Keith Urban Guitars To Benefit Charity

first_imgFour-time GRAMMY Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban, long committed to numerous music education programs, today announced that he has teamed with leading interactive lifestyle retailer HSN to offer an affordable line of guitars to as many aspiring musicians as possible, as well as to those seeking to learn how to play.Keith Urban Announces The World Premiere Of The URBAN Guitar Collection Debuting Live On HSN November 3rdThe URBAN Guitar Collection, which includes two one-hour instructional DVDs and his first custom created, limited-edition acoustic and electric guitar line, will become available for sale exclusively on HSN, and via HSN Mobile on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 A.M. (ET).A portion of the proceeds from the URBAN Guitar Collection, as well as guitar packages, will go to Mr Holland’s Opus Foundation and The GRAMMY Foundation.“I’ve watched some of the greatest guitarists in the world perform and I’ve seen people just learning how to play,” said Urban. “The looks on their faces are almost always the same and the connection with the instrument is genuine.”The URBAN Guitar Collection features two versions of the “Phoenix Edition” guitar – electric and acoustic/electric – and will be available in Brazilian Burst, Emerald Brazilian Burst, Rich Black and Vintage Natural Ivory. It is part of a 21-piece set that includes a custom amplifier, coated guitar strings, embroidered guitar strap, guitar picks and more.“We are thrilled to welcome Keith Urban to HSN,” said Joy Mangano, President of Ingenious Designs, an affiliate of HSN. “Great stories and great storytelling are at the heart of everything we do, and I can’t think of a better guitarist and storyteller than Keith. His guitar-playing skills are legendary, and the passion he has for music will surely inspire our viewers to pick up a guitar and play when Keith makes his debut in November.”Urban recently released his seventh studio album FUSE, which marked the first time that ANY country artist has simultaneously debuted at #1 on the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. He is currently on the road for his “Light The Fuse Tour”. At each show, Keith uses the standard Phoenix guitar – the same guitar that will be available at HSN – and then signs it and gives it away to one lucky fan in the audience.Urban has sold more than 15 million albums. He’s won four GRAMMY Awards and was the first artist to win the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, for best new artist, and go on to win Best Male Vocalist, a title he’s captured three times, as well as the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards, an American Music Award and People’s Choice Award. He’s had 15 No. 1 singles and five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Fans stand by Hedley as tour goes on amid sexual misconduct allegations

first_img Twitter HALIFAX—The band has been dropped by their management team, tour openers and dozens of radio stations, but concertgoers say they are standing by Hedley as the besieged pop-rockers continue to perform across the country in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that they have steadfastly denied.Fans screamed until they were out of breath during Hedley’s lively performance at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre on Friday.Frontman Jacob Hoggard thanked Hedley fans from the “bottom of our hearts” for being the people the band could always rely on, but did not directly address the anonymous allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving young fans that have emerged on social media in recent weeks. Advertisement Login/Register With: The Canadian Press, which normally does not pay to cover live events, purchased a ticket to Friday’s show after representatives for Hedley only offered press credentials for the first three songs of the band’s performance.Band representatives said Hedley is not giving interviews at this time. Hedley has called the allegations “unsubstantiated” in a statement earlier this month. Facebook “To everybody … who has stood behind us all of these years — through the ups and the downs, through the highs and the lows, the good times and the bad — Halifax, we could never, ever imagine doing this without you,” Hoggard told the crowd over anthemic music.“Because sometimes life sucks, and that’s why we’ve got you. And, Halifax, sometimes life sucks, but that’s why you’ve got us. Stay in our lives, and I promise we’ll stay in yours.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A fan wearing a t-shirt for the rock group Hedley attends the band’s concert in Halifax Friday night. (DARREN CALABRESE / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Twitter LILLY SINGH IS CHANGING LATE NIGHT TV FOREVERLate-night TV has undergone a lot of changes in the past several years, and fans can thank several innovative new voices for the new, fresh landscape. One of these innovators is Lilly Singh, a YouTube star who has achieved a massive amount of success in the past few years.Singh was even named as one of the forty most powerful people in comedy for the year 2019. Recently, Singh unveiled some exciting news that sent her fanbase into a tizzy. READ MORELilly-Singh (Photo by Alexandra Gavillet for The Hollywood Reporter)LILLY SINGH, THE FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL WOMAN OF COLOR TALK SHOW HOST, ON IMPACT OF COMING OUTLilly Singh’s coming out has made an impact with her fans. Singh, the Indian-Canadian YouTube comedian with nearly 15 million subscribers who is now replacing Carson Daly on NBC late-night, announced the career move in March. A month earlier, she came out as bisexual, making her the first openly bisexual woman of color talk show host.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Singh discussed the positive effect her coming out has had on even conservative audiences. “The very next meet-and-greet that I did after coming out was in India, and I would say 50 percent of people in that line came out to me,” she said. “To me, that is success.” READ MORELILLY SINGH: FROM YOUTUBE SUPERWOMAN TO NBC LATE NIGHT TV TRAILBLAZERAn online star with 15 million subscribers dives into the white-hot center (emphasis on white) of broadcast television with ‘A Little Late’ as the first openly bisexual woman of color to sit in a talk show host’s chair: “I’m very much all or nothing.”When Lilly Singh runs a pitch meeting, she comes bearing gifts. “Live your best life in the office — you don’t have to wear shoes!” she announces to the writers she’s assembled on this scorching August afternoon in a drab conference room off Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, where they’ll be discussing ideas for her new NBC late night show, A Little Late, which premieres Sept. 16. She proceeds to toss out pairs of fluffy white unicorn slippers. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement NBC SETS ‘A LITTLE LATE WITH LILLY SINGH: THE PRIMETIME SPECIAL’ TO INTRODUCE LATE NIGHT’S NEWEST VOICETwo days after the premiere of A Little Late with Lilly Singh, NBC will air a primetime special that puts the spotlight on the newest face of late night.On September 18 after the two-hour finale of America’s Got Talent, the hour-long primetime special will introduce primetime audiences to Singh as she partakes in sketches, interviews, games and interacts with the audience. READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

