Author Archives: andrew sam

Ibis wants to transform from economy hotel to lifestyle destination

A brand shake up is expected to see Ibis hotels take on a stronger lifestyle focus and create social settings for guests and non-guests alike, including through the introduction of new entertainment, design and dining concepts. The strategy is in response to new customer expectations highlighted by an Ipsos study conducted across six countries on behalf of ibis: 80 per ...

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Lifestyle deploys new retail technologies

Offering men’s, women’s and kids’ apparel, footwear, handbags, fashion accessories, beauty products and much more, all under the same roof, the fashion retailer has added features such as ‘Self-Checkout Kiosk’, ‘Mobile POS’, Fitting Room Assistance’, etc., to augment its in-store experience. “Lifestyle has always endeavored to provide its customers the best-in-class shopping experience. With technological advancements, the shopping experience has ...

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VisitScotland Target Emerging Women’s Golf Travel Market

As the country readies itself to play host to the 2019 Solheim Cup, Scotland’s national tourist organization has launched the world’s first female destination focused golf campaign. The Gleneagles Resort near Perth will play host to the biennial match this September when a worldwide TV audience will watch the best of Europe’s women’s golfers take on their American counterparts. Scotland ...

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Jordan’s Arab Bank 2018 profit jumps 54 pct after legal win

AMMAN: Jordan’s largest lender, Arab Bank Group, said 2018 net profit jumped 54 percent to $820.5 million after transferring $325 million in surplus provisions it had put aside after the bank settled a major legal case. Operational profit rose 8 percent, the bank said in a statement on Saturday. Total deposits rose to $34.3 billion compared with $33.8 billion in ...

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UK weather: temperatures to plummet again on Saturday night

Thousands of people have been trapped, delayed and had their journeys disrupted by heavy snow that swept across parts of the UK, as forecasters warned more severe weather was on the way over the weekend. Scotlandcould see lows of minus 16C (3.2F) over Saturday night into Sunday as the cold snap continues, the Met Office said. Hundreds of motorists were stranded ...

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Brazil: shocking video captures moment of deadly dam collapse

A week after the deadly collapse of a mining dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, dozens paid tribute to the 110 victims killed and 238 who are still missing, while newly released video footage showed the moment that a powerful wave of waste began sweeping over everything in its path. A ceremony was held at the site of the ...

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Venezuela crisis: Why US sanctions on will hurt

The United States announced sanctions this week that are intended to produce the most damage possible to the government of President Nicolás Maduro: the oil sector and its state company, PDVSA. Up until now White House executive orders were only targeting government officials and certain sectors of the economy. Now new sanctions will finally hurt the one sector that is ...

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Health minister says no 2-tier health care planned for province

The Ontario government’s transformation of the health-care system will not include two-tier care, private hospitals or making patients pay for more services out of pocket, the health minister said Friday. Christine Elliott did a round of interviews to clarify the Progressive Conservative government’s position a day after she repeatedly refused to rule out further health system privatization at a hastily ...

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Grandsons’ health at risk if grandpa ate well in his youth

A new Swedish study shows that what grandfather ate in his youth impacts mortality two generations later. If grandpa had access to an abundance of food in the years immediately before puberty, his grandsons were found to have an increased risk of cancer. This connection existed only along the male lineage. The researchers’ results are similar to the previous, smaller ...

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How can a vegan diet improve your health?

In a recent study, researchers have compared the effects of a plant-based meal with those of a meal that includes animal-derived products on a person’s health. The study concludes that vegan meals may help a person stay healthy and manage weight gain. In the United States, approximately 93.3 millionpeople live with obesity, and over 100 millionhave diabetes or prediabetes. A key factor in the development ...

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