Dan Cohen AUTHOR An $8 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) awarded last week to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy will be used to help dozens of communities and companies across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana address the loss of jobs in the defense industry stemming from cutbacks in DOD spending.“When communities are faced with the type of sudden and severe economic dislocation that can result from a defense plant closure or a mass layoff, it is necessary, but often difficult to create an effective community response,” Lawrence Molnar, an associate director at the institute and the project’s principal investigator, said in a news release. “Our community-based scope of work combines assistance from both the public and private sectors in communities and regions experiencing or anticipating adverse impacts of defense downsizing.”The university — in partnership with Purdue University and Ohio State University — already has designed and begun to implement strategic programs tailored to more than 40 companies and seven communities through the school’s Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program. The new funding will allow that effort to increase collaborations with regional defense industry research institutions.The $8 million grant, awarded through OEA’s defense industry adjustment program, will support a two-year project that will target 72 communities and companies across the three states. The goal is to generate diversification plans for those communities and companies so they are more resilient and can attract new business, while retaining and growing existing enterprises.The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program assesses many factors for each participating company and community, including their financial health and market placement. The program then works with each participant to implement diversification plans, which are jointly funded by all parties.The University of Michigan currently is working with Battle Creek and Sterling Heights and is in the process of evaluating a number of other municipalities — Ypsilanti Township, Saginaw, Lansing, Cadillac and Grand Haven — to determine the impact from defense jobs losses and community interest, reported the Detroit Free Press.Michigan, Ohio and Indiana have lost more than 6,800 defense supply-chain positions in recent years as DOD has drawn down from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and stringent budget caps have been imposed across the federal government.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington).#11a) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed?Yes.#11b) How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases?There is no easy or short answer to this question as the Massachusetts state budget approaches a total of $41 billion dollars a year. In January 2018, the Baker-Polito administration submitted a FY19 budget proposal that attempted to keep state spending in line with revenue growth, to minimize reliance on non-recurring revenues, and to avoid tax or fee increases to balance the budget, while investing in key areas such as local aid, education, workforce development, substance misuse, mental health, housing, and transportation. Massachusetts has started the next fiscal year without a permanent budget in place after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement in time. The 2019 fiscal year began July 1 and the Legislature passed an interim budget which will fund the state through the end of July. With the passing of this interim budget, there will be no disruption of any services in Massachusetts. As State Representative and member of the House of Representatives, I would be an active participant in this process and I would be advocating for the 19th Middlesex District with the taxpayers in mind while ensuring Wilmington and Tewksbury receive their fair share and any possible increases if possible in Chapter 70 funding and Unrestricted General Government Aid. These funds are critical to both communities in helping assist local government with providing the suite of services that people and families have come to expect and deserve. I would advocate for any available state grant money for any projects or initiatives that pertain to either community within the District on an annual basis.As a prior elected official on the School Committee and Board of Selectmen for the Town of Wilmington, I have always been fiscally conservative and have attempted to strike a balance in meeting collective bargaining agreements, supporting capital improvement projects, continuing the highest level of municipal services possible, supporting smart economic development within the community, maintaining a strong free cash position as recommended by the town’s financial advisors and supporting the Board of Selectmen annual vote of the maximum tax shift classification to help lessen the tax burden on the resident population. I intend to take this same balanced approach to Beacon Hill while recognizing we need to look at strategic ways to fund current and future services not always on the backs of taxpayers.