Brands To Believe In

first_imgBRO scratches beneath the greenwashed veneer to uncover the most environmentally conscious outdoor companies, including the brands that are most active in protecting public lands.The announcement blasted through the Salt Palace Convention Center’s speakers at a level that was hard to miss. By the third warning, it was clear what Outdoor Retailer and the Outdoor Industry Association wanted—everyone needed to be out in the streets, signs in hand, starting the march through Salt Lake City to the Utah state capitol a few blocks away.In about 2,500 ways, they got what they wanted—that’s the number of Outdoor Retailer attendees that made the march uptown on a July day in 2017 in a pissed-off farewell to a city and state that the industry decided didn’t care about public lands, or by extension, them.But even as the large, boisterous crowd made its way up State Street toward the end of a week filled with impassioned speeches decrying the state of Utah and worshiping Bears Ears, despite the happy hours benefiting the Access Fund and Conservation Alliance, despite the buildup for the march and the palpable excitement to leave Utah in Outdoor Retailer’s dust en route to the more politically-hospitable Denver, the show floor of the Salt Palace seemed remarkably…unchanged.Showgoers hustled through the narrow corridors between booths en route to afternoon meetings, happy hours kept their taps flowing, and business continued as if the public lands debate weren’t even on their radar. For some, it wasn’t—they inexplicably didn’t even know about the march. For others, their explanation of playing hookie on what seemed like required group advocacy time was as simple as a shrug. “It’s business as usual. Someone has to keep the lights on.”For some brands, it’s just that simple: Sure, without public lands, selling outdoor gear gets harder, but if we can’t sell gear because we’re too busy saving public lands, then what’s the point?Not everyone took that line, though. Scarpa’s entire booth was vacant, chairs blocking the entrance and a white sign with “GONE MARCHING” scribbled in marker. Other brands made their statements before the show, like Patagonia and Arc’teryx (a Canadian company), which quit the trade show months earlier over the Trump Administration’s decision to reverse President Obama’s designation of Bears Ears National Monument. Their goal? Pressure Emerald Expositions, the organizers of the Outdoor Retailer show, into fighting the state or leaving it. Their plan worked.But the march laid out in stark contrast the difference in environmental and political action across a seemingly (or at least, that’s what OIA would like you to think) united industry. On one end of the spectrum, Patagonia actively attempts to limit growth and profit. The idea is that by making their products last longer, repairable, or reusable, they’ll sell fewer and create less waste, put less in landfills, etc. Not to mention taking legal action against the government over environmental deregulation and bailing out of the industry’s biggest meeting in an effort to hijack the show from a state (and the economy of that state) that they don’t believe has the industry’s best interests in mind.Before the decision was made to leave Utah, the OIA would have had brands and consumers believe the biggest change would be made by brands sticking around the show—fighting—marching—raising their voices. The majority of brands apparently agreed, and most would probably say they stuck around for those same reasons. “Now more than ever, we need to act together to advocate and find a common voice to protect our most important asset—our public lands,” REI CEO Jerry Stritzke wrote in a letter posted on the company’s website just after Patagonia dropped out, explaining why his company wouldn’t be following suit.But if you were standing on the show floor while the seminal act of outdoor advocacy was organizing just outside the Salt Palace’s not-very-thick walls, you would be fair to think fighting for the outdoors is vital to the industry, so long as you didn’t already have a sales meeting scheduled.Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard told GreenBiz in 2013 that companies calling themselves “green” is just a buzzword that carries little weight, a marketing ploy targeted toward making consumers feel good about their purchases. Instead, he argues, brands should simply be making less product—“green” or not. That’s the basis of Patagonia’s environmental philosophy: encouraging their customers to buy less and create less waste.On the other end, The North Face looks to capitalize on that “green” idea in an effort to grow their piggy bank for environmental use on the back end. Last year, TNF launched its “Walls Are Meant For Climbing” campaign, donating $1 million to a trust dedicated to preserving public lands.And the fight for public lands might be the biggest window into brands’ motivations yet. Rather than universally supported causes like using recycled materials in product, supplying clean drinking water, or picking up trash, causes like the public lands fight and climate change are politically and culturally polarizing. While brands were, in the past, hesitant to endorse a single position on topics like this for fear of alienating a segment of their consumer base (especially for brands like Patagonia and The North Face whose customers extend far beyond the often politically homogeneous outdoor athlete), they’re more willing to take that potential hit in favor of the cause.Patagonia made headlines last winter for suing the Trump Administration over its delisting of Bears Ears National Monument, potentially the most effective yet riskiest method of securing America’s public lands. The listed defendants: Donald Trump, Ryan Zinke and a collection of other administration bureaucrats. While the statement was applauded by many of the brand’s customers, the hashtag #BoycottPatagonia began circulating online, an obvious sign that at least some potential customers were displeased.If a brand was willing to skip the march at Outdoor