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Bye, ‘Big Bang Theory.’ Hello, 2019-2020 TV season: Friday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device; sign up here. What people are talking about today “The Big Bang Theory” had its finale on CBS, and here’s a mini-spoiler: Someone finally fixed that broken elevator that’s been a running gag throughout the show’s 12 seasons. (For a recap with real spoilers, click here). So with “Big Bang” off the air, what’s coming to TV l...
Tags: Amazon, Nordstrom, Nbc, Abc, Washington Post, Advertising, Fox, New York Times, Cbs, Tripadvisor, Michael Sheen, Cw, Gucci, Taco Bell, Kal Penn, Bloomberg News


Rediscovering the Lost Art of Travel

Posted: 5/16/2019 | May 16th, 2019 Seth Kugel is the former Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times and author of the new Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious, from which this is adapted. I’ve known him for years and our travel philosophy dovetails a lot. I read his book last year and thought “If I were ever to write a book on the state of the travel industry, this is the book I would write!” It’s a great book and today, Seth excerpted part of the book for us! Stencil...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, New York, European Union, Budapest, New York Times, Paris, Tripadvisor, Google Translate, Canon, Warsaw, Hostelworld, Best Travel Books, Random Musings


San Francisco bans agencies from using facial recognition technology

San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition technology by local government agencies, becoming the first US city to do so, reports the New York Times. The ban applies to 53 city departments, including the police, which doesn’t use the technology but had tested it from 2013 to 2017,... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, US, San Francisco, Surveillance, New York Times, Ban, Facial Recognition, Aadhaar, Anti-surveillance Ordinance


Meyer Jabara Hotels Encouraging Associates to Think Big

[ Danbury, Conn., May 14, 2019 ] — In 1977, Mike Dolan, director of sales for the new Stamford (Conn.) Marriott Hotel, had an idea. To help increase business on a slow winter weekend, Dolan approached Will Shortz, then editing crossword puzzles for Penny Press magazines in Stamford, with the idea of hosting a crossword tournament. Shortz, who today is best known as the "Puzzlemaster" for NPR and crossword editor of The New York Times, jumped at the offer. The rest is history. Shortz recen...
Tags: Travel, New York Times, Npr, Stamford, David Martin, Stamford Marriott Hotel Spa, Danbury Conn, Dolan, Will Shortz, Shortz, Mike Dolan, Meyer Jabara Hotels Encouraging Associates, Stamford Conn Marriott Hotel, Penny Press


LIVE! From the 2019 Venice Art Biennale - May You Live in Interesting Times

Robert Henry Lawrance Jr. by Tavares Strachan (2018) Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) I love the way Ralph Rugoff's mind works. He has tamed the humongous Biennale beast by reducing the number of artists and organizing the vast Arsenale space into smaller compartments. Even though he says there is no theme, the artists he invited to participate have captured the essence of the title, "May You Live in Interesting Times." That "ancient Chinese curse" has been cited over the past 80 years by...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, China, Brown University, Los Angeles, Thailand, New York Times, Arthur C Clarke, Venice, Bangkok, Venice Biennale, Rotterdam, Venice Italy, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Greenwich Village


Alibaba-backed facial recognition startup Megvii raises $750 million

One of China’s most ambitious artificial intelligence startups Megvii, more commonly known for its facial recognition brand Face++, announced Wednesday that it has raised $750 million in a Series D funding round. Founded by three graduates from the prestigious Tsinghua University in China, the eight-year-old company specializes in applying its computer vision solutions to a range of use cases such as public security and mobile payment. It competes with its fast-growing Chinese peers, includin...
Tags: Travel, Google, Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Technology, China, Face, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Funding, US, Bloomberg, Artificial Intelligence, Thailand, United States


Byron Writers Festival reveals first guests for 2019 Festival (2-4 August)

Behrouz Boochani, Damon Gameau, Benjamin Law, Min Jin Lee, Alison Lester, Sisonke Msimang, Bruce Pascoe, Leigh Sales, Tara June Winch, Markus Zusak with many more to be announced. Early Bird tickets are now on sale for Australia’s largest regional celebration of storytelling, literature and ideas. Available for one week only from 8-14 May. Byron Writers Festival proudly announces Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani will be taking part in this year’s Festival, appearing via livestream from ...
Tags: Travel, Mountains, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, New York Times, Manus Island, Richard Flanagan, Festivals & Events, Byron Bay, Markus, Alison Lester, Walkley, Damon Gameau, Benjamin Law


