2019 Gay Travel Awards Winners Revealed!

23 Leading LGBTQ+, inclusive and accepting winners selected from hundreds of finalists.

HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — GayTravel.com — a trusted resource for LGBTQ+ travelers across the globe – today announced the winners of The 2019 Gay Travel Awards℠.

The mission of the Gay Travel Awards is to recognize and promote select LGBTQ+ welcoming properties, events, destinations, and travel-related companies around the world. These distinguished organizations lead by example and help to inspire other companies and brands to follow their spirit of inclusiveness and acceptance. This year, 23 winners were selected from hundreds of nominees.

"The Gay Travel Awards support and promote LGBTQ+ travel and tourism by identifying and rewarding select organizations which exemplify a spirit of inclusiveness, superb customer service, and hospitality excellence," said Charlie Rounds, Editor of GayTravel.com.

This year’s Gay Travel Award sponsors were Andrew Christian and MËNAJI Advanced Men’s Skin Care.

A complete list of this year’s categories and winners are listed alphabetically below and on the Gaytravel.com blog:

Airline – Southwest Airlines
Bed & Breakfast / Inn – Inn on the Alameda (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Car Rental – Advantage Rent a Car
Cruise Line – Disney Cruise Line
Destination – Banff & Lake Louise, Canada
Event – Gay Wine Weekend (Sonoma, CA)
Hidden Gem – Kahanda Kanda (Sri Lanka)
Hotel, Bar – Fifty Mils, Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
Hotel, Beach Resort – The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands)
Hotel, Boutique – XV Beacon (Boston, MA)
Hotel, Business – Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina​
Hotel, Casino – San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Hotel, City – The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hotel, Family – Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (Orlando, FL)
Hotel, Golf – Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort &
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa (Palm Springs, CA)
Hotel, Honeymoon – Sri panwa, Phuket (Thailand)
Hotel, Luxury – The St. Regis Mexico City
Hotel, Pride – The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta
Hotel, Spa & Wellness – Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Puerto Rico)
Hotel, Wedding – South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island, FL)
Pride – NYC Pride
Tour Operator – HE Travel

About the Gay Travel Awards:
The mission of the Gay Travel Awards is to recognize and promote select destinations and travel-related companies around the globe. These distinguished organizations lead by example and help to inspire and challenge other companies and brands to follow their spirit of inclusiveness as well as to constantly improve their amenities and service levels for the LGBTQ+ Community.

For more information on the awards, please visit www.gaytravelawards.com.

About GayTravel.com
GayTravel connects the LGBTQ+ community with gay-friendly destinations, hotels, cruises, tours, events, entertainment, attractions, clubs, and restaurants throughout the world. Their mission is to provide the community with safe, welcoming, and curated recommendations to ensure that every vacation is both pleasurable and memorable.

For additional information, visit www.GayTravel.com or call (800) GAY-TRAVEL or follow @GayTravel on Facebook and Twitter, @GayTravelInsta on Instagram.

Victoria Prisco
1-800-GAY-TRAVEL EXT#709
email us here

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Munfarid’s VRXOne Program Sets Sail for New Destinations

Virtual Reality Education in Classroom

Virtual Reality Education in Classroom

Virtual Reality Education in Classroom Nigeria

Virtual Reality Education in Classroom Nigeria

Virtual Reality Education

Virtual Reality Education

Oman Egypt Pakistan and India as new regions for VRXOne

Oman Egypt Pakistan and India as new regions for VRXOne

Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Education in Classroom by VRXOne

Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Education in Classroom by VRXOne

VRXOne experiencing network growth for Virtual Reality Education in Classroom Program.

Immersive education counters the systematic barriers that impede the application of effective education strategy in Nigeria and opens up new horizons for enabling sustained access to quality education”

— Dr. Sana Farid ( CEO & Co-Founder ) Munfarid – Mulhimat – VRXOne


VRXOne is a state-of-the-art Immersive Education Program created by Munfarid, an innovation firm specializing in Artificial Intelligence (Ai), Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR). This program targets K-12, higher education, non-formal education, and even special education requirements.
The primary objective is to facilitate training, learning, and skill development across various industries. Immersive education includes the incorporation of immersive and creative technologies to impart high-quality education – that adds real value in terms of increased engagement, enhanced knowledge retention, and eventually better results.
The prospect of cutting-edge, customizable solutions tailored for specific training environments is exceptionally efficient and effective. The onset of technology has its pros and cons. While access to specialized information has increased, distractions are on the rise too. VRXOne’s Immersive Education Program helps raise the bar on classroom learning and consequently brings back lost attention to classrooms.
The bottom line is that Immersive learning presents a medium that makes learning an enjoyable process, rather than a cumbersome one. The ingenious experiences help students understand intricate concepts easily and also promote the practical industry-level applications of theoretical knowledge.



