s S5K217+S5K5E8 dual camera setup. The front camera will could get a S5K4H7 sensor from Samsung, but more interestingly, it may also get a sensor for iris scanner.advertisementALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro gets Face Unlock with MIUI 126.96.36.199 OTA updateReportedly, the front auxiliary sensor will be the OmniVision 2281 which “leverages a 1.12-micron pixel with PureCel technology to enable accurate, reliable iris recognition for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks,” as per OmniVision’s official page. However, it is still unclear whether the sensor will be ready for the Mi Max 3 as it is still in-development. The firmware also suggests that Mi Max 3 will run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. Other minor details revealed include dual-SIM support, dual-SD card support, IR blaster, LED light among other things.To recall, the mid-range Mi Max 2 was launched in India in July 2017 at Rs 16,999 to compete against the Samsung Galaxy On Max and Honor 8 among others. The Mi Max 3 is also expected to come with a similar mid-range pricing if and when Xiaomi launches the device in India.Xiaomi Mi Band 3 launch expectedSeparately, Xiaomi is also expected to launch the Mi Band 3 soon as the fitness tracker recently got Bluetooth certified. The certification doesn’t reveal much about the Mi Band 3, but it does seemingly confirm Bluetooth 4.2 support. One also expects general fitness features such as heart rate sensor, pedometer, and calorie counter to come with the Mi Band 3. There is no word yet on when Xiaomi plans to launch the Mi Band 3, but we should hear more about the upcoming fitness tracker over the next few weeks.
While many have been glad to keep their winter jackets in the closet, everyone from skiers to birders to farmers may be wondering about the larger changes this warming causes to our ecosystems.The weather in 2012, in other words, is starting off right where 2011 ended, with a rollercoaster of extremes. What explains these trends?Scientific models have projected that a warming atmosphere will bring warmer and more frequent hot days over most land areas. The warmer temperatures we have seen recently in the U.S. are indeed consistent with what models project in a changing climate. To be sure, this doesn’t mean that there will be no more winters nor cold spells. While we will experience fewer cold days on average in a changing climate, this is just an average and will not apply to every area or month. Additionally, the warming signal exists on top of natural variability, which can bring significant variation in winter weather.But the recently released IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) finds it is virtually certain that the frequency and magnitude of extreme high temperatures will increase, with warm spells, including heat waves, very likely increasing in length, frequency, and/or intensity over most land areas.What is clear is that climate change is already altering our planet and many of today’s impacts are harbingers of things to come. As a group of more than 30 leading climate scientists recently wrote in a letter to the Wall Street Journal: “The world is heating up and humans are primarily responsible. Impacts are already apparent and will increase. Reducing future impacts will require significant reductions in emissions of heat-trapping gases.”We need leaders to step up and move ahead with increased urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put in place measures to adapt to our changing climate.While cherry blossoms in February are nice to look at, they are a clear signal that we are continuing to alter Mother Nature and pushing our global community toward a more uncertain future. Punxsutawney Phil may have forecast six more weeks of winter, but for much of the country winter has not yet arrived. Once again, weird weather is dominating the headlines. Temperatures have recently hit highs of 63F in New York City and 72F in Washington, D.C., where cherry blossoms are already flowering.The National Climatic Data Center released its January data yesterday for the United States and the summary was not surprising to anyone who has enjoyed the warmer weather. January was 5.5F higher than the long-term average and the fourth warmest January on record. Twenty-two states experienced temperatures over the past two months that were among their ten warmest on record. And, amazingly, none of the states reported temperatures that were lower than average.Climate Data Center
The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has released its annual State of the Sector survey, and it shows nonprofits like yours are struggling with a tough funding environment and increasing need for the services you provide. This is requiring tough choices – and changing the way you do business, according to the survey.Here’s a summary of the report from the NFF. Does it capture your situation? Are you better or worse off than your peers?According to NFF:Nonprofits need new funding sources and models:• 42% of survey respondents report that they do not have the right mix of financial resources to thrive and be effective in the next 3 years.• 1 in 4 nonprofits has 30 days or less cash-on-hand.• Over the next twelve months, 39% plan to change the main ways they raise and spend money.• 23% will seek funding other than grants or contracts, such as loans or investments.Nonprofits that receive government funding face particular challenges:• Only 14% of nonprofits receiving state and local funding are paid for the full cost of services; just 17% of federal fund recipients receive full reimbursement. Partial reimbursements require additional funding to cover the growing gap as nonprofits serve more people.• Government is late to pay: Among those with state or local funding, just over 60% reported overdue government payments; over 50% reported late payments from the federal government.Under these challenging conditions, many nonprofits are unable to meet growing need in their communities:• For the first time in the five years of the survey, more than half (52%) of respondents were unable to meet demand over the last year; 54% say they won’t be able to meet demand this year.• This represents a worrying trend; in 2009, 44% of nonprofits said they were unable to meet demand.• Jobs (59%) and housing (51%) continue to be top concerns for those in low-income communities.• 90% of respondents say financial conditions are as hard or harder than last year for their clients; this is actually a slight improvement from prior years’ outlook.Nonprofits are changing the way they do business to adapt to the new reality. In the past 12 months:• 49% have added or expanded programs or services; 17 percent reduced or eliminated programs or services.• 39% have collaborated with another organization to improve or increase services.• 39% have upgraded technology to improve organizational efficiency.• 36% engaged more closely with their board. For more on the survey and detailed data, go here.
