MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final The victorious players of St Joseph’s Secondary School (Orlem), in a fitting gesture yesterday, dedicated their MSSA Div-II title to their former sports teacher, Arthur Pereira, who passed away last year after a prolonged battle with cancer. “We [team] dedicate this title to Arthur sir. After making it to the final, we all were very determined to succeed and win the title for Arthur sir, who was instrumental in teaching us the basics of the game,” skipper Adityan AP said. “Sir not only taught us how to play football, but also many other important values of life. He ensured that we were disciplined both on and off the field. He would always tell us that dedication and hard work are the only ways to success,” said Adityan, who had been under coach Arthur’s guidance for five years. “This is just a small way for us to repay Arthur Sir,” added Adityan.Related News Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Also Read: MSSA: Girls under 16 Division-II don’t report to play matches Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates
Since I work at Network for Good, I have access to all kinds of nifty data on giving. We process donations for tens of thousands of nonprofits via their websites and partners like Crowdrise and YourCause. So I was interested to see if the big push to encourage giving earlier this week – the first ever GivingTuesday “national day of giving” – yielded results.The early answer seems to be yes, it prompted giving.When we compared overall giving on GivingTuesday this year to giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving last year, we found donations more than doubled. Since Network for Good has been growing all year, we also looked at giving this past Monday compared to Tuesday to get a sense of what growth was attributable to GivingTuesday. We found donations on Tuesday were 55% higher than Monday.Blackbaud is showing a bump as well – 53% on GivingTuesday this year vs. the same Tuesday last year.To me, this just underlines the power of several things in fundraising:1. A sense of urgency: Naming a day after giving and urging action that particular day seems to have worked for many charities. Nonprofits that added matching donations into the mix did even better.2. Social norms: Creating an impression that many other people are taking action is effective.3. Seasonality: November and December are the easiest times to get people to donate. People are in spending and giving mode. I don’t think the day would have been as effective were it in January.Did your organization invite donations on Tuesday? What were your results?
Ahead of COP17 in Durban, WRI and UNEP, with the support of the Government of Ireland, released an analysis that seeks to answer this question. The paper reviews proposals from governments, academics, and NGOs on the design of the “climate regime” – the set of institutions at the international, national, and sub-national level involved in addressing climate change. While we did not endorse or rank proposals, we reviewed them based on the criteria of adequacy, equity, and implementation.WRI and UNEP hosted two initial events in Dublin and Washington D.C. to discuss how to turn some of these ideas into action.A recurring theme among the panelists’ presentations was that despite important advances, pledges put forward by Parties to the UNFCCC to date remain insufficient to ensure the worst effects of climate change are avoided.Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community, and Local Government for the government of Ireland, reaffirmed that there is no real alternative to the UNFCCC process, but that Parties have thus far failed to invest the ambition that is required in their pledges under the Convention. Nick Nuttall, spokesperson for UNEP, argued that the time has come for an “all hands on deck” approach, and that the paper provides an excellent overview of the rich landscape of ideas inside and outside of the UNFCCC that can provide pathways to boost such ambition globally. Professor John Sweeney from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, highlighted the importance of the paper in outlining alternative trajectories and complementary pathways that can be leveraged to encourage international climate mitigation.In Washington, D.C., Amy Fraenkel, Director, UNEP Regional Office for North America, spoke of the need for countries to consider all options available, and drew particular attention to the advances that can be made sub-nationally at the city or state level, where well-planned climate policies can benefit the economy, citizen livelihood, and public well-being. Jennifer Morgan, the Director of WRI’s Climate and Energy Program noted that two visions of the climate regime were in opposition and that the decisions in Durban would likely determine