Google set out to make the impossible possible: Assimilate all the world's information and present it on a single platform. Google Expeditions is the result. This project successfully impacted the lives of over 8 million students.

Expeditions aid teachers teach better by spiking curiosity in students about lessons that are otherwise perceived as boring.

The ambition is to leverage this groundwork that Google has laid for the future of education. The aim is to make Google Expedition accessible to millions of students by providing a comprehensive program in classrooms. And has successfully reached the dream figure of 1,000,000 VR expeditions for students in the Middle East.

“VRXOne equips learning with the scorching power of VRAR and rich in value content curated by the leading scholars.”

As VRXOne is the official Google Expeditions partner (in the regions of the Middle East, Africa, and the Sub Continent), this premium and copyrighted content that Google offers is now provided as a first-hand experience to a myriad of schools. Another fascinating feature is the ability to create virtual field trips wherein students can get transported to all kinds of new locations for learning and exploration – be it the Himalayas or the coronary artery of the human heart.


Students with intellectual or cognitive disabilities often struggle with communication, focus, and concentration. Fortunately, Immersive Learning is here to turn the tables around.
VR helps create safe environments for students with special needs to improve instrumental motor and intellectual skills. This is the most noteworthy capability of Immersive Learning: Make education accessible to everybody willing to learn.

“The onset of Virtual Reality (VR) means that high-quality education is no longer a luxury that students with special needs can only crave after.”

All in all, VR helps special students to focus on individual abilities, strengths, and learning preferences that would be otherwise be hindered in the case of conventional educational systems. The result is a surge in self-confidence and self-esteem – both of which tend to take a hit when students feel bogged down by their disabilities.
Moreover, the happiness that these students feel thanks to the intervention of VR is just indescribable. What once seemed impossible is now very much possible through 4IR technology like Extended Reality.


Well, Immersive Learning helps conduct VR Field Trips to Mars: Something that still seems surreal but is possible. This makes the study of space and astrophysics so much more exciting and engaging. VRXOne joined hands UAE schools to host virtual reality trips to Space, including the Red Planet.

“The giant red planet of Mars is suddenly within grasp, thanks to the virtual reality stardom”

Additionally, VRXOne is also prepping up the young minds of UAE to get up to speed with the covetous Mars Mission featuring the Hope Probe set to reach orbit in 2021.


The Expo 2020 is the grand stage for all different kinds of scintillating technology, and VRXOne aims to increase the exposure of Dubai students to connect better with millions of students worldwide.
Consequently, students will plan VR based journeys to better appreciate the essence of the massive technology extravaganza that Expo 2020 is all about.


VRXOne is aggressively expanding worldwide to help students and teachers harness the ground-breaking innovation of Immersive Learning.
The new target regions are interesting choices for a variety of reasons:

– India is home to the world’s third-largest education system and is a perfect platform to pitch the revolutionizing technology of Immersive Learning and popularize it.
– Egypt welcomes technological advancements into their schooling system. Interestingly, the demand for education is impressive due to the steady population growth. This country has regularly acknowledged education as the sole means of economic and social mobility. Additionally, the culture of embracing change and wanting to evolve will undoubtedly foster the sophisticated onset of Immersive Learning.
– Oman places high emphasis on accessibility to education as all three levels of school are free of charge. This realization of the essence of education will definitely welcome Immersive Learning to improve the teaching and learning efficiencies of schools.
– Pakistan’s constitution has a unique law that provides free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 5-16 years. This nation is consistently endeavoring to achieve greater success in the education frontier. Spreading awareness about the potential of Immersive Learning could define a whole new perspective to education.

The underlying objective behind this expansion is subtle and crisp: Educate educators to improve the learning experience using immersive learning.

“The geographical expansion to other countries of the Middle East and prominent countries of Asia is bound to exponentially increase the popularity of XR in the field of education.”

This isn’t the first expansion opportunity that VRXOne has had.

Here’s Dr. Sana Farid on the expansion to Nigeria earlier this year: “Immersive education counters the systematic barriers that impede the application of effective education strategy in Nigeria and opens up new horizons for enabling sustained access to quality education."

Nigeria faces an acute shortage of teaching workforce, and VRXOne looks to expand training and empowerment opportunities for the teachers in Nigeria.


The benefits of Immersive Learning are immense, and the consequent impact on the education system is magnificent, not to mention making education accessible to slum schools and refugee schools.

