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Dunwoody resident Paul McKeon has made a name for himself in the region for his entrepreneurial endeavors, and now he is adding another. After his successful marketing and public relations firms, McKeaon has established ‘Team Building With Taste’, a culmination of its founder’s marketing expertise
It is not every day that Hollywood Celebrities voice out their support for elephant parks, especially if it is located in Thailand. It has been observed many times how tourist attractions in the country are being criticized because of the obvious animal abuse as well as the unethical behaviour to the animals. This new park is unlike all others that locals are expecting family resort in Phuket to be booked soon for this reason.
The animal tourism in Thailand has been revolutionized with the introduction of the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. The philosophy of the facility is to retire the animals, rehome them and at the same time assist in rehabilitation of the elephants. These elephants are the ones that have been abused for many years by serving the logging and trekking market.
Inside the park, you will no longer see elephants being forced to perform tricks or being used as a ride up the mountains. Instead, they are allowed to live in a setting as close to their natural environment. The animal sanctuary was inspired by the concept used by the Elephant Nature Park located in Chang Mai. It is not surprising that many Hollywood celebrities have sent their praise and visited the park including DJ Kaskade, Leonardo Di Caprio, Coldplay, and Aaron Paul.
According to Louise Rogerson, the co-founder of the elephant sanctuary, they wanted to give back the dignity of the elephants thus they allowed them to live their lives naturally much like as if they are in their natural home.
This means that park visitors will have very limited close contact with the animals but instead they will be able to observe them as they are living in their natural surroundings.
Book a family resort in Phuket and purchase a one-day ticket to the sanctuary for only $117. With that amount, one will be able to see the elephants as they are taking their baths, showering one another and eating tropical fruits. They will be able to witness them walking through mud, hear them honking and see what normal elephants in the wild do.
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With glass being as prevalent as a building material as it is, companies like Ecotech Glass are enjoying the rewards of providing a demanded service. In the US, glass-heavy construction may have taken a small hit during the February to March transition, but the yearly gains have shown a considerable amount of promise.
According to a USGNN analysis of data from the US Census Bureau, the glass-heavy office sector experienced a 2.5% decline during the transition from February to March, but experienced a growth of 15.7% from last year. Construction starts for the sector have totalled to $73.3 B at a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate.
The date matches with the outlooks and predictions of the US’s contract glaziers, a few of which made statements in the 2017 Glass and Glazing Industry Outlook, saying that they were expecting a notable increase in the demand for their services, primarily in the office sector, complimenting what would be expected of the healthcare, educational and commercial sectors.
The commercial sector noted a 10.9% increase for 2017, climbing up to $80.5 B, countering the 3.4% dip for the same timeframe as the office sector. Educational building also experienced a decline for the month, clocking in at 3.4%, with an annual growth of 1% from March of 2016 to the following year. Healthcare construction inverted the trend, with a 1.7% percent increase for the month, but a 1.4% decrease for the year period.
All non-residential construction, however, was experiencing a 1.2% decline on a monthly basis, with a 1% percent annual growth. This minute growth was also countered by declines in manufacturing building construction and transportation, measuring in at 9.7% and 12.3% respectively.
The numbers met mixed reception. Some professionals see it as a sign of the growth of the construction industry, noting that the monthly declines are not indicative of the status of the market, which has been showing good annual growth regardless. Construction spending in March clocked in at $1.218 T, not too far from the previous month’s data, whilst the change from January to March was recorded in at 4.9%. Certain companies are seeing this as a sign that provide construction related services, such as Ecotech Glass, will be more in demand overtime.
Some, however, are pointing out the monthly decrease as a sign of the commercial real estate market losing its momentum.
Starting the first day of July this year, all private owned vehicles in Singapore must display the required decals on the windscreens of their cars.
The decal display is made of plastic and is 14 cm by 10 cm in size. This is approximately two times a road tax disc’s size. The decals are required to be placed on the front windscreen as well as on the rear.
The decal cannot be tampered with because police officers and authorities will be able to distinguish a decal that has been removed and put back in place.
According to LTA or Land Transport Authority, the requirement of the decals is done in order for registered cars under private ownership to be easily recognized. Authorities will be able to conduct any search and questioning for vehicles that are utilized as chauffeured services or hired in any way by hailing passengers on the road.
Owners of private vehicles should register their car before February 28 in order to get the tampered-evident decals for free. After that date, registering owners will have to pay a fee of $20 for a pair of decals.
For the front windscreen, the decal must be placed at the upper right corner while on the rear windscreen the decal must be positioned at the upper left corner.
Owners of private vehicles may not get a copy of their decals from authorized locations only – Uber, Grab affixing centers, STA inspection centers and Vicom/JIC inspection centers. They will also be the one to affix the decals on the cars.
Private vehicles without the decals will be violating the Road Traffic Act though the agency hasn’t released a guideline regarding the penalties yet.
During regular vehicle inspection, the decals will be part of the car which will be inspected as well. Road tax will not be subject for renewal unless owners have acquired their decals.
All owners of registered private vehicles have already been notified via mail and the number is approximately around 30,000.
Car signs in Sydney are also a common thing though most vehicle wrapping covers the entire vehicle unlike the decals which are quite small and can be passed off as a parking sticker.
Dunwoody resident Paul McKeon has made a name for himself in the region for his entrepreneurial endeavors, and now he is adding another.
After his successful marketing and public relations firms, McKeaon has established ‘Team Building With Taste’, a culmination of its founder’s marketing expertise and inclinations for food. Co-founded by McKeon and another entrepreneur and foodie, Jack Gerblick, TBWT is a culinary spin on one of the rising aspects of today’s businesses.
