Monday, June 26, 2017

Breaking: Supreme Court Allows Implementation Of Most Of Trump Travel Ban For Now #TrumpTravelBan

The Supreme Court has just ruled that most of Trump’s executive order will go into effect until oral arguments in October. People with family, have a job offer, and studying in the United States will be allowed to travel for now.

A June 12-13 survey commissioned by Helpshift, the customer experience experts, found that nearly three-quarter of Americans (74%) believe that the Trump administration is making air travel more difficult. 

This is especially true with high income earners, young adults, those with children, and those who live in the Northeast.

The number one reason why? 

The fear that it has caused Americans to avoid traveling in and out of the United States.

Other reasons included:
  • Fearing that it has caused those from foreign countries to avoid traveling in and out of the United States
  • His “travel ban” of visitors from some Muslim majority countries created chaos and unpredictability at airports
  • The proposed laptop ban makes professional travel difficult to some countries
  • Fearing people will associate travelers with his policies when they travel abroad

This will be even more prevalent as the Supreme Court says that those with no U.S. connection are subject to ban and that the order seeks temporary bank on travelers from six Muslim majority countries.

Helpshift worked with Radius Global and surveyed over 2,000 Americans to ensure that the survey data was indicative of the American populace.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton Takes to the Sea - First Luxury Hotel Brand To Offer Bespoke Yacht Experiences


Setting Sail in 2019, Custom-Built Luxury Yachts to Bring the Iconic Ritz-Carlton Service and Style to Unique and Distinguished Destinations Around the World

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 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), has announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea. Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., The Ritz-Carlton will provide luxury hospitality service under a long-term operating agreement. Named The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, this venture represents a unique foray into the cruise industry for a luxury hotel operator. The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019, and distinguishes Marriott International as the only provider of luxury accommodations both on land and at sea.

“The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.”

Itineraries are being developed with an intent to combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. Calling at intimate and signature destinations alike, voyages will range from seven to ten days. The first ship will cruise a wide variety of destinations depending on the season, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Due to the intimate size of the vessel, the yacht will call at unique locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships, from Capri and Portofino to St. Barths and the old town of Cartagena. With a relaxed pace, that includes both overnight and daytime ports of call, guests will be offered a uniquely curated destination experience.

The specially designed small capacity vessel will measure 190-meters, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138 square-meter lavish duplex penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden. The onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and unparalleled level of individualized guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized; a first in the cruise industry.

“The Ritz-Carlton is known for its legendary service and high standards,” said Douglas Prothero Managing Director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “We are delighted to collaborate with The Ritz-Carlton as our hospitality operator in offering the most exclusive yachting experience to be found at sea in a venture that will give new meaning to curated luxury travel,” continued Lars Clasen, Managing Director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

Throughout the journey, guests will indulge in a cruising style that is unparalleled in the ultra-luxury cruise and private yachting sectors. The Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of on-board entertainment. Additionally, the yacht will offer one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore.

Reservations will open in May 2018. The ships of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection are also available for private charter. For more information, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/yachts. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Philadelphia In Top Three On Best Places To Visit In The USA

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Looking to plan an incredible vacation — or perhaps a really awesome staycation? Philadelphia should be on your summer destination list, experts say.
U.S. News & World Report has just ranked Philadelphia in the top three on its annual Best Places to Visit in the USA list. The ranking features New York City, Philadelphia and Honolulu in the top three spots.U
“The first (and only) city in the USA to be named a UNESCO World Heritage City, Philly offers so much more than cheesesteaks.”
The news outlet reminds readers that the city “offers so much more than cheesesteaks” and points to Philadelphia’s incredibly rich historical heritage as a key point of interest.
In fact, the U.S. News & World Report also placed Philadelphia among the top three Best Historic Destinations in the USA, a list that includes New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco highest in its ranking.
Beyond the city’s wealth of historic attractions, the travel report goes on to talk about Philly’s wonderful museums, lively nightlife, beloved sports teams, thriving restaurant scene, array of ethnic neighborhoods and the fact that Philly is home to one of the largest gay communities in the U.S.
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“Philadelphia is known for having a laid-back vibe and a very diverse and accepting atmosphere. It’s not called the City of Brotherly Love for nothing,” says U.S. News & World Report.
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions. In its travel guide to Philadelphia, the outlet calls out the culinary renaissance the city has seen in recent decades – earning the city a spot on the Best Foodie Destinations in the USA – and also writes about the city’s welcoming attitude.
We couldn’t agree more.
To check out the entire Best Places to Visit in the USA article click here — and then start planning your next trip to Philadelphia.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

What Every Traveler Needs To Know About Zika This Summer

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The INSIDER Summary:
  • Officials in Brazil have announced the Zika crisis has ended in the country.
  • Even though it's gone in Brazil, Zika is present in Florida and Texas, and some public health officials have already begun bracing for the spread of the virus.
  • The CDC recommends visitors in areas with Zika wear long-sleeved clothing, apply mosquito repellent, and use a mosquito net at night.

