first_imgCALGARY – Tech sector entrepreneurs whose Canadian cities were snubbed by Amazon in its search for a second corporate campus say they are disappointed, despite fears they would have seen increased competition for scarce skilled talent.They say the American online giant’s promised contribution of $5 billion in construction and up to 50,000 high-paying jobs would have been good for their city’s economy and its technology sector in the longer term.On Thursday, Amazon said Toronto was the only non-American city to make a list of 20 finalists.“In the short term, it’s another company competing for limited talent, that jumps to mind,” said Mike Johnston, founder and CEO of REDSpace, a designer of media software systems and corporate e-learning programs in Halifax, one of 238 cities to bid for the centre.But, he added, “when a world-calibre company pays attention to this region, I think the trickle-down effects are valuable. It means more students come here to study, it means more people stay here.”Johnston said his firm has nearly 200 staff members after adding 45 new hires last year.He said he was part of a “brain drain” that left Nova Scotia for better opportunities in the United States after high school before returning in 2000 during the tech stock meltdown.Like Johnston, Benevity Inc. CEO Bryan de Lottinville said he was disappointed but not surprised that his home town of Calgary failed to win its bid for the Amazon HQ.His company, which makes software for corporate charity programs, has nearly doubled employment in the past two years to 420, but he says he’s not worried that Amazon would have stolen his staff or driven up wage levels.“You know, people don’t work for companies, they work for the employee experiences and leaders and things like that,” he said, adding that to be frightened of competition is “not how you build business, an identity and a brand.”De Lottinville said he supports economic diversification initiatives to help Alberta’s economy evolve from a dependence on oil and gas production.In Ottawa, CEO and co-founder Jason Flick of You.i TV, says Amazon would have been a disruptive force for employment, real estate and local cost inflation — but he still wished they had chosen his home town.“There would be a double-edged sword for sure,” he said. “The fight for talent would go higher. The U.S. dollar is stronger to pay more. Building space would be at a premium. But I was definitely looking forward to it.”Flick said he wasn’t worried Amazon would steal his workforce, which has grown from about 35 to 200 in three years — because “we do really cool stuff.” The company has developed a multi-screen TV and media app platform.He said another large employer could have sparked improvements like more flights at the airport.Studies suggest a big Amazon presence in the Toronto area might accelerate a brain drain from Canada to the U.S. as the brightest Canadians are promoted to U.S. headquarters, said University of Waterloo assistant economics professor Joel Blit.He added it could also drive up local costs for housing and wages.But he said the potential positive impact of Amazon as one of the anchors in a Waterloo-Toronto technology hub similar to Silicon Valley in California would still outweigh the negatives for the tech industry.“We took a big hit with BlackBerry where it is now,” he said, referring to job cuts and downsizing at the telecommunications firm over the past several years.“It’s nice that Google is here. If we had Amazon and maybe a couple of others, truly it could be a world-leading cluster that could be driving a lot of wealth for Canada.”He said potential positives include a larger labour pool, enhanced regional business relationships and the opportunity for informal shared knowledge between companies.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,613.46, up 37.36 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 14 cents, or 5.65 per cent, to $2.34 on 21.2 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Down 11 cents, or 2.01 per cent, to $5.37 on 9.1 million shares.Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S). Materials. Down 10.5 cents, or 28.77 per cent, to 26 cents on 7.9 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 82 cents, or 8.49 per cent, to 10.48 on 7.6 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 29 cents, or 2.92 per cent, to $9.64 on 7.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Down 26 cents, or 1.89 per cent, to $13.47 on 7.5 million shares.Companies reporting:Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier Inc. said Friday it will follow the urging of Quebec’s financial market regulator and scrap a controversial executive compensation plan. The announcement followed a review by the Autorite des marches financiers that found the plane-and-train maker’s roll-out of its Automatic Stock Disposition Plan in August did not breach securities law, but likely incurred a negative perception. Bombardier said in November, when the investigation was launched, that the plan allows some of its senior executives to sell their vested shares as an added incentive in performance-based compensation, so long as the trades are made by independent securities brokers and in line with trading parameters.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO). Down 75 cents, or 1.88 per cent to $39.19. Imperial Oil Ltd. raised its dividend nearly 16 per cent to 22 cents per share despite reporting that its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago. The increased payment to shareholders came as Imperial reported a profit of $293 million or 38 cents per diluted share for its first quarter. That compared with a profit of $516 million or 62 cents per share in the same quarter last year. Rich Kruger, Imperial’s chairman and chief executive, says Alberta’s mandatory production curtailment order significantly affected the company’s financial performance.Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Down 14 cents to $45.66. Saputo Inc. has signed a deal to buy the specialty cheese business of Lion – Dairy & Drinks in Australia for roughly $265 million. Montreal-based Saputo says the Australian business includes two manufacturing facilities in Tasmania and employs approximately 400 people. The specialty cheese business produces, markets and distributes a variety of specialty cheeses under several Australian brands, including South Cape, Tasmanian Heritage, Mersey Valley and King Island Dairy. It generated about $182 million in revenue in 2018. It is expected to close in the second half of this year.Sherritt International Corp. — Sherritt shares fell after the company reported disappointing earnings blamed on low cobalt prices and complications in Cuba. The Toronto-based miner reported a net loss of $61.8 million for the first quarter, compared with a net loss of $600,000 for the same quarter last year. The losses came after the company saw cobalt prices fall 70 per cent year over year. The Cuban government also paid out less of the foreign reserves it owes the company than expected.The Canadian Press read more

The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera called on the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at the Commonwealth Secretariat in Marlborough House.The meeting entailed discussion on issues of mutual interest related to Sri Lanka’s longstanding cooperation within the Commonwealth, the Foreign Ministry said today. (Colombo Gazette)