In the modern corporate environment, where working together is now more important than ever, worker cohesion is now being developed, with higher ups devoting the same amount of time in training job skills and corporate know-how, as to fun team building activities. However, few of these types of activities take advantage of any interests commonly shared by participants.
TBWT, aims for something considered universal for humans: food. Sharing food is considered as one of the most unifying human activities in the world. Any party host can attest; food brings people together to one spot.
McKeon and Gerblick had already owned a large commercial food kitchen they started a while back, ‘The Food Movement’, the first of its kind in the region. When the duo expanded into corporate team-building four years ago, the venture boomed, and has now become the focus for the two entrepreneurs.
McKeon has stated that companies across the country are looking for different types of events, looking for an effective way to get their employees to connect and bond with one another, a demand brought upon with the recent rise of remotely-working Americans. McKeon adds that nothing helps people get close than slicing onions, chopping garlic and enjoying food together.
Both men had prior experience with sales and marketing, and had seen firsthand the importance of good employee cohesion, and what was needed in order to get to that. Both were also familiar with the popularity of cooking competitions shows, and food-related endeavors in general. They simply needed a way to make it all work.
In TBWT, cooking competitions are treated as fun team building activities, with employees team up and make a plate under the guidance of three executive chefs and several other sous chefs.
McKeon states that TBWT mimic a day in the office in a creative way, ideas like risk-reward trade-offs, interruptions, and the like still get employees thinking about ways to make a difference, and get themselves and their team to stand out in a positive way.
TBWY offers more than corporate team building, with packages aimed at private gatherings and the like.
The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie this 2017 was the largest instance of the event to date, with the Geneva watch fair opening its doors to 17 big-brand main exhibitors, with the Carré des Horlogers section being populated by 13 independent exhibitors.
The centrepiece of the fair was the Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, a Vacheron Constantin collection made from scratch featuring 23 pieces, all made by a single master watchmaker.
The recent issues with the retail market over the past 2 years didn’t seem to affect the SIHH 2017, with a fairly upbeat climate. The SIHH’s exhibitors felt the effects though, subtly stated in their exhibits; one of many featuring an entry-level novelty, and another showing a rose gold watch for ladies. The market was shifting.
Noel Wong, deputy CEO for Elegant Watches, stated that the market was now more realistic in its goals, but still quite ambitious. He says that the economic downturn had led to notable changes in the market, and companies are fighting to seize what new advantages they can get, which is why new materials are being shown off, alongside watch designs made for women, with independently-branded watches being displayed not far from an exhibit with a rose gold watch for ladies. The pieces shown in the SIHH this year were more sober than most, but still not lacking for innovation.
Companies like Jaeger-LeCoultre showed off their new designs designed to appeal to feminine sensibilities, showing the shift in focus to the women’s watches market, whilst some companies opted for a softer approach, offering their classic masculine designs with more feminine materials and colors.
Notably, the IWC Schaffhausen, with its motto of ‘Engineered for Men’, revealed two models from its Da Vinci collection for women: the Da Vinci Automatic 36 and the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36.
More independent brands have also been welcomed into the SIHH’s display halls, which, up until last year, were mostly populated with brands under the Richemont Group, with the occasional exhibit from Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille and Parmigiani Fleurier. Newcomer Ulysse Nardin, along with five new independents appeared at the event, and, in spite of some prior protests subtly made by a few executives, were welcomed quite well.
The SIHH has recently become more organized in its operations, which will allow the independent watchmakers better exposure from the media, as well as more contact with the larger names in the industry.
The presence of both big names and leading independents in the SIHH was nothing if not beneficial for retailers, who are coming into contact with customers who are more open to more unusual pieces, and, consequently, less orthodox brands.
Japan is called the “Land of the Rising Sun”. It’s one of the loveliest countries in the world owning to the beautiful tourist spots you can visit in the country, not to mention, the blooming of Cherry Blossoms which is visited by crowds of all nationalities. Then, there’s the stunning view of Mount Fuji, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world today. Now, if you’re a certified shopaholic, then Japan is the place for your shopping adventures. You just have to make sure that you bring in more than enough cash to spare to make good of the shopping activities Japan can offer you. And if you prefer a more relaxed vacation especially during the winter season, a visit to a ski resort Japan is a must. To begin with, ski resort offers more than the downhill where you can drift like Takumi Fujiwara, only in ski gears. A ski resort Japan can offer a satisfying stay for you and your family only if you know how to choose the resort in the first place. You see, not all ski resorts not just in Japan, but in other countries that have winter season, are different in terms of the quality of service clients can enjoy.
If you happen to be planning your next winter trip to Japan and you want to furthermore polish your awesome skiing skills, below are the things you must look in a ski resort in Japan that can tend to your skiing hunger:
- The location is the most important thing you must look into when choosing a ski resort. Choose a ski resort that is relatively near and accessible via public transportation so that you don’t need to spend extra bucks just to reach the ski resort. Also, the location can affect the quality of the snow, not to mention, the temperature of the place, too.
- The next thing you must look into is the actual number of runs allowed in ski resorts. This will be depending on the skill level you have. If you’re only a beginner, then choose a smaller mountain for a safer mountain run.
- The level of difficulty in the runs is the next thing you need to look in a ski resort. This is a good thing to consider if you want to challenge yourself. Some ski resorts have a larger number of black diamonds that are perfect for professional skiers.