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Langham Huntington Hotel Gets Health Security Verification From Forbes Travel Guide

first_img 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, along with its sister hotels in Chicago and New York, are among the first group of hotels in the world to become “Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED” by Forbes Travel Guide, the company announced Wednesday.The designation is meant to reflect that the hotels have adopted expert-validated best practices to keep guests and staff protected from the COVID-19 pandemic.“The comprehensive facility verification helps ensure that guests and travel planners can book with confidence at properties that have appropriate health safety procedures in place,” the Langham Hospitality Group said in a written statement.Company CEO Stefan Leser said the safety of guests and workers was “of the utmost importance to our brand.”“We are very proud to be among the first hotels to be certified by Forbes Travel Guide with the Sharecare VERIFIED with Forbes Travel Guide badge, which we are sure will help our guests feel even more protected when they choose The Langham for their next trip or staycation,” he added.The verification involves more than 360 standards, ranging from sanitation and ventilation to social distancing and communication with staff and guests, according to the statement.The pandemic has brought the issue of health to the forefront, Travel Guide CEO Filip Boyen said.“By becoming VERIFIED, The Langham Hotels & Resorts in the U.S. have demonstrated their commitment to creating a culture of accountability and following global best practices to heighten health security, certified by a third party,” he said.Langham Huntington Managing Director Paul Leclerc said the hotel was “thrilled” to receive the designation.“Over the past year, the hotel has meticulously implemented rigorous, careful measures to ensure the well-being of our guests and colleagues, and we are proud that these efforts have been officially acknowledged by Sharecare and Forbes Travel Guide in obtaining this verification,” he said.“We hope this gives our past, present and future guests even greater confidence in the service we provide, and that they may enjoy their experience to the fullest knowing the hotel is putting their health and safety first,” Leclerc said. “As the heart of the community, we strive to continue to be a trustworthy and welcoming getaway for locals and visitors alike.”A complete list of Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED hotels is available online at forbestravelguide.com/verified. Community News Make a comment Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Langham Huntington Hotel Gets Health Security Verification From Forbes Travel Guide STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 2:49 pm More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

German court convicts Tajik man of membership in IS group

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a Tajik man of membership in the Islamic State group for co-founding a cell of the extremist organization in Germany and supporting two planned attacks. The Duesseldorf state court on Tuesday sentenced the defendant to seven years in prison. The court said that the man, who lived in the western German city of Wuppertal and has been in custody since March 2019, founded an IS cell along with other suspects of Tajik origin. It said that he gave another cell member a semi-automatic pistol to shoot a man in Germany who had made critical comments about Islam — an attack that was foiled by authorities.last_img read more

Crisscross Mowing

first_imgIf the homeowner in you is envious of the patterned turf at Turner Field, why not give your own lawn the patterned look?University of Georgia scientists say it’s easy. Just mow your lawn in a crisscross pattern rather than in standard rows. “Crisscross mowing is a fad that really took off after the World Cup Soccer Championships in the United States,” said Gil Landry, a turf management scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “People saw the patterned turf on television while watching the soccer games,” he said. “And now you see patterned turf everywhere — on baseball fields, football fields and golf courses.” Aside from the aesthetically pleasing look, Landry said, crisscross mowing will prevent lawn mower tracks on your lawn. “Proper mowing involves mowing in different directions to prevent compaction from mowing in the same tracks every time,” he said. Mowing lawns is a task most homeowners do often. But few do it right. “Proper mowing has a significant effect on the appearance and performance of your turf,” Landry said. “The most important rule is to mow often enough to remove no more than one-third of the grass’s leaves. If you remove more than that, you’ll slow the plant’s growth and vigor.” Landry said most people mow on a schedule of once a week or once every 10 days. But they should base their mowing on the lawn’s conditions. “In drier periods, grass will grow less. And in wetter times, it will grow more,” he said. “Also, if you fertilize, your grass will grow faster and you’ll have to mow more often.” If you like your grass to be two inches high, mow when it’s three inches high. “Don’t wait until it has grown to four inches,” Landry said. “This cuts off too much of the plant’s leaf, which is its source of food.” Mowing too often can also bring unwanted guests into your lawn. “If your grass is stressed, it can’t compete well against weeds,” he said. “Grass cut too short opens the canopy, which promotes weed growth.” Landry said another key to a well-manicured lawn is a sharp mower blade. “A sharp blade produces an even cut and a better look,” he said. “A dull blade will shred the leaf tips and results in 20 percent more fuel costs because the dull mower blade is less efficient.”last_img read more