Students are learning and assimilating complex concepts with ease. Moreover, when students combine their learning potential by connecting with other participants of Immersive Learning platforms, great value is added to everybody.

The future is here in the form of Immersive Education, and this is certainly a giant stride towards ensuring Education Equality.

If you are interested to explore the prospective franchisee or distributors opportunities in your region please send your inquiries at partners@munfarid.org

Hiba Farid
+971 55 361 3645
email us here

An Immersive Learning Session with Google Expeditions by Mark Adkins

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The Top Five HealthTech Trends That Will Transform 2020

The Top Five HealthTech Trends That Will Transform 2020!

The Top Five HealthTech Trends That Will Transform 2020!

Mixed Reality

Illustration : Healthcare Professionals immersed through Mixed Reality Technology

XR Technology

XR Technology with MagicLeap

3D Organon Anatomy Partner with Munfaird for Middle East

3D Organon Anatomy Partner with Munfaird for Middle East

Healium VR

Healium VR

The hurdle of healthcare accessibility is overcome with remote monitoring and telehealth, and catapulted further with the introduction of 5G.”

— Dr. Sana Farid – Pioneer X-Reality & Ai Strategist

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The definition of healthcare has long been restricted to providing for people after their sickness has been diagnosed. Of late, however, the focus has slowly been shifting towards prevention.

“It’s time to move from reactive sick-care to proactive healthcare by default.” Koen Kas, Healthcare Futurist.

This change in attitude has largely been fostered by technological advancements. Thanks to technology, healthcare experts now have access to previously unavailable data. This makes it possible to monitor patients remotely, fill patient charts faster and optimize diagnosis and treatment time-frames.

The HealthTech industry has grown very rapidly since 2015, and the number of venture-back HealthTech financings has grown by 25%.


Technology can do exciting things for healthcare especially through Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
In the coming year, here are the top five trends in HealthTech to look forward to!


Extended reality is no longer restricted to making video games and CGI for movies. Over the last twenty years, it has evolved vastly and helped develop learning and workplace training.
“Education has found a new dimension with AR/VR technology in the 21st century.”
In the healthcare industry, immersive tools help naïve as well as experienced healthcare practitioners improve their skills without any risk. Learning anatomy is simplified and doctors can perfect difficult procedures in a safe space.
“In 2020, the revenue for VR/AR for education is geared to increase to $300 million, rising to $700 million over the next five years,” suggest reports from Goldman Sachs.


Often, there is a big lag in disease diagnosis. Artificial intelligence has reduced this manifold through deep learning and image detection. This will allow doctors to spend time treating patients rather than handle automatable tasks.

”Over the last decade, AI has become more accurate in its diagnosis, being nearly as perfect as healthcare professionals.”

The healthcare industry deals with big data regularly. Processing this manually is difficult and time-consuming. When AI is used, large chunks of data are analyzed rapidly, speeding up processes.
AI can also help win over patients’ trust by improving data security. Many patients are reluctant to give information because they don’t know who can access it. AI can be used to increase data protection through firewalls, authentication, encryption and the prediction of unusual behavior.


One of the challenges of healthcare is geographical accessibility. Urban residents can access healthcare easily, but people in rural and remote locations cannot.

“The hurdle of healthcare accessibility is overcome with remote monitoring and telehealth, and catapulted further with the introduction of 5G.”

Telehealth and home monitoring make it possible for healthcare practitioners to provide their services without having to meet the patient in person. Although not a holistic response, it can allow doctors to make recommendations and even submit prescription requests.

Augmenting this with AR and VR can bring the doctor’s room to patients’ homes. Thus, they can experience the comfort associated with being in the same physical space as their doctor without leaving their home.

The technological barriers here have been slow network speeds and demanding imaging tools. These congest the network and create a lag in communication that can potentially hurt outcomes.

“5G will hasten image transfer, reduce lag in video appointments, increase the reliability of real-time monitoring and provide rapid access to AI tools.”

With this, as 5G rolls out worldwide, it will make healthcare practitioners more accessible. Patients can look forward to faster diagnosis and treatment, while doctors can optimize their time and prepare for the patient even before arrival.


Virtual reality has applications beyond education in healthcare. The imaging capacities of VR have been used innovatively in medical science.
Some patients cannot be sedated or anesthetized because of their age or health condition. For such patients, more and more hospitals are employing VR headsets. The headsets are fitted with immersive reality, which distracts patients from the pain.

“VR reduces anxiety for patients undergoing complex procedures, and makes the experience less frightening.”