Posted on December 5, 2012November 13, 2014Click 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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new post, Above All, Do No Harm: The Sad State of Health Care Quality in Rural Madhya Pradesh, on the Center for Global Development Blog offers an informative summary of a recent publication, In Urban And Rural India, A Standardized Patient Study Showed Low Levels Of Provider Training And Huge Quality Gaps, in Health Affairs that explores major challenges with quality of care in public and private health facilities in India.From the blog post:The study finds serious deficits in quality. Interactions between patients and providers were short (3.6 minutes on average) and the emphasis in both sectors was to give several medications to the patient as quickly as possible.Across all cases, the correct treatment protocol was followed 30% of the time, while unnecessary or harmful treatment was prescribed or dispensed 42% of the time. Only one-third of providers articulated a diagnosis, correct or incorrect. When a diagnosis was issued, close to half were wrong, and only 12% were fully correct.What’s going on?Read the full post on the Center for Global Development Blog.Access the full publication in Health Affairs.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Ole Gunner Solskjaer is hopeful that Manchester United will convince David de Gea to extend his contract with the club.The Premier League side have been in talks with the 28-year-old goalkeeper over a new deal for months before his current one expires at the end of the season.De Gea has faced strong criticism in the early stage of the 2019-20 campaign, with some saying the level of his performances has dropped dramatically in recent months . Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream While ex-Chelsea shot stopper Mark Schwarzer argued that De Gea’s performances have been “average” for the past six months , United legend Edwin van der Sar reminded him that he could easily be replaced by the Red Devils.Although the Spain international started the season with a clean sheet in their 4-0 win over Chelsea, he has been unable to stop them from dropping points against Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton.The former Atletico Madrid star shouldered most of the blame for his side’s disappointing defeat to Palace, as Patrick van Aanholt’s late effort managed to squeeze past him and seal a late and rare win for the Eagles at Old Trafford.Last week he was dropped to the bench for Spain’s 2-1 win over Romania in Euro 2020 qualifying, with Chelsea counterpart Kepa Arrizabalaga taking his place.Despite his dip in form, however, Solskjaer remains convinced he is the world’s No.1 in his position and has pleaded with him to remain at Old Trafford for the time being.”I want David to stay here, he knows that,” the Norwegian coach told reporters.”He is the best goalkeeper in the world and we have seen that over the years.”I hope that I can make sure he’ll finish his career at Man United, at the highest level. There has been loads of discussions and hopefully we can get it done.”De Gea joined United from Atletico in 2011 and has since made 366 appearances in all competitions, winning the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup with the club in that time. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Darwin Nunez came off the bench to rescue a late 1-1 draw for Uruguay against Peru in their international friendly in Lima.Christofer Gonzales’ header gave Peru a 34th-minute lead after Uruguay were reduced to 10-men when Martin Caceres was sent off on Tuesday.But Nunez headed in Matias Vina’s cross against the run of play to earn La Celeste an unlikely draw after victory over the same opposition four days ago at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Tuesday’s match came to life in the 26th minute after a scrappy opening, when experienced defender Caceres was shown a red card for two cautions within a minute.The former Barcelona and Juventus defender was booked for his initial challenge on Miguel Trauco before receiving a second yellow for his protests to Colombian referee Carlos Herrera.¡Final del partido en el Estadio Nacional! Nuestra @SeleccionPeru igualó 1-1 con @Uruguay en amistoso internacional. #ArribaPerú pic.twitter.com/9b7zlWauCf— Selección Peruana (@SeleccionPeru) October 16, 2019Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez reacted by introducing Giovanni Gonzalez for Maxi Gomez, the visitors conceded moments later when Peru had their first notable chance of the game.Luis Advincula beat his marker down the right and whipped in a teasing cross for Gonzalez to head home unmarked.Peru had defeated Uruguay 5-4 on penalties in June’s Copa America fixture en route to a final defeat by Brazil and they continued to look comfortable, as La Celeste lacked the sharpness shown in Friday’s 1-0 win.But two substitutes linked up for La Celeste as Vina’s cross found Nunez, who had only been on the pitch for five minutes, to head in and have the final say for the visitors. read more
FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 27, 2017 – Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ:PLYA) (“Playa”) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to assume the overall management of the Sanctuary Cap Cana resort located on prime oceanfront in the Dominican Republic. Effective October 1, 2017, Playa will relaunch the brand and manage all operations, sales and marketing of this world-class resort. The Sanctuary Cap Cana marks the first new brand addition since Playa became a public company in March of this year, as it joins Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara and Panama Jack Resorts under the management of Playa Hotels and Resorts. “We continue to execute our strategic plan and we see the Sanctuary brand as another opportunity to grow in the luxury all-inclusive sector,” said Bruce Wardinski, Chairman and CEO of Playa Hotels & Resorts. Located on the coveted eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, in the heart of Cap Cana, the adult-only, all-inclusive Sanctuary is located on 20.7 acres within a master planned gated community – including 2,100 linear feet of pristine oceanfront. The 184-room resort features 33 luxury villas,12 unique suite categories, two-level suites on a private island, five restaurants & six bars, state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service Sanctuary Spa and five pools throughout the resort. In July, Playa also closed on the acquisition of a key strategic parcel of land, also in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic and has begun construction on a brand new 750 room Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara All-Inclusive Resort Complex. Additionally, Playa has announced the opening of its first two Panama Jack Resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen for December 2017. For more information on Playa Hotels & Resorts visit PlayaResorts.com Playa Hotels & Resorts Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. is a leading owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations in popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa owns a portfolio consisting of 13 resorts (6,130-rooms) located in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. The Company also owns and operates three resorts under Playa’s brands, THE Royal and Gran Resorts, as well as five resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party.Forward looking statementsThis press release contains ‘‘forward-looking statements,’’ as defined by federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectations and projections about future events at the time, and thus involve uncertainty and risk. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “may,” “plan,” “estimate,” “intend,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” and the negatives of these words and other similar expressions generally identify forward looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those described under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-4, filed with the SEC on June 6, 2017, as such factors may be updated from time to time in the Company’s periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in the Company’s filings with the SEC. While forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s good faith beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, data or methods, future events or other changes after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are based only on information currently available to the Company (or to third parties making the forward-looking statements).