Chaos ends Missing Womens Inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Missing Women’s Inquiry ended as it began. In chaos.Protesters barged into the proceedings to voice their displeasure with the commission.Commissioner Wally Oppal asked for patience, saying the report isn’t even written yet.The day ended, however, with a possible show of reconciliation.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

Saudi Woman Risks Jail for Filming Husband Flirting With Housemaid

Rabat – A Saudi woman could be imprisoned for up to one year for posting a film on social media showing her husband sexually abusing his housemaid in the kitchen.The case caused an outcry on social media networks after Saudi legal experts said that she may face a jail time and a stiff fine for “defamation”.The wife received support from most social media users in Saudi Arabia, and a warm applause from other women.Free the wife!!! This is an outrage! #SaudiWomanCatchesHusbandCheating— Kaitlyn Dolores (@Waywen7) October 8, 2015#SaudiWomanCatchesHusbandCheating this person deserves all the humiliation he’s been getting for being such a dumb ass!— Lanskie Noyskie (@iamlanadolfo) October 6, 2015Jail appears to be, shockingly, a possibility.She’s not actually been jailed(yet). #SaudiWomanCatchesHusbandCheating— Sarah D (@londonette) October 8, 2015The unidentified housewife used her mobile phone to secretly film her husband as he was flirting with female servant in the kitchen of the family home. The woman posted the video on social media with a statement that reads: “the minimum punishment for this husband is to denounce him.”Local media quoted Saudi lawyer Majid Qaroob as saying that the woman could be jailed for up to one year on defamation charges.“She faces up to one year in prison or a fine of SR500,000 (Dh500,00) for defaming her husband in line with the law on information technology,” the lawyer said.“This law includes stiff punishment for anyone using mobile phones with camera or other equipment to photograph others and defame them,” he added. read more

Chinas premier meets New Zealands leader amid 5G dispute

BEIJING — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged New Zealand to provide a “fair, transparent, convenient” investment environment in a meeting with the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, that comes amid a dispute over use of Chinese telecoms equipment.Relations between the two countries have been strained since New Zealand’s spy agency in November stopped mobile phone company Spark from using Huawei gear in its planned 5G upgrade because of security concerns.In opening remarks at their meeting Monday in Beijing, Li didn’t mention Huawei directly but said China wanted improved relations that would serve the best interests of businesses on both sides.Ardern did not address investment issues in her opening remarks, but thanked Li for expressing China’s condolences over March’s deadly shootings at mosques in the city of Christchurch.The Associated Press read more

Keheliya says 13A will change

The Minister also accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of attempting to divide the country by refusing to take part in the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to propose the changes to the 13th Amendment. (Colombo Gazette) Government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says the government will go ahead with making changes to the 13th Amendment to the constitution as planned.Speaking at an event in Kandy today the Minister said that the 13th Amendment is something forced on Sri Lanka by India through the Indo-Lanka accord. He said that while the 13th Amendment cannot be completely abolished as the provincial councils system, which is part of that amendment, is now part of Sri Lankan society, some changes need to be made to make it more meaningful. He recalled that there was once an attempt to divide the country and that threat still remains as long as the 13th Amendment is not changed.“I don’t think the 13th Amendment can be abolished. This is the government position. There are so many views in the Alliance and we respect those views. But we need to have a common approach. So since we cannot abolish the 13th Amendment we need to make changes to it. If not there is no guarantee some may try to use it to divide the country,” he said. The Minister said that the 13th Amendment and provincial councils system was introduced to solve the conflict in the north and yet that never happened. read more