the future of the regime and lead us either towards a top-down or a bottom-up system. Maria del Socorro Flores Liera (from the Government of Mexico but speaking in her personal capacity) drew upon her extensive experience with the UNFCCC process to address the harsh political realities that go hand-in-hand with the negotiations. She pointed out that climate change is more than an environmental problem, and requires the cooperation of a diverse range of actors across economic interests. Despite difficult political realities, she noted that there appears to be change happening on the ground and that countries were developing and implementing concrete actions.During the discussion, participants discussed ways to catalyze the action that is happening on the ground, for example by helping people and governments realize that the costs of inaction outweigh those of immediate and ambitious climate policy implementation.In sum, many institutions and actors can play a part in the broader climate regime. The proposals reviewed in the paper show that we can take an all-hands-on-deck approach in which the UNFCCC and other actors work in tandem based on their respective strengths. We need to move the conversation from ‘we are not doing enough’ to ‘how can we do more collectively’. These options take us one step closer, and negotiators in Durban can begin to consider and act upon them.Options identified in the reviewOptions under the UNFCCC to Increase Ambition: Within the UNFCCC, new approaches could involve reducing the emissions of additional greenhouse gases, including additional sectors, and strengthening accounting rules for emissions and emission reductions. Utilizing tools within the UNFCCC can be beneficial because they minimize duplication and implementation costs while facilitating trust-building. However, other complementary options should also be considered.Options outside the UNFCCC to Increase Ambition: Beyond the UNFCCC process, approaches include multilateral, plurilateral, bilateral, and domestic strategies. These approaches could mobilize actors around shared interests like development, trade, human rights, and energy or food security. While new strategies can generate greater ambition, care should be taken not to undermine existing processes or create inefficiencies.Sharing the Mitigation Effort Under the UNFCCC: Various proposals could be used to allocate responsibility to bridge the gap between the current level of effort to reduce GHG emissions and the scientific recommendations. Possible approaches include dividing mitigation efforts based on countries’ capacity or based on countries’ contribution to the problem. Setting a global carbon budget would help ensure that the climate regime meets the adequacy standard, but it could be difficult to implement new allocations for emission obligations.The Role of Various Actors in Tracking Country Performance on Mitigation: Monitoring progress made by countries individually and in aggregate is an essential function of the climate regime. Harmonized accounting, reporting, and verification standards are fundamental to track such progress. Two options are to use tools within the UNFCCC or outside the UNFCCC. The paper discusses both options in detail.The Legal Form of a Future Climate Agreement: The issue of legally binding commitments is central to the debates ahead of Durban. The paper presents multiple options for climate negotiators: to proceed without new, legally-binding commitments; to commit to achieving new, legally-binding commitments immediately; or to strengthen the components of legal character over time to achieve new, legally-binding commitments as soon as possible. Join us for the launch of Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches in DurbanWHEN: Friday, Dec 9, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm WHERE: EU Pavilion WHAT: Launch at COP-17 in DurbanThe launch will focus in particular on two of the issues reviewed in the paper: options to increase ambition and the legal form of the climate agreement.Noel Casserly, Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Government of IrelandKaveh Zahedi, United Nations Environment ProgrammeJennifer Morgan, World Resources InstituteRemi Moncel, World Resources InstituteSrinivas Krishnaswamy, Vasudha Foundation IndiaJohn Sweeney, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (invited)Snacks and refreshments availableFor more information, contact Remi Moncel (RMoncel@wri.org) or Kaveh Zahedi (Kaveh.Zahedi@unep.org) This post was written in collaboration with Kevin McCall.Despite the urgency of the climate challenge, emissions are still on the rise, and countries’ pledges to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions still fall short, in aggregate, of what science suggests is necessary.So what more can we do to bridge this ambition gap?