GiG unveils esports sponsorship expansion

first_imgShare GiG strengthens sportsbook profile as recovery blossoms May 5, 2020 Share Related Articles GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Rizk.com has expanded into the esports, unveiling its latest sponsorship deal with the globally operating Finnish ENCE esports team.The iGaming operator flagship brand of Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), has outlined that the partnership is a natural fit for the group, with both firms sharing a very similar ethos and understanding. Additionally, with the rise in popularity of esports in general and the recent launch of Rizk sportsbook, the timing for this branding opportunity couldn’t have been better.Robin Reed, CEO of GiG commented: “ENCE is very happy to be working with Rizk, paving their way to the wonderful world of eSports. With a rapidly changing and growing industry, we are here to support Rizk to take the right steps in getting involved in esports. Rizk is a tremendous partner for ENCE as it’s backed by a forward thinking and innovating iGaming company.”ENCE is a professional Finnish esports team. Players compete in online gaming tournaments worldwide which include games such as Starcraft 2, Hearthstone, Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Rizk logo will appear on ENCE’s website and merchandise. Since online gambling is illegal for under 18s in many countries where fans are based, the two jointly decided that it was appropriate not to include the Rizk logo on any merchandise worn by Sergej (Jere Salo), who is a player aged under 18, as a measure to encourage responsible gambling.Commenting on the partnership, Joona Leppänen Marketing Director at ENCE outlined: “The team is playing at ESL One Cologne this weekend  which will host players, talents and fans for a whole weekend of esports.” GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Nelson U14 Selects look to rebound after crashing at Terry Walgren Tournament

first_imgButterfield also singled out Brenna Barnhart as the player of the game for Nelson.”We’ve been preaching a lot of things to Brenna, and in this game she just had it all click for her”.Nelson could afford to relax slightly for their last round-robin match with Creston U15s on Sunday, as their previous results guaranteed them a place in the final that afternoon, so Harvey turned the helm over to second-year assistant Pat Hodgson, and he lead the Selects to an extremely lopsided 1-0 win over their regional rivals.”I haven’t seen us dominate a team in such a manner and only score 1 goal!” said Hodgson after the match.Jasmine Faulkner scored the only goal of the game for Nelson as they peppered the Creston goal but couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch when needed.Amy Hodgson was desperately unlucky in the match as she hit the post despite her terrific work in and around the net for Nelson, while keeper Ava Strautman had little to do but watch for the vast majority of the match.It all came down to a rematch of the Friday night match for Nelson, as they again played Kootenay South for the gold medal on Sunday afternoon.Regrettably, the girls looked like they were jaded from their previous efforts, as KS jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on their younger opposition, and controlled the first half.The U14s regrouped in the second half and started playing as they had all weekend, but the hole they had dug themselves into was too big to get out of, and they eventually succumbed to a 3-1 loss.Halleran again scored for Nelson, and it was her efforts in the second half along with McKenna Bennett cajoling more out of her teammates that ignited the spark for the Selects in the second half.”The loss in the final was a bitter pill to swallow for us after all our efforts on the weekend”, said Harvey of the match, “but the fact that we dominated teams and players older than us will be yet another building block for us this season as we try to get back to Provincials once again”.The U14s now head off next weekend to Kalispell, Montana for the “Three Blind Refs” tournament. The results for the U14 Girls Nelson Selects had a touch of Greek mythology to them this weekend, as like Icarus, the U14s flew too high and ended up eventually crashing back down to earth.Playing up an age level against regional U15 teams, the U14s came flying out of the gates against Kootenay South U15s on Friday night, jumping into an early lead and then exchanging goals with their opposition until they scored two late second half goals to best KS 6-3.Emma Wheeldon continued her early season goal scoring form with a hat-trick, ably supported by two from Laurel Halleran and a cracking free kick goal from Megan Tennant.”We blew them away early”, said head coach Iain Harvey, “and I think they were shell-shocked at how well we move the ball around the pitch”.Emma Weiland picked up where she left off from the Coeur D’Alene tournament with a brilliant display in the middle of the park for the Selects.The ladies followed up that success with a resounding 4-1 win over Columbia Valley U15s on Saturday afternoon, as the U14s continued to surprise their older opponents with their tenacity, passing & movement, and skill levels.Wheeldon was once again on the score sheet with a further two goals, while Halleran & Taylor Zimmer added single markers to the result.”We overcame the setback of them equalizing against us early” said assistant coach Chris Butterfield, “and then the girls just ground their opponents down with their passing abilities”.last_img read more