CBI supports SMMT call for government action

CBI supports SMMT call for government action The automotive sector is calling for support measures to include:· Allowing manufacturers’ finance companies access to the funding available to banks through the special liquidity arrangements. This wouldhelp them to support customers and their franchise networks.· Scrapping plans for increased VED and new first year rate. This would provide a strong signal to buyers and help to improve residual values.· Increased capital allowances for fleet buyers, particularly for buyers of commercial vehicles, to stimulate immediate demand.· Shelve plans for reform of business car capital allowances, as overall impact and timing is unhelpful.· Remove expensive car restrictions under capital allowances to help demand for UK higher end manufacturers. SMMT’s call for government action to support the automotive industry following the impact of the global banking crisis has received the backing of the CBI. Commenting on proposals by SMMT, the CBI’s director general, Richard Lambert said, “The credit crunch is having an increasing impact on cash flow and inventory finance across industry. Wholesale vehicle finance plays a critically important role in the motor industry supply chain, and the CBI backs the SMMT in its proposals to improve liquidity in this and other areas. And, manufacturing support to include:· National arrangements to allow manufacturers and suppliers access to loan facilities, including potential government guarantees, to maintain liquidity and investment.· Help to speed up the allocation of existing funding to support training, R&D projects and energy efficiency measures. This would help upskill employees, accelerate innovation and provide an immediate stimulus for green collar jobs.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “This is not a call for a blanket bail-out for the industry, but rather for a careful targeted programme to support this vital part of the manufacturing economy through the current difficult times.” read more

40 Dominicans held for alleged poaching

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 21, 2017 – Providenciales – Forty Dominican poachers were caught by Police just before the weekend in TCI waters with some 39,000 pounds of marine product.Police vessel, Sea Defender intercepted the illegal crew around midday last Thursday southwest of White Cay.  The 30 footer, named Captain Blaze, had a number of dinghies hitched to it as the men robbed TCI waters of fish and more.  Once the poachers were caught, they did try to flee and it is reported that action was taken by officers to bring the vessel to a stop; what that action is can only be imagined as Police have strangely omitted elaborating any further.No one was hurt.   The Dominican boat was towed to Provo, where DECR confiscated the ill-gotten goods and the group was arrested on suspicion of illegal fishing and taken into custody.#MagneticMediaNews#DominicanspoachingTCIwaters#TurksandCaicosMarinePolice#SeaDefender#CaptainBlaze Related Items:#CaptainBlaze, #DominicanspoachingTCIwaters, #magneticmedianews, #SeaDefender, #TurksandCaicosMarinePolice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Employee Benefits Live to host leading exhibitors

first_imgDelegates attending Employee Benefits Live 2016 will be able to access a packed exhibition hall of leading benefits providers, advisers and consultants spanning all areas of the industry.The two-day event, which will take place on 11-12 October at Olympia National in London, will enable delegates to network with leading suppliers, view the latest launches in reward and benefits, and source products and services to meet all of their organisation’s benefits needs.This year’s exhibitors include Jelf Group, Wealth at Work, Achievers and Product Partnerships, Incorpore, Optum and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.See the full list of exhibitors and register to attend.last_img read more

Uptown Ventures Buys Hype Hair Launches U Brands

first_imgUptown Ventures Group acquired Hype Hair magazine, an African American women’s hair care brand, and announced the formation of U Brands, an investment vehicle focused on acquiring and licensing similar niche brands.“We see this as an opportunity to transform brands that have considerable equity and audience into more diverse products with more dynamic P&L’s,” says Brett Wright, chief creative officer of Uptown Ventures, parent company of Uptown Magazine, in a release.Hype Hair magazine is Uptown Ventures’ first acquisition since Uptown Magazine was reacquired from its former private equity partners. The publication’s entire current staff, including its long-time publisher, Steve Gross, and editor-in-chief, Adrienne Moore, will remain with the brand.“Hype Hair has a tremendous relationship with its readers,” says Len Burnett, Uptown Ventures co-CEO, in a statement. “Advertising in credible, well-targeted magazines is the cornerstone of an effective integrated marketing campaign.” These new integrated advertising opportunities in print, digital, on social media and via events-based marketing are the goal of the U Brands venture. With U Brands, Uptown Ventures hopes to leverage its internal capabilities in publishing, digital, experiential, licensing and sales expertise to enhance the brands they acquire.With Hype Hair, Uptown Ventures hopes to launch new digital mobile and social platforms by year’s end in an effort to aggregate the disparate hair care content platforms for the African American community and to offer consumers and advertisers new technologies.last_img read more