In the coming year, we will see VR expanding to help patients deal with different physical and psychological pain.
Burn patients are very likely to benefit from VR, as their pain cannot be mitigated easily medically. Using immersive reality games such as SnowWorld can help distract them, leading to a 50% reduction in their perception of pain.

Patients of PTSD and phobias often find it difficult to cope with situations in daily life. VR helps with exposure therapy to these triggering stimuli, which hastens the recovery process. Slow exposure has also been found to minimize phobia.


Studying genes and their components can be very tricky, as they are difficult to visualize. Not being able to interact with complex data visually slows pattern recognition in the brain.

Genomics is particularly important because it helps detect genetic disorders early. Diseases like thalassemia are linked to genetics, and early detection helps improve the quality of life for patients.

Dr. Maryam Matar from the UAE Genetics Association asserts the role of technology here, saying, “Genetic testing and newer technologies provide an opportunity to understand our genes better and allow us to take action to help subside those genes by following a healthy lifestyle, sleep and exercise pattern.”
VR and AR are helping researchers view these complex structures in a 3D format. With even simple tools such as headsets, they can interact with their data in a new form.

“With VR, you can walk through the genes, examining them part-by-part and detecting interactions.”

AR takes this a step further by projecting these images, allowing multiple people to access this information at once.


On a global level, these emerging trends have prompted large organizations to focus on technology. Several healthtech events are being organized worldwide, to bring together experts and encourage innovation. The largest health conference in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, Arab Health, is making the tech revolution the focus for its 2020 event.

With its immersive solutions partner, Munfarid, the conference will bring Futuristic Healthcare experiences in Training, Diagnostic, Therapeutic, and Wellness programs to its attendees. Through initiatives such as #VRforGood and #VRforImpact, these organizations aspire to help the elderly with chronic illnesses and are spreading happiness through improved quality of life for people all around the world.


Technology has been the driving force behind innovation in healthcare and will continue to be so over the coming years. It has made procedures safer, more reliable and optimal.
Through recent advances in AR and VR, patients and practitioners can look forward to a brighter, healthier, and happier 2020!

Hiba Farid
+971 4 343 4215
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Olives An Integral Part Of The Mediterranean Diet- Olive Tagliatelle Recipe By The Olive You Campaign

Fresh Olive Tagliatelle

Fresh Olive Tagliatelle

"OLIVE YOU" announces a new delicious European olive recipe, Olive Tagliatelle

Olives have been an integral part of the Mediterranean diet since antiquity; a favorite food in Mediterranean countries to this date, and a centuries-old snack.”

— Olive You

ATHENS, GREECE, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2019 / Olives have been an integral part of the Mediterranean diet since antiquity; a favorite food in Mediterranean countries to this date, and a centuries-old snack. "OLIVE YOU" is the three-year promotional program of PEMETE, co- financed by the European Union aimed at informing consumers and professionals about the quality, variety, taste characteristics and benefits of European table olives, increasing demand and developing awareness in the nonproductive countries of the European Zone. Today, "OLIVE YOU" announced a new delicious European olive recipe, Olive Tagliatelle.

Olive Tagliatelle


600 g all purpose flour (type 00) 5 free-range large eggs
100 g black olive paste

Knead all the ingredients together until achieving a dough with a silky texture. Cover with a plastic membrane and let in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to rest.
Using flour for the opening, open an oblong sheet of dough, using a rolling pin or a machine with the thickness of a credit card. Four fold along the dough and cut 1 cm strips. When complete, unfold and put in a big cooking pan with boiling water having previously added salt and a small quantity of olive oil. Boil according to taste. Strain, leaving a little from the boiling juice to avoid the tagliatelle sticking to the bottom, and serve. Sprinkle with virgin olive oil, and add cheese according to taste, a little freshly ground pepper and enjoy.

The "Olive You" campaign is a three-year promotional program co-funded by the European Union, that aims to increase the awareness and demand for European table olives to both professionals and consumers, as well as to help increase exports to the United States and Canada. The "OLIVE YOU, European Table Olives" campaign also aims to reach journalists, chefs, foodies, retailers and consumers of all ages, through promotional activities, marketing events, sampling, and publicity in order to familiarize the public with this natural and delicious food product.

For more information, visit www.oliveyou-eu.eu Contact: newswire@successplanmedia.com

Press Release Desk
Success Plan Media
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발리 최고의 레스토랑으로 선정된 베자냐 레스토랑

Bejana 야외 좌석에서 하늘에 아름다운 색조

Bejana의 전용 커플 테이블

인도네시아 전역에서 유명한 요리

요리 동굴에서 인테리어 설치

2019 최고의 발리 최고의 음식 상 20 개

Bejana는 장엄한 바다 전망으로 인도네시아의 풍부한 요리 유산의 맛과 전통을 수용하면서 독특하고 즐거운 식사 경험을 제공합니다.”

