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Womens Resource Society coordinating Fort St Johns first Homeless Count

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The first-ever count of Fort St. John’s homeless population will be conducted this April, and is being done in coordination with the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.The Society will be conducting the survey alongside Homelessness Services Association of BC. Fort St. John is one of twelve communities across B.C. that will participate in the province-wide count. Williams Lake, Prince Rupert, and Smithers are the three other Northern B.C. communities conducting a homeless count, which occurs between March 1st and April 30th. The provincial government’s role in the count is to ensure that the point-in-time methodology is being used consistently in the communities undergoing the count.The homeless count will occur over a span of 24 hours, beginning the night before April 18th and will include counts in shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight. During the day, the same procedure will occur; with mechanisms in place to avoid duplicating persons who have been counted already. Each person that is counted will be asked to complete a survey about their living situation to highlight needs for at-risk individuals, which can give feedback on potential future funding to help combat homelessness. The survey’s full results should be publicly available several months after the count is completed.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is currently searching for volunteers to help with this year’s homeless count. Each volunteer must be available the day of the count, and for a training session that is taking place the evening of Tuesday, April 10th. A survey has been created to best identify the commitments of each volunteer, and can be found at the following link: more information about the homeless count or how to volunteer, contact coordinator Phallon Stoutenburg at 250-787-1121 or by email at: read more

Japan confers honor on Lankan

“Some of the majorcontributions of Dr. Punchi Banda are promotion of Japanese agricultural technology and Japanese language in Sri Lanka and the many initiatives in training of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers working in Sri Lanka.” the Ambassador said. Dr. Punchi Banda was also instrumental in forging strong links between the two countries as a Vice President, Japanese Graduate Alumni Association in Sri Lanka (JAGAAS).  The 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sri Lanka were celebrated last year, where JAGAAS was actively involved in organizing several commemorative events with the good effort of Dr. Punchi Banda. The Government of Japan has conferred one of its distinguished honors “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays”,  on Dr. Sabhapathi Mudiyanselage Punchi Banda, Senior Advisor – JICA Sri Lanka Office, in recognition for his outstanding contributions in enhancing relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka, the Japanese Embassy in Colombo said today.Commenting on the award the Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Nobuhito Hobo said that Dr. Punchi Banda had played an important role in improving the effectiveness of Japan’s social and economic development cooperation to Sri Lanka, which enabled the strengthening of friendship and goodwill between the people of Japan and the people of Sri Lanka. “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays”, one of the decorations of Japan, is awarded by the Emperor of Japan to foreign nationals who have made notable contributions to enhance bilateral relations with Japan. The ceremony to confer the official decoration on Dr. Punchi Banda will be held in late May, 2013 at the Ambassador’s residence. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Carbon Dinos Showcased at Annual Choir Concert Photo Gallery

Photos by Jeff Barrett The Carbon Dinos welcomed friends, family and members of the community to their choir showcase concert on Monday evening.People filled the high school auditorium as the young singers delighted with pieces they have learned throughout the school year. Women’s, men’s and combined choir performances made up the evening.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 Steps singer Faye Tozer is the second celebrity

The BBC have announced the second contestant to take part in Strictly Come Dancing this year. Appearing on The One Show, Steps singer Faye Tozer confirmed that she would be taking part in the competition. The 42-year-old from Northampton joined Steps in 1997, and went on to have two number one singles and two number one albums, as well as 14 consecutive top 5 singles. The group sold over 20 million records worldwide. “I have lied to so many people,” she admitted to presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones. Relieved that she could now speak openly about taking part, Tozer said that she was most looking forward to getting dressed up. “I am all about the costumes,” she said. “It’s the crystals, the huge hair, the themed nights…”–– ADVERTISEMENT –– That prompted Jones to ask what Tozer will say when people inevitably suggest that having previous dance experience is unfair.  “Well I think you’ll find a few of us have,” she replied. “I think that’s what makes it an interesting competition. Even though I have got some experience, I don’t have any ballroom experience. So I’m really excited to get my teeth into that and dance with a partner.”Baker gave Jones a nudge as he reminisced about all the times they have performed the dance to Steps’ cover of the Bee Gees classic Tragedy while on nights out. However, Tozer said she didn’t want to dance to that song on the show because it already has a routine. “That would throw me off,” she said.  Faye Tozer, second left, with the rest of Steps in 2001 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Faye Tozer, second left, with the rest of Steps in 2001Credit:PA Earlier today it was announced that Katie Piper would also be taking part in this year’s show.  Steps disbanded in 2001, after which Tozer presented various TV shows, including the Pepsi Chart Show and SMTV, as well as having a top 10 single with Russell Watson in 2002. Tozer then moved on to musical theatre, appearing in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday in 2004, followed by a host of other stage roles. Steps successfully reformed in 2011 when they appeared on Sky Living’s reality TV shows Steps: The Reunion and On the Road Again. In their heyday, Steps were well known for their choreographed videos, prompting fans around the world to learn the routines – meaning that Tozer could be in with a good chance at winning the glitterball trophy. When presenter George Lamb, who was also a guest in the studio alongside his father Larry, asked if she was a good dancer, Tozer replied: “I’d like to say I’m pretty good. I hope that I can work this and get as far as possible.” read more