#11c) Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?As State Representative, I would become a scholar of the state budget and would always keep a watchful eye in looking for areas of improvement regarding waste, fraud and abuse. There are documented cases of abuse such as overtime costs, employee benefit cases, etc. for example and one could analyze areas of wasteful spending in every budget which I intend to do on a regular basis. Regarding fraud, I will be reviewing consistently the work done annually by the Office of the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which is an independent agency charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse in the use of public funds and public property. This Office investigates allegations in these areas at all levels of government; reviews programs and practices in state and local agencies to identify system-wide vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvement; and assists the public and private sectors to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse in government spending. There have been various reports released from the State Auditor’s office. For example, in April 2018, State Auditor Suzanne Bump released the annual report for her office’s Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI), which identified a record $16.9 million in public assistance benefit fraud in FY 2017, a 9% increase over the previous year. This marks the seventh straight year of increased findings according to the report which is not an indication of more fraud in these programs, but rather a reflection of the growing effectiveness of the agency and the expanded use of data analytics to identify fraudulent activities. According to this report, Bump’s office identified over $16 million in fraud, spread over 1,150 completed investigations. The majority of the fraud which was approximately $10.3 million or 61 percent was identified in the Mass Health program. There are other reported areas of fraud and as State Representative, I would do my part in helping to ensure these public benefit programs continue to be designed to provide the needed assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents who truly need the help as many of the beneficiaries of these programs are children, disabled adults, veterans and seniors.#12) Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?Yes, if elected, I do pledge to provide the same extraordinary level of constituent services that State Representative Miceli provided that the people of the Wilmington and Tewksbury are accustomed to while looking for ways to enhance and improve these services provided in any manner possible. State Representative Miceli should be applauded for his hard work, commitment and dedication to constituent services on behalf of the 19th Middlesex District for decades and I would be honored to carry on his legacy in this regard if elected as the next State Representative.As State Representative, there are many ways to be responsive to the communities within the 19th Middlesex District. First, I will hold regular offices hours in both Wilmington and Tewksbury to be available to the public. I would make sure my contact information is widely publicized and my commitment is to be accessible and responsive to anyone within the District at all times. Some constituent service matters are highly sensitive and confidential and must be treated with the proper care and compassion they need and deserve. Sometimes in addition to taking care of the business at hand, people need a leader who listens and one who is trustworthy and provides a level of human service that goes beyond just being an elected official. I am committed to providing this kind of constituent service as I believe it is the right thing to do in taking care of the people and families that make up the fabric of our district that I have been entrusted to serve. Additionally, I intend to be very visible in both Wilmington and Tewksbury by attending as many events, community activities and town meetings as possible. I will be an active listener, a strong voice for the people and I will be willing to assist the residents of the 19th Middlesex District relative to any matter or need that they have. Constituent services can span across many areas and I would use the full weight of the office to be a supporter and advocate for the entire District including residents, local businesses and municipal town government. Providing the highest quality of constituent services as the next State Representative is of critical importance to me and I will work tirelessly on behalf of the 19th Middlesex District every day I am in office.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email email@example.