Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Interactive Tool Finds The Best Ski Resort For Your Needs

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· 50 ski resorts researched
· 18 unique metrics and over 900 data points
· Personalised results according to your set filters

If you’re a keen adrenaline junkie or just looking to step outside your comfort zone, Crystal Ski have researched the top destinations for your dream ski holiday

Planning to hit the slopes in the next few months? Crystal Ski have designed an interactive tool comparing the 50 most popular ski resorts across the globe.

The tool allows you to explore the costs and ratings of the things travel enthusiasts care about when picking their destination.

Some high-scorers from our research included a few of the following:

  • Danger Zones - With 53 difficult runs, Vail, Colorado in the United States comes in at number 1 of our ‘thrill seeker’ section. The longest run is found in Les Deux Alpes.
  • Think Outside the Box - Looking for more than skiing? Vemdalen, Sweden has a grand total of 13 alternative snow-sports including  
  • Last but not piste - With a whopping 600 km, France’s Val Thorens boasts itself as the resort with the most piste, giving visitors great value for money.  
Whether you’re a student, a couple or a family, you can use the tool to find your perfect skiing getaway. Find the tool here along with all the costs and ratings to see what resorts around the world are offering.

Methodology -

We took 50 of the most popular ski resorts from 13 countries around the world and researched 18 unique metrics for each using the sources such as crystalski.co.uk, skiresort.info and onthesnow.com.

All research was collected over the month of October 2017.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The National Constitution Center In Philadelphia Opens New Exhibit On March 23rd, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation.


From newspaper wars to dueling grounds, witness the rise and fall of Alexander Hamilton

Philadelphia - On March 23, the National Constitution Center will open a compelling new exhibit in its Annenberg Gallery highlighting the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his legendary rivals. Created by the National Constitution Center, Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation explores Hamilton’s fraught relationships with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Aaron Burr. Examining the personalities and constitutional debates that shaped America – including the scope of the national government, the establishment of a standing army, the creation of a federal banking system, and more – the exhibit provides an intimate look into Alexander Hamilton’s enduring role in the constitutional and political arguments that continue to create sparks to this day.

“All of American history can be viewed through the lens of the constitutional clashes between Alexander Hamilton and his founding era rivals,” said Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center. “We are thrilled to open this new exhibit about Hamilton and his battles of ideas with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Aaron Burr, battles between national power and states’ rights that continue to shape who we are as a nation today.”

The exhibit narrative begins in 1789 when the national government began operating under the new U.S. Constitution. In each section, visitors are introduced to one of Hamilton’s rivals and their competing visions for the nation. This includes Hamilton’s public dispute with James Madison over the scope of national power, arguments with Thomas Jefferson that developed into the nation’s first political parties, disputes with John Adams over foreign policy, and a final clash with Aaron Burr, whom Hamilton believed was an unprincipled man. Additionally, the exhibit examines Hamilton’s personal struggles, which revolved around his keen sense of honor, and concludes with an exploration of his legacy.

In each exhibit case, rare documents and artifacts explore these competing arguments and reveal the fragility of the new nation. Artifact highlights include:
  • An anonymously published essay in the National Gazette in which James Madison, without mentioning Hamilton by name, directs criticism at the treasury secretary (American Philosophical Society Library, 1792)  
  • A to-do list written by Thomas Jefferson, which captures his main divergence with Hamilton: limiting the power of the national government and bolstering that of the states (Library of Congress, 1792)
  • The Reynold’s Pamphlet: Hamilton’s 95-page refutation of public corruption charges, in which he admitted to adultery (American Philosophical Society Library, 1797)
  • Hamilton’s portable writing desk from the late 1700s (Burke Library at Hamilton College)
  • A letter published by Hamilton in 1800, in which he questions John Adams’s competence to be president (The Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
  • Handwritten regulations for the duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr (New-York Historical Society, 1804)
  • Exact replicas of the original Hamilton-Burr dueling pistols, ca. 1976 (JPMorgan Chase Corporate History Collection)
  • A 1788 first edition copy of The Federalist, a work that remains one of Hamilton’s greatest legacies (National Constitution Center Collection)

To continue the exhibit experience, visitors can “meet” Alexander Hamilton and James Madison in the National Constitution Center’s iconic Signers’ Hall, featuring life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers, and learn more about their roles in the Constitutional Convention. The Center will also offer educator workshops, special member events, and museum visitor programming in conjunction with the exhibit. Visit constitutioncenter.org/calendar for up-to-date programming information.

The National Constitution Center is located at 525 Arch Street on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. The Center is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Ticket Information
Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, March 23, through December 31, 2018
Included with general admission: Adults $14.50; Youth (6-18) $11; Students w/ID and Seniors $13. Members, active military personnel, and children ages 5 and under are free.

About the National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia inspires citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” As the Museum of We the People, the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through interactive programs and exhibits. As America’s Town Hall, the Center brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a center for Civic Education, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online resources that inspire, excite, and engage citizens about the U.S. Constitution. For more information, call 215-409-6700 or visit constitutioncenter.org.