Retailer in favor of meeting with buyers, they likely wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice becoming the butt of a Twitter war with the Interior Department. Patagonia clearly didn’t care, pushing ahead with the suit. But then again, they want to sell fewer products anyway.PatagoniaWhile bringing out the big guns themselves, Patagonia also has a big belief in smaller, grassroots organizations, giving 1 percent of their sales (that’s more than just their profits) to these tiny, local groups annually. Grant winners include organizations demolishing dams, working on forest and waterway restoration, fighting climate change on a local level, protecting marine habitats, endangered plants and animals, and supporting local, sustainable agriculture. Over $89 million has gone out to groups like this since 1989. Plus, a new program called Patagonia Action Works gives everyday people who want to help out the resources to find local grant winners, encouraging more of their customers to give back too.ObozFor Oboz, the activist philosophy is simple: For every pair of shoes sold by the Bozeman, Montana boot manufacturer, they plant a tree. Since it was founded, the company has partnered with Trees for the Future to give a boost to biodiversity, food, crop windbreaks, mudslide control, and even tree-sourced medicine. As of August 2018, Oboz has spearheaded the planting of over 1,931,000 trees. At many Oboz retailers, you’ll walk out of the store with a sapling for simply trying a pair of boots on. “Like Dr. Seuss’ Lorax, I believed Oboz could speak for the trees,” said John Connelly, president and founder of Oboz. “The story was my favorite to read aloud to my kids and the tale has always stuck with me. So when we started Oboz, we could put the Lorax’s story into action and it was the right fit for our brand. People love trees.”Aspen Skiing CompanyWho has more to lose from climate change than the ski industry? Sure, pushing for renewable energy, funding climate change advocacy groups, and lobbying for political policy that acknowledges the risk of climate change does make good business sense for a brand like the Aspen Skiing Company (also known as Skico, which owns a collection of mountains primarily in Colorado), but they go above and beyond. The company has worked hard to diminish their own internal environmental impact, supported the advocacy group Protect Our Winters (POW), testified for the closure of two of Colorado’s coal power plants, filed legal briefs to the Supreme Court arguing that the EPA is required to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, and even boycotted Kleenex-brand products in their resorts over environmental concerns. “When it comes to sticking their neck out politically, [others] might not be as far out…Aspen Ski Co. has definitely been a leader in the industry,” POW’s executive director told the Denver Post.prAnaAnyone who has worked in retail knows the waste that is shipped into each store from retailers. On days new shipments of apparel arrive, plastic “poly bags” used to package individual garments pile up in garbage cans until they overflow. prAna decided to do away with the simple yet often-overlooked waste, instead rolling their garments and wrapping them in twine for shipment, a move the brand claims had kept 10.6 million poly bags out of landfills between 2011 and 2016—roughly the weight of 25 adult blue whales. But the brand doesn’t stop there. Sustainability is close at heart, with prAna making an effort to stick to organic cotton, recycled wool, hemp, recycled polyester, and responsibly-sourced down in as many of their products as possible.The North FaceTNF co-founder Doug Tompkins was a close friend of Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, and their environmental habits made that apparent, even if the brands utilize slightly different methods of advocacy today. Tompkins and his wife Kristine McDivitt Tompkins started spending their fortune (a total of $345 million) by buying large swaths of South American lands. Tompkins was killed in a kayaking accident in 2015 but earlier this year his wife finished the deal, donating 1 million acres to the government of Chile in exchange for the government designating another swath of land (they ended up adding another 9 million acres) to expand the country’s national parks and create a handful of new ones, growing the system by 40 percent.Hometown HeroesFarm to Feet SocksThese guys keep the sock business local by relying entirely on American materials (i.e. American sheep) and manufacturing done exclusively in the Carolinas. They claim to take “Made In the USA” one step further than most.Recover Brands This Hickory, North Carolina company makes shirts and other apparel entirely out of recycled materials. Post-consumer plastics (some of their shirts are made from water bottles—roughly 8 per shirt) and post-industrial cotton help keep these materials out of area landfills.ENOAsheville-based Eagles Nest Outfitters is, alongside Patagonia, part of One Percent for the Planet, giving 1 percent of their sales to environmental nonprofits. Plus, early this year, they announced that for every hammock sold, the brand would commit to planting two trees—one for each end of the hammock.Half-Moon OutfittersWith eight stores scattered across Georgia and South Carolina, the specialty outdoor retailer puts a high priority on sustainability. The chain’s second oldest shop is en route to being completely net-zero, meaning it produces roughly as much energy from rooftop solar panels as it uses. Another store features a large “tree” with metal limbs and solar panel leaves, aimed at powering a large part of that location.REPREVEWith aforementioned brands like Patagonia, prAva, Recover Brands, and more using their recycled fabrics, Greensboro, North Carolina’s REPREVE is a leading player in sustainable textiles. They’ve transformed over 13 billion plastic bottles into fibers and fabrics that then make technical wicking, cooling, and water-repellent materials popular within and without the outdoor industry.last_img read more

