Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Introduces Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access For Loyal Guests Of The Brand

Exclusive new benefit for guests who create an online profile and book via mandarinoriental.com

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (www.mandarinoriental.com) announced today that it will offer its exceptional high-speed internet service on a complimentary basis to guests who create an online profile and book published rates through the luxury hotel company’s website www.mandarinoriental.com.

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Creating an online profile ensures that guests’ preferences and needs are better met across the portfolio. Booking accommodation at rates published on www.mandarinoriental.com also benefits guests, as the Group promises that rates offered online are the best available anywhere. If a better rate can be found it will not only be matched, but guests will receive a further 10% reduction.

In return, guests can enjoy complimentary access to exceptional on-line connectivity via superior bandwidths for up to six personal devices at every participating Mandarin Oriental hotel worldwide.

At Mandarin Oriental we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service, and in this digital age, we understand that fast internet connections are essential. With the added benefit of being able to seamlessly connect up to six devices in the comfort of their room, our guests can work comfortably and efficiently,” said Michael Hobson, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer.

As an extension, guests who book Mandarin Oriental’s Best Available Rate via selected travel agency partners will also receive complimentary high-speed internet access.

National Geographic Channel Presents New Evidence That May Unlock the Centuries-Old Mystery of Bigfoot

Two-Hour Special Premieres Sunday, November 17, at 8 PM ET/PT

Has a British scientist finally unlocked the mystery of Bigfoot? Yetis –also known as the Abominable Snowman and one of the most elusive Bigfoot legends– have been recorded for centuries in the Himalayas, with local people and even eminent mountaineers claiming to have come face-to-face with the hairy, ape-like creatures. A photograph of a Yeti footprint, taken by British climber Eric Shipton at the base of Everest in 1951, sparked global Yeti mania.

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New DNA research collected by Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading British geneticist, reveals a unique genetic link the may answer the centuries-old mystery — what is Bigfoot? The results are featured in a new two-hour special, Bigfoot: Revealed [wt], produced for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. and premiering in the U.S. Sunday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. (For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com and follow us on Twitter at @NGC_PR.)

Sykes, professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford, sets off on a global quest to unlock the real story of Bigfoot, collected and tested Yeti hair samples in the western Himalayas to find out what species they came from. After subjecting the hairs to the most sophisticated DNA tests available and comparing the results to other animals’ genomes stored on the GenBank database, he found that he had a 100 percent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone that dates back at least 40,000 years — a time when the polar bear and closely related brown bear were separating as different species.

This is an exciting and completely unexpected result that gave us all a surprise,” says Sykes. The Yeti DNA results are part of the most ambitious Bigfoot DNA analysis the world has ever seen, the Oxford Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project, which looks at the genetic relationship between our own species of Homo sapiens and other hominids.

Last year Sykes put out a worldwide call for samples from formally undescribed species, such as the Yeti in the Himalayas, Sasquatch in America’s Pacific Northwest and the Almasty in the mountains and tundra of Russia. All are mysterious creatures that have fascinated cryptozoologists and confounded scientists for decades. The study set out to discover whether Bigfoot is an ancient hominid, a member of the human family like Neanderthals, giant apes or some other species — or whether it is simply a hoax.

It’s a controversial subject, beset with scandals that have destroyed the careers of respected scientists in the past. But Sykes is undeterred. “‘Bigfootologists’ and other enthusiasts seem to think that they’ve been rejected by science,” he says. “Now I think that’s a complete distortion of what science is about. Science doesn’t accept or reject anything, all it does is examine the evidence and that is what I’m doing.”

Sykes has assembled substantial physical evidence and analyzed more than 30 of the most credible samples he has received. The results, including Sasquatch in the U.S. and Almasty in Russia, will be featured in the two-hour special.

Bigfoot: Revealed [wt] is produced for Channel 4 and National Geographic Channels (NGC) by Icon Films. For Icon Films, executive producers are Laura Marshall and Harry Marshall. For NGC, executive producer is Madeleine Carter; vice president, production & development is Kevin Mohs; executive vice president of programming and strategy is Heather Moran; and president is Howard T. Owens.

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 48 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com

Covergirl Launches Exclusive New Beauty Partnership with Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

COVERGIRL creates striking new CAPITOL COLLECTION beauty campaign inspired by the film

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Artwork and Poster Images provided by Lionsgate and CoverGirl

In May 2013, COVERGIRL announced its first-ever major movie sponsorship of Lionsgate’s highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, scheduled for release in North American theaters on November 22, 2013. Inspired by the popular young adult science fiction series, “The Hunger Games”, CoverGirl has created a special line of makeup evoking the “districts” of the world in The Hunger Games novels. The line includes twelve unique beauty looks ranging from themes like Power and Fishing. The cosmetics collection for each look features products for the nails, lips, eyes and face. The CoverGirl Capitol Beauty Collection is in stores now.