— Karim Tayach

NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA, December 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — 럭셔리한 해변 앞의 리조트 리츠칼튼 발리는 또 다른 명성 높은 상을 수상하였습니다. 대표적인 인도네시안 레스토랑 베자냐는 지난 5일 FoodieS가 선정한 Upmarket Venue 부문에서 Top 20 Bali’s Best Eats Awards 2019로 뽑혔습니다

리츠칼튼 발리의 총지배인 Karim Tayach는 “우리는 이런 상으로 인정받게 되어서 무척 감격스럽니다.” 라 하였고, “베자냐는 유니크하고 매우 즐거운 식사를 투숙객에게 제공합니다. 인도네시아의 풍부한 요리 전통과 맛을 아우를 수 있도록, 우리의 요리사들은 고급 재료를 사용해서 전형적인 요리를 파인 다이닝 수준으로 끌어올립니다. 놀라운 바다 풍경 역시 식사의 품격을 한 단계 향상시켜줍니다.” 라고 덧붙였습니다.

올해의 ‘Top 40 Best Restaurants in Bali’ 로 선정된 수상자들은 인도네시아 최고의 음식과 음료 영문 발행지인FoodieS Magazine의 두번째 연례 시상식에서 발표되었습니다. 이 행사는 발리의 놀라운 음식 산업을 축하하는 이벤트로 지난 몇 년간 발리 섬이 요리로 부상한 것을 기념합니다. “이 상의 목적은 사람들에게 로컬 레스토랑의 다양함을 보여주고 쉐프와 레스토랑의 한계를 밀어붙여 요리의 창의성과 우수성을 이끌어내기 위함입니다.” 라고 FoodieS Magazine 의 발행인 Jed Doble가 말하였습니다.
우붓 푸드 페스티벌의 창립자인 Janet De Neefe, 셀러브리티 쉐프 Yuda Bustar 그리고 Rinrin Marinka 등 요리 전문가들로 구성된 심사위원은 요리, 서비스, 음료 메뉴 그리고 인테리어 디자인 등 다양한 기준으로 레스토랑을 평가했습니다.

5성급의 실력과 차분한 분위기의 베자냐는 누사두아의 절벽에 있어 식사와 함께 인도양의 눈부신 전경을 감상할 수 있습니다. 전통적이고 현대적인 발리니스 디자인 요소를 혼합한 이 레스토랑은 세 가지의 독특한 구역으로 나뉘어져 있습니다. 아늑한 라운지와 야외 캐쥬얼 좌석이 함께한 넓은 야외 나무 데크, 스타일리쉬한 다이닝 룸 그리고 영감적인 요리 클래스가 열리는 분위기 있는 Culinary Cave입니다. 높은 호평을 받은 이 레스토랑은 올해 7월 World Luxury Restaurant Awards에서 Luxury Family Restaurant (대륙별 수상) 부문 과 Luxury Scenic Setting (지역별 수상) 부문에서 모두 수상하였습니다.

자세한 사항은 rc.dpssw.restaurant.reservation@ritzcarlton.com 혹은 +(62) 361 849 8988로 연락 바랍니다.


리츠칼튼 발리에 대하여
아름다운 해변과 절벽 위에 위치하고 있는 리츠칼튼 발리는 우아한 열대지방의 분위기를 느낄 수 있는 럭셔리 리조트입니다. 인도양의 에메랄드 푸른 빛 바다의 조용한 전망을 자랑하는 리츠칼튼 발리는 279개의 스위트 룸과 34개의 넓은 빌라로 구성되어 있어, 현대적인 발리의 고급스러움을 느끼실 수 있습니다. 해변을 바라보는 리츠칼튼 클럽, 6개의 세련된 식사 장소, 이국적인 해양 스타일의 스파, 그리고 모든 연령의 어린이들이 즐길 수 있는 다양한 활동들을 제공하는 리츠 키즈 클럽이 있습니다. 아름다운 해변가에 위치한 웨딩 채플은 완벽한 결혼식을 위해 자연 친화적인 환경을 조성하며, 다양한 야외 행사 장소와 화려한 이벤트공간은 발리에서의 축하행사와 결혼 피로연 등을 위한 완벽한 장소입니다. 잘 정돈 된 회의장, 럭셔리한 미팅 공간, 맞춤형 패키지 및 숙련된 이벤트 주최자들이 발리에서 MICE 관광 행사를 기획 하시는 분들께 매력적으로 다가갈 것입니다. 비즈니스, 휴양, 로맨스와 같이 어떠한 여행에도 리츠칼튼 발리는 인생에서 항상 기억에 남을수 있는 소중한 순간들을 만들어 드립니다. 페이스북(Facebook), 인스타그램 (Instagram), 트위터 (Twitter), 유튜브(Youtube), 링크드인(LinkedIn) 에서 저희를 팔로우해 보세요.