TikTok star Mohit Mors killer is a 17yearold boy says Delhi Police

first_imgMohit MorfacebookThe TikTok world in India was shocked when one of its stars, Mohit Mor, was gunned down in Delhi. The investigation revealed that the murderer was a 17-year-old boy. He had opened fire after an argument at their gym. Mor was a gym instructor and had put up many gym and fitness videos on TikTok garnering over 5 lakh followers. His murder at a photocopy shop in South Delhi had prompted an investigation by the police to nab the killer and find the reason.The police caught the boy with the help of Mor’s phone’s call details records. It showed that the 17-year-old boy was the last person to speak to Mor before his murder on May 14. The CCTV camera installed showed three people leaving the shop.”When Mohit Mor was speaking with his friend inside the shop, three armed persons barged inside the shop and indiscriminately fired 13 bullets on him. Mohit Mor fell on a sofa kept inside the shop. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Mohit Mor suffered seven bullets,” a senior police officer had told India today while initially talking about the TikTok star’s death.”All the three accused, one of them wearing a black helmet, had come on a scooty. They were seen in a CCTV footage running away from the busy narrow street after the crime,” police added. CCTV footage of the assailantstwitterThe accused was arrested near Dhulsiras village in Dwarka with an illegal country-made pistol and two cartridges.According to The New Indian Express, Mor had yelled at the accused and allegedly assaulted him in front of many people. This prompted the accused to get a gun and shoot Mor out of anger.”During the investigation, it was found that the juvenile and Mor had a fight at a gym which led to the victim assaulting the accused in front of other people,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by IANS.The officer added, “The infuriated juvenile then decided to kill Mor. He along with his two friends searched for the victim but could not find him in the gym.” The police are trying to find the other two accused.last_img read more

Lightning strike kills 6 in Madagascar

first_imgFile photo of LightningSix people from the same family were “killed on the spot” by a lightning strike in Madagascar over the weekend while sheltering from a storm, officials said Monday.The relatives — including a three-year-old child — were killed in the central village of Bakaro on Saturday. Another person suffered superficial burns.”Twenty-five farmers sheltering from rain under a thatched cottage after leaving their rice field were hit by a lightning bolt,” said medical inspector William Patrick Rakotondralambo of the Fitsinjovana commune.”Six people from the same family were killed on the spot, including a three-year-old child,” he added.Eight survivors were treated for shock, Rakotondralambo said.Lightning strikes are relatively common in Madagascar, an Indian Ocean island famed for its unique wildlife and well-known for its vanilla and precious redwood.last_img read more

Facebook What Half of Users Have Never Heard of Facebooks Watch Video

first_imgThat said, Facebook had 241 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Canada for the second quarter of 2018. The TDG survey results indicate that in the U.S./Canada, Facebook Watch has a base of about 50 million viewers, with a highly active group of around 14 million users.Obviously, Facebook would like to see more usage of Watch. But even with the survey’s finding of low awareness about the service, Facebook’s long-term potential as a large-scale video provider can’t be discounted, said TDG president Michael Greeson. “Prominent social platforms like Facebook are looking for ways to exploit their massive scale to sell new video services to their users, much as Amazon has done with Prime,” he noted.One of Facebook Watch’s breakout shows the talk show “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith and her family. The show now has 2.9 million followers since debuting May 7, and its official Facebook discussion group has more than 366,000 members (up from 260,000 two months ago) who talk about the show and submit questions to the hosts each week.Another top Facebook original has been “Ball in the Family,” produced by reality-TV specialists Bunim-Murray Productions. The show — which follows LaVar Ball and his basketball-playing clan, including son Lonzo, a point guard for the L.A. Lakers — has 1.6 million followers, after season 3 premiered June 10. Facebook is expected to spend between $1 billion and $2 billion on content deals for Facebook Watch over the next year, its video destination for episodic content the social giant launched about one year ago.But 12 months in, Facebook Watch has an awareness problem. According to a new survey by research firm the Diffusion Group, fully 50% of adult Facebook users in the U.S. said they have never heard of the free Watch video service, while 24% have heard of it but never used it. Another 5% said they’ve used Facebook Watch — but not recently.Just 6% of respondents said they use Facebook Watch at least daily, while 8% use the service weekly and 7% have watched shows once or twice per month. The results are based on TDG’s survey of 1,632 U.S. adult Facebook users conducted in May 2018. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Experts mixed on whether Obamas goal of 1 million electric cars by