District 1 – Luxury

District 1 – Luxury

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson lead an all-star cast in the second installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The trailer, which debuted in April, has been viewed over 25 million times on YouTube; and the film promises to illustrate the exquisite splendor in the world of the Capitol in rich detail, and the film’s makeup department used COVERGIRL products on set to create the film’s luxurious, high couture looks.

With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire partnership, we wanted to redefine cosmetics’ relationship to film with a fantasy-meets-reality beauty experience,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager, Global P&G Cosmetics. “The film inspired COVERGIRL campaign coming out this fall truly will bring beauty transformation to life in an aspirational, dramatic fashion.  All of us at COVERGIRL were captivated by Suzanne Collins’ novels and the first film, so we’re thrilled to collaborate with Lionsgate on such a bold beauty partnership with the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

We are excited to announce COVERGIRL as the exclusive makeup partner for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” said Paula Kupfer, Lionsgate’s Vice President of Promotions and Consumer Products. “The exquisite beauty and style in the world of the Capitol is a focal point of this film. Partnering with an innovative brand like COVERGIRL to create an additional layer of beauty storytelling and inspiration for the fans is new territory that we’re delighted to explore.”

Over the past year, COVERGIRL has stood out in the beauty category with its addition of several new spokeswomen, including P!NK, Janelle Monae and NERVO, who, along with the brand, embrace beauty with a sense of authentic individuality and fearlessness. COVERGIRL’s partnership with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the latest expression of the brand’s passion and commitment to continue to break barriers in beauty.

New “Fishy Hook” Pendant Collection to be debuted at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show by Anisa Jewelry Designs

Anisa Jewelry Designs unveils its new “Fishy Hook”  Pendant Collection just in time for the Holiday Season at  the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 31st thru Nov 4th, 2013.

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All the pieces are first hand carved in wax by Anisa Stewart and then cast into non-tarnish sterling silver and hand polished and finished by a family of fishing enthusiasts in Southwest Florida. Because they are made with the non-tarnish sterling silver they are perfect for the Florida Salt air and seas.

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Anisa Jewely Designs

Anisa Jewely Designs

Anisa Jewely Designs

Anisa Stewart, of Anisa Jewelry Designs has been designing and making handmade non-tarnish sterling silver jewelry inspired by the Ocean for the last seven year’s in Fort Myers, Fl. This new collection of “Fishy Hooks” pendants is sure to be loved by the boating, fishing and ocean lovers everywhere with its whimsical fish faces within the hook pendant’s. These pieces will be available for sale, at retail prices ranging from $175 to $225 at The 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and then after that at  www.anisajewelry.com, or contacting anisajewelry@aol.com

JW Marriott Marquis Miami And Christie’s Celebrate Miami’s Art Deco Landscape With Pre-sale Exhibition During Miami Art Week 2013

Global Brand Partners Host 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Pre-Sale Exhibition

JW Marriott® (www.marriott.com, www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com) and Christie’s have banded together to present a pre-sale exhibition of 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design and Ettore Sottsass: Important Works from a Private Collection during Miami Art Week 2013, December 2 – December 9, 2013. With its unique integration of 20th Century furniture, jewelry, drawings and decorative objects, both collections are truly unparalleled, and feature important works of 20th Century design by Antoni Gaudí, Jean-Michel Frank, Eugene Printz, Jean Royere, Isamu Noguchi, Fernando and Humberto Campana, and Claude Lalanne. The exhibition will be open to the public from daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 8.

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JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.  Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service enliven spa and salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. (For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com.)

JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Christie's Celebrate Miami's Art Deco Landscape with Pre-Sale Exhibition During Art Week 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Christie’s Celebrate Miami’s Art Deco Landscape with Pre-Sale Exhibition During Art Week 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

As official hotel partner of Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Design Miami, Art Miami, and the Perez Art Museum, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com) is immersed in the growing art scene already present in the city. Besides it’s more than $250,000 in sponsorships, and its support of other arts orginazations such as the Miami International Symphony Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera and others, the hotel and JW Marriott brand boast a strategic partnership with Christie’s, the world’s leading art auction house.  The partnership began during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 when the hotel featured a popular exhibition of Post-War and Contemporary highlights which included pieces from artists such as Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst. Continue reading

Procter & Gamble Brands Unite to Kick Off Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games “Thank You Mom” Campaign by Launching a Series of 28 “Raising an Olympian” Films

THE “RAISING AN OLYMPIAN” SERIES PAYS TRIBUTE TO MOMS BY SHOWCASING THE JOURNEY OF WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES AS SEEN THROUGH EYES OF THEIR MOTHERS

Procter & Gamble, a Worldwide Olympic Partner, kicked off the company’s Thank You Mom campaign this week with the “Raising an Olympian” series featuring Olay® athlete Lindsey Vonn (United States), Gillette® athletes Felix Neureuther (Germany) and Sven Kramer (Netherlands) and Pantene® athlete Elena Ilinykh (Russia). P&G sees its sponsorship of the Olympic Games through a special lens. That’s why when a P&G brand supports an athlete, they also celebrate the mom who raised them. Through the Raising an Olympian Series P&G is paying homage to moms of athletes from across the globe, bringing to life the daily lessons all moms teach. From their kid’s first steps to their first failures, the series highlights the unconditional love moms give their kids no matter what.