Calling for more funds and a quicker response from governments to combat the polio virus in endemic countries and regions, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Indonesia’s first case of the crippling disease since 1995.The case was discovered on the Indonesian island of West Java, the WHO’s Christine McNab said in Geneva. An 18-month-old child was infected with a strain of the polio virus that can be traced to a recent outbreak in West Africa, which started when polio vaccination activity stopped in Nigeria.Polio is a water-borne virus that primarily attacks children. It is deadly to many patients and it leaves others partially or completely paralyzed. Ms. McNab said that after looking at the genetic sequence of the Indonesian case, WHO researchers believed that the virus had somehow made its way to the country through the Red Sea area where cases had been reported in Saudi Arabia and Sudan.Though such importations were normal in disease eradication programmes, Ms. McNab stressed that the key to avoiding further infections was to ensure that countries had strengthened surveillance systems for polio, and when the virus was detected, that action was taken quickly to vaccinate children under the age of five.“This was already happening in Indonesia, which was targeting five million children in the larger region,” she said, but added that WHO and countries needed to continue to closely monitor the “polio virus reservoirs” like Nigeria and India, where the virus was endemic.WHO also said it needed to raise $50 million between now and the end of July to conduct polio vaccination campaigns for children in those places, and an additional $200 million was required for next year’s activities. read more

LAS VEGAS — Sam Fuehring scored 18 points, including a layup with 2.5 seconds left, and grabbed X rebounds to help No. 5 Louisville beat 19th-ranked Arizona State 58-56 on Friday in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.Dana Evans added 11 points six assists and three steals. Asia Durr finished with 14 points on just 5-of-18 shooting for Louisville (4-0).Kianna Ibis was fouled on a 3-point shot and hit all three free throws to pull Arizona State (2-2) within two points with 19.3 seconds left. Fuehring and Reili Richardson traded two foul shots apiece to make it 56-54 with 12.2 left and, after a Louisville timeout moved the ball to the front court, Elenga stole Arica Carter’s inbound pass, was fouled and hit both free throws 1.5 seconds later. Evans then drove the baseline and wrapped a pass around a defender to Fuehring for winner.Carter stole the ensuing inbound pass to seal it.Elenga led the Sun Devils with 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Ibis, who came in averaging a team-leading 14.7 points and shooting 50 per cent from the field, finished with eight points on 2-of-11 shooting.Louisville made 7 of 13 from the field, while the Sun Devils were 3-of-15 shooting, in the fourth quarter.BIG PICTURELouisville: Durr, the 2017-18 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, came averaging 25.7 points (No. 5 in the nation) and 5.3 made 3s (No. 3) per game. … Yacine Diop, a graduate transfer from Pittsburgh, left the game in the second quarter after an apparent knee injury. She came into Friday’s game averaging 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.Arizona State: The Sun Devils, who lost to No. 4 Baylor on Nov. 11, shot just 32.8 per cent against Louisville. They have made just 40 of 128 (31.3 per cent) from the field against ranked opponents, while shooting 46.9 per cent (60 of 128) combined against unranked Incarnate Word and Arkansas.UP NEXTThe Sun Devils play Southern Illinois on Saturday in their final game of the South Point Shootout before returning home for the ASU Classic on Dec. 1.Louisville wraps up the South Point Shootout against Hartford on Saturday before beginning a five-game home stand against Miami (Ohio) on Monday.The Associated Press read more

Some adult respondents also had high intakes of caffeine and alcohol. The poll also looked at breakfast habits and found that a quarter of secondary school pupils did not eat breakfast on the day of the survey, with one in 10 primary children saying the same.Only 18 per cent of secondary school students reported including any fruit or vegetables in their first meal of the day.Dr Lucy Chambers, senior scientist at the BNF, said: “The implications of a bad night’s sleep can go much further than feeling tired.”Where lack of, and disturbed, sleep can lead to both adults and young people feeling grumpy and irritable, regular poor-quality sleep can have a negative impact on dietary choices, including higher intakes of calories and more frequent snacking on less healthy foods.”The BNF’s Task Force report, published earlier this year, highlighted that lack of sleep, and interrupted sleep, may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.” A third of primary school children are not getting enough sleep, putting them at risk of obesity, experts have warned.A new poll for the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) found that 43% of adults sleep less than the recommended minimum of seven hours a night, while 32% of primary and 70% of secondary school pupils sleep for less than nine hours – the absolute minimum they should get.The survey covered more than 6,000 primary and secondary school children and just over 1,500 adults.It also found that 80 per cent of adults and 50 per cent of secondary school students reported waking up at least once during the previous night.Screens may be to blame for disturbed sleep, the poll suggests, with 59 per cent of secondary school pupils, 50 per cent of adults and 49 per cent of primary school children saying they used a screen before bed on the previous night. 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. read more

← Previous Story Serbian “Eagles” take on Chile in last friendly before OG qualification! Next Story → Aron Palmarsson (Iceland): “If we don’t qualify for London, that would be a catastrophe” Lokomotiva Zagreb lost the first game against Le Havre with 23:17 in France, and will have to play a much stronger game in Zagreb if they want to find themself in the final.LE HAVRE – LOKOMOTIVA 23:17 (13:8)Le Havre: Pereira, Pradel (18 odbrana), Vanparys, Alberto 3, Kresoja 4, Baudouin 5, Sawaneh, Tounkara 6, Tracol, Petricien, Martins 1, Tissier, Frecon, Silva dos Santos 2, Espirit 2.Lokomotiva: Razum (12 odbrana), Bukovina (4 obrane), Smiljanić 3, Puljić 1, Krsnik 1, Ježić 2, Janković 5, Bušić, I.Milić, Milanović-Litre 1, Bašić, M.Milić 1, Čović 1, Poljak 2.In the other semi-final, the 2nd French team Fleury-Loriet beat the Turkish Muratpasa with 30:29.In the Cup Winners Cup, FTC beat Dinamo Volgograd with 34:26, while Leipzig beat Viborg with 30:29.Finally, in the EHF cup, Zalau is the final after beating Alicante in the matches played in Romania, 30:20 and 24:26. Russian Lada beat KIF Vejen with 21:19. read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 35th Greek Festival of Sydney was crowned with success, as crowds flocked Darling Harbour for a weekend of music, dance, food and comedy. Glykeria and Gerasimos Andreatos, the festival’s headliners, proved to be