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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Time to step out and witness some extraordinary work by cluster of artists which is being displayed in the city. The group exhibition titled Spring 2014 showcase work of 21 women artists from different parts of India. All the artists have moved beyond oil paint on canvas or acrylics and used mediums such as gold leaf, plastic waste, tie and dye with embroidery among others, to message their concerns and illuminate the world of pictorial art with insightful inputs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The feminine form of Varsha Kharatmal’s, in vivid colours elaborate ornamentation, celebrate the joy of femininity, while the evocative self-portraits of Swapnil Srivastava emphasise the intensity of today’s women as a narrative in muted tones, and defined spaces, without being dark and oppressive. Motherly concerns, embodied through the Kaushalya-Rama form, is given resurgence in the colourful concepts of Neeta Singh, and the protective tendencies of women are imaginatively wrapped in the depictions of Balwinder Tanwar, who articulates her idea through a pair of symbolic hands. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe graphic precision of Shruti Jain’s expressions incorporate spruce looks with intelligent composition whereas the deceptively simple mythical take on the Devi, as womanly strength behind the Purush concept acquires sophisticated aesthetic with Ritu Chopra.The work of Minal Rajurkar Shinde shows feline-canine-faced beings. Fertility finds adequate representation in the work of Nandini Pantawane, synchronising nature and women artistically. At one level starkly human and at another mythical, the etchings of Tejaswini Sonawane have an allegorical content expressed through otherworldly creatures and dominating postures. Compositional cohesiveness in Seema Gondane’s etchings have a powerful philosophy with the charming mesh of the whole uniting into a letter of close bonding. Rashmi Bawankar’s work comes with a mythical presence hovering above cityscapes, in a realm away from the grip of daily lives. The content of Rashmi Kachewar’s work surprises our imagination by its concentrated mass of form and empty spaces. Smita Kinkale uses solid forms like rubble and seeds to colour a distinct parallel geometry. Ashvini Jadhav, has patience, serenity and abstractions acquiresd into a fluid mass shown in her work.Viewing the colourful compositions of Jasminder Kaur in cocooned centric spaces, speaks of energies contained in a boundary, offset with a smart colour palette. Chitralekha Singh’s work celebrates the rhythm of life through a unique form. The tranquility of water is explored by Shyamali Paul who uplifts her lotus form from the swamp into a jewel effect. Alka Brushundi’s new approach to Tanjore art, embellishes its characteristics through unique placements and related subtleties.Where: Pearl Art Gallery, New Friends Colony, When: 14 April-10 May Timings: 11am-7pm (Mon to Sat) (Sunday by appointment only)
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 4, 2014 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Democrats in Congress are fighting to keep the Internet open.Two parallel bills were introduced by Democrats in both the Senate and in the House to restore net neutrality. The bills, introduced Monday, make up the Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014.The bills are seen as a stopgap measure until the Federal Communications Committee has the opportunity to make a final action in response to a decision in a Washington D.C. court last month that overturned net neutrality. The court ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to dictate to wireless carriers — including the plaintiff, Verizon — what they can charge to whom and when.Related: U.S. Court of Appeals Overturns Net Neutrality“Net neutrality” is also often called “open internet” and advocates argue that no government or company can regulate the flow of the internet. The fear is that, without net neutrality protections, large service providers will give preferential treatment to larger companies that can pay more. Smaller companies that don’t have as much money won’t be able to pay for premium Internet service, putting them at a disadvantage.Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) introduced the bill in the House and the sister bill introduced in the Senate was brought by Ed Markey (D-Mass.).“The Internet is an engine of economic growth because it has always been an open platform for competition and innovation,” said Waxman, in a written statement. “The FCC can and must quickly exercise the authorities the D.C. Circuit recognized to reinstate the Open Internet rules. Our bill makes clear that consumers and innovators will be protected in the interim.”Related: Understanding Net Neutrality and Anti-Government Regulation Register Now »