first_img © 2010 4.7 million EV charging units expected by 2015 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further In its report, the DOE, (backed up by a statement from Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow) predicts that sales of plug-in electric (which excludes hybrids) vehicles will be sufficient between now and 2015 to take us over the million mark, to somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.2 million vehicles; more than enough to fulfill the president’s goal.The president’s goal has been widely criticized as far too optimistic, especially in light of the recent recession, and production problems with the Nissan Leaf (partially due to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan) one of the all electric vehicles expected to be among the leading sellers in the near future. Adding to the fire is J.D. Powers, which came out with predictions of just 750,000 electric vehicles by 2015.Other critics have pointed out that the issue is rather moot though, since a million electric vehicles running by 2015, would still account for less than one half of one percent of all operating vehicles by that date. Others however, point out that by passing certain milestones, electric vehicles become ever more of a viable choice for American consumers, thus, paving the way for a boon in sales in later years.What’s not included in either report, unfortunately, due to the time frame in which they were created, is the current cost of gasoline and the possibility that it could reach $5 gallon in this country before the summer is out. While still not nearly as much as consumers are paying in Europe, it could provide a catalyst for change, and swifter acceptance of all-electric vehicles, as consumers find they have few other alternatives.After all is said and done, it appears that despite the massive amounts of money being spent to create their projections, by both government and those in the private sector, there are just too many variables involved to accurately predict where car sales are headed; so, in the end, we’ll all likely just have to wait and see how things develop. Citation: Experts mixed on whether Obama’s goal of 1 million electric cars by 2015 can be reached (2011, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — A recent report by the Department of Energy (DOE) stating that the United States is well on its way to meeting President Obama’s goal of having at least one million plug-in electric cars and trucks on our nation’s highways and byways by 2015 is in direct conflict with a another recent report from Pike Research suggesting that while worldwide sales of electric vehicles will likely pass the million mark, sales in the United States likely won’t grow fast enough to reach much higher than 850,000 units by that date.last_img read more

SSKM doctors conduct rare surgery to remove foreign object from boys chest

first_imgKolkata: A team of doctors conducted a rare surgery and saved the life of a six-year-old boy at SSKM Hospital on Sunday.According to sources, the patient identified as Rohit Dolui of Daspara at Ghatal in West Midnapore was suffering from cough, fever and breathlessness since last three years. Despite he was treated by several doctors, none could identify exactly what was the problem. In every occasion, when he fell sick with symptoms of fever, nausea, cough and breathlessness doctors reportedly prescribed antibiotics and other medicines but failed to Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatadetect the actual cause of the problem. Rohit’s mother Manabi had informed doctors that her elder son said Rohit had swallowed something three years ago but no doctors could find any foreign object inside his chest. Since May this year, Rohit’s condition started deteriorating. Recently Manabi took him to a doctor at Panskura who advised her to take him to some hospital in Kolkata. On Saturday, Manabi brought her son to SSKM Hospital. After preliminary check, concerned doctor had a look on the ‘Fiber Optic Bronchoscopy’ report and found something is stuck on the lower right part of the lungs. Immediately X-ray and other necessary examinations were done. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateFollowing the tests, doctors decided to operate on Rohit’s chest to remove the foreign object. A medical team was set up under the leadership of ENT head of the department Arunava Sengupta. On Sunday, after almost a hour of surgery doctors successfully removed a small object made out of plastic from Rohit’s chest. According to doctors, this case was very rare case as the boy was carrying a foreign object almost adjacent to his lungs since the past three years. This could have been fatal if the object remained inside for a few more days. According to doctors, Rohit’s condition was stable and he had been kept under observation.last_img read more