particulary popular, attracting the largest crowd ever recorded since the festival’s relocation to the city centre. The two singers offered a taste of genuine Greek culture to the delighted audience, performing a series of beloved songs. Glykeria and Gerasimos Andreatos sang many old, beloved laika songs.But the large crowd and great music were not the only reasons that made festival organisers happy. It was also the presence of the state representative, MP Mark Coure, who presented the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales with a donation of $20,000 for the purposes of the festival. Given that funding had ceased in recent years, this gesture is more significant than the actual sum, as it comes as a promise for more funding from the state government.Young festival-goer Nikos Varoutsos. Photo: Yiannis DramitinosAnother measure of the festival’s success was the presence of many young Greeks, who came to admire the talent onstage − the younger generation of the Community was in charge of the festival’s second stage, which attracted not only Greeks, but also the broader community and many tourists. Despite rainy weather being a minor setback, dance groups still performed on Saturday, much to the enjoyment of those who defied the rain. Particularly impressive was the Greek Community Dance Group, led by the mother-daughter duo of Paroula Thurban and Nicole Englezos.Sunday was comedy day, with George Kapiniaris taking on the role of MC with his usual gusto, welcoming on stage popular comedy acts, not least among them Mary Coustas in her iconic ‘Effie’ moniker. A performance by Karagiozis proved to be popular among children of all ages, as was the loukoumades eating contest. The SBS Greek program was broadcast live from its own stage, around which gathered many festivalgoers. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, Harris Danalis, thanked the community for their support and, in his address, emphasised the festival’s contribution to the state’s multicultural status. Comedy legend George Kapiniaris and SBS Greek executive producer, Themis Kallos, on the SBS stage. Photo: Nick BourdaniotisAmong those who attended was the Consul General, Dr Stavros Kirimis, federal MP Tony Burke, NSW State Opposition Leader Luke Foley, Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas, Delphi Bank head of NSW Tom Christopoulos, vice president of the Cypriot Community of NSW, Sotiris Tsouris, chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, Panagiotis Doukas, and also honorary chairman Jack Passaris, as well as other prominent members of the broader community.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 31, 2018 – Nassau – “You can’t buy heritage,” says motor sports icon David McLaughlin, “and no one has a heritage in motor sport like The Bahamas. Use it well and you’ll be amazed at the international attention.”McLaughlin, a former race car driver turned major classic car event organizer and the first FIA director for Caribbean motor sport development and road safety, felt compelled to comment after back-to-back reminders of the pivotal role Nassau played in race car history.“Dan Gurney, a legendary race car driver and a true pioneer in the sport, died this week,” McLaughlin said.  “Gurney was the first driver to win in every category of racing — Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR.  There was not an event in motor sport that he did not participate in and not a major event that either he or the team he created did not win.  Only Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya could approach the same class of achievement and fame.  And when Dan died of complications from pneumonia last Sunday (January 14), what photo accompanied the news around the world?  It was a grinning, handsome Dan Gurney holding the trophy he won in December 1962 in Nassau Speed Week.”The world remembers Nassau, Bahamas, as the seat of history in Formula One and Ferrari racing, McLaughlin said.  But The Bahamas is not taking advantage of its important heritage in a sport that is watched by more than 400 million people.The second reminder was a magazine article in MOTOR SPORT, the premier British motor racing magazine.  The piece traced the history of the famed Ford GT40, the car Henry Ford II built to beat Ferrari when Ferrari would not sell out to him.  The car that would go on to win the grueling 24-hour Le Mans was first unveiled in 1964 Nassau Race Week.“Nassau Race Week 1964 marked the first time that an American car beat a European car, another piece of motor sport history that is still being remembered around the world and cited regularly outside The Bahamas,” said McLaughlin.  “That car today would be worth $15 million.”Nassau Race Week, which was held between 1954 and 1966 in Oakes Field, was the highlight of the social season and drew CEOs and stars of screen and industry from all over along with hundreds of spectators who lined the streets.  McLaughlin chaired the revival editions from 2011-2015 but without a proper circuit, the events were more glamour than speed though they did attract international attention along with the presence of the legendary Sir Stirling Moss.“If you Google Nassau Speed Week, you get 1.5 million references, including a very extensive entry on Wikipedia with individual chapters on its history, the revival, all the drivers,” said McLaughlin, whose role with the governing body of motor sport, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) includes a road safety initiative.“The Bahamas has this incredible history and heritage and yet there is no race track now, no museum, almost no recognition,” said McLaughlin.  “There is a world of opportunity waiting.”Release: DPA News Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgWest Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta reckons Samir Nasri has plenty to offer them and hopes he will be given time to regain his fitnessThe 31-year-old midfielder has been without a club since ending a disappointing stay in Turkey with Antalyaspor in January.Although it’s been 18 months since Nasri last played competitive football due to the ban he received from FIFA for breaching World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules in 2016.But the Frenchman is now training at West Ham in a bid to convince them of awarding him a contract.Zabaleta is aware of what his former Manchester City teammate is capable of and is certain Nasri can still deliver on the field.“Manuel [Pellegrini] knows Samir very well from his time at Manchester City,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports.“We need players with his quality, especially because also we lost two key players who brought quality into this team – Manuel Lanzini in the summer before the World Cup and then [Jack] Wilshere, who is very close to coming back to the team.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“On the ball [Nasri] is fantastic. He is one of those players who can give to the team some possession and play between the lines to help the attacking players to create chances.”The Argentine hopes that Nasri is given time to prove his fitness levels at West Ham.“Samir needs a bit of time,” Zabaleta said.“He has not been football training for more than a year but sometimes those players are technically very good so he probably needs to focus more on his fitness levels than his passing and all this.“We know Samir and his quality. When he is fit he is on a different level. He is a fantastic player.“Hopefully he can reach his best fitness level. He has to feel physically good because we know that the Premier League is so demanding physically.”last_img read more