Personal chefs, dedicated butlers, private entrance and upgraded amenities available to guests at the new Impression within the AAA Five Diamond resort NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. – Jan. 17, 2018 – AMResorts®, a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group, continues to redefine all-inclusive travel with the introduction of Impression at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Rivera Maya. The new villa concept will act as a resort within a resort and be a first for the Zoëtry Collection of boutique wellness escapes. Starting today, travelers can choose from nine oceanfront sanctuaries with private access and luxury amenities. Every suite is crafted with the utmost attention to detail, from hand-selected furniture, art and décor to exclusive dining rooms and terraces offering perfect sunset views. A plunge pool and outdoor shower complete the oasis experience in every room. Guests staying in one of the seven Butler Suites within the original Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita property will also have access to all the amenities available within Zoëtry Impression. “Luxury travelers are craving individualized, transformative and on-demand experiences, and the new Impression will satisfy just that. Exclusive rooms, secluded beaches, butlers and chefs at their disposal will leave guests feeling a sense of wholeness and fulfillment through their travels, as though each moment was created just for them,” said Gonzalo del Peon, President of AMResorts. In addition to two dedicated dining options – Umami, an Asian fusion restaurant and The Chef’s Table, a restaurant and show kitchen – exclusive to the nine Impression suites and for guests staying in the Zoëtry Paraiso Butler Suites, Impression guests will also have access to the award-winning La Canoa and Restaurant Kaax at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita. Private chefs round out the elevated culinary offerings at this new resort experience.In addition to Zoëtry Paraiso’s Endless Privileges®, Impression will offer upgraded amenities including:Complimentary butler serviceThe Chef’s Table for intimate dining experiences with an option for custom menus from the Impression private chefDedicated beach and sea water infinity pool for Impression guests onlyUpgraded amenities including Bvlgari® bath items and Frette® linens The nine Impression suites, ranging from 832 to 2,027 square feet, can be booked individually. The entire villa is also available for those seeking the ultimate private getaway. Additional amenities include access to the resort’s Thalassotherapy Center, Mayan Temazcal Ceremony, private marina and 48-foot catamaran offering sunset sailings. About Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera MayaZoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita is a luxurious, secluded retreat combiningEndless Privileges® with holistic wellness, tranquility and romance. Perfectly situated along Cancun’s famed Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond resort offers 100 oceanfront suites, gourmet dining, the first certified Thalassotherapy Center in North America, complimentary greens fees at nearby Grand Coral Riviera Maya Golf Club and more. Guests can also enjoy gourmet restaurants and top-shelf spirits at the resort or with the Sip, Savor & See dining experience. For more information and to book a stay at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, visit zoetryresorts.com/paraiso. About AMResortsAMResorts, a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group, is the fast-growing provider of sales, marketing and brand management services to six individually unique resort brands. The Newtown Square-based company is continuously raising the all-inclusive concept to a new level of luxury with its signature Endless Privileges®, Unlimited-Luxury® and Unlimited-Fun® programs. Located throughout Mexico, Jamaica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Panama, AMResorts’ more than 52 award-winning properties treat every guest to premium accommodations, desirable locations and extraordinary inclusions. The brands in the collection include: boutique Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts (zoetryresorts.com; 1-888-4-ZOËTRY); adults-only Secrets® Resorts & Spas (secretsresorts.com; 1-866-GO SECRETS); high-energy Breathless® Resorts & Spas (breathlessresorts.com; 1-855-65-BREATHE); family-friendly Dreams®Resorts & Spas (www.dreamsresorts.com; 1-866-2-DREAMS); vibrant Now®Resorts & Spas (nowresorts.com; 1-877-NOW-9953) and fun-filled Sunscape® Resorts & Spas (sunscaperesorts.com; 1-866-SUNSCAPE).Images, logos and informational material about the AMResorts Collection of brands and properties are available at amresorts.com/mediasite/media.