Carnival prioritizes high yield segment with new Carnival Excel suites

first_img Posted by MIAMI — Carnival is offering a sneak peek at its new high-level Carnival Excel suites making their debut on new-build Mardi Gras, slated to enter service in August 2020.Currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland, Mardi Gras is scheduled to launch in Europe on Aug. 31, 2020, before repositioning to New York for a series of voyages before shiftomg to Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises starting in October 2020. Bookings for Mardi Gras opened in January 2019.Mardi Gras will offer 180+ suites across 11 styles including the new premium category Carnival Excel suites with select amenities and access to a new open-air enclave called Loft 19. Carnival President Christine Duffy says “all of our accommodations have been designed to exceed our guests’ expectations, and the suite offerings will kick that up a notch or two for those who want an extra special Choose Fun vacation.”The new premium suite level on Mardi Gras includes 32 suites in four categories:   Carnival Excel Presidential Suite – Two Presidential Suites – the largest in the fleet – located on Deck 17 that feature living, dining and sleeping areas along with the fleet’s most expansive balconies with sea views, large sunbed and lounging areas, as well as a private outdoor hot tub and shower. These suites also include access to the spa’s thermal suite and the Havana pool area.Excel Presidential SuiteExcel Presidential Suite LoungeCarnival Excel Aft Suite – 12 suites overlooking Summer Landing and boasting separate living rooms and bedrooms with large wraparound balconies offering impressive ocean views, as well as a private outdoor hot tub and areas for al fresco dining and relaxing.Excel Aft. Suite BalconyCarnival Excel Corner Suite – 12 suites on the port and starboard sides of the ship featuring separate sleeping and lounging areas, a wet bar and wraparound balconies with lounging and dining areas.Carnival Excel Suite – Six suites on Decks 10, 11 and 12 with sleeping, dining and relaxing areas. The spacious balconies include loungers and a dining area.Excel SuiteAll suites onboard Mardi Gras will include an amenities package that includes priority boarding and debarkation, priority main dining room seating, plush bathrobes and bottled water upon arrival.Guests in the 32 Carnival Excel suites will enjoy standard suite amenities plus the following:Unlimited access to Loft 19Dedicated concierge phone lineGuaranteed specialty dining times (with the exception of Bonsai Teppanyaki and the Chef’s Table)Complimentary Bottomless Bubbles soda package, room service and laundrySparkling wine and fresh fruit basket upon arrivalUpgraded bathroom amenitiesMore news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthMeanwhile Loft 19, located on the ship’s highest deck, is another new concept for Carnival with full bar service, a private pool surrounded by sun loungers and spacious cabanas available for rent. Cabanas are fully stocked with beverages, plush robes and chilled towels, fresh fruit, lunch delivery and dedicated concierge service. Carnival Excel suite guests will receive priority when reserving Loft 19 cabanas.Loft 19 Cabana ViewLoft 19 Pool ViewIn addition to the Carnival Excel class suites, Mardi Gras will also feature:Ocean Suites – separate sleeping and lounging areas with ergonomically-friendly design.Tropics-inspired Havana Suites – private patios with a swing chair and direct access to The Lanai.Extra-roomy Family Harbor Suites – nautical décor, large-scale windows and toddler benches.Cloud 9 Spa Suites – with special spa privileges such as two fitness classes, access to the ship’s Thermal Suite and a scrub kit.The new suite options are in addition to the Mardi Gras’ accommodations with turquoise hues and enhanced by design touches like floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors; new sofas that flip into beds; more 110V power outlets and USB connections than on any other ship; flexible bedside reading lamps; a larger, more customizable wardrobe with extensive storage options; and spacious bathrooms with glass shower doors, a first for the line, along with an in-shower shaving bar. Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Carnival prioritizes high yield segment with new Carnival Excel suites Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Mardi Gras, Openings & Renovations << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Thursday rains cause flooding emergencies in 23 cantons

first_imgPersistent rainfall in the capital flooded several streets and homes, mostly south and west of downtown San José in Barrio Luján, La Uruca and Hatillo.Showers also caused some rivers in the capital to overflow, causing bridges, streets and homes to flood in 16 communities, the Municipality of San José reported.The Traffic Police reported at 9 p.m. Thursday that they had attended a total of 95 accidents and other incidents on roads caused by flooding and overflowing rivers.The Costa Rican Railroad Institute (INCOFER) suspended the train service in Cartago as flooding left rocks and mud along various stretches of the railroad.INCOFER also cancelled all Friday morning trips between Heredia and San José to clean debris from the railroad.The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) estimated cumulative rainfall recorded Thursday was between 30 and 120 millimeters (1 and 5 inches).The agency noted that rainfall levels recorded in the country on Wednesday and Thursday represent 50 percent of the average rainfall during the month of October.More rains comingThe IMN said the influence here of Hurricane Matthew is expected to dissipate on Friday.Rains however will continue over the weekend. An IMN forecast on Friday morning stated that heavy showers with thunderstorms will resume on Friday evening.The IMN stated that these showers are not influenced by Matthew but by the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, a band of clouds, showers and thunderstorms that encircles the globe near the equator.The heaviest rains are expected over communities in the Central Valley, the Pacific region, Northern Zone and the mountainous areas of the Caribbean.IMN estimates rainfall levels on Friday will range between 30 and 60 mm (1 and 2.5 inches), although rain could be heavier in some areas.CNE officials recommend that the population remain alert and monitor nearby sewers and rivers. Facebook Comments Heavy rains in Costa Rica caused by the indirect influence of Hurricane Matthew prompted the evacuation of 153 people on Thursday evening in three provinces, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported.Emergency agencies on Thursday attended 100 incidents at homes, public roads and buildings in 23 cantons in the provinces of Cartago, Heredia and the capital San José.The CNE opened five temporary shelters in Cartago to host evacuees from the Cartago cantons of La Unión, Turrialba, Paraíso, El Guarco and Central Cartago. Barrio El Molino en Cartago, completamente inundado! #TraficoCR #TiempoCR— Greivin (@Grei_Hernandez) October 6, 2016center_img Related posts:Tropical wave increases rains over Costa Rica Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for May Costa Rica’s southern Pacific hit by heavy rains, flooding National Emergency Commission issues preventive alert for heavy rainslast_img read more