Central America: USAID Sends Aid to Countries Devastated by Hurricanes Eta and Iota

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 20, 2020 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to the destruction caused by two consecutive hurricanes in Central America.Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua on November 17 with winds of 250 km/h, less than two weeks after Tropical Storm Eta left at least 200 people dead and missing in the region, in addition to displacing thousands.“The United States, through USAID, was already providing assistance after Hurricane Eta made landfall, and is now allocating an additional $17 million in vital aid for people affected by both hurricanes in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua,” USAID said in a statement.The Guatemalan Army’s 6th Infantry Brigade supported the evacuation of families affected by the constant rains caused by Hurricane Iota. (Photo: Guatemalan Army)This new funding includes up to $8.5 million for Honduras, $7 million for Guatemala, and $1.5 million for Nicaragua to provide shelter, food, hygiene supplies, relief items, and protection for the most vulnerable people, USAID said.In Honduras, the Armed Forces’ Peacekeeping Operations Unit (UOMP, in Spanish) distributed more than 25,000 gallons of water to citizens affected by the hurricanes.“The UOMP has also led preventive evacuations, street cleaning, and damage assessment,” the Honduran Armed Forces reported.For its part, the Guatemalan Army intensified assistance in devastated and at-risk areas.“We have approximately 7,000 men and women members of the Army involved in response tasks that include searching for people, evacuation, and logistics to move humanitarian aid to the affected communities,” Rubén Téllez, spokesman for the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense, told Agencia Guatemalteca de Noticias.The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned of the catastrophic consequences of Hurricane Iota, this year’s 13th tropical storm in Central America.“We are running out of superlatives for this Atlantic hurricane season. It’s a record in every sense of the word,” WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis said in a statement.According to Nullis, the number and strength of hurricanes in 2020 are due to several causes, such as the absence of an El Niño event, ocean temperature, and atmospheric patterns — all factors that occur in an era of climate change.last_img read more