Prhativi Dyah
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali
+62 361 8498988
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Bejana-The Ritz-Carlton, Bali의 인도네시아 레스토랑

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David Joslin Shares Things to Do in Puerto Rico After Hurricane

David Joslin of Sarasota

SARASOTA, FL, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — As a board member for InSight Radiology Puerto Rico, a multi-site operator of free-standing radiology facilities, David Joslin spends a significant amount of time in Puerto Rico. He has a special connection with the island and the people. Despite the destruction caused by the hurricanes, residents of Puerto Rico have proven to be resilient. This spectacular island is still a great place to visit. David Joslin shares his favorite places and things to do when visiting Puerto Rico.

Visit Old San Juan

Even after Puerto Rico took a hit to Hurricane Maria in 2017, residents of old San Juan did not let this bring them down. Visitors to Puerto Rico will still get to see the colonial charm of Old San Juan. This area of San Juan is mostly known for the colorful houses, cobblestone streets, and an overall colonial feel. To get the most out of Old San Juan, David Joslin recommends visitors book a guided walking tour. A Segway tour on the front end of the day will allow the visitor to get a great overview of the city and allow a later, more in-depth visit to specific sites.

Castillo San Cristobal

According to David Joslin, a visit to Puerto Rico is not complete without seeing up close Castillo San Cristobal. Almost 500 years old, the fort dates back to the Spanish conquest. The fort sits on 27 acres of land, is over six stories high, and is walled on three-sided.

Eat Puerto Rican Food

David Joslin points out you cannot visit Puerto Rico without eating as much traditional food as you can. While in Puerto Rico, visitors must try the famous mashed plantain (mofongo), sweet sticky rice (arroz con dulce), and the world-renowned pork with rice and pigeon peas (lechon con arroz y gándules). Most visitors to Puerto Rico like to sit, and people watch while they drink a cup of cortadito. If you need a cocktail to accompany your food, try any of the excellent rum-based drinks. As a final note, avoid the habit of ordering fries with your meal and instead opt for the fried mashed plantains.

About David Joslin

Aside from sitting on the board of InSight Radiology, David Kent Joslin has worked as the VP of Operations and Development for RadNet, a radiology facility operator. A successful senior advisor and radiology consultant, David Kent Joslin, has put together deals for multi-million dollar companies. David Joslin graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in history and political science before obtaining his MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia Business School. After completing his studies, David Joslin also worked for a variety of healthcare services, management consulting, and software development. When he’s not busy growing his career or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, David Joslin likes to spend time with his family at their Sarasota, FL home.

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Jolene Cherry, Personal Trainer, Launches Website

Yoga teacher, personal trainer, and overall health aficionado, Jolene Cherry, announces the launch of her personal website.

PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Jolene Cherry, a yoga advocate and pioneer in personal training, has built her career on helping individuals reshape their exercise habits to create an active lifestyle full of purpose and joy.

Jolene Cherry recently launched her new website, www.jolenecherrywellness.com, and is thrilled to share it with the online community. The purpose of the site is to promote health and well-being by providing helpful tips and insight into exercise routines, yoga practice, as well as nutritional guidelines.

Ms. Jolene Cherry is an avid traveler and believes that regardless of one’s geographical location or limitations, fitness can be achieved.

She specializes in curating exercise routines tailored to her clients' needs that can easily be tweaked for business trips as well as international adventures.

“We’ve all heard that fitness is a lifestyle, which is true, but it’s so easy to fall off the horse. I strive to instill my clients with the confidence and knowledge to take their healthy habits wherever life may lead them.” – Jolene Cherry

Notably, the website will be a platform where Jolene Cherry shares her most recent publications based on her diverse areas of expertise, including traditional weightlifting, cardio, ideal foods to boost physical performance, and especially her passion for yoga training.

For more information, please visit https://www.jolenecherrywellness.com/.