Poll Do you think the 9 VAT rate for the hotel and

first_img Yes (1129) Poll Results: No (2110) YesNoVote MINISTER FOR FINANCE Michael Noonan has indicated that the 9 per cent rate of VAT for the hotel and tourism industry will rise in the forthcoming Budget.It was reduced from 13.5 per cent in 2011. Minister Noonan has stated that the reduction was only ever meant to be a temporary measure.Many restaurants and hoteliers are lobbying for the VAT rate to remain indicating that it is stimulating the tourism industry.Today’s topic therefore is: Do you think the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hotel and tourism industry should remain? last_img read more

Des astéroïdes ont frôlé la Terre cette semaine

first_imgDes astéroïdes ont ‘frôlé’ la Terre cette semaineSelon le DailyMail, un astéroïde de plusieurs mètres est passé à quelques milliers de kilomètres de la Terre le lundi 28 mai, suivi d’un second le mardi, dont la trajectoire a été calculée et suivie par des astronomes américains. 2012 KT42 : c’est le nom que les astronomes ont donné à cet astéroïde de 4,85 mètres de large qui est passé, à une vitesse de 61.000 kilomètres par heure, à quelque 14.300 kilomètres de la Terre (l’équivalent d’un vol New York – Nouvelle-Zélande), mardi 29 mai vers 2h du matin. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreDétecté et suivi par Alex Gibbs, de la Catalina Sky Survey à l’Université de l’Arizona, le morceau de roc cosmique, dont la trajectoire et la vitesse avaient été calculées à l’avance, se serait de toute façon probablement consumé dans l’atmosphère terrestre s’il avait pénétré dans celle-ci. D’ailleurs il n’a pas été le seul à “frôler” notre planète ces derniers jours. La veille, un autre astéroïde, de 19,50 mètres, était passé à environ 51.500 kilomètres de notre planète. L’un comme l’autre sont relativement modestes comparés à 2012 DA14, un astéroïde de 14.000 tonnes et large de 45,70 mètres qui devrait ‘frôler’ la Terre à 33.800 kilomètres de distance, en février 2013, et serait, selon les mises en garde de la NASA, assez grand pour perturber certains satellites.Le 1 juin 2012 à 18:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SPOILERS 210 WWE Main Event tapings in Dayton

first_img Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Match to determine the inaugural AEW World Champion to main event All Out in Chicago Google+ Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstarscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Artem Chigvintsev says Nikki Bella is his ‘soulmate’ Dana Brooke suffers head injury during WWE Main Event tapings this past Monday in Los Angeles The following was taped on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio.Dark match:* WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella def. Emma.2/10 WWE Main Event tapings:* The Ascension def. a local tag team.* Naomi def. Natalya.* Cesaro def. Sin Cara.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNatalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women SuperstarsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:06/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 29.74%0:01Remaining Time -1:05 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Superstar Natalya Comments On Jim Neidhart’s Death Natalya Neidhart WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Facebook WWE RAW Results – 5/6/19 (Roman Reigns defies WWE management to appear on the show)last_img read more

Gambia mulling Tunisia friendly

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah The Scorpions could have a go at Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles in a possible friendly ahead of the qualifier game against Cameroon.Coach Raoul Savoy’s men are raring to go September 6th at the Independence Stadium but a test match could be lined up prior to the intriguing contest against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.An exhibition match was first mooted with the Moroccan national team but it appears Tunisia now looks to be more on the cards.‘The plan is to camp the boys in Morocco where they’re expected to face Tunisia in a friendly but nothing has been confirmed yet,’ a source tells Foroyaa Sport.Though Football House wouldn’t verify definite possibility of the friendly, one thing is certain, a test match isn’t expected to be staged in the absence of Gambia gaffer Savoy who, this publication understands, is at home in Geneva.‘The Gambia coach will return to Banjul in two weeks’ the source adds.]]>last_img read more