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 22, 2013March 13, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today, March 22 is World Water Day, an annual UN event that seeks to draw attention to the persistent challenges related to securing clean water for people around the world. As the guest blog series coordinated by WASH Advocates earlier this month makes clear, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues are integral to the health, rights and general well-being of women and girls around the world, including maternal health. WASH issues connect to maternal health in ways that are both direct and immediate and indirect and far-ranging: clean water and sanitation are fundamental for the safety of mothers and infants during and just after childbirth, but these issues are just as important for ensuring that girls can go to school, women can work, and families everywhere can ensure the health and safety of their children.Given the intricate links between WASH and other issues – including maternal health – it is fitting that this year’s World Water Day theme is “cooperation.” After all, recognizing these connections only serves to underscore the importance of working together across what might otherwise appear to be wholly separate issues. As an article published today in The Huffington Post points out, issues related to water are often so much more: they are also women’s issues, child health issues, sanitation issues and education issues, to name just a few.For more on these connections, visit WASH Advocates’ interactive poster on WASH and maternal, newborn and child health. For more on World Water Day, visit The Huffington Post water page, WaterAids’s “Women and WaterAid” or UN Water.Share this:
Posted on June 18, 2014November 4, 2016By: Manuelle Hurwitz, Senior Adviser, Abortion, International Planned Parenthood Federation; Rebecca Wilkins, Programme Officer, Abortion, International Planned Parenthood FederationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)IPPF welcomes the research released by IHME and the WHO providing new estimates of maternal mortality and its causes. The research provides a lot of food for thought and areas for discussion, in particular around the recording and reporting of data on unsafe abortion.While these findings are not directly comparable to previous estimates of maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion, currently given as 13% , the findings suggest that maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion have been reduced. If accurate, this is in no small part due to the tireless efforts of many service providers and advocates working around the world, often in challenging environments, to increase women’s access to post-abortion care and safe abortion services and the rise in the use of misoprostol, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, which may be replacing other less safe methods of “unsafe abortion”. However, the data requires closer consideration and while these new findings suggest good progress in preventing maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion, we must bear in mind that the reality is likely to be much different.The WHO research acknowledges the challenges in collecting accurate data on maternal mortality due to unsafe abortion, challenges which make it highly likely that the number of maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion are consistently under reported. In many countries, abortion is subject to legal restrictions making it very difficult for women to access the safe and legal abortion services they need. Even in countries where legislation makes abortion more accessible, stigma around the issue may result in women using methods of abortion which are unsafe. These challenges can prevent women from telling friends and family about their attempts to end a pregnancy. Therefore any maternal death resulting from unsafe abortion may not be reported as such, leading to the under-representation of this issue in its contribution to maternal mortality.It is also important to note that in this research the categorization of maternal mortality due to abortion includes all induced abortion, miscarriage, and ectopic pregnancy. While we acknowledge that this methodology was chosen due to the ICD-10 reporting category definition of deaths due to “pregnancy with abortive outcome”, we need to recognize both the limitations and the potential for misinterpretation of this categorization. The major concern is that this categorization may lead to the results of the study being communicated in such a way that unfairly and inaccurately implies that all abortions are risky. We know that when performed under the correct conditions abortion is one of the safest medical procedures and carries very minimal risks to a woman’s health and life. The complications and risks to women – which have been well documented – arise from abortions performed unsafely.These statistics highlight two things. Firstly, there continues to be a need for further research in this area looking specifically into the incidence and outcomes of unsafe abortion, to provide a more up-to-date and accurate picture on the impact of unsafe abortion worldwide. Secondly, governments need to make abortion safe, legal and accessible to all women who need it. Abortion stigma also presents a real barrier to women accessing safe abortion services, and deserves equal attention by advocates, service providers and policy makers. Only by addressing these issues, will we see further reductions in preventable maternal mortality and morbidity resulting from unsafe abortion.Efforts to achieve this took a step forward in March 2014, when global leaders signed up to a declaration calling for universal access to safe legal abortion after a key two-day meeting that was co-sponsored by Ipas, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.Would you like to share your thoughts on the new maternal mortality estimates? Contribute to our blog series by sending a submission of 400-600 words to Katie Millar. Ahman E, Shah IH. New estimates and trends regarding unsafe abortion mortality. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2011;115:121–126Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on March 7, 2017March 31, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at the World Health Organization (WHO) seeks expert insight into two key areas: defining maternal death and clarifying skilled attendant at birth. Please read and share the following requests from RHR:Request for comments on the revision of definitions of maternal deathsThe identification of deaths during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period is a critical prerequisite for measurement of maternal mortality. However, in practice, the documentation and certification of maternal deaths and the accurate attribution of the cause of death has been an ongoing challenge.WHO/RHR invites comments on the utility and clarity of the proposed definitions of maternal deaths in the draft paper “Proposed revision of definitions of maternal deaths” from WHO Member States and other stakeholders.Please see the full call for comments for more details. Submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2017.Request for comments on the draft statement and background paper on skilled attendant at birthThe critical progress indicator, explicitly adopted by the Sustainable Development Goal and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016-2030 agendas is the “percentage of births delivered by skilled attendant at birth.”WHO/RHR invites comments on the draft statement and the background paper related to the draft statement.Please see the full call for comments for more details. Submit comments to email@example.com by 30 April 2017. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has hailed Harry Kane as an equal to Robert Lewandowski ahead of his side’s Champions League trip to Tottenham.Bundesliga champions Bayern began their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in Group B, while Spurs – runners up last season – drew 2-2 at Olympiacos.Lewandowski, who has started 2019-20 in superb form, scored Bayern’s second against Red Star, while Kane opened the scoring for Tottenham from the penalty spot in Greece. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Kane has six goals in all competitions this season compared to Lewandowski’s 11, but Kovac did not hold back in his praise of Tottenham’s talisman, insisting he is on the same level as the Bayern striker.”His quality in the Premier League and for England squad speaks for itself,” Kovac told a news conference.”He’s sensational and he can do it all. He’s good at holding up and good with his head. There’s nothing he cannot do. He’s a very strong striker.”Him and Lewandowski are probably in the top two, three or four in the world. I will see how things pan out tomorrow. I will give my team some information on Kane.” Kane managed five goals in nine appearances as Spurs reached the final last season, only to go down 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.Despite an indifferent start to the season from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Kovac believes Tottenham’s development in recent seasons sets a perfect example for other clubs.”It is going to be a tough game in a top stadium. The atmosphere will be amazing,” Kovac added.”I think it was three years ago when I was here in February, when I watched them in the old stadium against Swansea City. You can see what it means when you have good leadership and manager.”In my option, Tottenham is a very positive light in European football. They are now able to compete with the big teams, even though it didn’t look like that six or seven years ago.”[Pochettinno] has done a great job and this is an example for others that patience is important. All the players are world class and we know [the challenge] we will face.”
Editors’ Recommendations Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Drinking in pubs is a joy for many, and there are few places better to grab a pint than London.A new book, Great Pubs of London — written by George Dailey and distributed by Prestel Publishing — provides a guide to the best places to drink across the pond. Great Pubs of London was released in November with a price of $25 — a great gift for those with friends looking to go overseas.The 240-page book features photos (by George Dailey’s daughter, Charlie Dailey) of the gorgeous pubs spread across London, as well as historical tidbits to keep it interesting. The tome even comes with a foreword by the great Sir Ian McKellen.Here are a few of the bars Dailey details in depth. If, by the end of it, you’re not planning a trip to London (or at least your local watering hole), maybe give it another read through.Cittie of YorkeOwned by Samuel Smith Brewery, the Cittie of Yorke is a renovated pub with roots back to the 1400s. If the rumors are true, Dailey writes that it would make the Cittie of Yorke the oldest pub in the city. However, it was not always a alcohol-serving establishment; the building it is housed in once contained a coffee house. The bar is full of ornate wood ornaments and warm light, as well as