About Jolene Cherry:

Jolene Cherry is a certified and experienced yoga instructor and personal trainer based in Portland, Oregon. She has always been interested in fitness, meditation, and nutrition and decided to help others reach their desired levels of physical fitness. Her international training and experience, ranging from Hawaii to Thailand, along with her nurturing one-on-one sessions, have helped propel her to a prominent personal trainer and yoga instructor in the Pacific Northwest. She excels in a variety of yoga styles, especially Vinyasa Yoga, traditional Ashtanga Yoga, Power Yoga, as well as meditation-oriented Yin Yoga.

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Torino Capital anuncia la inclusión a la firma de Rodrigo Espirito Santo como Director Gerente y Jefe de Ventas

NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Torino Capital anuncia la inclusión de Rodrigo Espirito Santo a su equipo para este trimestre de 2019 como Director Gerente y Jefe de Ventas.

Durante 25 años, Rodrigo ha proporcionado valiosos conocimientos y perspectivas a los inversionistas en los mercados emergentes de renta fija, Forex, tasas locales, derivados, productos estructurados y espacio alternativo.

Rodrigo ha desarrollado durante su carrera exitosos negocios de distribución de ingresos fijos en mercados emergentes para actores del mercado como Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank y Credit Agricole. También fue responsable de ejecutar el desarrollo clave de Santander LatAm FX y de los mercados locales antes de unirse a BBVA, donde se desempeñó como Director y Jefe de Ventas.

Además de tener un MBA de Colombia Business School y una Licenciatura en Economía y Negocios de Lafayette College, habla portugués y español con fluidez.

Su amplia experiencia en mercados emergentes será de gran valor nuestros clientes y ayudará a fortalecer los intereses comerciales de Torino en la región.

Brasil es uno de los países sudamericanos emergentes con mayor Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) de la región y con una gran diversificación en sus exportaciones, que viene recuperándose de la crisis económica del 2015-2016, con un crecimiento de alrededor del 1,1% para los años 2017 y 2018. El Fondo Monetario Internacional pronostica que la economía brasileña crecerá a un ritmo del 0,9%, 2% y 2,3% para los años 2019, 2020 y 2021, respectivamente.

Por su parte, el país brasileño ha generado confianza y ha establecido una política monetaria acomodaticia al crecimiento económico del país, con una tasa de inflación que se mantiene baja y se pronostica que se ubique por debajo de la meta planteada por el Banco Central del 4,5% para el cierre del año. En relación al déficit fiscal, el gobierno se encuentra en un proceso de reformas para reducir el gasto, el cual se ha visto a la baja para lo que va en el año en curso.

El crecimiento del país se puede evidenciar también en el crecimiento que ha reflejado el índice de Bovespa para el 2019, del 25% aproximado en lo que va del año, siendo un buen indicativo para cotizar en la bolsa del país, específicamente en aquellos instrumentos que generen un rendimiento mayor a la tasa de Selic. Cabe destacar que, esta tasa de interés básica se ha venido ajustando a la baja por parte del Banco Central, esto permitirá reducir los costos de los préstamos, y con ello, estimular el consumo y la apertura del sector externo, estimulando la economía brasileña para los próximos años.

Por otra parte, los sectores económicos se pronostican que crezcan para el año 2020, 3% en el caso del sector de la agricultura, según la Confederación de Agricultura y Ganadería de Brasil y en un 2,30% el sector industrial, según FOCUS. En el caso del sector petrolero, se espera que con las licitaciones sobre la cesión de petróleo y gas se generen mayores recaudaciones por parte del gobierno.

Fabiano Borsato
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Torino Capital announces the addition of Rodrigo Espirito Santo to its team as Managing Director and Head of Sales

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Torino Capital announces the addition of Rodrigo Espirito Santo to its team this quarter of 2019 as Managing Director and Head of Sales.

For over 25 years Rodrigo has been providing valuable insights and perspectives to investors in the emerging markets fixed income, FX, local rates, derivatives, structured products, and alternatives space.

During his career, Rodrigo developed successful emerging markets fixed income distribution businesses for market players such as Paribas, UBS, Commerzbank, and Credit Agricole. He was also responsible for executing Santander’s key LatAm FX and local markets business build-out before moving to BBVA, where he became Director and Head of Sales.

Rodrigo holds an MBA from Colombia Business School and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College and is a fluent Portuguese and Spanish speaker.

His extensive emerging markets experience will be of great value to the firm’s clients and in helping Torino grow its business interests in the region.

Brazil is one of the emerging South American countries with the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the region and with a significant diversification in its exports, which has been recovering from the economic crisis of 2015-2016, with a growth of around 1.1% for the years 2017 and 2018. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that the Brazilian economy will grow at a rate of 0.9%, 2% and 2.3% for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively.