Enjoy luxurious hotels, delicious local cuisine and restorative wellness experiences RYE, N.Y., March 13, 2018 – India’s Holi Festival may have just ended, but there are still many ways that travelers can experience the vibrant hospitality, culture and cuisine of India. With that in mind, here are the top seven experiences you can have on a Luxury Gold journey around India. Leela Palace, Udaipur: Called Udaipur’s only modern palace hotel, Leela Palace is an exquisite stop on Luxury Gold’s ‘Imperial Rajasthan’ itinerary. Rated the No. 1 hotel on TripAdvisor in 2017, this five-star property offers guests sumptuous suites with stunning views of Lake Pichola, an artificial fresh water lake created in the year 1392. For weary travelers, the hotel’s award-winning spa offers a unique fusion of Ayurvedic and European therapies to relax and restore the entire body. From high-quality skin care products and oils to revitalizing seaweeds and cleansing muds, every desire will be well taken care of at the spa. Nahargarh Ranthambhore Hotel, Rajasthan: Nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Aravalli Range, the five-star Nahargarh Ranthambhore Hotel is a magnificent place to spend a night or two – if you can bear to leave, that is. Built in the style of a traditional Rajput hunting retreat, the Ranthambhore boasts three outdoor swimming pools, sprawling Mughal-style gardens, and rooms with individual courtyards and private terraces with stunning views of the Ranthambore National Park. Resembling an extravagant 16th-century fairy tale palace, this hotel is luxury personified. Guests on the ‘ Essence of India with Ranthambore’ itinerary stay in this remarkable property. Baradari Restaurant, Jaipur: Designed by Delhi-based architect Ambrish Arora and his team at Studio Lotus, Baradari Restaurant has only been open for two years, but has still amassed a reputation for traditional and authentic cuisine that delights the palate. Alongside delectable dishes like laal maas with baati and pan-seared kasundi fish are choices for international travelers like pesto pasta and pearl barley risotto. Located at the City Palace, a museum housing an amazing art collection, the sights, sounds and smells of Baradari Restaurant will never disappoint. Dinner at this restaurant is included in the ‘ Essence of India with Ranthambore’ itinerary. High Tea at Sukh Niwas, Jaipur: This VIP experience, available only to Luxury Gold guests, takes place amid the pure opulence of Sukh Niwas, Jaipur’s City Palace. This elegant palace is replete with artwork and fantastical architecture, including the renowned Lalique Peacock table, made to order for the Royal Family of Jaipur by the world-famous artist Marc Lalique. Found in a room whose gilded walls date back over 200 years, the Lalique table is surrounded by other stunning pieces of royal memorabilia, making this High Tea a once-in-a-lifetime experience. High Tea at Sukh Niwas is included on the ‘ Imperial Rajasthan’ itinerary. Fairmont Jaipur, Jaipur: This luxury five-star property offers an entire vacation’s worth of experiences on site, from hot air balloon rides, to hikes in the famous Aravalli hills. The jewel of the Fairmont might well be the spa, a sanctuary offering a range of therapeutic and rejuvenating treatments, including traditional Indian massage. Numerous notable eateries serve delectable Indian cuisine that will delight even the most discerning diners. ZARIN, the hotel’s signature restaurant, serves amazing Indo-Persian dishes, while ZOYA prides in offering a dedicated menu featuring authentic Rajasthani fare. Everything at the Fairmont Jaipur, from the rooms and food to the excursions and wellness offerings, will truly amaze guests. Stay at the Fairmont Jaipur on the ‘Classical India with Nepal’ itinerary. Rooftop Tea and Pakoras, Agra: A breathtaking view has the ability to elevate any dining experience, but nothing in the world can compare to a refreshing cup of tea with the dazzling Taj Mahal perched in the horizon. While sitting on a rooftop in a village in Agra, guests on the ‘Imperial Rajasthan’ itinerary have the chance to taste an authentic India favorite, pakoras (vegetables dipped in a spicy batter and deep fried to make fabulous fritters), and gaze at the iconic dome of the Taj Mahal in the distance. It’s the ultimate backdrop for an unforgettable moment on an unbelievable journey. Mughal Chamber Hotel, Agra: Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens near the Taj Mahal, this 233-room luxury hotel is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. Guests enjoy Indian hospitality while enjoying the opulence of expansive suites whose doors open into private wading pools. A highlight is the health and wellness spa, which covers almost 10,000 square feet and offers 43 spa treatments. Surrounded by fountains and courts full of greenery with two swimming pools, a popular treatment at the spa is the Himalayan Clay Body Envelopment, a 90-minute escape that detoxifies, purifies, heals and tones. Guests on the ‘ Classical India with Nepal’ itinerary can book a treatment at the spa. Guests who book these and other India itineraries by April 26, 2018 can take advantage of Luxury Gold’s 5% Early Payment Discount.* Book now before this offer expires! Join the conversation using the hashtags #LUXURYGOLDMOMENTS and #LUXURYGOLDVACATIONSFor reservations, contact your favorite travel agent, call 1-888-862-5952, or visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com About Luxury GoldLuxury Gold® sets an unmatched standard with its collection of award-winning journeys. Guided by a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a journey beyond the ordinary, where guests enjoy exclusive VIP Experiences, savor exceptional dining and relax in luxury hotels on every curated itinerary. As global leaders in luxury travel with expertise accumulated over nearly 100 years, Luxury Gold epitomizes extraordinary exploration to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. To find out more, visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.