iPhone 4: What Steve Jobs Needs to Announce Today

first_imgYou may have heard that a little company called Apple will be announcing, among other things, a new iPhone today. Supposedly called the “iPhone 4” (or maybe the “iPhone 4G? HD?”), for the first time ever since the product’s initial debut, news of the company’s latest gadget may not be met with same levels of adoration granted to Apple’s previous announcements – and not just because photos of a stolen iPhone prototype spoiled us by giving away all Apple’s secrets in advance. No, today Apple is finally facing some tough competition in the smartphone space from none other than its former friend and partner Google, whose Android mobile operating system can now be found on a range of devices including the new must-have phone, the EVO, as well as the Droid, the Nexus One and more.In a matter of hours, we’ll find out if the iPhone can still compete. Android Riding High Sprint’s launch of the first 4G Android phone has already been met with success, according to the latest company news. Via a morning press release, Sprint is announcing that the total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.The announcement also claims the demand for the device has led to some “temporary shortages” at some of the 22,000 Sprint stores across the U.S., which Sprint certainly thinks is a badge of honor. “We have a sold-out phone!”, they’re practically crying. But the reason for the EVO’s success isn’t just the innovative features of the device itself, it’s the operating system powering it. Google’s Android OS has succeeded by offering what Apple doesn’t. For one thing, Android’s app store is wide open. Apps don’t go through lengthy review processes – they’re instantly published to the Android Market. The OS is also available to multiple carriers on multiple hardware form factors at multiple price points. You can get the kind of phone you want (keyboard, no keyboard, size, weight, screen resolution, etc.) while still enjoying the Android experience. Steve Jobs Should Announce: But even more importantly, Android offers things the iPhone doesn’t. If Apple wants to compete, here’s what Steve Jobs needs to announce today. 1. Better Tethering The current version of the Android OS, version 2.2 (code-named “froyo”), offers both USB and Wi-Fi tethering, the latter of which may be operator-controlled. With this feature, already available on the EVO thanks to Sprint’s own offering, your phone becomes an instant Wi-Fi hotspot for neighboring devices. Apple had to delay a tethering feature until now because they’re dependent on AT&T, a network that hasn’t quite been up to par with its competitors as of yet. It simply couldn’t support the data load of tethering. But now AT&T has announced new data plans, one of which offers a tethering option for $20 extra per month. But wait – there’s a catch (besides the fee, that is). The iPhone can’t be tethered with the iPad, so no free data for you Wi-Fi iPad users. Why? According to AT&T, it’s an issue with Apple software. The iPad doesn’t have USB ports, a spokesperson told the tech news site TechFlash. And iPad Bluetooth tethering is still a no-go. 2. Video iChat/Front-Facing CameraWith EVO’s launch came the first mainstream video chat/video calling application, Qik. Joining Fring – and perhaps soon, Skype – Qik’s video chat application for Android lets EVO users make video calls to other EVO users, and soon to others who have supported Android handsets (those with front-facing cameras.) It’s not enough for Apple to simply launch a front-facing camera at this point and let the third-party apps do the work. If Apple wants to one-up Android, the company needs its own specialized mobile iChat service that integrates with its lineup of other Apple apps, including its mobile mail, contacts and calendar. A cohesive digital office offering which includes iChat as a feature could trump standalone apps for those who have invested in Apple’s ecosystem.3. Free MobileMe For users of Google services, going Android just makes sense. Gmail is one of the world’s most popular webmail programs, and its deep integration, along with contacts, calendar and other Google offerings, into the Android mobile OS make the phone a powerhouse for Google users. Apple has a shot at doing something similar with its MobileMe collection of services, but unlike Google, Apple charges hefty fees to use them. Google gives away its basic services for free, while businesses and other advanced users can upgrade to Google Apps for a fee. Apple should copy Google’s freemium plan with a free entry-level version of MobileMe if it wants to compete as a services company, too. 4. Wi-Fi SynciTunes is an old, clunky behemoth in desperate need of an overall. Let’s make this absolutely clear: Zune HD has done Wi-Fi sync from day one. Yes, that’s right, Microsoft’s Zune. Day one. Why can’t Apple do this? Answer: because they didn’t have to. Zune wasn’t a competitor. But now Android is and has plans for Wi-Fi sync. That means Apple needs to fix the iTunes situation. Google is working on over-the-air music downloads with automatic sync, according to Google’s VP of engineering, Vic Gundotra. Announced at Google’s recent I/O conference, the updated Android Market (“coming soon,” said Gundotra), will let you download both apps and music over-the-air, the same as with Apple’s iTunes and mobile app store, but with a twist: automatic OTA updates. Apple, better do something with that Lala.com acquisition, quick!These are just a few of the things we’re hoping Apple announces today at the upcoming event. Hopefully, the company will continue to surprise us as it has in the past, making the choice between iPhone and Android a tough one. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Apple#NYT#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perezlast_img read more

Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Disability

first_imgBy Ashley Ann Marshall, Catherine Corr, and Deserai MillerMany individuals are aware of the risk for abuse experienced by typically developing children, however, fewer are aware of the increased risk for children with disabilities. A common misconception is that young children with disabilities are less likely to be abused because they are regularly cared for or supervised by adults. However, this belief is untrue as children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to be abused or neglected than typically developing children, which can have devastating effects on their development [3].Children with developmental disabilities present unique challenges to parents, which can result in a less secure attachment and more punitive control. Subseqently, these outcomes are correlated with higher rates of abuse [1]. Additionally, children with disabilities require extra care and supervision, which can lead to parental stress. Through their literature review, Algood and colleagues (2011) found that parents of children with disabilities were more likely to experience emotional, physical, and financial stress. They also noted the importance of parents of children with disabilities creating a system of social support. Simply being aware that parents of children with developmental disabilities may experience higher levels of stress can help us to be vigilant when maltreatment is suspected and sensitive to the needs of these families.Not only are children with disabilities more likely to be abused or neglected, children that are abused are at an increased risk for disability [2] [4] [6] [7]. This bidirectional relationship highlights the importance of our need to be aware of these increased risks.We have a responsibility to recognize the signs of abuse and to be knowledgeable about the reporting process. Our role in understanding and reporting child abuse is difficult, but essential to supporting the healthy development of children. You can become familiar with some of the signs of abuse in children from the table below. If you believe a child is being abused or neglected you need to report it.  You are not in charge of investigating, so you do not need to have a certain amount of facts before you can report abuse or neglect.  Since you are not investigating, you do not need and should not push the child for more details than needed.  If you suspect immediate danger you can call your local emergency number. Also, most child protective workers will ask if you think there is an immediate danger. If you say yes, they will send someone out much faster.In summary, do not be fooled by the misconception that children with disabilities are at a lower risk for abuse and neglect. This is untrue and our fostering of this misconception could prevent children from receiving the help that they may need. We must be aware of the signs of abuse and vigilant in reporting when we suspect abuse or neglect has occurred.Table 1. Signs of abuse in children from Fresno Council on Child Abuse : http://www.fccap.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=48References[1] Algood, C. L., Hong, J. S., Gourdine, R. M., & Williams, A. B. (2011). Maltreatment of children with developmental disabilities: An ecological systems analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(7), 1142-1148.[2] Larson, S. A., & Anderson, L. (2006). Children with disabilities and the child welfare system: Prevalence data. Impact: Feature Issue on Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System, 19(1).[3] Murphy, N. (2011). Maltreatment of children with disabilities the breaking point. Journal of Child Neurology, 26(8), 1054-1056.[4] Musheno, K. (2006). Children with disabilities and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Impact, 19, 13.[5] National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2010b). [6] Sedlak, A. J., Mettenburg, J., Basena, M., Petta, I., McPherson, K., Greene, A., & Li, S. (2010). Fourth national incidence study of child abuse and neglect (NIS–4): Report to Congress, executive summary. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.[7] Sobsey, D. (2002). Exceptionality, education, and maltreatment. Exceptionality,10(1), 29-46.This post was written by Ashley Anne Marshall, Catherine Corr, PhD, and Deserai Miller, LCSW. Ashley Anne Marshall graduated from the University of Dayton, where she received her bachelor of arts in psychology and family development.  She is currently a student in the Child Studies program empirical research track in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  Catherine Corr, PhD, is currently a research associate in the department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University.  Deserai Miller, LCSW, earned her Master’s degree in social work with a specialization in schools from the University of Illinois and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in early childhood special education.  Ashley Ann, Catherine, and Deserai are all guest bloggers for the MFLN Family Development Early Intervention team.last_img read more

