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first_imgThe Luxury Collection in coordination with its owner partners announced a $300 million effort to expand and improve its hotel portfolio in North America. Part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection is investing in marquee hotel conversions and landmark renovations in diverse U.S. destinations, including Key West, Lake Tahoe, San Antonio and San Francisco, as it continues to grow around the world. A milestone year for the brand, The Luxury Collection is on track to surpass 100 hotels in more than 30 countries by the end of 2015.“As we look to accelerate Starwood’s growth, we are shining an ever brighter spotlight on our world-class hotel brands to further incite innovation and create compelling guest experiences,” said Adam Aron, CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts on an interim basis. “We fully recognize the enormous untapped potential of The Luxury Collection, and with these new hotel openings and impressive renovations, Starwood is setting out for The Luxury Collection to become the world’s largest luxury hotel brand by year’s end.”“Domestic demand for luxury travel is at pre-recession levels, which makes this an excellent time to invest in The Luxury Collection hotels in the U.S.,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “Additionally, we continue to see increasing demand from owners of independent luxury hotels who find tremendous value in partnering with Starwood to take advantage of our powerful distribution, loyalty and sales platforms. We expect this to be a period of significant growth for The Luxury Collection both in the U.S. and abroad as we sharpen the brand and drive profound consumer awareness around the world.”With an uptick in U.S. luxury travel, The Luxury Collection is using conversion opportunities to expand its portfolio in North America. Most recently, the brand welcomed Sunset Key, a private island with 40 luxury cottages nestled off the coast of Key West, in addition to signing Conrad Chicago, which is slated to join The Luxury Collection with a new name following its renovation this fall.Later this year, The St. Anthony, Texas’s crown jewel in San Antonio, will officially reemerge after a multi-million dollar restoration that reflects the hotel’s enduring legacy while infusing a modern allure. In December, the legendary Cal Neva resort, situated on Lake Tahoe, will debut as part of The Luxury Collection after a complete renovation that will bring the glamour of the Rat Pack era back to the hotel. The brand will also make its long-awaited arrival in Napa Valley’s idyllic St. Helena in January 2016 with the opening of Las Alcobas, following a multi-million dollar transformation that will restore the historic Acacia House and add several contemporary multi-room cottages overlooking the vineyards.Existing properties are too being rejuvenated. The Royal Hawaiian, known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, recently unveiled its enhanced Mailani Beach Tower, offering a private haven in the epicenter of Waikiki Beach. Later this summer, Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis will conclude a comprehensive renovation of the hotel, including a new restaurant concept; and in September, San Francisco’s iconic Palace Hotel will reveal a striking, all-encompassing restoration, featuring redesigned guestrooms, suites, and public spaces as well as a renewed Garden Court.last_img