Boys’ basketball: Q&A with Bort Escoto

first_imgIn his 14th year as coach at Sylmar, Escoto has arguably one of his best teams ever heading into City Section postseason play. Guy Landry is an emerging force, Victor Rudd is developing into a star, Antonio Biglow is a heady floor leader, and Dwight Jones and Tyler Honeycutt have proven reliable from the perimeter, all while standout Mat Hankins has been out dealing with numerous injuries for the majority of the season. The Spartans (16-9) are one of the few area teams with a chance to make some noise in the Championship playoffs. It won’t be easy, though. Sylmar received the ninth seed amid some minor controversy and now must face one of the more difficult routes to the title game, beginning with Thursday’s first round game at home against perennial power Crenshaw (17-7). DN: Talk to me about your team’s chances. Crenshaw first, and if you manage to win, top-seeded Fairfax is going to be waiting for you guys in the second round. Do you feel like the City Section selection committee gave you guys a fair shot? BE: We got screwed. I told my assistant Charles White beforehand that we were going to get cheated. We were disappointed and angry when we learned where we ended up in the bracket. BE: Of course. How could you not? I’d be the answer to a pretty good trivia question if we win. Seriously, I’ve always admired Willie. I’ve patterned my program after his. I’d be rooting for him to win a title in his final year if we weren’t playing his team in the first round. DN: So the plan is, take out Willie and company, upset Fairfax and go on to win the championship at the L.A. Sports Arena on March 3rd … Are you going to guarantee that this group of yours is going to bring back a title to the San Fernando Valley? BE: I wouldn’t go that far. I can tell you this, we’re not the same team we were at the beginning of the season. We have all the pieces in place. We have the bodies. We have the horses and they’re ready to run. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img DN: What type of feedback have you gotten from your players, and are they overly discouraged? BE: No. Not really. I told them that there’s always going to be some bias when it comes to these things, so they were prepared. DN: Now what? Where do you go from here and how do you motivate the kids for the big-time challenge ahead? BE: We’re not going to cry about the situation. We’re men. We don’t care about being snubbed anymore. It is what it is. This is a hungry group, ready to show everyone what we’re about. Crenshaw is always good, so we can’t afford to look past them. And in order to win the City title, you have to beat Fairfax at some point. DN: Let’s talk a little more about Crenshaw, specifically coach Willie West. He’s a legend and plans on retiring after 39 years as the Cougars’ coach. Have you given much thought about his illustrious career – which includes eight Div. I state titles, 16 City Section championships since 1980 and more than 800 wins – ending with a loss in your gym? last_img read more

Jose: City or Liverpool will be champions

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho continued to play down his side’s title chances after their stunning 2-0 victory against leaders Liverpool at Anfield.Goals from Demba Ba and Willian moved the Blues to within two points of Brendan Rodgers’ team and meant Manchester City can secure the title by winning their remaining games.Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Now we can say we won both matches against the champions. If it’s Liverpool, we won both. If it’s City, we won both.“With these three points we need one point to finish third. It was a good season for us and an evolution in many aspects of this team.“The champions will be City or Liverpool so we have nothing to celebrate.“Obviously many people would be expecting us to come here and lose 3-0 or 5-0, like others. Many people thought it was impossible to get this result.“But the boys had an amazing performance so I’m so happy for them and for the fans. This is the spirit we always want at Chelsea.“We deserved to win – no doubt about it. At 1-0 for 45 minutes we were always comfortable and never in trouble against a fantastic team with beautiful players who score a lot of goals and smash every team who comes here.”More reaction from Anfield to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

One day left submit your short film for a chance to win

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement How to submit your film.Entries must be under 30 minutes – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental are all eligible but must be made by a Canadian writer, director or producer. The festival accepts films released after January 1, 2012.Tyler Parr, a previous winner of the Brian Linehan Actors Award for his work in the film Ironied, said about the NSI Online Short Film Festival: “What’s incredible about the festival is that they recognize precisely the commitment, time, expense and especially the passion that go into making a film. They have professional, dedicated jurors that come from a variety of backgrounds, so you know your film is being received with respect.”The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week. Since launching in 2008, the festival has programmed hundreds of films and awarded over $110K to Canadian media artists. Many of the films are available to watch in the archives.The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsors A&E Television Networks, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Blue Ant Media; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Advertisement $3,750 in cash awards are available to be won through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Films are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway until Wednesday, December 13, 2017.Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award and the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award. These awards are presented four times a year. The $1,500 Blue Ant Media Documentary Award is presented twice a year. Read about the most recent winners.All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and non-acting award winners are qualified to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (if award criteria are met). Login/Register With:last_img read more