a triangle fireplace in the middle of the taproom.The BlackfriarBuilt in 1875, The Blackfriar greets patrons with a high, arched mosaic ceiling replete with marble columns. “Historians will tell you it is the finest pub interior anywhere in London,” Dailey writes. The pub is built on the site of London’s Dominican friary, and the bar is full of artistic depictions of the friars performing a variety of activities.The Prospect of WhitbyFew places can date back as far as The Prospect of Whitby. Originally named The Pelican and built as a wood building around 1520, it is speculated that many great historical personalities have downed a drink while at this pub. Dailey writes that enjoying a pint at the first-level, pewter-topped bar “alone is worth the visit.” Once a home to cockfights and bare-knuckle fights, this place is also know for attracting artists and sailors.The George InnThere’s only one pub that can claim to have Charles Dickens’ life insurance policy on the wall: The George Inn. Dickens was a regular at the bar, which was a welcome sight for many people because it was near the London Bridge — the only bridge across the Thames at the time. Much of the pub is the same as it was when it was built in 1679, meaning the (likely creaky) wood seats once sat in by Dickens and other great writers can be sat in today. (Think of the Insta-likes you’ll get!)The MayflowerSitting on a site that’s hosted several pubs since 1550, The Mayflower garnered its name because of its connection to the Pilgrims, who made their initial trek to North America just steps from the building. The historic voyage was paid tribute when the pub was renamed The Mayflower in 1957. Any patron who can provide proof of a relation to a Mayflower passenger is allowed to sign a “descendants book” and, according to Dailey, a “bonanza” is planned for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s trip (that’d be 2020, in case you were curious). Also serving as a maritime post office of the time, The Mayflower is still one of the few places one can find English and American stamps.If you’re planning a trip to London, went a decade ago and miss the scene, or just want a really pretty coffee table book about booze, then Great Pubs of London is for you. Need to find a way to London? This jet will get you there in three hours. Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic
Boston, MA, June 2017 – Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, working in partnership with PBS National Sales, has announced its sponsorship of the fourth season of The Great British Baking Show, airing Fridays at 9pm beginning June 16th. The Great British Baking Show (known as The Great British Bake Off in the UK) became widely successful in Britain, one of the most popular programs on the BBC, and a cultural phenomenon with a lasting influence far beyond its 60-minute runtime. Upon its arrival to PBS, the show has become one of the network’s most popular programs with growth in every demographic, on broadcast and digital platforms. “We are thrilled to be working with PBS, and especially The Great British Baking Show, whose audience shares our passion for enriching their lives thru exploration – whether through culinary, culture or history – and embraces our spirit of wonder,” adds Joni Rein, vice president of marketing & sales USA. More information is available at www.scenicusa.com. Just as PBS strives to provide only the highest quality programing to its dedicated audience, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours is committed to delivering unparalleled experiences, taking their guests into the cultural heart of the life that has been established over centuries along the waterways of Europe and Southeast Asia. From tracing the intricate waterways of Bordeaux, to the culturally rich Danube River, to a once-in-a-lifetime journey through Southeast Asia, each Scenic journey is handcrafted and created to deliver moments that are truly unforgettable. “We’re proud to work with a national sponsor that shares so many of PBS’s values, like life-long learning and travel,” said Adam Gronski, head of PBS National Sales. PBSPBS National Sales Team oversees sponsorship on PBS, as well as content from WETA, WNET, and other producers of public television programs. From run of schedule to big-reach, one-of-a-kind programming events, the team provides effective consulting, assisting both sponsors and content producers, to harness the power of the PBS brand to reach an engaged audience on multiple platforms. PBS’s National Sales approach to sponsorship allows exceptional programming to prosper and continue to reach audiences across the country, while also maintaining a commitment to brands by providing a space to leave positive impressions on PBS viewers. For more information about PBS sponsorship visit www.pbs.org/sponsorship/about/ ScenicThe all-inclusive luxury experience is synonymous with Scenic – from the private butler service, unlimited complimentary beverages, and included gratuities, to the cultural entertainment and regional cuisine in customized settings (poolside to cabin, al fresco to fine dining), nearly 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio, wellness center and spa. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, in 2018, the world’s first Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe, and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 Space Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents, or from Scenic: in the US: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7987; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.