Public Hearing On Proposed Plastic Bag Ban In Soldotna

first_imgSoldotna City Council Member Lisa Parker introduced the ordinance: “What it would do, it will prohibit stores from using plastic bags after November of 2018. It wouldn’t preclude you from taking plastic bags in as a resident and using it, but the store could not provide you with a plastic bag for bagging groceries. Recyclable bags that are available in the store is what we would move towards.” The proposed ordinance calls for an effective date of November 1, 2018,  giving Soldotna businesses the opportunity to make the transition. The City of Homer enacted a similar law banning plastic bags in August of 2012, with an effective date of January 1, 2013. In February of 2013 a citizen’s referendum was filed and in October of 2013 the voters of the City of Homer repealed the plastic bag ban. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council introduced an ordinance that aims to ban the distribution of plastic shopping bags by retail businesses in the City of Soldotna.center_img Parker and Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen have visited with some of the local businesses todiscuss the ordinance. According to a letter to the council from Parker, while there has been no outright opposition, businesses have requested the ordinance not take effect immediately, giving them and their staff time to inform shoppers of the upcoming change. The Soldotna City Council will have a public hearing on the ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m., at Soldotna City Hall.last_img read more

Paramo selected as new Anchorage Schools superintendent

first_imgDeena Paramo talks about her new position as the superintendent of Anchorage School District during a press conference with School Board President Kameron Perez-Verdia. (Hillman/KSKA)Download AudioThe Anchorage School Board has chosen the district’s new superintendent – Dr. Deena Paramo.Paramo is currently the superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District but will take over the helm of the Anchorage School District on July 1.School Board President Kameron Perez-Verdia says the board deliberated for about two hours on Thursday to make the final decision using input from the community.“The board was particularly impressed with her energy, innovative ideas, and student-focused thinking,” he said during a press conference.Paramo has worked in education for 25 years, starting as a teacher. She says she’s knows Anchorage is very different from Mat-Su and will begin her career there by listening.“Public education is part of the public process, and really takes the community of students and staff and the community at large to really understand what do you want at your schools and what you want for your young people. And I’ll work to get us to those goals.”Anchorage Education Association President Andy Holleman says Paramo is capable and qualified for the job, and he is interested in getting to know her better.“Certainly we’ve had a lot of feedback from different people [in Mat-Su]. And there are some things that have been very positive and things that some people have been upset about, and we’ll see how policies go forward here.”Paramo was chosen over finalist Dr. Steve Atwater, interim dean of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Education, and more than 80 other applicants in the nationwide search. She’ll earn $235,000 per year plus benefits.last_img read more

Chidambaram goes incommunicado

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has rejected former Union finance minister P Chidambaram’s anticipatory plea for protection from arrest in the INX Media case. Chidambaram has moved SC over the order. Justice Sunil Gaur, who delivered the judgment on Tuesday, had reserved the order on January 25. “Both the petitions (in CBI and ED case) are dismissed,” said Justice Gaur. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us After the court pronounced the order, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for Chidambaram, sought a stay on the operation of the order for three days, to which the court said that it will consider the request and will pass an order on it. During the arguments, both the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate had opposed Chidambaram’s plea on the ground that his custodial interrogation was required as he was evasive during questioning. Following the rejection of the anticipatory bail plea, P Chidambram lawyers are likely to approach the Supreme Court. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us High Court said facts reveal that Chidambaram is the kingpin, the key conspirator in the INX Media case. The court is of prima facie opinion that custodial interrogation of Chidambaram is required for an effective investigation in the case. “It is a classic case of money laundering and granting bail in such case will send the wrong message to the society,” said the court while reserving the order.last_img read more

Carelessly crossing the highways

first_imgThis is the bus stand on the Dhaka-Savar highway. The highway is divided into four lanes with four-foot high dividers.People often to cross the roads here, paying no heed to traffic rules. Men, women and children, all climb over the highway dividerThese pictures were taken on Friday along the highway.Photo: Dipu MalakarAfter alighting from a bus,  passengers try to climb over the road divider. Photo: Dipu MalakarPassers-by rush to cross the highway. Photo: Dipu MalakarA family tries to clamber over the road divider at the risk of their lives. Photo: Dipu MalakarPeople crossing the busy highway. Photo: Dipu MalakarA motorcycle going the wrong way at Hemayetpur intersection. Photo: Dipu MalakarDespite a ban, trucks on the highway still have sharp iron hooks on the sides. Photo: Dipu MalakarA man carelessly rushes across the road .last_img read more