The Rams Wont Get As Much From LA As The Lakers And

The source of an NFL team’s fortune looks a lot different than what fills the coffers for MLB, NBA and NHL teams. While 83 percent of the average team’s revenue in those sports comes from sources other than national TV deals — sources largely tied up in local earnings such as gate receipts and regional sports networks (more on those later) — that figure is only 46 percent for the average NFL club. Thus, financially, it matters less where an NFL team is located, because the team is going to get billions anyway from national revenue-sharing arrangements.1The NFL’s total revenue from national TV rights is a sum of deals with five networks: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network, plus a contract with DirecTV. Disclosure: FiveThirtyEight is owned by ESPN.This flattening of large-market revenue happens in other ways across all pro sports, such as the shared revenue brought in by licensing and merchandise (hats, jerseys, pagan blood contracts with FanKings), which insidery estimates put at approximately $3 billion annually — another $87 million or so per year per team after the league takes its 10 percent cut — and which is shared equally among 31 NFL teams. (The Cowboys are the only team that has an individual licensing and merchandising deal, because of course they are.)Comparing the Rams’ situation to those of teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB, all of which have lucrative regional TV deals that the NFL can’t tap into, reveals how little the Rams gain in television money by moving to Los Angeles. Specifically, we can zoom in to the revenue from Los Angeles teams’ TV contracts to see how much money the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, Kings and Ducks are pulling in from regional contracts: After years of speculation over which NFL team would be the first to surrender to Hollywood’s siren call, the inevitable finally happened: The league’s owners voted this week to allow the Rams to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles. In his attempt to justify the move, Rams owner Stan Kroenke made a lot of claims about the St. Louis area. He believed, or at least said, his team would be “on the road to financial ruin” if it stayed in the Gateway City because of what he alleged were poor economic prospects for the metro area, a declining population and various other local factors. The kabuki was unconvincing.Kroenke’s arguments rang hollow for a number of reasons, but his silly obsession with the drawbacks of the St. Louis area holds a major logical flaw: The Rams play in the only major pro league where local revenue takes a backseat to the revenue generated by shared, national television contracts. Regional sports networks (RSNs) have been all the rage for a while now, and the profits teams haul in by selling their cable rights — or, better yet, starting their own team-operated channels — have fueled the ballooning revenues in other leagues. In LA alone, the Lakers inked an RSN deal worth an average of $200 million a year,2Hence the figure we list above, a 20-year average from their contract with Time Warner Cable. and the Dodgers dropped jaws when it was announced their RSN contract would net $334 million per year in revenue. Even the Clippers, who come in well behind the Lakers, recently turned down a $60 million per year local deal, presumably because they’re holding out for something more lucrative.If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 60 percent more TV dollars than the average NFL team rakes in annually. And since the NFL does its television business on a strictly national basis, the Rams can’t unleash the power of an RSN on the eyeballs of the nation’s second-biggest media market.Kroenke would of course argue that the financial benefit comes from attendance — St. Louis was dead last in the NFL this season, and has floated around the bottom three during this decade. But even then, it’s not as though the Rams were always a draw in LA, as the Los Angeles Times noted in a 1994 game story titled “Attendance Is Not Exactly Peachy,” as just 32,969 fans turned out for a 14-12 snoozer against the Cardinals. (This was the “announced” attendance, which is definitionally lower than the actual attendance. Anaheim Stadium’s football capacity was 69,008.) The Rams were last in the league in attendance in 1994, their last year in Los Angeles.So Kroenke gains little in the way of media money by uprooting the Rams, and the benefits to the gate are far from certain once we look to LA’s not-that-distant history as a football town. What then does he gain by fistfighting St. Louis and burning every bridge on his way out of Missouri? One way to make sense of this is to look away from league revenue or fan interest and shift our attention downward, to Stan Kroenke’s pockets. Holy Cross economics professor Victor Matheson told the International Business Times that economists generally expect the Rams’ valuation to rise by at least $500 million with the move to LA. read more

Indian employees to see 108 salary hike in 2015

first_imgAccording to Towers Watson 2014-15 Asia-Pacific Salary Budget Planning Report, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Vietnam are set to lead the way with over 11 per cent overall salary increases while India is placed at the fourth position with an increase of 10.8 per cent. The report added that though salary across the regions are set to rise, a corresponding rise in inflation would mean that pay increases in ‘real terms’ would be eroded significantly in the coming year. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashChina is expected to see the highest salary increase — 5.2 per cent in real terms in the region, followed by Pakistan (4.5 per cent), Bangladesh (4.3 per cent), Vietnam (4.1 per cent) and Sri Lanka (3.8 per cent). India was ranked sixth with a corresponding real increase of 3.5 per cent. ‘We foresee an increased economic growth in Asia Pacific in 2015 in light of a declining unemployment rate and rising GDP in the region,’ Towers Watson Data Services practice leader, Asia Pacific Sambhav Rakyan said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists‘This, in turn, will lead to inflationary pressures that affect real salary increases. Indians will only see an effective salary increase that is one-third of the overall salary increase due to such pressures,’ Rakyan added.The report further noted that in 8 out of the 10 sectors surveyed, the pay raises for Executive Directors and Senior Management in India are expected to be higher than or equal to 2014 with the professional services sector particularly standing out at 4.5 per cent. In India all employees — from production workers to executive directors — are set to have higher pay raises than last year.last_img read more