Tailwater Lodge Altmar delivers nature to guests’ doorsteps in picturesque Upstate New York town ALTMAR, N.Y. AND MCLEAN, Va. – Setting an elevated standard of hospitality for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers alike, Tapestry Collection by Hilton has added Tailwater Lodge Altmarto Hilton‘s newest collection brand, providing rustic charm and comfort to travelers visiting the quaint New York town. Tailwater Lodge Altmar joins Tapestry Collection by Hilton’s growing portfolio of unique upscale hotels, offering guests an independent hotel stay experience supported by Hilton and its award-winning Hilton Honors program.“With its idyllic natural environment and inviting community, Tailwater Lodge reflects the independent spirit and vibrant hotel character that our collection embodies,” said Jenna Hackett, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “This upscale outdoor escape is a strong addition to our portfolio, representing the region’s welcoming spirit and offering travelers another distinctive Tapestry Collection hotel in the upstate New York region.”Altmar, New York is a charming, rustic town only 38 miles from downtown Syracuse. Known for its Salmon and Steelhead fishing, Tailwater Lodge is an Orvis-endorsed lodge specializing in fly fishing where guests can try their hand at landing some of the largest freshwater game fish in the world. The winter months lead to heavy snowfalls resulting in prime conditions for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and fishing.Originally, the Tailwater Lodge Altmar property was home to the two-story Altmar Elementary School and has since been converted to an outdoor oasis offering lodge-style guest rooms, which embrace the earth toned colors of the environment. Guests can enjoy a memorable meal at The Tailwater Bar & Restaurant, which serves comfort food with a contemporary twist. The on-property bar, The Tasting Room, offers a sampling of New York state and beyond with 24 beers on tap, an extensive wine list and spirits. The hotel also offers a spectacular event space, The Barn, which can host up to 450 guests and features breathtaking design elements including a ceiling made of rough-hewn beams. “We are very proud of Tailwater Lodge and proud to be a part of the Altmar community. We look forward to continue contributing to the rich culture of the area by providing top-notch guest experiences, attentive service and hosting memorable gatherings that bring locals, friends, family and co-workers together,” said Robert Bijesse, hotel manager, Tailwater Lodge and Woodbine Hospitality. “Backed by the strength of Hilton and the success of Woodbine’s first Tapestry Collection property in Syracuse, Hotel Skyler, we are confident that Tailwater Lodge is further positioned to provide guests with exceptional experiences and unparalleled hospitality.” By the end of 2018, the lodge will add additional guestrooms, a fitness center, an indoor pool and other leisure amenities for visitors. Tailwater Lodge will remain open during enhancements to the property, offering guests the same level of excellence in quality and experience. In May, Tapestry Collection by Hilton debuted a partnership with Youth Service America to support young people through the #LeadASAP Tapestry Collection Spark the Arts Campaign, which activates youth to use their “spark” for the arts to improve their communities. The grants are awarded in or around Tapestry Collection hotel locations, and all projects should fall into the categories of either Awareness, Service, Advocacy or Philanthropy (ASAP). To celebrate the addition of Tailwater Lodge to the collection, the grant application for youth ages 12-25 in the Altmar-area is now open. Those interested can visit www.ysa.org/tailwater for more information and to submit their application. Tailwater Lodge Altmar, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, access to the Hilton Honors mobile app and to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform, such as exclusive artist experiences and hotel concert events with Live Nation®, or race experiences with the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. To learn more about Tailwater Lodge Altmar, Tapestry Collection by Hilton and to make a reservation, visit the hotel’s website at tailwaterlodge.tapestrycollection.com. Media may access high-resolution images and additional information about the hotel at news.tapestrycollection.com/tailwaterlodge. ABOUT HILTONHilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.ABOUT TAPESTRY COLLECTION BY HILTONTapestry Collection by Hilton (tapestrycollection.com), launched in 2017, is a portfolio of original upscale hotels that caters to guests seeking reliability and value in their independent hotel choices, with each stay backed by the reassurance of the Hilton name and its award-winning Hilton Honors program. Learn more about Hilton’s newest brand at news.tapestrycollection.comand connect with Tapestry Collection by Hilton on facebook.com/tapestrycollection, instagram.com/tapestrycollection and twitter.com/tapestryhilton.