This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 11 min read Register Now » RadioShack is on its last legs, reportedly in talks to shut down and sell its storefronts to companies like Sprint and Amazon.For many technologists, this is much more than just the loss of another strip mall retailer — it’s the end of where their passion really began. The place where they bought their first transistor, the place where they first learned to code. Fortune’s Term Sheet newsletter asked readers to submit their first memories or early experiences at RadioShack, and got lots of nostalgic replies.Below are some of our favorites:• “Radio Shack was always my favorite store as a child. From their Battery of the Month Club, to their vacuum tube testers (remember those?) to their electronics kits and soldering irons, I was hooked as a young boy. No wonder I was always getting chased out of there! But the turning point for me was the TRS-80 (as I am sure it was pivotal for so many others) – that cemented my life as an engineer and geek. The TRS-80 was the first computer I typed into, wrote my first programs and played games on. Now, we never owned one – I did that all in the store. We were never in a position to spend the $1,000 (give or take) for the computer – but every trip to our little mall included a stop for me at Radio Shack.” ~ Jack Unverfurth, director of software at Get Real Health.• “I learned BASIC programming at a Radio Shack store when I was 11 years-old. They held this class in a back room at the store and me and a about a dozen adults learned how to do ‘Print’ and ‘If-Then’ statements. This was like 1981 and the first exposure any of us had to computer programming.” ~ James Navin, VP of strategic operations at Sharethrough• “My grandfather — who is now 94 and who’s got all the zipper machine patents in Google patent search — took me to Radio Shack when I was about 8 years-old. He bought me a soldering iron and we made electromagnets. That was the first time i made something. I cant imagine what we would’ve made with Arduino or Raspberry PI. I guess the combination of entrepreneurial genes and that early time screwing around in grandpas lab inspired me to found MINR. ~ Sol Weinreich• “My first computer was a TRS-80 bought in 1979 at local Radio Shack – 16K with a black and white monitor and cassette tape drive. Wouldn’t have my 20-year career in tech if not for the experience of having a PC in our living room as an 8 year-old.” ~ Steven Mitzenmacher, VP of corporate development at NetApp• “I used my Bar Mitzvah money to buy my first ‘personal’ computer in 1981 — the TRS-80 from Radio Shack. It had no disk drives; the only memory was 16K of RAM. I had to save programs on a cassette tape, and the filenames could be no longer than two letters. So awesome.” ~ Paul Greenberg, CEO of Nylon• “Back in the mid-90s, there was no DigiKey or hundreds of other component sites. The information wasn’t as abundant either for amateur geeks (like myself), so you could bring a circuit board with burnt out component and get help finding replacement. Radio Shack employees were true hardcore geeks. Somewhere in early 2000’s Radio Shack started hiring sales people and not geeks, which resulted in Best Buy-esque experience. You may have wanted some random component, but were pushed cellphone plans instead. Knowledge of associates dropped to such low levels, they would read you what is on the box, but would have no idea what is the difference between resistor and capacitor. That is when the company became dead to me. ~ Apollo Sinkevicius, COO of Robin Powered• “Radio Shack was one of my favorite stores growing up. My dad was an electrical engineer, so many a project involved a trip to Radio Shack: removing alternator noise from a car audio system, fixing the tube amp on my 1930s Hammond Organ, building a home-brew security system, etc. As the years went on, the front of the store was filled with more mobile phones & games, and our little section of resistors, capacitors & breadboards was relegated to a smaller and smaller back corner of the store.” ~ Matt Brezina, CEO of Sincerely Inc.• “I grew up in Dallas, Texas. Radio Shack was everywhere. I could ride my bike to the nearest one in a shopping center that also had my haircut place (back when we called them ‘barbers’) and a local ice cream store that I loved but can’t remember the name of. Across the street was a Piggly Wiggly in a big shopping center. It’s all at Arapaho Road and Coit Road in Dallas in Spanish Village. I’d ride by bike up to Radio Shack and just sit and screw around in the store forever. I was always amazed at the diodes, capacitors, resistors, wires, and cables. Eventually they had a CB Radio that I somehow convinced my dad to by for his car. I was totally into Breaker-breaker-1-9 and my favorite thing to do was to say Breaker-breaker-1-9 I need to take a 10-100. When the TRS-80 came out, that was the end of that. I got an Apple II instead and when the Epson MX-80 printer came out, I was done with Radio Shack for a long time.” ~ Brad Feld, venture capitalist• “During my early teenage years in the 90’s, my dad was posted in Sana’a, Yemen. For a kid in the MTV generation this spelt a death knell. Socially speaking, the city was as barren as its desert. But… it had a Radio Shack! For kids like me that was the epitome of cool. The Technic earphones and Sony tape decks were sights that we saw only on TV. But the