Massive fire erupts at multistoreyed building near Exide Crossing

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at a multi-storeyed building near Exide crossing on Friday morning. Twelve fire tenders were pressed into action and the flames was doused after almost three hours. None was hurt or trapped in the building.On Friday morning, around 9:30 am, fire broke out at an office of an interior decoration company on the 4th floor of a multi-storied building located on 60, Chowringhee Road, popularly known as Mukherjee Building. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWithin a few minutes thick black smoke covered the entire Exide crossing and Bishop Lefroy Road. Occupants of the building ran out of the apartment in panic and people residing in adjacent buildings also got frightened seeing the thick black smoke and they too rushed out of their homes. Police and fire brigade were immediately informed. Primarily three fire tenders were sent to douse the flames but fire fighters realised that the intensity of the fire is quite high and therefore fire brigade control room was asked to send more fire tenders. Later, in two phases eight more fire tenders were sent at the incident site. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAt the first, fire fighters evacuated all the apartments adjacent to Mukherjee building. While a section of firefighters sprayed water from the ground floor, other firefighters divided into two groups sprayed water from other buildings. The Disaster Management Group (DMG), Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) also joined the fire fighters to bring the flames under control. The situation turned serious when a major vertical crack developed on the building due to the heat. Soon, a huge portion of the building collapsed. According to firefighters, the building was weak and therefore it collapsed but necessary safety precautions were taken in this regard. Fire minister Sujit Bose and Director General of Fire Jag Mohan arrived at the spot to take stock of the situation. After an elaborate discussion with the fire officials, Bose said: “Senior officials have visited the spot. The flames were brought under controlled after two hours. Though a part of the building collapsed, no one is trapped or injured. Some parts of the apartment need to be demolished. KMC will take a decision on that. An inquiry will be conducted to find out whether the building authorities have mandatory fire license and no objection certificates. Stringent action will be taken if negligence is found on anybody’s part. Some residents told me that they were alerted by the fire alarm.” According to CESC, engineers reached the site within 20 minutes and found that the fire erupted on the 4th floor of the multi-storied building. After consulting the fire brigade officials, power supply to the affected building was re-energised within 5 minutes. CESC engineers and workers kept a minute-to-minute watch till the fire was completely doused. Later, after the clearance given by the fire brigade, power supply was restored.last_img read more