Traveling with TTC helps support the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Big Cats Fund DELRAY BEACH, Fla., April 19, 2018 – The TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, celebrates Earth Day 2018 this Sunday by celebrating the TreadRight Wildlife Initiative. As a travel organization, the TTC family of brands appreciates just how spectacular this planet is every day, taking great pride in creating experiences of a lifetime across the globe. Exploring the world and gaining a deeper understanding of each destination helps forge lasting connections to the history, culture and natural elements that make place each special. Destinations around the planet are often defined by their iconic wildlife, and many local communities depend on a robust ecosystem to make a living. However, wildlife crimes like poaching and animal exploitation threaten to harm these innocent creatures and even wipe entire species off the face of the Earth. Earth Day 2018 provides TTC and TreadRight the opportunity to celebrate the incredible work of those leading the charge to defend animals in vulnerable situations, such as big cats, elephants, and rhinos. As TreadRight celebrates Earth Day 2018, those who travel with a TTC brand can also rest assured they are helping to make a positive difference for our planet. Traveling with TTC will help fund The TreadRight Foundation’s big cat conservation project, delivered in partnership with their Wildlife Initiative partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society. “Through my years spent working across every environment imaginable, whether I’m telling the stories of people or wildlife, there remains one constant in any healthy, robust and flourishing ecosystem, no matter the habitat, from the oceans to deserts to rainforests: apex predators are integral,” says TreadRight Ambassador Céline Cousteau. “We need to remember the importance of top predators,” Cousteau adds. “We have put these vital animals at risk, and it is our responsibility to save them. We must remember the importance of co-existence between humans and nature. We need to tap back into the idea of balance, and recognize that the survival of big cats is central to the healthy functioning of ecosystems around the globe.” To learn more about The TreadRight Foundation and the work it does to ensure the environments and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come through the more than 50-plus sustainable tourism projects it helps to support worldwide, please visit treadright.org. For more details, please visit TreadRight.org.Join TreadRight’s social media community on Facebook or Twitter and follow the conversation using the hashtag #LetsTreadRight About The Travel CorporationThe Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful international travel group. Our philosophy is simple. To create enriching experiences for our travelers by combining an unbeatable mix of exceptional service and quality at great value. No matter what your taste, whether you are a family or a couple, a group or traveling solo – TTC offers something for everyone. Our multi-award-winning portfolio ranges from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent holiday package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date TreadRight has supported more than 50 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org About Wildlife Conservation SocietyThe mission of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve this mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquariums to achieve its conservation mission. Visit newsroom.wcs.org and follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information call 1-347-840-1242.
Recognition Reaffirms AMResorts’ Commitment to Excellence in Quality and Service NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. – May 11, 2018 – AMResorts®,a provider of sales, marketing and brand management services to six individually unique resort brands including Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless® Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Now® Resorts & Spas and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas, received the “Tourism Recognition 2018” by SECTUR, Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, during Tianguis Turístico. This award is an initiative aimed at promoting a culture of tourism compliance that strengthens professionalization, the quality of tourism services provided, competitiveness and tourism development across the country. These elements are recognized within the national and international arena, and the award is granted to companies providing tourism services that comply with the Official Mexican Standards. Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, presented the awards to Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group; John Hutchinson, President of Apple Leisure Group; and Gonzalo del Peón, President of AMResorts, congratulating the company and its resorts for having voluntarily complied with the federal guidelines and standards to strive for tourism excellence in the destinations where they are present. Out of the 95 recognitions granted, 22 were awarded to AMResorts’ brands and resorts, making it the most recognized hospitality company during the second edition of the “Tourism Recognition” (“Reconocimiento Turístico” in Spanish). “We are honored by this recognition granted to our resorts, as this reflects the commitment and effort of all of our partners, who day after day strive to increase quality and service to benefit our guests, thus fostering competitiveness and tourism