The Travel Institute Continues Support of Agents with Tuition Assistance and Additional Learning Opportunities FRAMINGHAM, MA, January 8, 2019 – The Travel Institute is kicking off 2019 with its New Year New Career focus on new agent training and specialization in continued support of the influx of new agents entering the travel industry and for experienced advisors looking to continue their education. “Our educational materials offer a lifetime of value to those wanting a successful travel career,” explained Diane Petras, CTIE, president, The Travel Institute. Citing a remarkable 48% year-over-year increase from 2017 to 2018 in registrations for new agent training, she continued, “The unprecedented enrollment in TRIPKit1 last year further demonstrated individual interest in, and industry demand for, well-educated travel counselors.” Growing interest in agent education was also substantiated by The Travel Institute’s 2018 The Changing Face of Travel Agents study, indicating explosive growth in the number of independent contractors over the past decade—growth fueled by a number of factors including: 1) young students looking for a professional career option without a 4-year degree, 2) an increase in working professionals looking for a career change, and 3) stay-at-home parents looking for a home-based, flexible income. Petras also pointed to the study’s correlation between better educated agent “advisors” and their career success, along with respondents’ overall positive outlook for the profession. “Not only does The Travel Institute continue to see more students entering the industry, but we continue to see them striving to be true professionals who deftly navigate today’s complicated and unpredictable travel environment,” she explained. “The Travel Institute coursework, whether introductory, specialized or certification-related, offers travel advisors the opportunity to start their own ‘TRIP of a Lifetime’ career, elevating their knowledge and, therefore, the level of service they are able to provide, while setting themselves apart.” Industry veterans agree. “I have been a big fan of the programs offered by The Travel Institute from the day I started in the industry,” reflected Margie Jordan, CTA, vice president of membership, CCRA Travel Commerce Network. “Their courses have provided the knowledge I needed to be successful and also gave me a certification recognized throughout the industry. It’s the one place I keep coming back to for travel education.” The Travel Institute’s training programs are further boosted by support from its Professional Educators Program, PEP, with instructors who share their time and expertise on a variety of topics related to a travel professional’s success, along with countless suppliers, agencies, vocational institutions and others who use The Travel Institute’s curriculum and count on it for their own organization’s success. Wendy Burk, CTA, chief executive officer of Cadence®, A World of Travel, In Sync With You®, explained, “We believe travel careers stem from a passion for travel, but relevancy and education are an individual advisor’s passport to success. We promote TRIPKit with our new team members because we see the results firsthand: TRIPKit enables our new advisors to be immediately relevant in our business and then customize their individual business strategy. To put it simply: the more they know, the more they grow!” During the New Year New Career campaign in Q1 2019, individuals can take advantage of significant savings on TRIPKit1, participate in complimentary training webinars, or sign up for free access to the “Hot Tip Tuesday” newsletter to receive a new business idea every week. There is also a members-only webinar series, including tax saving strategies as well as information on choosing the best business structure for a new travel business. Visit New Year New Career to learn more. TRIPKit has long been recognized as the industry’s gold standard for new agent training. It is a self-guided course with online and print components used by individuals studying independently, agency owners and managers training new staff, and post-secondary vocational institutions teaching travel-related curriculum. A turn-key, affordable and flexible educational tool, TRIPKit helps create the career path for potential travel advisors by providing a comprehensive overview of booking air, ground, accommodations, cruises, tours and packages while also exposing potential new agents to numerous other nuances in booking travel today. Often, TRIPKit is the first step toward industry certification. About The Travel InstituteSince 1964, The Travel Institute has been the global leader in travel industry education and certification. A non-profit organization dedicated to educating and advancing travel agents, The Travel Institute has certified more than 25,000 Certified Travel Associate (CTA), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), and Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) graduates, while additionally training hundreds of thousands more through its new agent, destination, niche and lifestyle courses and webinars. 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Film Nova Scotia and EastLink are working together to launch an Independent Production Fund aimed at supporting the television sector of the audiovisual industry in Nova Scotia. The fund will provide equity investments of up to $150,000 in eligible productions, to a maximum of 20 per cent of the total budget, for television productions created and produced by Nova Scotians. EastLink’s initial contribution to the fund is $1.3 million and it will contribute a percentage of its revenue annually. To be eligible for the fund, productions must have a high Canadian content and have obtained a broadcast licence. “As a company deeply rooted in Nova Scotia, EastLink has always worked to support local productions in the province,” said Lee Bragg, EastLink CEO. “Partnering with Film Nova Scotia to create a provincial Independent Production Fund will allow us to continue to make meaningful investments back into the local economy and encourage more growth in Nova Scotia.” Film Nova Scotia received its certification as an Independent Production Fund from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on June 8. The Independent Production Fund will allow production companies to continue hiring Nova Scotians and will help to boost the knowledge based industry in the province. Using technology to share content on platforms such as the Internet and mobile devices, the television industry creates a need for highly skilled and specialized people. “We are excited to be able to partner with EastLink on such a great industry initiative,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and CEO of Film Nova Scotia. “Investing in the television industry will increase production activity, which will generate more spending and great jobs for the economy.” Program information and guidelines can be found under the Programs tab on the Film Nova Scotia website at www.filmnovascotia.com. Headquartered in Nova Scotia with more than 1,500 employees across Canada, EastLink delivers world-class video entertainment, high-speed internet and competitive telephone services to residential, business and public sector customers from coast-to-coast. Powered by a state-of-the-art fibre network, EastLink has one of the fastest and most reliable networks in North America. It has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for the past five years. For more information on EastLink, visit http://eastlink.ca. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. With an industry that employs almost 3,000 and contributes upwards of $100 million to the economy annually, Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.