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first_imgUnion minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday met farmers in Arunachal Pradesh where floods have caused heavy damage to crops and assured them of all help from the Centre and the state government.Rijiju, along with a central team, visited the deluge- affected Aalo area in West Siang district and assessed the situation The minister of state for home met the farmers who lost their standing crops, houses and family members, and listened to their grievances “I assure you all possible help from the state as well as from the Centre. Due to very bad weather, sometimes it becomes difficult to visit each and every area to assess the damage but the government has been monitoring the situation very closely and no one would be left behind,” he said.Rijiju also spoke to senior officials of the district management and took stock of their preparedness.He asked authorities to expedite the distribution of medicines to the villagers as there was a looming threat of a malaria outbreak.Farmers, who had gathered in large numbers, personally briefed the minister about the entire situation and sought relief.“I want to assure the farmers that they would be compensated by the government for their damaged crops. The Centre as well as the state government is looking into the loss,” he said. He said that he had asked the administration to prepare a detailed report of the damage so that further assistance could be provided “The Centre released funds for the state government day before yesterday. The state government is also working round the clock with authorities to restore roads, connectivity and essential supplies as landslides and rains have caused heavy damage. I am personally visiting the farmers so that the ground situation can be assessed,” he said.Rijiju assured the villagers that , the government was with them in this difficult tme as he oversaw relief operations in affected areas in the entire region.The state government has been assessing the extent of damage and loss to farmers after weeks of heavy rains caused landslides which left a trail of destruction in the state.Floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain last week have completely cut off many district headquarters in the state from the rest of the country, officials said.The state capital was virtually cut off with its lifeline NH 415 getting washed away at the entry point, while the alternate road via Jullang remained blocked leaving only one road open through Hollongi en route Lakhimpur district in Assam, they said.Major rivers in the state are still flowing above the danger level while surface communication was disrupted at many places along the NH—415 that links Assam with Arunachal Pradesh, officials said.Officials said 15 granaries and several houses have been inundated by waters of Yomgo river while a poultry farm was also badly affected.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also spoken to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu over phone and assured all possible support from the Centre Rijiju was accompanied by Vikram Singh Gaur, Joint Secretary (Niti Aayog); L Ravi Joseph, IG, NDRF; Ravinder Singh, Consultant (Landslide & Avalanche), NDMA; and Gopi Chandra Chhawaniya, Director, MHA.last_img

Nikola Vucevic, Magic send Pacers reeling to 4th straight loss

first_imgOrlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, right, passes the ball as he is defended by Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida. — After making his first All-Star team earlier in the day, Nikola Vucevic delivered another solid performance for the Orlando Magic.Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers are struggling without their own All-Star as Victor Oladipo recovers from knee surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES TIP-INSPacers: Evans missed his third game with a sore back. He will join the team in Miami and hopes to play Saturday. … G Corey Joseph started his first game of the season. … After posting the NBA’s best record in December, the Pacers went 7-7 in January.Magic: F Jonathan Isaac had a career-high 13 rebounds. … Ross has made at least three 3-pointers in 24 games.UP NEXTPacers: At the Miami Heat on Saturday night.Magic: Home against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer clinches spot as All-Star Game coach Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I thought we played harder than in the previous games,” said Darren Collison, who had 16 points and 10 assists. “I thought we got back to ourselves tonight and we made up for missing some open shots. But we still had some inexcusable mental lapses down the stretch, including me. We have to figure out a way to get out of this slump.”The long-term loss of Oladipo and the short-term loss of Tyreke Evans were obviously weighing on the Pacers.“You’re talking about something you have developed over the course of a year and a half and all of a sudden, that piece is missing,” coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re not panicking, even though it seems like everybody else is.”Ross came off the bench and shot 11 of 18, including five 3-pointers. He made three steals in the fourth quarter.Vucevic scored six points while the Magic were taking an 11-0 lead. The Pacers erased that deficit quickly, but never went ahead until Collison drove for a layup and three-point play with 9:56 left in the third quarter. That came during a 17-4 run in which Turner scored 10 points, lifting Indiana to a 65-57 lead, its largest of the game.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ross converted two straight steals into points to pull Orlando back in front early in the fourth, and Vucevic’s basket put the Magic ahead for good at 91-89 with 5:08 left.Augustin followed with a 3-pointer and clinched the victory for Orlando at the foul line.HONOREDVucevic was selected Thursday to his first All-Star Game in his eighth NBA season. He was chosen as an Eastern Conference reserve, becoming the Magic’s first All-Star since Dwight Howard in 2012.“This is really an emotional night for me,” Vucevic said. “It’s hard to describe when you put so much work into it for so many years and then it finally pays off. That is really satisfying. My teammates and coaches share just as much credit for this.”Vucevic is averaging 20.6 points and 12 rebounds per game.“He does it every single night, no matter what,” Augustin said. “That’s why he’s an All-Star. A lot of guys can’t do that every night.”STILL THE ONEOladipo was picked as an All-Star reserve even though he won’t be able to play in the game.“I talked to some coaches and they basically said they were going to vote the right way, and the right way was they felt he was an All-Star and they kept their word,” McMillan said. “They have a great deal of respect for how he plays and how this team has played this season.” Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Vucevic added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Magic beat Indiana 107-100 on Thursday night to hand the Pacers their fourth straight loss.“When you lose your best player,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said, “your world changes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesD.J. Augustin scored 20 points for the Magic, including nine straight free throws in the final 1:26. Orlando broke a four-game losing streak and snapped an eight-game skid against Indiana.Myles Turner had 27 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who haven’t won since Oladipo went down during a victory against Toronto on Jan. 23. It was their first loss at Orlando in almost five years. MOST READlast_img