CHECK OUT Closures And Parking in The Downtown Area For World Series

first_imgAlso, find information about Parking areas around Downtown and a METRO map here: World Series Street Closure and Parking Information Share These are the closures around Minute Maid Park beginning Friday and through the weekend:Red: Closures Orange: Approved Detourslast_img

Nitish expresses concern over devolution

first_img“I thank you for expressing an unwavering commitment of the Union government towards the overall development of Bihar and betterment of its people. However, a lot is desired in deeds, which, it seems, doesn’t appear to be forthcoming,” he said in a letter to the Union Finance Minister on Wednesday.Claiming that the state government’s concern over the proposed devolution on the basis of 14th Finance Commission recommendations has not been assuaged, Kumar claimed Bihar had been let down by the horizontal distribution of funds under the divisible pool of resources as per the 14th Finance Commission recommendations. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“Statistically, it appears that the allocation recommended by the 14th Finance Commission out of the divisible pool is 136 per cent more than what was allocated by the 13th Finance Commission, but both the allocation figures are not comparable at all,” the Chief Minister said.The commission itself has noted that since there was little scope to increase the share of aggregate transfers from the Union Government to the states, all that it has done is to suggest compositional shift in the total transfers, the Chief Minister said. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeElaborating, he said that as regards vertical distribution under the 13th Finance Commission, the size of the divisible pool of resources was 32 per cent of the net tax revenue receipts of the Union Government, but there were other transfers through grants-in-aid to the states.Under the 14th Finance Commission, the divisible pool of resources has undoubtedly become larger at 42 per cent of the net tax revenue receipts of the Centre, but all other transfers to the states would be less which the Commission itself has noted, Kumar said and claimed that component-wise comparison of different transfer figures was bound to be misleading. “We ought to compare only total transfers to the state. The impact of changes in vertical transfer patterns is similar in all states. But, whether the recommendations are fair to Bihar can be judged only by analysing the horizontal distribution pattern,” he pointed out. The chief minister wrote in his letter, “A decrease in the share of divisible pool of taxes for Bihar from 10.92 per cent to 9.67 per cent is not insignificant, but a sizable reduction of 1.25 percentage point. The reasons for the decrease in allocation are surprising and untenable.”last_img read more

MasterCard and AccorHotels enter threeyear partnership

first_imgMasterCard and AccorHotels have announced a partnership that will offer MasterCard cardholders exclusive privileges when they stay at selected AccorHotels properties in Asia Pacific.From delicious meals and award-winning spa retreats to a complimentary night’s stay, MasterCard cardholders can look forward to an exciting range of indulgent treats and deals when they stay at more than 550 AccorHotels properties in the region.As part of the three-year partnership, AccorHotels and MasterCard have introduced three programs to make cardholders’ holidays a little more special.Cardholders looking for a much needed escape can book a three-day, two night stay at any of AccorHotels’ participating resorts and enjoy a complimentary night with AccorHotels’ Dream Getaway program from now until 31 March 2016.They can also look forward to an array of personalization services, including bespoke butler and nanny services, and kick start their day with breakfast included for up to two people for each day of their stay.Those longing for some fun in the sun can enter AccorHotels’ My Resort Moment competition – by snapping and sharing a special moment at an AccorHotels hotel or resort on Instagram, one lucky cardholder stands to win one of four luxury resort stays worth up to US$1,000 each month from now till 31 March 2016.To unlock these exclusive deals, all cardholders need to do is visit the MasterCard-AccorHotels partner page, enter their Le Club AccorHotels loyalty number, and the last four digits of their MasterCard card. Cardholders who are not yet a Le Club AccorHotels member can sign up here.“We are very excited to partner with MasterCard to offer their cardholders special privileges and offers when they stay with AccorHotels and hope that this partnership will encourage their members to explore more of our hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific,” said Michael Parsons, AccorHotels Vice President Marketing & Strategic Relationships, Asia Pacific.“AccorHotels has more than 550 participating hotels across 17 countries and we continue to open one new hotel per week on average across the region, so there are choices for every type of stay, from city centres to beachside resorts and everything in between.”“Asia Pacific has long been home to some of the world’s top tourist attractions, and MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2015 showed that six of the most visited cities in the world are now right here in Asia,” said Nagesh Devata, group head of Merchant & Acceptance Development, Asia Pacific, MasterCard.“Through our partnership with AccorHotels, we want to provide MasterCard cardholders traveling to countries in the region with not just great value but also access to an array of exclusive rewards and privileges that will make their trips even more priceless.”Hotels under the AccorHotels brand include Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Mercure, Adagio and ibis. Learn more hereSource = MasterCard/AccorHotelslast_img read more

