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The US Department of Transportation has banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on flights after reports of the device catching fire.
Passengers will not be able to take the phones on flights or in their luggage to and from the US from 16:00 GMT on Saturday.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had previously advised against packing the phones in luggage.
Samsung permanently stopped Galaxy Note 7 production this week.
“We recognise that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.
“We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident in-flight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”
Samsung recalled around 2.5 million phones in September after complaints of exploding batteries.
While it later insisted that all replaced devices were safe, there were reports that those phones were catching fire too.
The company then said it would stop Galaxy Note 7 production.
“The fire hazard with the original Note 7 and with the replacement Note 7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall,” said US Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye.
“I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund. It’s the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.”
The Renaissance Hotel in Chicago was the site for a new short film, “Business Unusual”.
The 12-minute film, shot throughout Chicago and on location at the newly transformed Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, boasts an impressive cast including Yoshua Sudarso (“Power Rangers Dino Charge”), Jason Gerhardt (“General Hospital,” ABC’s “Mistresses”), Grant Bowler (“Defiance,” “True Blood,” and “Ugly Betty”), Tia Carrere (“Wayne’s World”) and Brian Poli-Dixon (artist, actor, and former NFL receiver).
“Business Unusual” centers around two ad executives and former colleagues, having just arrived in Chicago to compete against each other in a pitch. A pompous character, Chip, delivers the first pitch and receives extremely positive feedback from the clients. Following Chip’s seemingly successful presentation, David, (a less seasoned entrepreneur) nervously begins to present his pitch– when the client is suddenly called away to an emergency and is asked if he can finish the next day. David agrees and returns to his hotel. As he is anxiously preparing to revamp his pitch, the Navigator (Renaissance Hotels’ local concierge) persuades him to join other guests for an evening of discovery through beverage, food and local music in the hotel’s bar. Here he has a chance platonic encounter with a kind, wise, and successful woman named Ella. David finds his groove and is inspired to create an exceptionally fun and clever campaign, focused on the use of a Rube Goldberg machine that ultimately lands him the account. The Rube Goldberg machine in the film was designed by “America’s Got Talent” quarterfinalist Steve Price.
“Renaissance Hotels is designed for the today’s business travelers, who see travel as an opportunity to experience something new and unexpected, so they come away with a new perspective — whether that’s from experiencing the local neighborhood around our hotel or simply stumbling into a live performance, a mixology demonstration or an art exhibit in the programmed public spaces,” said Dan Vinh, Vice President Marketing, Renaissance Hotels. “‘Business Unusual’ incorporates cameos with strong Chicago ties to demonstrate the importance of Renaissance Hotel’s passion for incorporating unexpected, indigenous and local elements into the guest experience.”
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According to my Trip Advisor account, I have been to 51 cities in 9 countries. I was feeling kind of proud – until I read this article on LIFE HACK, 50 Incredible Travel Experiences to Have in Your Lifetime!
Seems I have done NONE OF THEM!
Most are in countries I have not seen yet – and some countries I really don’t care to visit. Just because any of our travel experiences are not on this list – does not lessen their value. So what I have not been to India. or Peru.
I HAVE been to Paris and sat at a sidewalk cafe and people watched;
I HAVE been to Budapest and seen the ornate bath houses;
I HAVE been to Prague and looked over the city of spires from the TV Tower;
I HAVE been to New York City and admired the Twin Towers before they fell;
I HAVE been to Hocking Hills Ohio and walked inside the majestic caves and forest;
I HAVE been to the Grand Canyon….
An incredible travel experience can be anywhere – and different for everyone…
What have been YOUR BEST travel experiences?
I am really not much of a gambler, but I enjoy the opulence and beauty of so many of the new casinos. And I do like slots!
If you’ve driven the Las Vegas Strip lately, you may have noticed some major construction going on just below the Stratosphere, near the northern end of the Strip. Which previously has been a neglected area for new construction, but Las Vegas is running out of room! Eventually downtown and the strip will connect.
There are two major projects here, the first of which is the SLS Las Vegas, a 1,600-room luxury ($400 million rebuild) casino resort from growing hospitality company sbe. This will be the fourth SLS property in the US (New York, South Beach and LA, while sbe also operates Redbury Hotels and the Raleigh in South Beach).
Macau, one of the hottest new international gambling locations, is known worldwide as “the Monte Carlo of China.” However, don’t expect any draconian rules here – Macau is home to some of the biggest, most exciting casinos and casino hotels in the world. Hotel Lisboa – The Lisbon Hotel in Macau is renowned as a symbol of Macau. It looks like a cross between a Western luxury five-star hotel and a traditional Chinese lantern, all 15+ stories lit up like a beacon in the middle of Macau.
MONACO – Monte Carlo, the Hotel de Paris; Famous for its jet-set lifestyle and magnificent casinos, Monte Carlo is ideal for a high rolling holiday. As for the lodging of choice, none can compare to Hotel de Paris, connected to the Place du Casino by a mere flight of stairs. Despite how popular this opulent hotel has become since it first opened in 1864, it still retains an air of discretion.