Amtrak “Presidents Day Sale”, Savings Up To 30 Percent On Travel Across The Country From February 16-19th.

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Whether you want to find out if the West Coast is the Best Coast, discover the pulse of the Heartland, or see the uniqueness of the Eastern Seaboard, Amtrak’s “Presidents Day Sale” can help those who want to experience some of the best sightseeing opportunities, iconic landmarks and exciting travel opportunities in the country.

Starting Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19 (Presidents Day), customers can receive up to 30 percent discounts on select trains nationwide for travel between Monday, Mar. 19 and Wednesday, May. 23, with no blackout dates. Below are some of the special prices available during the “Presidents Day Sale” available on our most popular trains, including the CardinalSouthwest Chief and Northeast Regional.

Washington, D.C. - Philadelphia
Chicago – New York City
New York City - Philadelphia
Los Angeles – Portland, OR
New York City - Boston
Chicago - Denver
New York City – Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles - Seattle
Chicago – Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles - Chicago

The sale is only available at Amtrak.com, and all prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare price. No discount code is needed; prices are as shown and can’t be combined with other discount codes. 

Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi on most trains, the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample leg room, and no middle seat.

Sale prices are available exclusively for one-way Coach Class fares and upgrades to Business Class or sleeping accommodations are not permitted. Space is limited as sale prices are not available on all routes or at all times, including Acela Express. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable. Others restrictions may apply.

About Amtrak®
Amtrak offers a more comfortable and convenient travel experience with free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room and no middle seat. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak customers for each of the past seven years. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily, connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces, and reaches 400 additional destinations via connecting bus routes. Learn more at Amtrak.com.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Philadelphia Museum Of Art Presents First Major Monographic Presentation of Keith Smith's Work in Five Decades, February 17 – July 8, 2018

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Keith Smith at Home, the first major monographic presentation of the artist’s work in five decades. Spanning his entire career, the exhibition brings together over 60 exceptional and varied examples of his handmade artist’s books and experimental photographs, prints, collages, and fabric pieces made over the last half century. The exhibition places special emphasis on his artist’s books, the work for which he is best known. Many of these works are from the artist’s collection and have not been exhibited publicly before.
Smith is an especially private person, and one whose life at home has been the inspiration for much of his art. Central to the installation is Book Number 82, Keith Smith at Home (1982), showing a sequence of views of his residence in Rochester, New York, where he has lived since 1975. Page by page, it conveys the passage of time: views of the same room shift, household objects trade places, and friends appear and reappear in framed artwork on the house’s walls. Visitors will be able to page through this book digitally on an iPad in the gallery.
The exhibition highlights books that challenge perceptions of what a book can be. Book Number 11Up (1969) explores the interplay of images by alternating film-positive transparencies with opaque pages. As the film-positive page is turned, it creates the appearance of an image moving from one side of the page to the next. Book Number 91: a string book (1982) consists of cord, punched holes, and blank pages. Strings are extended across each page and spread in different patterns, sometimes taut and other times slack, creating an abstract and rhythmic narrative. Smith considers his string book to be photographic, as it deals with light, shadow, focus, motif, and sequence.
Smith has referred to his work as an open diary. Self-representation is a key motif, whether appearing lighthearted or uneasy. Some self-portraits reflect the struggles and joys the artist has experienced in coming out as a gay man, as in Untitled, from Roadside Attractions (1979), a multilayered photograph in which two silhouetted male figures caress each other’s shoulders. Smith has said, “Social intimidation is not as odious as repression that is self-inflicted. When I permitted my work to speak openly, I gained my freedom and my self-respect.”
Also on view is a selection of handmade postcards, a format that Smith has experimented with since the 1960s. He made these cards with particular recipients in mind, but, feeling unable to part with them, has kept them. In addition, the exhibition features fabric pieces from the 1960s and 1970s. Among these is Margaret Gave me a Rainbow 2:30pm 21, November 1971, a collage of a photograph of an ear, curtain tassels, and an impression of the artist’s profile made on a color photocopier affixed to an army-issue bedsheet. Smith made Eye Quilt (1965), a full-size quilt screenprinted with a dense pattern of eyes, while a student at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Keith Smith: Word Play is a related installation on view in the Museum’s Library. This intimate display highlights the ways in which Smith uses word play, poetry, typography, and sequencing to create surprising relationships between images and text in his books.
Exhibition organizer Amanda N. Bock, The Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs, said: “While Smith may seem shy personally, his art is candid, intimate, delightfully irreverent, and transgressive. To share a large body of his work with the public is an exciting and rare opportunity, and it underscores our commitment to showing provocative work by living artists.”
About Keith Smith (born 1938, Indiana)
Smith's reluctance to categorize his work established him as a rogue member of both the photography and printmaking departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he graduated in 1967. His works are often radical departures from conventional books, and may unfold, light up, hang on the wall or in a corner, or be constructed of pencils or the shirt off the artist’s own back. Certain themes—friendship, love, desire, intimacy, and domesticity— recur. He has made over 300 artist’s books and over half a dozen seminal instructional manuals on bookbinding.
Smith’s work is represented in leading public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the Nelson-Atkins Museum; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships (1972 and 1980) and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1978), and has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester.
Public Programs
In the Artist’s Voice: Keith Smith
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. | Media Room, Perelman BuildingThe artist discusses his varied and experimental practice in photography, prints, and bookmaking with Amanda Bock, The Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs. Free tickets required after Museum admission.
Representing Queerness
Sunday, March 4 | 2:30 p.m. | Perelman Building
Community Conversations open discussions about socially relevant topics.
Included in Pay What You Wish admission.
Bookmaking Workshops
Saturdays, March 17, April 21, and May 5 | 1:30–4:30 p.m. | Perelman Building
Each session includes a tour of Keith Smith at Home with the exhibition curator.
Each workshop: $20 ($16 members); includes Perelman Building admission
Amanda N. Bock, The Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs
Exhibition Location
Julian Levy Gallery, Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building
Installation Location
Library, Second Floor, Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building
Support for this exhibition was provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado And Luxury Bahia Principe Samaná Recognized Among The Best All-Inclusive Hotels In The World By TripAdvisor #GoDomRep