first_img June 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Summer safety tips from the Burn Institute KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It is officially summer, but with summer comes a lot of outdoor events. Susan Day from the Burn Institute was on set with us at Coasterra highlighting all the dangers that come with enjoying summer in San Diego. Posted: June 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img February 8, 2019 Updated: 7:12 PM Posted: February 8, 2019 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Man with motorcycle helmet robs two San Diego credit unions SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Investigators asked for help today in identifying a gloved bandit sought for robbing two San Diego credit unions. The first robbery occurred Jan. 29 at the California Coast Credit Union at 4265 Genesee Ave.The second occurred Feb. 7 at the San Diego County Credit Union at 11965 Bernardo Plaza Drive.Surveillance footage from both banks show a man carrying a motorcycle helmet and wearing gray gloves, a black sweatshirt, dark pants, glasses or sunglasses and a hat.In both robberies, the man handed the teller a note demanding money and left after being handed an undisclosed amount of cash.The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds, with a patchy, reddish-brown beard.Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts was asked to call the FBI’s San Diego office at (858) 320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 to make an anonymous tip. Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgHow is TFA preparing those teachers for any changes from the White House: “It is certainly a very scary time for our DACA teachers because they don’t know and we as an organization don’t really know what will happen with a program. So our lawyers are meeting with our corps members on a case-by-case basis to make sure that if there’s any other opportunity for them to adjust their status, that they have access to do that. We’ve also have implemented different systems in case, if DACA does go away, we want to make sure that we’re supporting our teachers in every way possible, whether that is to help them move closer to home or to another state. So we’re providing financial support in helping them do that. But right now there’s a lot of uncertainty.”  Listen X Laura IsenseeViridiana Carrizales manages a program to support DACA teachers hired through Teach for American. She currently supports almost 150 DACA teachers, including more than 50 in Texas. Laura IsenseeViridiana Carrizales manages a program to support DACA teachers hired through Teach for American. She currently supports almost 150 DACA teachers, including more than 50 in Texas.With the new Trump Administration, there are a lot of questions about changes to immigration, including teachers who are immigrants.The national nonprofit Teach for America recruits teachers who came to the United States illegally as children but have a reprieve from being deported – for now.That reprieve is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which was started by the Obama Administration.News 88-7 Education Reporter Laura Isensee recently talked with the group’s Viridiana Carrizales.Carrizales was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 11 years old. Based in San Antonio, she manages almost 150 teachers nationwide who face an uncertain future without DACA.Here are some highlights from their conversation:Why does Teach for America recruit teachers who have deferred action on their immigration status? “I cannot emphasize enough how it really is so important for undocumented students to see themselves in other teachers. When you don’t have a status here and you don’t have a Social Security Number, you’re constantly hearing all the things that you can’t do. So a lot of our undocumented students sometimes stop trying in school because they’ve just feel like, ‘Why should I keep trying if there’s really not an opportunity for me to do anything once I finish high school, once I go to college?’ So I feel that many of our DACA teachers are changing those narratives and really helping thousands of undocumented students who otherwise were probably just fall through the cracks.” 00:00 /03:30 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: What advice does she have for immigrant teachers and students: “This fear that a lot of our students feel today didn’t just start two months ago or with the new administration. For the past decade, there’s been a lot of deportations that are separating thousands of families and impacting, in very harmful ways, our students. I think that this administration is probably heightening some of those feelings of fear. But I think my biggest message to educators is you have control of your classroom and your school community. And at least for those eight hours of the day that our students are in the classroom or in school, they should feel safe.” Sharelast_img read more

first_imgAs it moves toward its long-anticipated public offering tomorrow, Spotify is the leading music streaming service by a wide measure. But how secure is the market leader’s lead? Since streaming services tend to be either selective or secretive about their subscriber numbers, which are generally not available to the public unless the service decides to announce them, Variety did some digging to find out just how far ahead of its competitors Spotify actually is.Spotify According to figures made public in February, Spotify claims 157 million monthly active users in 61 countries, 71 million of which are in its premium paid subscription tier, which includes users on discounted (i.e. family or student plan) basis. While the company declined to provide how many discounted users it currently has, based on numbers provided in its SEC filing (which said free or discounted subscriptions accounted for “27%, 23% and 20% of total gross added Premium subscribers for 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively”), that’s around 5 million, although an industry source tells Variety that number is higher, and that the number of subscribers is closer to 73 million. While Spotify is losing vast sums of money every year, its path to profitability is unclear and it has hedged its bets on Wall Street by going with a direct listing rather than a traditional initial public offering, it has a solid lead globally over the No. 2 service, Apple Music, and its name has become synonymous with streaming for many people. Pandora While a pioneer in Internet radio, the company was late to the on-demand game and has 5.48 million total paid subscribers between its $4.99 Pandora Plus and its $9.99 Premium tier (up 25% from a year ago), with a total monthly active user number of 73.7 million, according to numbers released in February. Launched in March 2017, then on the web earlier this month, revenue from these two new services boosted revenue to $97.7 million, up 63% from the previous year. The company is emerging from a major reorganization in the wake of