Officials from Brazil announced last week that the crisis over the Zika virus had ended in the country: The number of cases of Zika in Brazil this year dropped by 95 percent between January and April compared to the same period in 2016, and no deaths were reported, compared to eight deaths last year.
But while Zika is declining in Brazil, that doesn't mean it's going away, particularly as we head into summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Transmission from Latin America

Brazil was at the epicenter of this latest epidemic that began in 2015, and last week's announcement was seen as a major victory. This upcoming summer will be a crucial moment in fighting Zika's spread, however, as the damp, muggy climates — particularly along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. — offer the right environment for the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
“This summer will depend on what’s going on in countries like Brazil because Zika is not endemic here,” Janet McAllister, an entomology researcher with the CDC, told Travel + Leisure. We’re going to see it brought into the country again, and we are already seeing travelers returning with Zika.”
The virus is relatively harmless to most people, and only about 1 in 5 who contract it experience flu-like symptoms. However, Zika be extremely dangerous for pregnant women, symptoms or not, and has been linked to microcephaly in the unborn child, a condition in which the infant's head is abnormally small and brain is underdeveloped.
Zika quickly spread across Latin America and into the Caribbean islands in 2015 and 2016 before making its way up to parts of the southern U.S., where populations of the Aedes aegyptimosquito have started to rebound, according to McAllister.

Multiple factors for viral spread

If people travel to or from Zika-prone countries in South America and return with the virus to cities like New Orleans where Aedes aegypti are present, the local mosquitos can begin to carry it. If high rates of transmission are then coupled with heavy rainfall, the spread of the disease could be rapid, McAllister said.
“You have to have that combination,” she noted.
Zika is present in Florida and Texas, and some public health officials have already begun bracing for the spread of the virus. The Gulf coast is particularly susceptible to the virus and should be more closely monitored, according to researchers.
“Our analyses indicate that the health and economic burden of even low attack rates of Zika in the continental U.S. would be both substantial and enduring,” wrote researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
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The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. may go up this summer, but that does not necessarily mean that the virus is spreading more rapidly: The CDC issued new guidelines for doctors, recommending tests for Zika for a greater number of people, as well as more frequent testing of pregnant women, meaning older cases could also be identified.

How to protect yourself

Travelers to regions affected by Zika can take precautions to prevent contracting the disease by protecting themselves against mosquitos. The CDC recommends visitors to areas with Zika wear long-sleeved clothing, apply mosquito repellant, and use a mosquito net at night.
They can also avoid places with standing water where mosquitos often breed. The disease is sexually transmitted, and public health officials recommend not having sex with people who might be infected, or using protection.

Read the original article on Travel + Leisure. Copyright 2017. Follow Travel + Leisure on Twitter.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Trump Restores Some Cuba Penalties, Rejecting ‘Oppressors’

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MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday he was restoring some travel and economic restrictions on Cuba that were lifted as part of the Obama administration’s historic easing. He challenged the communist government of Raul Castro to negotiate a better deal for Cubans and Cuban-Americans.

Announcing the rollback of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening during a speech in Miami, Trump said Cuba had secured far too many concessions from the U.S. in the “misguided” deal but “now those days are over.” He said penalties on Cuba would remain in place until its government releases political prisoners, stops abusing dissidents and respects freedom of expression.

“America has rejected the Cuban people’s oppressors,” Trump said in a crowded, sweltering auditorium. “They are rejected officially today — rejected.”

Though Trump’s announcement stops short of a full reversal of the Cuba rapprochement, it targets the travel and economic engagement between the countries that has blossomed in the short time since relations were restored. The goal is to halt the flow of U.S. cash to the country’s military and security services in a bid to increase pressure on Cuba’s government.
Embassies in Havana and Washington will remain open. U.S. airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to serve the island 90 miles south of Florida. The “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which once let most Cuban migrants stay if they made it to U.S. soil but was terminated under Obama, will remain terminated. Remittances to Cuba won’t be cut off.

But individual “people-to-people” trips by Americans to Cuba, allowed by Obama for the first time in decades, will again be prohibited. And the U.S. government will police other such trips to ensure there’s a tour group representative along making sure travelers are pursuing a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities.”