India soon to be a topthree aviation market

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H …… India is just 8 years away from becoming one of the world’s top three markets, a report has forecast. Image: The Hinducenter_img Based on recent burgeoning passenger growth, a new report has predicted that India will become one of the world’s largest aviation markets by 2020. According to The Times of India, the FICCI-PxC report claimed that if the nation’s civil aviation sector continued to grow as quickly as it had done in recent times, it would soon be amongst the world’s top three markets. Domestic traffic in India grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 17 per cent between 2009 and 2011, the paper reported.   Titled ‘Indian Aviation: Spreading its Wings’, the report said that solid market growth “coupled with infrastructure expansion will help the sector back on its feet as the economy recovers”.It also said that now would be a good time for global players to invest in a largely underserved market. Optimism however, was tempered by a warning that “volatility in fuel prices combined with the highest tax on aviation turbine fuel and other national policy related issues” would continue to challenge growth in the sector.last_img read more

Brazilian table grape exports soar in H1 as other

first_img Brazilian table grape exports soar in H1 as other … U.K.: Tesco trials removing plastic from fruit and … February 12 , 2019 Miller says the increasing trend towards snacking on fruit in the UK means The Fruitery could supply a range of dried and dehydrated fruits, and other fruit snacking solutions.Prior to breaking ground on The Fruitery, Chambers already researched the growth in food-on-the-go and eating out of home in the UK; working with Kantar Worldpanel on the prepared market, and utilising its membership of British Summer Fruits and Producer Organisation Asplins for berry sales insight.“We’ll dive more into the data on consumer habits once we get some turnover to invest back into the facility,” Miller reveals. “While we do see ourselves as a berry-focused factory, we will adapt our range absolutely to the customers’ needs.”Built to lastTo that end, The Fruitery has been built to last, mirroring the eco-credentials of the wider Chambers fruit business. The building features roof-top solar panels, recycles water where possible, and uses recyclable PET or cellulose packaging for its punnets and pots.“We’re very mindful of our impact on the environment,” Miller explains. “On packaging, we continue to work with customers to reduce our use of plastics, while maintaining the protection for produce. “The use of plastics where they’re not adding a benefit is an issue that does need to be looked at. However, within produce, some plastic packaging can aid shelf-life or have a lower carbon footprint than, say, brown paper bags. There are still a lot of questions.“But there is advanced work on cellulose packaging, which is biodegradable and maintains its structure. And I’m sure at Fruit Logistica, we will see further progress with new innovations on that front.”Future-proofingBeyond plugging a gap in the prepared fruit market, the diversification of the business at a time of political and economic uncertainty in the UK is also designed to future-proof Chambers, which has grown fruit in Kent for generations, and has farming links dating as far back as 1624.“Chambers is a historical, family business, and [chairman] Tim Chambers would say we’ve never really had a time when there hasn’t been political or economic uncertainty,” notes Miller.“The Fruitery is a natural diversification of our farming business, and not too dissimilar to the core. In this way, Chambers is preparing for the uncertainty ahead. We feel we’re in a very strong position.”With labour representing one of the major issues for UK horticulture currently, Miller says The Fruitery puts Chambers in a stronger position since more jobs will be created in a division that complements the company’s existing workforce. Added to that, Chambers is a large, independent grower that already occupies a decent share of the UK’s fresh berry market, and going forward potentially the prepared berry market too.“We’re fortunate to be in a product area [berries] that is increasingly popular,” Miller admits.“We have no doubt that UK and European trends will continue to focus on healthy eating. There are government initiatives regarding fruit and what we eat given the larger socio-economic impact of eating fresh fruit. And, increasingly the trend in the UK tends to be around being time poor and eating on-the-go.“For us to find a product area that enables people to eat fresh fruit at different times of the day – I think that’s a growing trend.”Varietal innovationIn the meantime, varietal innovation continues to be a major focus for Chambers, which grows an extensive range of berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries), redcurrants and cherries, as well as gooseberries and rhubarb.