 

The launch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Thank You Mom” Campaign marks 100 days to go until the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and is supported by more than fifteen P&G brands around the globe such as Pampers®, Head & Shoulders® and COVERGIRL®. The P&G Thank You Mom campaign recognizes and celebrates the moms behind the athletes by thanking moms for all they do to raise good kids and is part of P&G’s worldwide sponsorship with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the biggest campaign in the company’s 175-year history.

P&G began a sponsorship with the USOC for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The company then signed a 10-year partnership as a TOP sponsor with the IOC, extending through 2020. P&G’s London 2012 Olympic Games campaign saw the start of the Raising an Olympian series, which showcased the journey of world-class athletes as seen through the eyes of their moms. As part of the Sochi 2014 campaign, the company will continue its tribute to moms and athletes around the world, producing 28 Raising an Olympian films.

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Collectively, P&G’s Family of Sponsored Athletes set three World Records and won 42 Olympic Gold, 28 Olympic Silver and 15 Olympic Bronze medals in the span of 17 days during the London 2012 Olympic Games. P&G received 55 internationally recognized industry awards for the London campaign overall including: Nine Cannes Lion Awards, Two Effie Awards and Five Sabre Awards. Serving as a quintessential element of the Thank You Mom campaign, P&G launched its “Best Job” commercial, which celebrates the role moms play in raising Olympians and in raising great kids overall. The commercial, which was the cornerstone of the Thank You Mom campaign, won the best primetime commercial Emmy in 2012 at the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony in Los Angeles and garnered more than 21 million views. Continue reading

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Tequila Herradura Releases Cognac Cask Finish Reposado

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish to be available nationwide in November

Tequila Herradura (www.herradura.com) announces the release of its second in a series of small-batchtequilas, Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado. Credited with creating the first reposado expression and extra anejo expression in the tequila industry, Casa Herradura continues its legacy of innovation with Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado, a tequila that underwent a double maturation process in two different types of oak casks: American and French.

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Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado. (PRNewsFoto/Tequila Herradura)

Casa Herradura is one of Mexico’s most historic and renowned tequila producers and has been hand harvesting, handcrafting and estate bottling fine tequilas from the small town of Amatitan, Jalisco, since 1870. In 2007, Casa Herradura was acquired by Brown-Forman Corporation of Louisville, Ky., is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverages and alcohol brands.

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado is uniquely crafted by Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara, using traditional production methods and a proprietary fermentation from naturally-occurring wild yeast. The tequila is then aged to perfection in American oak barrels for 11 months and is transferred to French oak casks sourced from the historic Cognac region for an additional three months. The double-barrel maturation process accentuates the aromas of cooked agave and dried fruit, which is balanced on the palate by earthy and spicy notes. The finish is exceptionally smooth and warm with caramel and vanilla undertones. The Coleccion de la Casa series is the best example in the industry of how each of the sources of flavor – agave, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – impacts the character of the final product.

Tasting Notes for Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado

Color: Clear, with golden and brilliant hues.

Aroma: A masterful combination of agave and smoked oak transitioning to robust spice and dried fruits.

Taste: The finest aged tequila is highlighted by the balance of earthy and spice notes with a touch of smoke and fruit.

Finish: The unique cognac aging results in a smooth warm finish of caramel and vanilla.

The barrel is a key ingredient in the final aging process of tequila and through cask-finishing our tequila in two different types of woods, we are able to add a new layer of flavor and aroma and create a superb and multi-dimensional tequila,” said Tequila Herradura’s Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara.

Tequila is a vibrant industry and we are proud of our leadership in the category for the last 143 years,” said Ann Stickler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Brown-Forman’s Tequilas. “It is a formidable challenge to create a whole new style of tequila and that is what we’ve been able to achieve with our limited edition Coleccion de la Casa releases.”

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado will be available throughout the United States at fine wine and spirits stores in November. The 750ml bottles will be available with a suggested retail price of $89.99. A limited quantity will be available in Mexico, Canada, Australia and El Salvador.

For more information about Tequila Herradura, visit www.herradura.com/ or the brand’s social media platforms: Facebook at www.facebook.com/Herraduratequila; Twitter at https://twitter.com/HerraduraTeq; Instagram @HerraduraTeq.