development in destinations across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America,” said Gonzalo del Peón, President of AMResorts. The resorts recognized were:Mexican PacificBreathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & SpaSecrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa ResortSecrets Vallarta Bay Puerto VallartaSecrets Huatulco Resort & SpaDreams Villamagna Nuevo VallartaDreams Huatulco Resort & SpaNow Amber Puerto VallartaSunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & SpaSunscape Dorado Pacífico Ixtapa Mexican CaribbeanZoëtry Villa RolandiZoëtry Paraíso de la Bonita Riviera MayaSecrets Capri Riviera CancunSecrets The Vine CancunSecrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa ResortSecrets Silversands Riviera CancunSecrets Maroma Beach Riviera CancunDreams Sands Cancun Resort & SpaDreams Tulum Resort & SpaDreams Riviera Cancun Resort & SpaDreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa ResortNow Jade Riviera CancunNow Sapphire Riviera Cancun About AMResortsAMResorts collectively provide sales, marketing and brand management services to six individually unique resort brands including Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas. The Newtown Square-based company is continuously raising the all-inclusive concept to a new level of luxury with its signature Endless Privileges®, Unlimited-Luxury®, Defined Delights™ and Unlimited-Fun® programs. Located throughout Mexico, Jamaica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Panama, AMResorts’ more than 52 award-winning properties treat every guest to premium accommodations, desirable locations and extraordinary inclusions. The brands in the collection include: boutique Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts (www.zoetryresorts.com; 1-888-4-ZOËTRY); adults-only Secrets Resorts & Spas (www.secretsresorts.com; 1-866-GO SECRETS); high-energy Breathless Resorts & Spas (www.breathlessresorts.com; 1-855-65-BREATHE); family-friendly Dreams Resorts & Spas (www.dreamsresorts.com; 1-866-2-DREAMS); vibrant Now Resorts & Spas (www.nowresorts.com; 1-877-NOW-9953) and fun-filled Sunscape Resorts & Spas (www.sunscaperesorts.com; 1-866-SUNSCAPE). Images, logos and informational material about the AMResorts Collection of brands and properties are available at www.amresorts.com/mediasite/media.
Boston, MA, June 2018 – Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours, working in partnership with PBS National Sales, has announced its sponsorship of the fifth season of The Great British Baking Show, airing Fridays at 9 p.m. EST beginning June 22nd. The Great British Baking Show (known as The Great British Bake Off in the UK) is one of the most popular programs on the BBC, and a cultural phenomenon with a lasting influence far beyond its 60-minute runtime. Upon its arrival to PBS, the show has become one of the network’s most popular programs with growth in every demographic, on broadcast and digital platforms. “We are thrilled to be working with PBS, and especially The Great British Baking Show, whose audience shares our passion for enriching their lives through exploration and embraces our spirit of wonder,” adds Joelle Davis, vice president of brand management for Scenic. Just as PBS strives to provide only the highest quality programing to its dedicated audience, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours is committed to delivering unparalleled experiences, taking their guests into the cultural heart of the life that has been established over centuries along the waterways of Europe and Southeast Asia. From tracing the intricate waterways of Bordeaux, to the culturally rich Danube River, to a once-in-a-lifetime journey through Southeast Asia, each Scenic journey is handcrafted and created to deliver moments that are truly unforgettable. “We’re thrilled to have Scenic River Cruises back on as a sponsor of the Great British Baking Show. PBS and Scenic River Cruises have a natural brand alignment of expanding people’s horizons and seeking new adventures,” said Adam Gronksi, head of PBS National Sales. PBSPBS National Sales Team oversees sponsorship on PBS, as well as content from WETA, WNET, and other producers of public television programs. From run of schedule to big-reach, one-of-a-kind programming events, the team provides effective consulting, assisting both sponsors and content producers, to harness the power of the PBS brand to reach an engaged audience on multiple platforms. PBS’s National Sales approach to sponsorship allows exceptional programming to prosper and continue to reach audiences across the country, while also maintaining a commitment to brands by providing a space to leave positive impressions on PBS viewers. For more information about PBS sponsorship visit www.pbs.org/sponsorship/about/ ScenicThe all-inclusive luxury experience is synonymous with Scenic – from the private butler service, unlimited complimentary beverages, and included gratuities, to the cultural entertainment and regional cuisine in customized settings (poolside to cabin, al fresco to fine dining), nearly 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio, wellness center and spa. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, this summer, the world’s first Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe, and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 Space Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents, or from Scenic: in the US: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7987; or email: email@example.com. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.