cofounder/CEO Tim Westergren’s departure last summer; new CEO Roger Lynch said he plans to move the company aggressively into the podcast space.iHeartRadio The largest radio network in the U.S., which is currently in bankruptcy proceedings but appears likely to continue as usual for the immediate future, reached the milestone of 110 million users for its app just this past January. Last year, it officially entered the on-demand streaming race by launching two new products: iHeartRadio All Access ($9.99) and Plus ($4.99) which boast different listening options and special features, such as playlist creation and offline listening. The company has yet to announce how many users have signed up for either.Deezer While the French company is strong internationally, it has struggled to find footing against its bigger competitors in the U.S., and a breakthrough does not appear imminent. It does not disclose paid subscriber numbers but a rep tells Variety is has 14 million active users; according to a Midia Research report from October,  it has 6.3 million subscribers.Tidal Mystery surrounds the number of subscribers the ostensibly artist-owned streaming service, which launched when Jay-Z acquired Aspiro, Norwegian parent company of a streaming service formerly known as Wimp, for $56 million in 2015. In September of that year, he tweeted that Tidal had hit the 1 million-member milestone, though internal payments to record labels cited in Norwegian publication Dagens Næringsliv said it was closer to 350,000;  around six months later, Jay claimed it had reached the 3 million subscribers, which the Norwegian paper said was closer to a million; no further numbers have been circulated. The company has played up its exclusive content — which includes videos, films and podcasts as well as music — and while it suffered some bumps with high-profile exclusives like Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo,” Rihanna’s “Anti” and Jay’s own “4:44,” the rollouts for Beyonce’s “Lemonade” in 2016 and Deadmau5’s “Where’s the Drop” last week went smoothly. Whatever Tidal’s future may be,  Jay is likely to come out ahead: Last year he was able to sell a third of the company to Sprint based on a $600 million valuation. Popular on Variety Apple Music Apple SVP Eddy Cue announced at South by Southwest last month that the service had 38 million subscribers, plus another 8 million users in free-trial mode. And while it’s far behind Spotify in global terms, in the U.S. that lead is much smaller: 15 million to Spotify’s 18 million, industry sources say. Early in February a Wall Street Journal report used Apple’s monthly subscriber-growth rate in the U.S. to Spotify’s — 5% versus 2%, respectively, according to “people in the music business familiar with figures reported by the two services” — to project that Apple will overtake Spotify in the U.S. sometime in the summer of 2018. (The Verto Index, using its own methodology, says it’s already happened.) The company has worked to differentiate itself with splashy exclusives and the recently announced addition of “hundreds” of music and music-related videos, but how long that strategy will continue after Jimmy Iovine, its chief industry liaison and most-recognized executive, shifts into a more advisory role in August remains to be seen.Amazon The retail giant has set itself apart from the other services by shooting for a more mainstream audience via its Amazon Prime membership — sources say its most-popular genres are rock and country, whereas pop and hip-hop/R&B dominate at Spotify and Apple — and its strong emphasis its Alexa-enabled home speaker. In a recent Bloomberg interview, VP of Music Steve Boom asserted that the company is solidly No. 3 globally — Midia Research estimated its subscribers at around 16 million in October, and a source tells Variety the number has  doubled in the past six months — and noted that “Amazon Music on Alexa [has more listeners] than smartphones, which makes us really, really different from the other music services, where it’s all about mobile.” A company spokesperson noted that in 2018 to date, the total Amazon Music hours streamed on Alexa-enabled devices globally was more than double compared to this time in 2017. The company is working to make waves with special programs including big-name artists — such as “The U2 Experience,” a one-time-only radio special in November that was exclusive to Amazon Music members — but Alexa and more-casual music fans are its most promising way forward. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_img It’s over. We’ve been watching Game of Thrones for eight years, and it’s just done now. This was always going to feel weird. For many of us, this show has outlasted multiple jobs, relationships and big life changes. I spent the majority of my 20s and a decent amount of my 30s watching, reading, wondering what was going to happen next. Looking toward each new season with excitement and nervousness. Who was going to die? Who was going to claim the Iron Throne in the end? Well, now we know the answer to all those questions, at least as far as the show is concerned. They’re… OK.There probably isn’t a completely satisfying way to end a show like this. Nobody is every going to be 100 percent happy with a show they’ve had years to think up a million possible endings to. The final episode was probably going to be met with mixed reactions no matter what. I’d just feel a lot better about it if the road to get here wasn’t so forced. To be completely fair to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, ending a massive sprawling political fantasy story like this is extremely difficult. It’s probably why book six still hasn’t come out yet. But when novels do end, they’ll be released as full-length novels. They’ll take exactly as much time as they need to tell their stories. They won’t try to wrap things up in a couple of novellas. The characters will make choices based on their own personalities, wants and needs, rather than the needs of the story. Because that’s the kind of writer George R. R. Martin is. For the first six seasons, and hey, even into the seventh, it felt like Benioff and Weiss understood that about Game of Thrones. Perhaps they still do. But this final season communicated nothing more than a great desire to be done with the whole thing.Emilia Clarke (Photo Credit: HBO)Everything in last night’s finale, like most of the events of the season, wrapped up a little too quickly and conveniently for it to be truly satisfying. This show used to be about the consequences of the past, and the finale tried to get back to that. It did the best it could in an extremely truncated timeline. It tried, with some extremely small success, to justify Daenerys’ sudden villain turn. Despite the disappointing conclusion to last week’s episode, the scene where Tyrion weeps over his dead brother and sister was heartbreaking. Say what you will about his British accent, Peter Dinklage is one hell of an actor. Tyrion finally gets over the idiot disease that’s afflicted him all season. He tosses away the Hand’s seal in front of Daenerys, willingly going to prison rather than serve someone who slaughtered a city. That was a good moment.Even with the script at its bluntest, the direction remains top-notch. Game of Thrones could be great, terrible, brutal and horrifying, but it