So we all kind travel the world this year?! You can still gamble from the comfort of your home. CasinoSpesialisten offers everything from blackjack to roulette, plus mobile casino for your phone or tablet. So until you can get to Macau or Monaco, stay home and get online!
Only in Dubai right? Where size matters.
Arabia, Kingdom Tower will be the tallest building in the world at 3, 281 feet. The
Sears/Willis Tower is 1,451 feet. One World Trade Center was just crowned 1,776 feet.
Kingdom Tower project. Talal Al Maiman, CEO of Kingdom Real Estate Development Co. said in an
interview in Shanghai that every detail about financing was discussed with investors and
currently the project can move forward as there are no financial obstacles to it.
1,007 meter (3 303.8 feet). It will be the first building to reach the height of 1
was given, the Kingdom Tower might be completed as early as 2017, and it will have more than 200
floors, with the highest deck observation in the world on the 157th level.
It’s like flowers in spring or colorful foliage in fall: You know it’s Christmastime when everywhere you go, there are colored lights and fanciful decorations.
district standbys: The evergreen inventiveness and humor of Macy’s
window displays, or Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Shoppers walk by
carrying gifts, kids are everywhere and holiday music ribbons the whole
scene. It’s like a warm Christmas bath: if holiday shopping has you worn
down early, a visit can help even the Grinchiest visitor find the
decades, where cars and tour buses fill with families for hours-long
sightseeing trips. Winn Tours’ “Tacky Lights Tours” drives customers by
some of the area’s best-decorated homes, complete with personalized
Christmas music and a full bar–even eggnog. “We do over 100 of these
tours every season, each with a group of 40 or more people,” says Mark
Pounders, director of operations for Winn Tours. “There are all types:
large families who come together, church groups, office parties.”
From wacky residential displays to professional over-the-top spectacles, AOL Travel has rounded up the 10 Best Christmas Light Displays in the U.S. Unlike your kooky neighbor’s blow up Santa Claus, these Christmas light displays have been bringing visitors back year after year. Some are classy, others tacky — but each one sparkles with unmatched holiday cheer.
Here is the America’s Best Online list of the Best Christmas Light Shows in America. After the top ten light shows and festivals there is a
list of honorable mentions. Many are listed with the approximate dates
they are available for viewing but start and end dates change yearly.
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That seem’s to be the song
that is sung in Dubai!
In 20 years, this area has EXPLODED. Dubai has emerged as a global city and a business hub. Although Dubai’s economy was built on the oil industry, currently the emirate’s model of business, similar to westernized countries, drives it main revenues from tourism, real estate, and financial services. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events.
Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate. Dubai’s lure for tourists is based mainly on shopping, but also on its possession of other ancient and modern attractions. As of 2007, Dubai was the 8th most visited city of the world. Dubai is expected to accommodate over 15 million tourists by 2015. But will they take the GAY DOLLAR? Time will tell.
The Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas are really something to see. It is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. The performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures. The fountains are set in a 9-acre manmade lake. They incorporate a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. It is estimated that the fountains cost $75 million to build. The fountains were created by WET, a design firm specializing in inventive fountains and architectural water features – who also did a lot of work for Disney World.
Everything has to be BIGGER, BETTER and record-setting in Dubai! Have you seen their new fountains? The Dubai Fountain is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30- acre man-made Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development.
It was designed by WET Design, Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water 150 m (490 ft) into the air, accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of $218 US million.
WATCH THE WATER SHOW on YouTube – if you can’t make it to Dubai!
there is a new kid on the block, looking to make a HUGE impact on Gay Travel. G Worldwide Luxuty resorts.
“Our goal is to establish a new standard of luxury in hospitality for the LGBT community, their friends, families and supporters by delivering a unique combination of style and comfort, along with impeccable service that celebrates individuality.”
Introducing G Worldwide the first ever LGBT Luxury Lifestyle Resort Collection Brand. An inspiring collection of hotels, resorts and vacation clubs, specifically designed to fulfill the needs and desires of the LGBT traveler has emerged. And they are making a VERY BIG SPLASH!
The New York based company has plans for New York City, Las Vegas, Wilton Manors, Florida and Palm Springs, California. The first project is Florida. A 700,000 square-foot resort at an estimated cost of $80 million in Wilton Manors. The luxury resort, scheduled for completion in 2011, will bring over 500 new jobs to the area.
David Holzapfel, COO of G Worldwide, is enthusiastic about the project. “The reason we chose Wilton Manors for our first project is because we felt that South Florida is a wonderful location.” Holzapfel likes the community of Wilton Manors, stating that the company has already garnered a great deal of support for the project.
The resort will feature numerous lavish amenities. “We will have a fitness center, spa, nightclub, and a variety of dining options, all on property,” Holzapfel says. In addition, the resort also plans to offer a rooftop lounge and garden, as well as an art gallery and banquet center.
G Resort Wilton Manors also plans on attracting 25 major events to the resort, including conferences that will ultimately generate revenue for local businesses.