Devin Booker scores 50 in back-to-back games but Suns lose again

first_imgPhoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates his dunk against the Washington Wizards with guard Jamal Crawford (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — Devin Booker has scored 109 points in the past two games and every last one of them went to waste.Status quo for the last-place Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT The 22-year-old Booker finished with 50 points and 10 rebounds as the Suns, with the worst record in the Western Conference at 17-59, dropped their fifth straight. Booker scored 59 points in a 125-92 loss Monday night at Utah.It was the first time a Phoenix player reached 50 in back-to-back games. Tom Chambers had been the only member of the Suns to score even 40 in successive games.“It’s a blessing. It’s an honor, I say it every day, to lace it up and play a sport that I love,” Booker said. “I think right now it’s time for me to be more aggressive, being down a couple of men. Teammates helping me, setting good screens. … Fell short, but a lot better fight today than we did have in the last game.”Beal and Jabari Parker had 28 points apiece for the Wizards, who snapped a five-game skid. Bryant added 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.The game featured 23 lead changes and neither team led by more than seven points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Booker scored his 46th point when he missed his initial shot, fell to the floor, got back up to catch the rebound and rattled in a second shot with 5:08 to play. His 50th point came on a layup with 1:30 left, tying the score at 118.He tied the highest-scoring game for a Suns player at Talking Stick Resort Arena, matching Amare Stoudemire (2005) and Clifford Robinson (2000).Booker missed a 3 that could have put Phoenix ahead with 48 seconds left, and Bryant drained a 3 at the other end to give the Wizards a 121-118 lead with 28.6 seconds to go.“I give it all to my teammates because they believe in me to make that shot, time and time again after I’ve missed so many shots this month and year,” Bryant said. “Knowing they have that confidence in me to shoot the ball, it feels great.”Jamal Crawford tied it again on a 3 with 17.1 seconds to go before Beal’s drive and dish to Bryant for the winner.Phoenix center Deandre Ayton broke Alvan Adams’ franchise record for most double-doubles in a rookie season (37) when he reached double digits in points and rebounds in the third quarter. Ayton finished with 14 points and 10 boards.Booker’s layup and free throw with 0.7 seconds left in the first gave the Suns a 30-27 lead going into the second period. Booker scored 18 points in the opening 12 minutes.His transition 3 with 44.1 seconds left in the first half gave the Suns a 59-56 lead and gave him 30 first-half points. Washington’s Jordan McRae dropped in a layup just before the halftime buzzer, tying it at 59.GREEN MEANS GOWizards forward Jeff Green made the hustle play of the night in the second quarter, tip-toeing along the sideline to keep a loose ball from going out of bounds, then continuing to run the floor after passing the ball. He got a return pass from Parker and dunked hard over Bender, causing teammates to leap off the bench in celebration. 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Bryant caught Bradley Beal’s pass off a baseline drive and banked in the winning bucket while getting fouled. After he added the free throw, Phoenix had one more chance to tie it, but Troy Daniels missed a 3-pointer from the corner just before the final buzzer.“Luckily he saw me just going down the lane and everybody committed to him and he saw me right there close to the basket, where I’m able to make that shot,” Bryant said of Beal. 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