Trump described his move as an effort to ramp up pressure to create a “free Cuba” after more than half a century of communism.
“I do believe that end is in the very near future,” he said.

Trump’s move was a direct rebuke to Obama, for whom the diplomatic opening with Cuba was a central accomplishment of his presidency. The new president’s action is broadly opposed by American business groups.

“U.S. private sector engagement can be a positive force for the kind of change we all wish to see in Cuba,” said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president and head of international affairs. “Unfortunately, today’s moves actually limit the possibility for positive change on the island and risk ceding growth opportunities to other countries that, frankly, may not share America’s interest in a free and democratic Cuba that respects human rights.”

In Cuba, Granma, the official organ of the nation’s Communist Party, covered Friday’s speech in a real-time blog, saying “Trump’s declarations are a return to imperialist rhetoric and unilateral demands, sending relations between Havana and Washington back into the freezer.”
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On the stage in Miami, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said the U.S. would no longer have to witness the “embarrassing spectacle” of an American president glad-handing with a dictator.
“President Trump will treat the Castro regime as a malevolent dictatorship that it is,” Diaz-Balart said. “Thank you, President Trump, for keeping your commitments. You have not betrayed us — you kept your promise.”

Obama announced in December 2014 that he and Cuban leader Raul Castro were restoring diplomatic ties between their countries, arguing that a new approach was needed because the policy the U.S. had pursued for decades had failed to democratize the island. Less than a year later, the U.S. Embassy in Havana re-opened.

The U.S. severed ties with Cuba in 1961 after Fidel Castro’s revolution, and spent subsequent decades trying to either overthrow the Cuban government or isolate the island, including by toughening an economic embargo first imposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The trade embargo remains in place under Trump. Only the U.S. Congress can lift it, and lawmakers, especially those of Cuban heritage, like Sen. Marco Rubio, another Florida Republican, have shown no interest in doing so.
Rubio staunchly opposed Obama’s re-engagement with Cuba, and he lauded Trump as he took the stage.
“Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba,” Rubio said.
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Weissenstein reported from Havana. Associated Press writer Josh Lederman in Washington contributed to this report.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New York's Newest Yoga Studio, Fifth Avenue Yoga, Is Now Open. Www.FifthAvenueYoga.Com #Yoga #YogaInNewYork

Fifth Avenue Yoga



Special Offer For Readers Of This Blog: For your first class you are welcome bring a friend for free!

New York's newest studio is a collaboration between Yoga Works trained Hannah Han and Allen Barkus (yes me). The teaching philosophy of Fifth Avenue Yoga is based on traditional Ashtanga Yoga. We focus on healing and fitness for mind and body, adapting to each student's needs. For now classes are focusing on vinyasa flow, incorporating the 8 limbs of yoga.

 I will will be teaching special workshops/trainings
on Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Healing Therapy. I teach the traditional practice as taught by Manju Jois, whom brought Ashtanga Yoga to America along with his father in 1975. Since 2004 he has been
my exclusive teacher for advanced studies into the intermediate, second series. I've taught this practice to all types of people including athletes, obese (one person lost 70 lbs in 8 months), breast cancer patients (and recovering), people recovering from surgeries and injuries, children and even a woman
who had emphysema.

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"The Eight Limbs of Yoga"
The author of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali, described yoga as eight limbs of a tree: Yama, ethical disciplines; Niyama, self observation; Asana, posture; Pranayama, breath control, sense withdraw; Dharma, meditation; and Samadi, a state of joy and peace. Therefore possibly one of the greatest misconceptions of yoga is that it is a purely physical practice.

For more details and class schedule please visit: fifthavenueyoga.com 310-310 0862

312 Fifth Ave, 5th Fl, 10001 (5th Ave & 32nd St)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Suffers New Court Defeat #TrumpTravelban




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Mr Trump’s travel ban has led to protests
A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Trump’s revised “travel ban” on people from six mainly Muslim nations.
A lower court had issued the injunction on the grounds that the ban was discriminatory after a challenge by the state of Hawaii.
The 90-day ban was to apply to people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
It also called for a 120-day ban on all refugees.
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was reviewing a March ruling by a Hawaii-based federal judge that blocked parts of Mr Trump’s order.
It followed another ruling in May by a different court, the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, that upheld a Maryland judge’s ruling that also blocked parts of Mr Trump’s revised ban.
Earlier this month the Trump administration filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to block the Hawaii and Richmond rulings and revive the ban.