New Delhi: The Indian coaching staff, including chief coach Ravi Shastri, will be handed a 45-day extension after the ongoing World Cup even though their contract ends with the showpiece event. Besides Shastri, the support staff also includes assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R. Sridhar. The decision was taken by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and was uploaded in the minutes on BCCI’s website. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”After some discussion, the CoA decided that the contracts for the support staff can be extended by 45 days on an ad-hoc basis and that interviews of the support staff should be conducted after the World Cup,” the minutes read. “As the Cricket Advisory Committee’s (CAC) involvement is required for the purpose of selecting a head coach, the BCCI management should speak to the members of the CAC and ascertain what is their expectation vis-a-vis remuneration/compensation for their services and a draft of the terms of reference for the CAC should be prepared and circulated for CoA’s consideration,” it added. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI seriesCAC members Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had made it clear to BCCI ombudsman D K Jain that they were not aware of their exact role and scope. In fact, they also made it clear that if a question of conflict arises due to their IPL roles, they were happy to stay away from functioning as CAC members. But Clause 24 (5) of the new BCCI constitution says that while the CEO will appoint team officials for the Indian teams, the head coach of each team shall be appointed by the CAC. So, the CoA needs to find a quick solution.
Kawasaki Daishi Templein Kawasaki city, Kanagawa, is known for its ability to ward offfuture misfortunes (yaku) and is a popular spot frequented by a large number of visitors.Surrounding the front of this large, well-known temple is a shopping street which sells goods related to the warding-off of evil. Among them are the candy specialty shop Matsuya Sohonten, the popular Tsudaya , which sells daruma-shaped rice crackers, and Sumiyoshi , where you can find a local favorite called kuzumochi. These famous shops are an excellent choice for souvenirs.The area can be reached within ten minutes on foot from Kawasaki Daishi Station on the Keikyu line. Kawasaki Daishi Station is about 30 minutes from Haneda Airport. If you are coming from the direction of Tokyo Station, hop on the Keikyu line at Shinagawa Station and you will arrive in about 45 minutes.Easy to access and full of Japanese charm, the Nakamise-dori is a must-see when visiting the popular Kawasaki Daishi Temple. Within the grounds you will find well-known souvenir shops sporting unique gifts for home that may also grant you a bit of luck.Read also:3 Million Visitors In 3 Days! Kawasaki Daishi Temple In Kanagawa1. “Tontoko Candy” fromMatsuya SohontenAs soon as you set foot in Nakamise-dori you will find a shop called Matsuya So Honten. This confectionery specialist, founded in 1868, features a tempting storefront with rows of candy in all shapes and flavors.Manufacturing is done in-store, and on holidays and weekends the staff put on live performances designed to drum-up business. After kneading swathes of white candy called sarashi ameto mix air inside, they slice the long sticks then into bite-sized pieces with a knife. The sight of the confectionery makers skillfully cutting up the candy is almost like seeing a magic act.Their most famous product is called Tontoko Candy (300 yen). This name comes from the quick, rhythmical sound made by the knives when cutting the candy. The idea is that the sound ‘cuts’ misfortune or evil, thereby bringing in good luck.Here we have a perennial item since the company’s establishment, cough drops made with extracts from medicinal plants. Sekidome ame(300 yen, pictured above) is made with a blend of five herbs and, as its name implies, is used for treating coughs. It’s a particularly good choice for those who feel a cold coming on.Also popular with visiting tourists is the Ningyo ame (500 yen, pictured below), otherwise known as doll candy. A sweet little item with a variety of faces – it’s an entertaining sight. Apparently some of them are even winking! Wouldn’t this make a wonderful souvenir to buy?2. “Daruma Rice Crackers” from Tsudaya “Kashiwa Uematsu Shouten” specializes in Daruma.Walking along the Nakamise-dori shopping street, your eyes will be drawn first and foremost to this unusual doll. Known as a Daruma(around 500 yen） in Japan, these dolls are said to fulfill wishes. Kashiwa Uematsu Shoten, Ishidayaand Kadoya Kaiundoare among the shops in Nakamise-dori specializing in these dolls.There is a wealth of daruma to be seen in every color and size! From ones designed to ward off evil to ones that promote success in business or even exams, there is a daruma for every type of wish. As you browse these famous shops, you will undoubtedly find a daruma suited to whatever you desire.Those looking for something a bit easier to transport will want to stop by Tsudaya, a shop with over 60 years of history. Their daruma senbei (350 yen) are well worth picking up. Senbei, or rice crackers, are a Japanese snack made from actual rice and are similar to a cookie but without the sweetness.These snack items range from mini-sized at 2-3 cm to the jumbo 30 cm, and come in different flavors such as soy sauce, sesame and chili pepper. Cushioned packaging is available for the jumbo sized ones, so you can transport them