Shack brought it to life for us. Many a dull afternoon have I spent foraging through their shelves. Hence nostalgia abounds whenever I think of them. Doubt if others see it my way, but Radio Shack would always be my yardstick as far as cool quotient comparisons go.” ~ Raju Joseph• “I was an early personal computer hobbyist, and in 1981 entered Johns Hopkins University’s first national search for applications to benefit the disabled. My entry was a design and prototype for a word processing service that would hire typists who were blind to type dictation over the telephone and return finished text by e-mail. I used a TRS-80 and Radio Shack answering machine to prove the concept. The Radio Shack store in McLean, Virginia was where I got the equipment, but also found helpful people with ideas and encouragement. Word processing centers and services were, of course, quickly eclipsed by advances in business technology, but I still got that certificate on my wall.” ~ Alan Kotok, editor and publisher at Science & Enterprise• “I was an early RS consumer having spent paperboy delivery money on countless ‘free’ baseball bat sized d-cell flashlights, the mystical p-boxes and subsequently, Band-Aids (early life lesson on how hot a solder iron can get…) to returning later as a college co-op student to the Fort Worth, TX headquarters. Tandy’s Research & Development division offered me a full-time offer upon graduation where I became part of the Team behind the TRS-80 and the new Tandy 2000 Personal Computers. Had the opportunity to meet Dell and Gates who were each just starting their respective companies.” ~ Don Metzger• “Our dads built Heath kit stereos and passed on soldering skills and the maker spirit in projects we built from parts purchased at Radio Shack. I remember wanting my own radio, and us building a crystal radio to fit inside a 7-up can. One-part James Bond, one part learning the skills of engineers. The radio was my first project built with my dad, doing something he did as a boy. We later built a launcher for Estes rockets with buttons, switches, wire and solder from Radio Shack to start our family space program! Turning screen-time into ‘us time.’” ~ Joe Salesky, CEO of Ustyme• “I learned how to program Basic on a Radio Shack (Tandy) TRS-80 in NYC in the early 80s. I would sit in the store for hours, program, and play. The software was downloaded from an audio cassette at a 300 Baud rate. A simple pong-like game would take about 5 mins to download from the cassette. Fun times.” ~ Bart Schachter• “I bought a 101-in-One electronics kit in the 70’s to have some fun tinkering. In the 80’s my little daughter took a liking to it and how things work. Her educational path lead her to a PhD in chemistry. I don’t doubt that the kit I bought from Radio Shack created her first science building block. Thank you Radio Shack!” ~ Len Charmichael, CFO of Sunnyside Corp.• “When I was 12-14 years old (1979) I got into talking on CB radios. I think it had to do with Smokey and the Bandit. I went to Radio Shack weekly to get the latest antennae, amplifier, speaker, etc. I remember extending wires to all four corners of my room. The theory was the larger the antennae the more distant signals we could pick up.” ~ Keith Wasserstrom, consultant• “When I was in high school, I was in a band. I thought we were the best band in school, but another band (whose lead singer was the son of the guy who owned the Detroit Pistons) always won competitions and I thought it was because they had better equipment. We couldn’t afford better equipment, so my dad and I started to go to Radio Shack and bought raw parts to put together a complete P.A. system. We never lost again. And I’ll always treasure spending time with dad and learning about the science behind the music. ” ~ Jason Mendelson, venture capitalist• “For me, Radio Shack was the equivalent of today’s Apple store. I loved going in there and just looking around, wondering what half the stuff was, particularly their walls of transistors, capacitors, plugs and patch cords. One of my first at home/Saturday morning projects as a 10 year-old boy was to build a robot with tin cans my Mom had thrown out and plenty of lead solder and an ‘Archer’ soldering gun, which still works after 50 years, even the little light on the front! Unfortunately the robot never did. I also still have an Archer voltmeter from the early 70’s that works great. In my teens I used some of those transistors they sold to build a device that allowed me and a friend to make long-distance phone calls for free, even though we didn’t really have anyone to call. My dream as a kid was to someday work in a Radio Shack and, dare I think it, even manage one! Today I run a software development company and credit much of my tech curiosity to those days wandering – and wondering – around in my local Radio Shack. I’m sorry to see them go.” ~ Frank Kenna, CEO of The Marlin Company• “I still remember my brother and I as kids on a road trip fighting over a Walkman until my parents had to find a radio shack (without googlemaps) to buy a headphone splitter. Then we just argued over which cassette tapes to play.” ~ Chris Livingston, associate with Summit Partners• “I was a geek when being a geek was not fashionable. When portable computers weighed 40lbs and the concept of a laptop was just a dream.I was a geek when a mouse was a furry thing that you chased out of your house not made a home on your desk.I was a geek when computers had names like Trash 80I was a geek on the cutting edge of technology,I was a geek thanks to Radio Shack.”