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The Ultimate 8-Point Checklist for Remarkable Content

first_img Originally published Jun 30, 2011 9:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Content Creation We say it all the time: the foundation of inbound marketing strategy is remarkable content . Why? Because remarkable content gets consumed and shared, which ultimately helps to achieve your business’ marketing goals.But wait a minute. Isn’t remarkable somewhat of a subjective term? I mean, a fisherman might think an article about ‘the top ten fishing poles for catching flounder’ is pretty remarkable, but for someone like me who doesn’t really go fishing, remarkable isn’t exactly a term I’d use to describe it. So what exactly is it that makes content remarkable? Your content doesn’t have to espouse everything on the below checklist, but the items on this list can serve as great indicators of remarkable content. The Ultimate Checklist for Remarkable Content 1. Would your target audience share it? Sure, not everything on this list has to be true for every piece of content you create in order to make it remarkable, but this one is the exception. Think about my earlier example of the fishing article. To me, content about fishing isn’t remarkable, but maybe I’m not the target audience for the author of the fishing pole article. The point is, your content doesn’t have to be remarkable to everyone. It just has to be remarkable to your target audience. Before you publish your content, ask yourself if it’s something you think your prospects will want to read and share with others. Is it something worthy of their remarks? If so, it’s probably remarkable. 2. Does it offer a unique — or even controversial — perspective on a topic? Being unique and offering a different perspective on a topic will definitely earn you points on the remarkable scale. Furthermore, people love to add their two-cents to controversial topics, so if you write an article on a given topic that challenges the viewpoint of another, chances are people will talk about and share it. 3. Does it contain original data? Incorporating data that supports the points you’re making in your content is a great way to make it remarkable. Bonus points if the data you’re including is derived from your own, original research. Data helps to support the credibility of your content and make the case that it’s a trustworthy resource. 4. Is the way you present information different than the norm? If your competitors are all presenting content in the same boring way, does your content break the mold and make you stand out because it’s presented in a different format? Some great examples of under-utilized yet exciting content formats include infographics, cartoons, videos, slideshows, or other multimedia elements. 5. Is it thought-provoking? If someone read your article or looked at your content, would it make them think? Does it help them to challenge their own way of doing things and offer helpful ways for improvement? If a reader can easily walk away from your content without it impacting them, it’s not very remarkable. 6. Is it timely? Steer clear from topics that are outdated. Focus on creating content around topics that are specifically top-of-mind for your target audience. Even better — keep track of industry news for content opportunities. If you can be the first to break news to your audience about an issue they should be concerned about (and tell them why), that content will be remarkable to them. 7. Is the idea conveyed in a way that is easy to understand? You might have the most remarkable content idea in the world, but if you can’t convey it in a way that is easy for your audience to understand, it’s not going to do much for you. Remarkable content should be clear and concise. 8. Does the overall content exemplify a high standard of quality? Piggy-backing on Point 7, make sure that your content is not only easy to understand but also high in quality, whether that be in design (if it’s an infographic, cartoon, or other visual element) or in writing (if it’s an article, ebook, or whitepaper). People are less likely to find content remarkable if it looks unprofessional or it’s littered with grammatical errors and typos.The term linkbait refers to content created for the purpose of generating links from other websites or blogs . To us, remarkable content is linkbait. After all, who wouldn’t want to link to content they thought was remarkable? And who doesn’t want more inbound links? Now go out there and make all your new content simply remarkable! last_img read more