easily without having to worry about your rice crackers breaking.Incidentally, the absolute largest daruma rice cracker they have in-shop is a massive 60 cm in size! While this item is not for sale, the detail and craftsmanship put into the design is a definite must-see.3. “Kuzumochi” and “Yakuyoke Manju” from SumiyoshiRight in the heart of Nakamise-dori, just in front of the gate (Daisanmon) to Kawasaki Daishi Temple, you will find a shop called Sumiyoshi.Kawasaki Daishi is famous for a food called kuzumochi, made from the fermented starch of wheat flour. Boasting a 150-year history, many of the temple’s visitors buy this item as a souvenir. This item doesn’t keep long though, so why not give it a taste while you’re in the area?Kuzumochi (430 yen) comes covered in brown sugar syrup called kuromitsu and a yellowish powder made from soy beans called kinako. The velvety kuzumochi, combined with the subtle sweetness of the syrup and the savory kinako, produce a unique texture that will leave you craving more.Another popular choice is the Yakuyoke Manju (290 yen.) This type of soft, steamed bun is made from a wheat flour dough filled with a sweet paste called anko, a combination of boiled red beans and sugar. The brown one is filled with ‘tsubuan’ (anko made from azuki red beans with the skin left on) and the white one is ‘koshian’ (anko paste without beans’ skin). Both are very tasty.The gentle heat of freshly-made manju, combined with their elegant sweetness, are sure to ease the aches and pains of your journey. Enjoyed with a cup of green tea, this combination is sure to give you the energy and strength you need to make the most of your trip.Lined with old shops and always bustling with people, Nakamise-dori features a vast selection of goods to ward away misfortune. If you also stop by Kawasaki Daishi to pray, you may just find yourself blessed with even greater luck than usual.Why not take a stroll down Nakamise-dori and sample some of their famous foods?InformationKawasaki Daishi Shopping StreetAddress: Kanagawa, Kawasaki, Daishimachi 4-47Nearest Station: Kawasaki Daishi Station, Keikyu Daishi LineAccess: 10 minute walk from Kawasaki Daishi Station
About Kawasaki DaishiKawasaki Daishi is a temple found in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture. Devoted to the propagation of Buddhism in Japan, the monk Kukai Kobo Daishi (774-835) was enshrined here, when the temple was originally built in 1128.On the spacious grounds of this temple are the stately Daihondo (the main building of the temple) and the unique five layered pagoda called Hakkaku Gojunoto. If you walk around the grounds, you will find that there are many spots that are said to clear away misfortune or ward off evil and grant divine blessings on those who visit. Furthermore, for the first three days of the new year (January 1st-3rd), roughly three million visitors come to Kawasaki Daishi to pray for their safety and luck for the new year.The closest station is Kawasaki Daishi station on the Keikyu line; from Haneda airport it takes roughly 30 minutes to arrive. If you are coming from Tokyo, change to the Keikyu line at Shinagawa station, and it will take 45 minutes to arrive.When you come out of the station, and before you reach the temple, you will see a popular shopping street where you can purchase many different types of souvenirs; after about a ten minute walk, you will reach the entrance of the temple, Daisanmon.Mysterious Flickering Flames: Visiting DaihondoDaisanmon Gate was built in 1977. Enshrined in this gate are four Buddhist statues: to the gate’s east is Jikokuten, at the west is Komokuten, to the south is Zochoten and to the north is Tamonten. Let’s pass through the gate watched over by these Buddhas.If you follow the stone path forward, you will find yourself right in front of the Daihondo prayer hall. In this building, which is the largest within the grounds of Kawasaki Daishi, Kobo Daishi and the guardian deities Fudomyoo and Aizenmyoo are enshrined. Visiting here, you will feel that evil has been cast aside and divine favor has been granted to you.Every day a prayer ceremony using fire (known as Goma) is performed at the Daihondo hall. With the voices of priests and monks chanting sutras resounding all around, the fire of the goma seems to almost flare up high, lending a very mystical atmosphere to the grounds. With monks, priests and believers praying together and making offerings of incense, this rite is performed seven to nine times a day every day and is something that everyone should experience.Let’s Look Around the Spacious GroundsWhen you exit Daihondo, on your right hand side you will see a tall pagoda. This is Hakkaku Gojyunoto, the octogonal five layered pagoda. The octagon shape of this building represents the ideas of tolerance (hoyoryoku) and integrity (kanzensei). Throughout Japan, it is quite unusual to find a five-storied pagoda that features octagonal roofs.Other than statues of the Buddha, there is also a statue of Kukai Kobo Daishi’s teacher, the Chinese monk Ajari Keika (also known as Huiguo in Chinese, 746-806) inside. Though the gates are usually closed, every month on the first Sunday and on the 21st, the gates are opened and it’s possible to pray inside. It is open from 10:00 to 15:30, so if you get the chance to visit, make sure to schedule your visit around these dates and times.If you walk a little ways from pagoda, you will see many cranes flying about and resting by the pond known as Tsuru no Ike (“The Cranes’ Pond”). On the right of this photo you can