~ Warren Markowitz, Geek, attorney, radio host, and a kid from the 1980’s February 4, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Share Wednesday, September 20, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TALLAHASSEE — VISIT FLORIDA is launching a hurricane response marketing plan “to invite visitors back to the Sunshine State in a responsible way”, where the focus is on marketing on unaffected areas while providing real-time information and updates on locations that continue to strengthen every day, says VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO, Ken Lawson.While several communities sustained serious damage from Hurricane Irma, many areas of Florida did not see significant impacts, he noted.VISIT FLORIDA has been in touch with the state’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) “to get a county-by-county damage assessment and to review plans to best promote our state to visitors”, says Lawson.“The vast majority of DMOs were happy to report that their destination is open for business. The areas of our state that were more impacted are rebuilding and planning to reopen as soon as possible.”Lawson says VISIT FLORIDA’s post-hurricane marketing plan will provide “an authentic view” of Florida to assist potential visitors as they make travel plans. Campaign tactics will be digitally focused with a series of true-view videos from destinations across the state – “an aggressive push to energize our Share a Little Sunshine advocates to share real-time images of the state with #LoveFL”, as well as customized plans to support the communities that were directly impacted by Hurricane Irma.VISIT FLORIDA continues to share real-time travel safety updates at its Florida Now page at its website, visitflorida.com. Local DMOs are also updating their websites to serve as a post-hurricane information resource.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“The Florida tourism industry has recovered from many storms over the years, and I have no doubt that our communities and our state will quickly rebound from Hurricane Irma as well,” said Lawson.In Miami, the Greater Miami CVB has kicked off its #MiamiNow campaign with discounts and deals for visitors. The new destination-wide promotion supports local businesses and jobs offering savings throughout Miami and the Beaches now until Oct. 31.Miami and the Beaches is open for business following minimal impact from Hurricane Irma this past week, says the CVB.#MiamiNow unites 6 of the 12 top GMCVB Temptations Programs: Miami Spice, Miami Spa, Miami Hotel, Miami Attractions, Miami Museums and Shop Miami Month.The program offers a variety of deals, providing tremendous value on hotels, restaurants, spas, museums, attractions and shopping. “There has never been a better time to visit, or better destination-wide savings,” says the CVB.#MiamiNow features include:DINE: The much-loved Miami Spice Restaurant Month has been extended through Oct. 31 with nearly 200 restaurants participating. Highlighting Greater Miami and The Beaches’ diverse culinary scene, Miami Spice restaurants will continue offering reduced prices (US$23 per person for lunch and brunch / $39 per person for dinner) in some of the hottest neighborhoods in town.STAY: Many hotels are extending special offers through Oct. 31 as part of the #MiamiNow promotion. Hotels throughout the destination from Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles Beach and more are offering promotional rates and special amenity packages. A few of the hotel participants include: Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Coconut Grove and Bal Harbour properties, Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, Marenas Beach Resort Sunny Isles Beach, The Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables, EPIC Hotel, Four Season Hotel Miami and Mandarin Oriental Miami.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemPAMPER: Miami Spa Month is back with more than 25 spas offering exclusive treatments at $109 and $139, with select spas offering treatments for $199.SHOP: Miami’s most popular malls, marketplaces, boutiques, restaurants and hotels will be offering incentives across different retailers.ARTS & ATTRACTIONS: Many Miami and the Beaches attractions and museum are rolling out special Miami Now offers and buy-one-get-one-free admissions.“We are proud of our local tourism industry for being among the first in the destination to raise their hand to keep the community moving forward,” says William D. Talbert, III, C.D.M.E. “Tourism is the number one industry in Miami-Dade County and the #MiamiNow promotion celebrates the best of Miami’s tourism industry across many sectors while welcoming visitors from near and far for some of the best value driven offers the destination has ever seen.”For a complete listing of all the #Miami Now special offers, visit MiamiandtheBeaches.com. For a live look at Greater Miami and the Beaches, see the webcams at SeeMiamiLive.com. Travelweek Group Florida looks to jump-start post-Irma travel with new campaign Tags: Florida Posted by