Sabre and HNA Aviation Group solidify relationship

first_imgSabre and HNA Aviation Group solidify relationshipSabre and HNA Aviation Group solidify relationshipSabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has entered into an agreement with HNA Aviation Group to provide its airlines with software that will help create more revenue opportunities while operating more efficiently. Sabre Airline Solutions will play a key role in helping the airlines navigate the highly complex operating environments that are seen in China and the global aviation landscape. HNA Aviation Group is one of the fastest growing airlines in China and has earned a 5-star Skytrax rating for its level of service.“We are honored to work with the HNA Aviation Group to help them with their technology and business needs as they continue to grow,” said Hugh Jones, executive vice president and president, Sabre Airline Solutions. “China is a critical aviation market for Sabre because of its rapid growth. With that growth comes an increase in operational complexities. Our technology with help with that complexity and will allow HNA’s airlines to compete more effectively in a very competitive global environment.”“HNA Aviation Group, one of HNA Group’s core entities, is built on the enormous tourist market in China and is devoted to the development of aviation and tourist industry,” said Mr Xie Haoming, COO of HNA Tourism Group. “The industry-leading solutions that Sabre has developed will make our airlines more efficient and profitable and enable us to better service our customers.”HNA will harness the AirVision Planning and Scheduling and AirCentre Movement suite of products. The AirVision Planning and Scheduling solution will enable HNA to accurately forecast demand and deliver profitable schedules across their network all while enabling its airlines to capture more revenue. It also takes a comprehensive view of the airline to deliver solutions on time and on budget while providing around-the-clock global customer care.The AirCentre Movement Manager and Recovery Manager will help HNA enhance cross-functional operations control through integrated workflow and systems that intuitively manage daily operations and disruptions to protect on time performance and passenger experience.“This relationship with HNA Aviation Group is a great opportunity to introduce new tools and continue to build a stronger team in China,” said Dasha Kuksenko, vice president and regional general manager, Asia Pacific, Sabre Airlines Solutions. “Sabre has significantly increased its presence and engagement in Asia Pacific by developing an operations center in Shanghai, which complements our team in Beijing.”To commemorate the agreement between the two companies, a signing ceremony was held yesterday in Beijing with executives from HNA Aviation Group and Sabre in attendance.About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.About HNA Aviation Group HNA Aviation is making a leading global modern aerial transportation comprehensive operator in solving problems by focusing on air transport enterprise cluster and integrating all kinds of trip elements. Based on the cluster of air transport enterprises, HNA Aviation seeks global expansion and presence in the entire industrial chain by establishing supporting industries of aviation maintenance technology (MRO), general aviation (aviation academy), business trip service (sale), ground support and aviation logistics. HNA Aviation holds 18 airline companies, possessing aircraft fleet of more than 700 carriers in total, and the passenger volume has mounted to 90 million people each year.Source = Sabrelast_img read more