was never not beautiful. Though Dany has gone full comic book villain here, that shot of Drogon’s wings spreading out behind her is easily the coolest moment of the episode. She gives a speech about liberating the rest of the world, just like she liberated King’s Landing. She makes it clear that Winterfell is next. This scares the hell out of Arya, and though Jon is still blindly loyal to Daenerys, he’s shook enough to speak with a traitor.Tyrion in his prison cell tries to do the work the writers should have been doing over the course of two full seasons. He explains Daenerys’ fall to Jon, and to us. Because telling is always better than showing, right? Yes, it does track that someone who’s been told she’s destined to rule over all the land her whole life wouldn’t be the most well-adjusted person. That she would react negatively when things looked like they wouldn’t go her way. (Even though they were going her way right before she burned King’s Landing, but hey, details!) But having a character explain Dany’s heel turn to us after the fact is a real bad look. Especially since it whiffed the landing so hard last week. Also, Tyrion’s point begins with “first they came for the slavers?” No. That doesn’t work. There’s a long way to go between killing slavers and murdering children, and we definitely skipped a ton of steps.Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington (Photo Credit: HBO)Dany’s death scene is technically well-done, but this season didn’t earn it at all. There was a way to make all of this work. Every single plot point this season could have been just fine if the show had taken the proper time to set them up. Instead the characters did what the plot required of them whether or not it made sense, and that’s what this episode had to work with. Dany insists that her genocidal campaign will be different because she’s doing it for good. Jon points out that everyone thinks they’re doing good, and Dany says they don’t get to decide. There’s a bit of irony in that after this final season, a character literally says the masses can’t say what’s good. Jon assures Dany she’ll always be his queen before stabbing her in the torso. She dies in his arms, and he cries over her body.That’s when Drogon shows up. There is an impressive bit of CGI here. As he pushes her body trying to get her to move, I believed that dragon was alive. His reaction to seeing his mother dead was so real and sad. Even at its worst, Game of Thrones can still conjure up a brilliant technical moment like this. Then, perhaps because of Jon’s Targaryen blood or maybe because he can’t figure out who killed Daenerys, it’s not quite clear, Drogon blows fire past Jon Snow. The blast hits the Iron Throne directly, melting it down. On the one hand, this makes no sense. How did Drogon know this was the chair his mom wanted to sit in? He’d never seen it before. Did he really understand that much of her campaign? Because the dragons have never shown that level of intelligence before. On the other hand, it works on a symbolic level. It’s a powerful image, and that was the entire point of it. At this point, I’ll take it.(Photo Credit: HBO)With Dany dead, we skip forward a few weeks, because that’s the pace this shows been on since Season Seven. The lords of the Seven Kingdoms, and Grey Worm have gathered to negotiate what happens to Tyrion and Jon Snow. Grey Worm wants them both put to death for betraying their Queen. Yara Greyjoy is on board too. Damn it, I liked her. Tyrion convinces them all to elect a new king who will decide what to do. Now, I like this a lot. It’s finally the moment we get old Tyrion back. The one with the golden tongue. Before the plot required him to become stupid for no reason. He convinces them all to elect a new king. Sam proposes a true democracy by allowing the people to vote, but that idea’s immediately shot down. I’ll admit that was funny. It was the show telling us not to get our hopes up that much. A council of lords electing kings is the closest Westeros is going to get to democracy for now. Ultimately, Game of Thrones wants to be hopeful. Just not that hopeful. Also, Edmure Tully making his case to be king only to be brutally shut down by Sansa gave me life.Tyrion talks about the importance of story, and how that’s what people will follow. And who, he says, has a better story than Bran Stark? Ummm, I can think of a few people. Look, there are some great reasons for Bran to be king. He’s clairvoyant. He can see the outcomes of every decision before he makes it. And he’s still compassionate enough (we assume, we haven’t gotten that much of him since he went all three-eyed-raveny) to make the right decision for the people. But to claim he has the best story? He fell out a window and got magic powers. There are people sitting on this council who have better stories than him. Sansa, for instance, has a way better story than Bran’s, and probably deserves to rule King’s Landing. But that would involve bringing up her wholly unnecessary rape storyline again, and that was bad enough the first time they did it two episodes ago.Peter Dinklage (Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay / HBO)Arya has a better story than Bran, even if it doesn’t make sense to make her a monarch. That was never where her story was leading. Still. A little girl who pretended to be a boy, thrived in a harsh, sexist world, became a master of combat and assassination, took revenge on her family and killed the Night King? If we’re just talking stories, she has Bran beat by a mile. So does Brienne for that matter! She became a knight in a system that doesn’t allow women to become knights. And she would also make a great king. But no, Bran got thrown out a window and got magic powers. Then, he did absolutely nothing with them while the Night King attacked and the Targaryen queen became a tyrant. That’s the story Tyrion thinks will inspire people. His clairvoyance isn’t even brought up, so really… was there any point to him being the three-eyed raven in the end?So many characters got shorted in this finale as D&D raced towards an ending, any ending. After Arya killed the Night King, she went on to do nothing of consequence. Her faces never came back into play, despite a scene dedicated to them in Season Seven. She used them once on this side of the sea, and apparently gave it up for good. What was the point of that whole season in Braavos? Maybe the books will have a better answer. The end of her story felt like they needed an excuse to get rid of her. Yes, the nomadic existence makes sense, but exploring where the maps stop has never been part of her journey. She’s ridden a boat twice in her life, and neither was a particularly formative experience. But no, she explores west because the show couldn’t figure out anything else to have her do. Meanwhile Brienne’s arc ends with her writing a fluffy history of Jaime Lannister, the dude that ghosted her. And not her own. Both she and Arya deserved better. Their arcs feel like they just fizzled out. They got big moments early in the season, and D&D decided that was good enough.Gwendoline Christie (Photo Credit: Helen Sloan / HBO)Jon’s arc ended slightly better. There is something poetic about him bringing about change in the world only to be sent back where he started. To avoid starting a war, it’s decided that he’ll be sent to The