see Yasuragi Bridge. Individually engraved along the length of the handrail in Sanskrit (ancient Indian characters) are the steps of the ascetic practices required to reach perfect enlightenment.The glittering gold statue seen at the end of the bridge is of O-Shaka-sama, the Buddha. A calming and gentle prayer atmosphere is created here through the shining light’s reflection on the pond’s surface.Walking further beyond the gold statue, you will find yourself at Yakushiden. Differing from the other buildings found at Kawasaki Daishi, Yakushiden was built in an Indian architectural style, making it really stand out. Beginning with Yakushinyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), the Buddha that cures all illness and disease, enshrined here are the 12 Gods of the Body, the Jyunishinsho (the 12 Divine Generals of Bhaisajyaguru).”Naderu Yakushi”, the Caressable Healing Buddha, is enshrined here. It is believed that this deity will take away any pains or illness if you caress it. If you want to ensure your continued good health while on vacation, why not pay a visit here?Furthermore at Yakushiden, there are photograph-like white shiori (bookmarks) on which you can have the figure of the Healing Buddha stamped on in red ink (available for free).The 12 Divine Generals of the Healing Buddha also have a connection to the 12 signs of Eto. If you find the General associated with your zodiac year, why not stamp its design on your very own bookmark?If you’re not sure which sign you were born under, by all means choose the General which corresponds to the year of your visit instead, as a very personal souvenir of your visit to Yakushiden and Kawasaki Daishi.Kawasaki Daishi is a temple with over 800 years of history and renowned for its ability to ward off evil. Beyond what has been introduced here, there is the Fudo-do hall, where Fudomyoo is enshrined, as well as the a statue of Kukai Kobo Daishi as he was on his pilgrimages. With its spacious surroundings, the most charming point of Kawasaki Daishi is the calming influence upon visitors as they walk about its grounds. As there is no entrance fee, it is of special interest to travelers from overseas.With a wealth of sites to choose from and boasting an incredible popularity, why not visit Kawasaki Daishi?InformationKawasaki Daishi TempleAddress: Kanagawa, Kawasaki, Kawasaki Daishimachi 4-48Nearest Station: Kawasaki Daishi Station, Keikyu LineAccess: 10 minute walk from Kawasaki Daishi StationReligion: BuddhismPhone Number: 044-266-3420Homepage: Kawasaki Daishi
Let’s Try Making NapolitanIf you’re curious about what it tastes like, try making it for yourself at home. It’s a very simple dish, so we recommend it, even if you’re not an adept in the kitchen.First, take thick spaghetti noodles and boil them for a bit longer than suggested, then stir-fry them together with chopped onions, green peppers, bacon and whatever else you’d like. As for the oil, using vegetable oil or margarine, as opposed to olive oil, will make your Napolitan taste better. Then, add ketchup and cook until the flavors have permeated the spaghetti, and you’re done! The trick is to use a lot of ketchup. Once you’ve piled your Napolitan onto a plate, top it with powdered cheese and Tabasco sauce and dig in. Napolitan, a Dish Born in JapanDid you know that when most Japanese people hear the word Neapolitan, they think of Spaghetti Napolitan (Napolitan) and not someone from Naples? While the dish has achieved that level of popularity in Japan, Napolitan is barely known abroad, even in Italy, the birthplace of pasta. Aren’t you curious about what the dish is made of? Is Napolitan Italian?While Napolitan uses spaghetti noodles, it does not mean Neapolitan-style spaghetti. While the Italian pasta dish amatriciana is comparatively close to Napolitan, there are crucial differences in the ingredients and cooking method. Generally, Napolitan is spaghetti flavored with ketchup and mixed with ham, bacon or sausage, as well as onions and green peppers. It can also contain tomatoes or canned mushrooms, but does not use tomato sauce. In addition, before being used in the recipe, the noodles are boiled until they are completely soft, instead of being cooked al dente in the Italian style.Actually, Napolitan was not introduced to Japan from Italy. It is thought that pasta with ketchup, made by Italian-Americans, was introduced by Americans after World War II, and this became the origin of Napolitan. It is now accepted as a uniquely Japanese dish, and is a menu staple at coffee shops and restaurants.Where Can You Eat Napolitan?Where should you go when you want to eat some Spaghetti Napolitan? As we wrote before, as it is not an Italian dish, you won’t find it on Italian restaurant menus, even in Japan. You can find it being served in places like somewhat old-fashioned coffee shops, student dining halls, Western-style restaurants, and restaurants specializing in pasta. It is also often made in home kitchens. For that reason, frozen Napolitan packages and Napolitan retort pouches are sold in stores, and are quite popular. As real Italian cuisine become more widespread in Japan, Napolitan faded from the spotlight, but in recent years it has experienced a resurgence in popularity. For older people, it has a nostalgic appeal as a Western dish, and tastes fresh to the younger generation, so its flavor is once again garnering attention. When you come to Japan, in addition to soba and udon, how about enjoying another uniquely Japanese noodle dish and ordering a plate of Napolitan?