Raffles Hotel and Gardens by the Bay win Top Influential Brands awards

first_imgRaffles Hotel and Gardens by the Bay win Top Influential Brands awardsRaffles Hotel and Gardens by the Bay win Top Influential Brands awardsRaffles Hotel and Gardens by the Bay won Influential Brands® Top Influential Brands awards for the Heritage Hotel and Tourist Attraction categories respectively. The announcement was made at a black-tie ceremony held at Capitol Theatre on 7 November 2017 in conjunction with the 2017 CEO Asia Conference (now in its 5th edition).“These deserving names represent brands which are enjoyed and loved by consumers in Asia. We are proud to have identified the finest selection of Awardees this year that clearly represent Asia’s ambition to build prominent local and global brands,” said Mr JorgeRodriguez, Managing Director of Influential Brands.The win is backed by more than five years of consumer insights and surveys covering five Asian countries and more than 5,000 participants. The countries surveyed include China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. The Asia-wide study was conducted via both face-to-face and online surveys. More than 50 categories from “Online Marketplace”, “Food and Beverage (F&B)” and “Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)”, to “Electronics” and “Beauty & Wellness” were covered. Only top 5 brands from each category qualified for this award. There were 33 winners for the “Top Influential Brands” awards this year.Influential Brands®, in partnership with knowledge partner, Deloitte Singapore, education partner, SIM, and official car, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, rolled out the red carpet for the glitzy event. It toasted some of Asia’s captains of industry across 50 industries such as Hospitality, Property, Bank, Airline, Automobile, F&B, Healthcare, Retail, Technology, FMCG, as well as Communication among others. Mr Teo Ser Luck, Member of Parliament, was the Guest-of-Honour at the event.The event was a huge success as more than 400 influential Asian C-suite executives from over 100 leading companies across the region including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and China attended the event. The theme for this year: “The Future of Business in Asia”.Raffles Hotel and Gardens by the Bay’s wins were among 46 distinguished CEOs (6 Top CEO of the Year awards), brands (1 Hall of Fame; 33 Top Influential Brands; and 4 Outstanding Brands awards) and personalities (1 Influential Woman of the Year and 1 Influential Artist of the Year awards) awarded at the event.Source = Influential Brands®last_img read more

Le Meridien opens a new hotel in Bhutan

first_imgStarwood Hotels & Resorts has launched its second Le Méridien hotel in Bhutan.Set on the banks of the Paro River, Le Méridien Paro Riverfront offers views of the Himalayas. It provides just 59 rooms and suites, plus a restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre and spa. All guests would also be offered free access to Ta Dzong, Bhutan’s National Museum, as part of the hotel’s ‘Unlock Art’ programme.The opening of the Paro property comes less than a year after the launch of Le Méridien Thimphu, which offers 78 rooms in Bhutan’s capital city.“Bhutan truly is a one-of-a-kind destination waiting to be discovered, and with two stunning Le Méridien hotels in Paro and Thimphu, we are delighted to help adventure seekers unlock the country’s mythical allure,” said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Le Méridien Hotel & Resorts.last_img read more

UK Tesco adds plantbased meals to its meat ais

first_img U.K.: Tesco adds plant-based meals to its meat ais … U.K.: Tesco trials removing plastic from fruit and … Leading British supermarket chain Tesco says it will remove more than a hundred more best before dates from its fruit and vegetables, in the latest push to cut down on food waste.The company says that newly commissioned research of reveals 69% of customers believe scrapping best before dates is a good idea, while just over half of the 2,000 shoppers surveyed believe scrapping best before dates helps them keep perfectly good food for longer.Best before dates will be scrapped on 116 additional products including apples, oranges, cabbages and asparagus. This follows the supermarket removing the guidance dates from around 70 fruit and vegetable lines earlier this year. “Removing best before dates is our way of making it easier for customers to reduce food waste at home and save money in the process,” said Mark Little, Tesco’s head of food waste.”It’s simply not right that food goes to waste and we’re going to do everything we can to help.”Last week, CEO Dave Lewis called for global transparency on food waste as twenty-seven of Tesco’s biggest suppliers published their food waste data for the first time.Tesco became the first UK retailer to publish the amount of food wasted in its U.K. operations in 2013. The retailer is now over 70% of the way towards its goal that no food that’s safe for human consumption goes to waste from its U.K. stores and distribution centers. U.K.: Greenyard Frozen and Tesco announce new part … You might also be interested in October 08 , 2018 last_img read more

September 17 2012The sun began to set on Arcosant

first_imgSeptember 17, 2012The sun began to set on Arcosanti’s Colly Soleri Memorial Garden Saturday evening as alumni new and old, workshop participants, volunteers and employees were joined by visitors from across the world at a wine and cheese reception before the concert.  [Photo and text by Donald Mahoney]The Colly Soleri Memorial Concert series was started in 1982 to honor Mr. Soleri’s late wife.[Photo and text by Donald Mahoney]Returning for her eleventh time here at the Colly Soleri Music Center, Sonya Lee delighted the audience with an eclectic mix of pieces by Mozart, Chopin, Satie, and a well received rendition of John Cage’s 4’33.[Photo and text by Donald Mahoney]After the concert, attendees enjoyed delicious poached salmon, cauliflower au gratin, and salad with Paolo’s dressing.[Photo and text by Donald Mahoney]last_img read more