Wall. Yes, the Watch still exists, even though it’s not clear why. The White Walkers are gone and there’s peace with the Wildlings now. The only reason it still exists is they need somewhere to send people who can’t do anything else. The series closes with him leading the Wildlings back north of the wall. It’s implied he may stay with them up there, abandoning his Watch again, but whether he does is left up to us to decide. The important thing here is that he sees Ghost again and Ghost gets pets. At least one story here has a satisfying ending.OK, Sansa’s is alright, too. Though she really should have ended up as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, it does make sense for her to choose the North. After the first season (and book) ending with The North declaring independence from the Seven Kingdoms, it makes no sense to end the series with them rejoining. They need to stay independent. Now, Sansa could have selected someone to lead in her stead. There’s no reason Bran couldn’t be the King in the North and Sansa be Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, but compared to everything else, this is a nitpick. Ending on the image of Sansa becoming queen  was a fantastic choice. It was the only moment in the episode that got an unqualified cheer out of me. Despite the absolute mess that led to it, I will stan my Queen in the North.Sophie Turner (Photo Credit: HBO)Game of Thrones ended in a whimper. It made bad compromises to get to an ending that wasn’t worth those bad compromises. The showrunners spent this season subverting expectations just to subvert them. Any point those choices could have made were undermined by rushed pacing and character choices that didn’t line up with anything we’d seen before. It was possible to make all this work, but Benioff and Weiss were more interested in being done already. It showed. Despite all that, I’m genuinely sad to see it go. Game of Thrones was a fascinating bit of monoculture, something we don’t see too often anymore. In an era of streaming, it made appointment TV important. Most of it was a spectacular, emotionally engaging piece of political fantasy the like of which we’d never seen before. That’s what we’re mourning here today. The ending may have fallen flat, but I’m still sad to see it go. There is one bright side though. I’ve never been more excited for the books to come out. Assuming they will.The HBO documentary ‘Game of Thrones: The Last Watch’ about the production of Season 8 airs on Sunday, May 26, 9 p.m.Previously on Game of Thrones:Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 RecapGame of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 RecapGame of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 Recap Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week It has been a while since the original Ghostbusters movie debuted in 1984. However, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver might be returning for a new Ghostbusters sequel, which is expected to hit theaters next year.In an interview with Parade Magazine, Weaver spoke about her past sci-fi roles, including Ellen Ripley in the creepy movie Alien. The publication also points out that she’s also “set to reunite with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in the new Ghostbusters.” “It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again!” Weaver told Parade Magazine. She didn’t disclose a lot of details on the film, however, she reportedly told Parade Magazine that she will be re-playing her role as hauntee Dana Barrett.This could be a big update for the Ghostbusters sequel, which hasn’t disclosed many details on casting yet, SlashFilm reported. Aykroyd also hasn’t confirmed if he will make a cameo appearance in the movie yet.No comment has been provided from Weaver’s rep yet, so we might have to wait for more details on the Ghostbusters sequel’s cast and if we’ll be seeing a super spooky reunion soon.More on Teaser Trailer for Jason Reitman’s 2020 ‘Ghostbusters’ MovieWatch These Movies Before ‘Dark Phoenix’ Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’ Coming in 2020last_img read more

first_img Citation: Safari 5.0.1 brings plethora of extensions, patches vulnerabilities (2010, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (c) 2010 The new and improved net application has downloadable features for the browser and a Safari reader that allows multiple web pages in a single window without the lag you might normally experience, among other perks. The new Safari 5.0.1 can be accessed from Safari or a dedicated Apple website, with many extension categories such as News, Entertainment, Search Tools, Social Networking, Shopping and more. With the click of the mouse, extensions can be downloaded directly from the gallery without re-starting the browser.Though, some have noted a lull in certain buttons still not up to par, one of the bigger complaints regarding Safari 5, is the extensions’ slow-load time and the ever-looming fear the tabs would lock or close when more than one is open at a time. There are still certain obstacles with some extensions, such as the lull or testy buttons, Apple addressed the performance issues head on and seem to have made a dent in the vulnerability department overall. One major issue de-bugged in particular is the Auto Fill feature that may have contributed to the use of personal data harvesting by hijackers, which will give all Safari users peace of mind when browsing.With competitors such as Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, Safari fights to see the number one spot, and with Apple developers continuously working to improve already sustainable versions, it may very well happen. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Apple Announces Safari 4 Browser ( — After the release of Safari 5 last month, Thursday, July 28th, Apple introduced a smoother, more efficient version, deeming it Safari 5.0.1.last_img read more

first_img“The Green Season” is the first title released by The Tico Times Publications Group. The paperback is available from The Tico Times Store (for customers in Costa Rica); the paperback and Kindle e-book are both available from It is not uncommon for Americans to take out their life savings, pack their bags, crate up their pets and fly off to a comfortable expat life in Costa Rica. What is far less common is for a young, very gifted actor and writer to do it. But I, for one, am glad that Robert Isenberg, his wife Kylan and their two cats decided to make the move.In a world of fast travel where almost every remote area of the globe is accessible, how do you write a unique travel book? Robert Isenberg, I believe, has the answer. A delectable combination of Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux and a latter-day Samuel Pepys all rolled into one, Isenberg captures the humor in Costa Rica’s checkered history and its social mores with a childlike enthusiasm and a persistent curiosity. Even the most mundane situation will fascinate, amuse or intrigue him.Isenberg offers the reader a kaleidoscopic view of Costa Rica. He takes them on unusual museum visits, participates in drunken carnivals, tears down the dusty veneers of once-proud cities like Puerto Limón, speaks to young women who have been physically abused and, like most U.S. youths who visit Costa Rica, takes the required surfing