Share Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Posted by Alex Keerma Tags: Openings & Renovations, RIU Hotels & Resorts Next to the children’s pool there is also a RiuLand club and a playground, and a new gym and the Riu Fit zone. These new amenities and the new free WiFi service now available throughout the hotel complement the entertainment offer of the animation team and of the ‘Pacha’ discotheque, also renovated, says RIU.Riu Tequila’s overhaul is just the latest resort news from RIU Hotels & Resorts. This year RIU expects to open the Riu Palace Baja California (December 2018) and has also renovated one of its classic hotels, Riu Sante Fe. RIU is also updating Riu Palace Punta Cana in the D.R. and Riu Palace Tropical Bay in Jamaica. Massive overhaul for Riu Tequila, now with 5 pools and modern décor across 630 rooms PLAYA DEL CARMEN — Twenty years after it first opened in Playa del Carmen, the legendary Riu Tequila is showing off its new look after months of renovations.The resort has undergone a massive overhaul, says RIU Hotels & Resorts, with a complete renovation to common areas, gardens and all 630 rooms. There’s also an expanded gastronomic selection with two new restaurants and a barbecue station with grilled dishes.Room décor is now fresher and more modern, dominated by white with touches of red. The floors of all the rooms have been replaced with ceramic parquet, in keeping with RIU’s new style. The bathrooms in all the rooms, with the same flooring, also now provide shower stalls. Riu Tequila has also gone from having two large organically shaped swimming pools and one for children, to a total of five rectangular and more modern pools. One of the pools is just for kids and has slides, while another has a swim-up bar.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFollowing the renovation, the Riu Tequila also offers the new Italian restaurant, Rinascita, and a new steakhouse called Black Cow. Both are in addition to the existing Rosa Roja main buffet, Bamboo serving Asian cuisine, and the Beach Club restaurant that turns in to a Mexican-themed restaurant every evening. The barbecue station prepares grilled dishes at lunchtime.With the complete renovation of the main building, lobby bar La Veranda, cocktail lounge La Fiesta and Sports Bar 24 have been redone and renamed as well, as has Coco’s Bar, the swim-up bar in the garden area. << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019
Posted by Apply now for Just You’s new South Africa fam Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Following its widely successful Italy fam, Just You has launched its second agent familiarization tour, this time to South Africa.Departing Aug. 24 and returning Sept. 1, the eight-day fam includes all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, porterage for luggage, and transfers on arrival and departure dates. International flights are not included, but the flights within South Africa are complimentary.A total of 18 travel agents will sample local food and wine, learn about the country’s apartheid history, and search for the Big 5 in Kruger National Park over the course of the fam.The trip starts in Johannesburg with a tour of Soweto before heading to Kruger National Park where guests will stay for three nights and head out on safaris. Other highlights include exploring Cape Town and visiting Table Mountain, plus a trip to Cape Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach to see penguins.“We are really excited to be offering another trip for agents to experience what a Just You tour is like, and see why we’re the experts in solo travel,” said Nick Roberti, Just You’s National Sales Manager.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAs an added incentive, agents who sell 10 Just You tours within a year of returning from the fam will earn their fam money back. “Just another reason to apply to travel with us,” added Roberti.Agents must apply before June 14 and fill out an application form, available here: http://bit.ly/JustYouFamSA.Just You offers guaranteed departures of every tour in its latest brochure. It also has a guaranteed price match and guaranteed price promise, meaning customers can book with confidence knowing that they’re getting the best deal for their chosen tour.The company also prides itself on offering handpicked accommodation, with every agent getting a twin or double room of their own. Each Just You tour is also accompanied by a professional Tour Manager. Tags: FAM, Just You, South Africa Travelweek Group Friday, May 31, 2019