“We want to make sure that we’re continuously improving, that we’re making sure we’re growing and packing the right fruit for flavour, appearance, yield and shelf life,” Miller says.As an independent grower, Chambers works with a number of different breeding groups, and claims to be at the cutting edge of research into experimental new varieties for commercial production. Company chairman Tim Chambers is also Chairman of The Rubus Breeding Consortium, which recently released two new raspberry varieties, Bella and Charm, that are now under production at Chambers. “We’re continuing to work on more varieties,” reveals Millers. “It’s an ongoing process, but there is some final development work that will be released shortly.” You might also be interested incenter_img Japan: Pair of premium mangoes sell for record US$ … Leading fruit breeders form alliance to fight risi … From the pages of Produce Business UKIn response to the continued popularity of berries and snacking, Kent-based soft fruit specialist Chambers has unveiled at Fruit Logistica a ‘UK first’ with its new £2 million prepared fruit division. Operational for just six weeks — yet already piquing customer interest — The Fruitery is packing pots and punnets of ready-to-eat, fresh snacking fruit, primarily berries, for retail and foodservice customers. PBUK speaks exclusively with Chambers’ Commercial Director, James Miller, to discover the benefits for UK buyers.Above all, the state-of-the-art facility enables Chambers to directly supply buyers an own-label and high-quality product that has a longer shelf-life, local provenance and lower food miles, according to Miller. This, he says, will enable Chambers’ customers to compete more effectively in the UK’s ever-expanding take-home and on-the-go prepared food markets. “Interestingly, in the UK there’s a gap in the market to produce freshly prepared berries,” Miller tells PBUK, claiming that Chambers, a major berry supplier to the leading UK multiples, is the only specialist fruit grower to have invested in its own prepared fruit facility.“Berries are difficult to produce; they’re volatile in the way they grow, and they’re difficult to handle. That’s our strength. We’re berry growers, and we work with berry growers all year-round. We have the fruit already, so what we’re doing is adding value to an already established supply chain to enable people to eat fresh fruit on-the-go.”Adding valueThe Fruitery marks the culmination of a two-year ambition to fulfil that demand. Located on the company’s existing site near Maidstone, during the UK season (April to December) the high-care facility will process fruit that has arrived within one hour directly from Chambers’ own production, which spans 400ha in Kent.Chambers also hopes to operate the facility year-round; importing fruit during the counter season from its overseas production bases in Iberia, Poland, Peru and Bulgaria, as well as via its network of global partner growers in 17 countries. “What we have at The Fruitery is the ability to select the very finest of berries and the most suitable fruit for the prepared [packing] process, either from our fields or from stock which has been brought in from around the world,” Miller points out.“That is unique in the way that prepared berry pots are being produced in the UK right now. During the UK season, we’ll pick and send fruit from the farm directly into The Fruitery, which is market-leading. It’ll be the quickest process that’s possible.”Indeed, Miller says this will translate into an additional two days of shelf-life because of a shortened supply chain, as well as a reduced carbon footprint, thanks to fewer lorries needed on the road.“The current industry practice requires fruit to be picked and sent to a processor, which could take up to two days alone,” he points out. “Through The Fruitery customers will get a longer shelf-life, which is all important when it comes to food waste. This gives customers a chance to sell the product, with less waste in the store, and gives consumers a longer opportunity to eat it.“Also, we are running the fruit through a process which effectively saves shoppers from having to go home to wash the fruit. You can really eat it on-the-go, which is more convenient.” Piquing interestOperational for just six weeks, The Fruitery is garnering solid interest from a broad customer base who can use either their own labels or The Fruitery branding on the packaging.“I think we’ll have interest from a number of different parties, including those we currently supply,” Miller reveals. “We’ve already received interest from companies in different areas of the market that we’re not necessarily serving right now.“We’re going to be quite flexible in terms of customer specifications. We have the ability to pack for retailers and foodservice companies, however they want. “Plus we’ve had some interest in packing under our own, new brand (The Fruitery) where it fits the requirements of our customers and their final consumers.”The current range comprises a four and five berry medley punnet in 160 gram (g), 220g and 240g variants; an 80g Blueberry snack pot; a Strawberry, Apple and Grape medley in 130g and 160g variants; a Strawberry and Apple medley in 130g and 160g variants; and a Strawberry and Grape medley in 130g and 160g variants.In addition, there is a catering pack (600g, 1kg and 1.5kg) in a variety of medley choices. All the fruit (including the apples) will be sourced from Chambers’ own farms or grower partnerships, apart from the table grapes, which will be imported from traditional overseas sources.Expanding the offerIn the future, Chambers expects to expand the range, and potentially even beyond freshly prepared fruit. Exports are also on the cards.“The Fruitery is very scalable for demand,” explains Miller. “The gap in the market for berry packs will get the excitement initially. But customers will ask, and have already asked, whether we will be expanding the range and adding different products.”last_img read more