lessons. From cheap dental care to local culinary treats, from life among the indigenous peoples to a guide on how to survive the rainy season, all fall prey to Isenberg’s keen observation and wit.In another era, Isenberg would have been striding the Hindu Kush as a solo adventurer on the Great Game, perhaps; or, like Lawrence of Arabia, following a Bedouin tribe in the Sahara; or, like my hero, William Dampier, setting off across the “flat” horizon to chronicle the discoveries of uncharted lands. And we would have seen all these things through his eyes, been thoroughly bewitched by them and even tempted to follow in his footsteps. At the same time, Isenberg is very much a writer of today. He visits places that many of us are familiar with, but uncovers secrets, stories and anecdotes about them that most of us would ignore, overlook or miss entirely.On one page Isenberg describes himself as “oppressively pleasant,” and that is probably his secret weapon. In a lifetime of writing about people, I, too, have discovered that being nice, attentive and sympathetic encourages people to open up and tell you their life story. Isenberg has this knack in spades. Instead of fobbing him off, dismissing him as an interloper or immediately classifying him as an over-inquisitive Gringo, people sit down with him, share an Imperial beer and tell him all he needs to know. This is Isenberg’s great gift. He is “oppressively pleasant” and it works in his and the readers’ favor. Like my heroine, Gertrude Bell, Isenberg is obviously just as “comfortable sitting in a Palace with Kings as he is squatting with nomads in a tent in the desert.”Isenberg takes us behind the scenes of everyday life. No matter how mundane, he takes time to peep under the veneer. Even a ride in a local bus becomes an adventure with him. When he puts pen to paper, a humdrum trip metamorphoses into one of life’s more delightful adventures. The ritual of paying the fare, so familiar to all Costa Ricans but so bewildering to the visitor, becomes a dance of the absurd to the author.And Costa Rica’s many second-hand car dealers don’t escape Isenberg’s attention. As many of us will have found out, trying to buy a second-hand car in the country is fraught with dangers. But, again, with almost Pythonesque humor, he perfectly illustrates the absurdity of the situation.“How do you like it?” Sergio (the car salesman) demanded.“Why is there a tarp?” asked Kylan.“Oh,” Serge said, lifting the plastic out of the way, “Because of this.”‘This’ was a massive concussion in the side of the Jeep. ‘This’ was a bent chassis and two missing doors. ‘This’ was a car that had clearly been T-boned at an intersection. ‘This’ was damage so serious we would have to spend thousands of dollars before we could even drive it home.“What do you think?” asked Sergio.“There aren’t any doors,” said Kylan.“The Green Season” is not a continuous narrative but rather episodic, a series of articles carefully threaded together. But this, I find, is part of its charm. It makes it easy for the reader to dip in and out at will, perfect for those with busy lives who don’t have the luxury of reading an entire book in one sitting.For anyone visiting Costa Rica for the first time, or even for those who feel they already know it intimately, this book is a revelation and should be read by all.Caroline Kennedy is co-author of “An Affair of State” and “How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward,” and contributing author to “Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine – A Practical Guide.” She can be reached at Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times launches its own publishing house with first book, ‘The Green Season’ ‘Green Season’ book excerpt: Car Trouble ‘Paradise Imperfect’ a competent expat memoir ‘Green Season’ book excerpt: Day of the Devilslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSpanning all corners of the world, the Marriott International Luxury Brands group offers a boundless network of landmark hotels and resorts in more than 60 countries through The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, EDITION, The Luxury Collection, JW Marriott and W Hotels.From former palaces in Venice and Vienna to skyscrapers in Hong Kong and Dubai, to intimate, remote escapes in the Maldives and Mexico, the breadth of this portfolio is incomparable.  The company has 200 luxury hotels in the pipeline, representing 20 new countries from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba and the Philippines.Marriott International is set to open nearly 40 luxury hotels in 2018 as the company continues to cater for a new affluent traveller, providing globetrotters with a global perspective and an unparalleled portfolio of eight distinct luxury brands.The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts further define the luxury landscape in 2018 The Ritz-Carlton, the hospitality brand with 94 hotels in 31 countries, will see renovations of key properties in 2018 including The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin and The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul.St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, with 42 hotels in 21 countries today, is scheduled to celebrate the renovation of The St. Regis Rome in 2018, as well as openings in destinations such as Cairo and Amman.Luxury rebel W Hotels spins explosive global footprint Scheduled to reach 75 hotels by 2020, W Hotels balances the power of a global brand with the relevance and personality of a local insider. 2018 will be a year of unprecedented growth for the brand with 8 hotels set to open, ranging from Tel Aviv and Dubai to Brisbane and Panama City.EDITION set to reach 20 properties by 2020With 7 new properties scheduled to launch across three continents, and more in the pipeline, 2018 will mark a pivotal moment for EDITION. Created through a partnership between boutique hotel creator and innovator Ian Schrager and Marriott International, the EDITION brand is slated to grow from a collection of 4 to 11 properties by the end of 2018. Following The Sanya EDITION’s launch in December 2016, EDITION’s Asian presence is scheduled to expand with two additional properties launching in Shanghai and Bangkok in 2018.With a growing global portfolio, The Luxury Collection embodies experiential travel With a growing ensemble of 102 hotels in more than 30 countries around the world, The Luxury Collection takes guests on journeys to the world’s most inspiring places, enriching and transforming modern global travel with authentic and indigenous experiences. The Luxury Collection is set to debut 10 properties next year in captivating locations that span the globe, including Los Cabos, Savannah, Vail and Okinawa.JW Marriott expands global footprint and breathes new life into iconic propertiesInspired by its legendary namesake, JW Marriott is a brand committed to cultivating enriching experiences for guests seeking approachable, modern luxury. With 79 hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries – including the recent openings of JW Marriott properties in Vancouver, Jaipur and Phu Quoc, an island oasis off the coast of Vietnam – the brand is looking forward to yet another milestone year with openings slated for 2018 in Nashville and the Maldives.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more