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Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts was awarded a total of seven 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts – the leader in all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, has been recognized by TripAdvisor with seven 2018 Travelers Choice’ awards, including placing two properties, Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado and Luxury Bahia Principe Samaná, among the top all-inclusive hotels in the world.

The Travelers Choice’ awards are determined by analyzing the quantity and quality of reviews as well as traveler booking interest on the travel booking site. The Spain-based hotel chain received seven total awards, four more from the previous year. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado and Luxury Bahia Principe, both located in Samaná, Dominican Republic, where the brand is the leader in terms of hotel beds, were ranked second and third in the all-inclusive, Caribbean category. On the TripAdvisor global ranking, the properties ranked #17 and #18, respectively.

The brand placed seven Bahia Principe properties, four more than last year, in the following categories: 

·         All-Inclusive Resorts - Caribbean: Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (#2), Luxury Bahia Principe Samaná (#3), Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda (#22) y Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo (#23)
·         All-Inclusive Resorts - Spain: Sunlight Bahia Principe Costa Adeje (#8)
·         All-Inclusive Resorts - World: Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (#17) y Luxury Bahia Principe Samaná (#18)
“Following a successful 2017, it’s an honor to receive the most important accolades awarded by TripAdvisor signifying that our guests have noticed Bahia Principe’s quality improvement efforts and our outstanding offering,” said Lydia Piñero, vice president of quality and innovation at Grupo Piñero, the parent company of Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. “The Travelers’ Choice Awards are internationally-recognized, very influential in our industry and, most importantly, are based on guest reviews; this is a testament to one of our core values: placing guests’ needs above everything else.”

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, recently reclassified its properties into four categories and segmented experiences. The new categories and segments will ultimately simplify the process for consumers to identify which hotel will best fulfill their vacation goals and allow them to experience happiness.  

About Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts
Grupo Piñero’s Bahia Principe hotel chain has a presence in the Dominican Republic, where it is the market leader in terms of the number of hotel beds, as well as the Riviera Maya (Mexico), Jamaica and Spain (in the Canaries and Balearic Islands). Year after year, the Bahia Principe hotels receive a large part of the most prestigious international awards for quality that are given in the vacation industry. Alongside its high-end hotel facilities, the Piñero family’s company also manages two large luxury home resorts: Playa Nueva Romana Residences & Golf (Dominican Republic) and Bahia Principe Rivera Maya Residences & Golf (Mexico). The company has also developed other lines of business in the tourism industry, the most notable of which include the tour operator business (Soltour and BP-USA Travel) and guest reception services (Coming2).

About Grupo Piñero
Grupo Piñero is a family-owned Spanish tourism group with a presence throughout the entire value chain in the vacation industry. It holds the top rankings in international leadership within the sun and beach travel segment, basing its value offerings on three main foundations: its ability to inspire trust, its service which pursues excellence, warmth and attention to detail, and unique quality for price in its different segments of activity.  Grupo Piñero manages 8 million tourist stays per year for customers from more than 30 countries. In 2016, and its revenue increased by 9.2%.

Grupo Piñero has four business units: the hotel division, with 27 establishments and 13,629 rooms in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica and Spain; the tour operating unit, through its brand Soltour; the tourist receptive and other at-destination services unit, which provides more than 30 different services to guests (transfers, entertainment activities, etc.), and the residence and golf unit, which runs 6 luxury resorts and 4 golf courses.

As part of the implementation of its CSR strategy, Grupo Piñero is committed to being a healthy, sustainable company that is sensitive to the well-being of its employees, while also making a positive economic, social and environmental contribution to the locations where it does business.