In addition, G Resort will feature a timeshare component, allowing visitors to purchase units in the building. “Timeshare brings a lot of value to the property, especially from the developer’s point of view,” states Holzapfel. “That component of the resort will only be about 20 percent of inventory, but will provide us with a steady stream of customers.”
The company wants to be the first-ever LGBT luxury-lifestyle resort and brand with a goal of amassing a collection of hotels, resorts, and vacation clubs specifically designed to fulfill the needs and desires of the LGBT traveler!
World Outgames is an international event for the body, the mind, and the spirit. We celebrate the talents and contributions of homosexual, bi-sexual and transgender men and women from every corner of the globe.
World Outgames will be held from 25 July – 2 August 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
With over 12,000 participants, the 1st World Outgames, held in 2006, was the largest international event to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada since the 1976 Summer Olympiad. At the time of writing, this years numbers show more than 25 % of those registered coming from the USA and Canada , so American and Canadian athletes are therefore bound to be well represented in the medal tables. A total of 8000 people from around 100 countries are expected to take part in the 38 sports tournaments, countless cultural festivals and the international conference on LGBT Human Rights.
Gay rights in Denmark are generally extensive, and Danish society is very tolerant of homosexuality. Homosexuality was legalized in 1933 and since 1979, the age of consent is equal at 15, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender. Homosexuals are not banned from military service. In addition, Danish law bans hate crimes, which includes crimes against people because of their sexuality.
Copenhagan has something for everyone! Charming cafés, cutting edge designer shops and little esoteric second hand boutiques.
Museums boasting world-class collections compete for your attention with the many city parks – but weather permitting you might prefer a swim in the clear cool water of Havnebadet – a harbour pool just 2 minutes away from the city centre.
AT NIGHT, Bars, clubs, concert venues and discos make the narrow alleys come alive and give you the opportunity to get really close to the Copenhageners and their way of life. The party continues well into the morning with temptations of every kind!
Always progressive, it was recently announced that Rødovre, an independent municipality of Denmark, was looking for a new residential tower and MVRDV, with co-architect ADEPT, rose to the challenge.
Their “Sky Village” concept won a design challenge to create the next Rødovre skyscraper. The 116 meter (~381 foot) tower will feature apartments, retail, offices, an hotel, as well as a public park and plaza. The architects’ contemporary design is based on a flexible grid of boxes, or “pixels,” which are ~646 square feet each and arranged around the building’s central core.
Rødovre Skyscraper was designed with sustainable features in mind, such as a greywater circuit, use of 40% recycled concrete in the foundation, and energy producing devices in the facade. It’ll also follow Danish environmental standards and implement various green technologies to meet those standards.
The bottom of the tower is slim to make room for the plaza, retail, and restaurants. As you move up the building, the residential units jut out to the north and create open spaces for sky gardens. The top portion of the building is reserved for the hotel where guests enjoy views of the center of Copenhagen.
Because the building is built in pixels, it can be modified to conform to market and economic realities (see model above). Barring any of those type of changes, however, the initial plans call for 10,500 sf retail, 170,000 sf offices, 39,300 sf housing, 21,500 sf hotel, and a basement of 146,000 sf containing parking and storage.
July will be an amazing time in the city for the World Outgames! But if you can’t attend then, view their online calendar of other gay events, when making your travel plans.
Not many regions can pride themselves on having a free tourist guide and map specifically for their gay visitors. But the Øresund region is one of them. Check the guide out onscreen or download it.
Does this look phallic?
Or is my mind in the gutter again?
This is Gwanggyo Power Centre , a concept design for a new town located roughly 20 miles south of Seoul, South Korea.
MVRDV won a competition with this design, which consists of skinny, hill-shaped buildings that contain housing, offices, parking, retail, leisure, and educational spaces.
Although the concept plan is currently under review for feasibility and cost estimations, if everything moves forward, Gwanggyo Power Centre will become a self-sustaining town of 77,000 inhabitants.
The Power Centre is remarkably green, but that’s all for a purpose. The design is intended to mimic and link to the lake and hills (and the natural environment surrounding the site).
It was conceived in rings because the town has different needs for phasing, positioning, and size. Every structure has a terrace with plantations for outdoor life.
The plantations are fed by a floor-to-floor circulation system that stores water for irrigation.
The end result is a vertical park that reduces energy and water usage.
The towers each feature prominent voids that act as atriums, lobbies, and plazas and also provide light and ventilation. Gwanggyo Power Centre, as currently planned, anticipates having over 2 million square feet for housing, 2 million square feet for parking, 500 thousand square feet for offices, and over 2 million square feet for culture, retail, leisure, and education. That’s a development comprising ~6.5 million square feet of space!
As for Gay Seoul, South Korea has been one of the most ambitious and progressive countries in Asia in the last fifty years. It’s ancient culture has assimilated, for better or worse, many western ideas and systems. Along with the changes in commerce have come alterations in human behavior and attitudes, including a recent softening toward homosexuality.