For its part, the Brazilian country has generated confidence and established an accommodating monetary policy for economic growth of the country, with an inflation rate that remains low and is predicted to be below the target set by the Central Bank of 4,5% for the end of the year. Concerning the fiscal deficit, the government is in the process of reforms to reduce spending, which has been down for the current year.

The country's growth can also be evidenced in the growth reflected by the Bovespa index for 2019, of approximately 25% so far this year. This is an excellent opportunity to consider listing on the country's stock market, specifically in those instruments that generate a higher yield than the Selic rate. It should be noted that this basic interest rate has been adjusted downwards by the Central Bank, and this will reduce the costs of the loans, and thereby stimulate consumption and the opening of the external sector, encouraging the Brazilian economy in the next years.

Also noteworthy is that, the economic sectors are forecast to grow in 2020, by 3% in the case of the agriculture sector, according to the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil and 2.30% in the industrial sector, according to FOCUS. In the case of the oil sector, it expected that with the tenders on the transfer of oil and gas, higher revenues will be generated by the government.

Fabiano Borsato
Torino Capital LLC
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New Year New Sounds – The North/South Chamber Orchestra Kicks Off its 40th Season on January 12 @ 3 PM

North South January 12 2020 Artists

North South January 12 2020 Artists

Composers for January 12 2020 North South Concert

North South Composers January 12 2020

Max Lifchitz conducts 5 exciting works by American Composers. Soloists include The Janes Vocal Trio, violist Yumi Oshima and accordionist William Schimmel.

The Janes, “a heavily sequined, glorious-voiced singing trio, performed a comic medley….their raucous audience was on their feet cheering.””

— The New York Times

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA, December 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — North/South Consonance, Inc. kicks off its 40th consecutive season and celebrates the arrival of the New Year with a free-admission concert on Sunday afternoon January 12, 2020.

The event will feature the GRAMMY nominated North/South Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Max Lifchitz performing five exciting and eminently accessible works by living American composers. Soloists for the occasion will include the vocal trio known as The Janes; violist Yumi Oshima and accordionist William Schimmel.

Featured will be recently completed compositions by Edmund Cionek, Leandro Espinosa, Ethan Resnik, William Schimmel and Davide Tammaro.

The concert will start at 3 PM and end approximately at 4:30 PM. It will be held at the auditorium of Christ and St. Stephen's Church (120 West 69th Street) in Manhattan. The auditorium is ADA accessible. No tickets or reservations needed.

The following compositions will be heard for the first time:

Edmund Cionek's Once Upon a Homicide for three vocalists and string orchestra is a dramatic work tinged with film noir sensibilities. The music of the three-movement work is full of jazz-inspired harmonies and syncopated rhythms. It conjures dystopian soundscapes, obscure nightclubs and even a brutal killing. Written especially for The Janes Trio (vocalists Christine Ranck, Sula Haska, and Patti Wyss) it employs lyrics also penned by Mr. Cionek.

Leandro Espinosa's Nocturno for viola and strings was written at the request of violist Yumi Oshima a close friend of the Mexican American composer. The music highlights the sweetness and profundity of the viola while evoking the sound of the nightly soul.

Ethan Resnik' Blue Moonlight is a neo-impressionistic work that aims to illustrate how a rare blue moon harmonizes with the warmth of the air under the luminous sky as it spreads its blue light. Scored for string ensemble this is the first time a professional ensemble performs a work by this exceptionally talented young composer.

Willam Schimmel's Variations on a Waltz by Pee Wee King for accordion and strings consists of a series of variations on the million-selling classic Tennessee Waltz written by the country music star Pee Wee King. Schimmel's symphonic work captures the light and dark qualities inherent in King's beautiful melody while giving the soloist ample opportunity for technical display. An acclaimed accordionist, the composer himself will appear as the featured soloist for the premiere of this highly stimulating work.

Davide Tammaro's Nautilus was inspired by Jules Verne's novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Nautilus is the submarine, which carries the passengers throughout marvelous adventures underneath the oceans. The melodies of this work are often repeated as retrogrades or inversions to connect all elements because at the end, everything belongs to the sea.

Since its inception in 1980, the North/South Consonance, Inc. has brought to the attention of the New York City public over 1,000 works by composers hailing from the Americas and elsewhere representing a wide spectrum of aesthetic views. Its activities are made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as well as a grant from the Music Performance Fund and the generosity of numerous individual donors.

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William Schimmel Plays Accordion Boy

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