Foodie bliss onboard Celebrity Edge with 29 dining venues

first_img Posted by Thursday, March 1, 2018 Tags: Celebrity Cruises, Culinary Tourism Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Foodie bliss onboard Celebrity Edge, with 29 dining venues Share For breakfast and lunch Le Grand Bistro is reminiscent of a bustling boulangerie-patisserie, with handmade macaroons, artisanal cheeses and freshly baked bread. At night the lights are dimmed, and an entirely new experience is served; Celebrity is bringing the tabletop to life in partnership with TableMation Studios, featuring Skullmapping’s world famous Le Petit Chef, an animated 3D character who appears right on guest’s plates and prepares each course they’ll be enjoying right before their eyes. Celebrity says it’s “an immersive fusion of entertainment and dining like nothing guests have ever experienced at sea”, and Celebrity guarantees that, as the brand is the very first cruise line to partner with TableMation Studios and Skullmapping.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoWith five diverse complimentary dining offerings – including the iconic Oceanview Café, now featuring more live action stations, and Mast Grill, plus three completely new offerings – Grand Plaza Café, The Spa Café and Juice Bar, and Eden Café – guests have even more ways to experience the world-class cuisine on Celebrity Edge, in addition to the new complimentary four Main Dining offerings, says the cruise line.The 11 bars and lounges on board Celebrity Edge include the iconic Martini Bar and the Eden Bar. Additional bars and lounges to be featured on Celebrity Edge include: The Retreat Lounge and The Retreat Pool Bar, both exclusive for Suite Class guests; The Theater Bar; The Casino Bar; The Club; Café Al Bacio; The Pool Bar and Edge Cabanas; Sunset Bar; and Il Secondo Bacio.Celebrity Edge will spend its inaugural season sailing alternating seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries before heading to the Mediterranean with a range of seven- to 11-night sailings from iconic cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019.Homeporting in Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Edge sets sail Nov. 21, 2018. Bookings are now open including dining reservations. Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022. MIAMI — Celebrity Edge’s new dining options run the gamut from a sky-high venue cantilevered 16 decks above the ocean, to a fusion of technology, animation and dining with ‘Le Petit Chef’.The 29 dining spots include four main dining restaurants, two Suite and AquaClass restaurants, seven new specialty restaurants, five complimentary dining venues, and 11 bars and lounges.“Once again Celebrity Edge is solidifying, amplifying, and putting a superlative on our award-winning culinary experience, allowing our guests to explore the world without ever leaving their table,” says Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “From the amazing destinations we visit globally, to the local ingredients sourced to satisfy the visionary recipes created by our Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, we open up the world through our unique culinary offerings.”Brian Abel, VP, Hotel Operations, Celebrity Cruises, adds: “We are known for our world-class culinary offerings – our guests tell us this is what sets us apart and the prestigious awards we win affirm that – and on Celebrity Edge, we’ve combined unique concepts, expansive menus, and incredible design to serve a platter of exciting new dining experiences never before seen at sea.”Celebrity has redesigned the main dining experience on Celebrity Edge, to include four complimentary restaurants, each with its own design and ambience inspired by a specific region of the world. Menus in every restaurant feature signature dishes that are offered today across the fleet, which change nightly, and also selections of dishes to showcase the inspiration.Tuscan Restaurant, a nod to Celebrity’s popular Tuscan Grille, features freshly made pastas, while Normandie Restaurant, a conceptual cousin of the brand’s French restaurant, Murano, will feature French dining.In the Cyprus Restaurant – a nod to the Mediterranean and Celebrity’s Greek heritage – guests will enjoy flavourful Mediterranean fare. And the Cosmopolitan Restaurant will feature new American cuisine.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJWith Celebrity Traditional Dining, guests choose early or late seating, which allows them to enjoy dinner at the same table with the same waiter every evening. With this option, they will be assigned to one of the four main restaurants, while having the ability to experience the others upon request.Celebrity has renamed its Celebrity Select Dining program Celebrity Select Dining Plus, now allowing guests to dine when and where they’d like to each evening; they can make reservations in any of the four restaurants at the time they wish.Suite Class guests have access to a private restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat, which the cruise line calls “an evolution of the highest-rated restaurant in the Celebrity fleet.”AquaClass guests will exclusively continue enjoying the clean, crisp flavors of the award-winning Blu, a spa-inspired restaurant.Six new specialty restaurants include: Fine Cut Steakhouse; Rooftop Garden Grill; Eden Restaurant; Raw on 5 offering the best delicacies from the sea and beyond; and Magic Carpet, billed as a one-of-a-kind al fresco dining adventure with the best views at sea. When the Magic Carpet is positioned at the very top level it becomes an extraordinary, exhilarating experience known as Dinner on the Edge.Le Grand Bistro will serve upscale French cuisine with stunning views of the sealast_img read more

VISIT FLORIDA hosts Canada Travel Trade FAM

first_imgVISIT FLORIDA hosts Canada Travel Trade FAM << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, May 23, 2019 Share Tags: FAM, VISIT FLORIDA By: VISIT FLORIDA Earlier this month, VISIT FLORIDA hosted eight travel agents on the Spring 2019 Canada Travel Trade FAM. Beginning in one of Florida’s largest gateways, the group flew direct from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale and explored the beautiful destination of Greater Fort Lauderdale, which included hotel site visits, airboat rides and riverboat cruises. The group then traveled a short way north to The Treasure Coast. This coastal and easily accessible destination is located on the southeastern coast of Florida and is comprised of three counties: Martin County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County. While in the Treasure Coast, the group enjoyed waterfront dining, hotel site visits and paddle boarding.In the fall, VISIT FLORIDA will host its next Canada Travel Trade FAM. To qualify for this FAM, agents must complete VISIT FLORIDA’s new online learning program, Florida Travel Pro. This e-learning platform is designed to help travel professionals nationwide discover the best the state has to offer and sell Florida like a pro. *NOTE: Once you complete the program, please email Summer Gonzalez ([email protected]) to express your interest in participating in this FAM.Become a Certified Florida Travel Pro at www.VisitFloridaTravelPro.com.last_img read more