Google’s Flutter framework spreads its wings and goes multi-platform

Google’s Flutter UI toolkit for cross-platform development may only be two years old, but it has quickly become the framework of choice for many developers. Until now, though, ‘cross-platform’ only referred to Android and iOS. Late last year, Google announced that it would also take flutter beyond mobile and to the web. Today, at its I/O developer conference, it’s doing exactly that with the launch of the first technical preview of Flutter for the web Google also today announced that Flutter dev...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Developer, Dart, Developers, New York Times, Sneath, Flutter, Google Home Hub, Tim Sneath, Google I/O 2019, Progressive Web Apps Google


ETW #14 Top Travel Deals, Hacks & Trends | Interview with Gabe Saglie

In this week’s episode we’re joined by Travelzoo Senior Editor Gabe Saglie, who shares his insider tips, how to find the best travel deals and what’s hot in the travel industry. You can listen to the podcast here on this page or on any of these services: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher. No matter your budget or style of travel, most people want to save as much money on their next trip as possible. Knowing how to find those deals though is often times confusing, especially when it come...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, New York Times, Fox News, Norway, Gabe, Travelzoo, ETW, Random Travel Hacks, NBC CNN, Gabe Saglie, Explore the World Travel Podcast, New York City Los Angeles Chicago Dallas, Travelzoo Top


Man falls into active volcano

When safety rails are located at the edge of a volcano, they are there for a reason On Wednesday night, a man fell 70 feet into the caldera of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, the island’s most active volcano, which famously erupted for three months in 2018 and released the equivalent of 320,000 swimming pools of magma, says Science. The most surprising part of the incident isn’t, however, the man’s lapse in judgement but that he’s still alive. According to the official statement of the Hawaii Volca...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, New York Times, Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, All, Active Volcano, Park Service, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Volcano, Hawaiian volcano, John Broward


Travel News: May 2, 2019

Autograph Collection Hotels debuts in Kenya welcoming Sankara Nairobi Africanews in English Autograph Collection Hotels (www.AutographHotels.com), Marriott International’s (www.Marriott.com) distinctive collection of passionately independent hotels, today welcomed Sankara Nairobi to its diverse and distinguished portfolio of over 171 hotels around the world, marking the debut for the brand in Kenya. Set in the heart of Westlands, Sankara Nairobi lies in the epicentre of the city’s commercial, r...
Tags: Travel, India, Egypt, New York Times, Delta, Marriott, Kenya, Boeing, Capri, News And Deals, Marriott International, Esposito, Travel Weekly Delta, Sankara Nairobi, Sankara Nairobi Africanews, Westlands Sankara Nairobi


Columbus Day renamed in Maine

Controversial Christopher Columbus suffered a blow last week, as Maine became the most recent state to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Governor Janet T. Mills of Maine, who signed the legislation on Friday, said in a statement, “There is power in a name and in who we choose to honor.” Maine echoed the arguments of those across many states, who take issue with the fact that Columbus was given his own holiday, though he never actually set foot on the continental United States...
Tags: Travel, Minnesota, US, United States, Maine, New York Times, Indigenous Peoples, Columbus, All, Christopher Columbus, Indigenous Peoples Day, Janet T Mills, Maulian Dana


In Gauri Lankesh’s home-state, a frighteningly real story of ‘fake news’, with the clumsy footprints of BJP and RSS—and embedded ‘sangh’ journalists and newspapers. (And, yes, a serial fabricator followed by Narendra Modi.)

*** A leading Kannada newspaper owned by a former three-term BJP MP and a serial fake news peddler followed by Narendra Modi on Twitter, have been embroiled in a forged letter scandal, following the arrest of a “journalist” owing allegiance to the RSS. # The newspaper is Vijaya Vani owned by former Dharwad (North) MP Vijay Sankeshwar. # The fake news peddler is Mahesh Vikram Hegde, the so-called editor of the fake news website Post Card News, which has links with at least two BJP ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Media, Congress, BJP, Narendra Modi, New York Times, The New York Times, EC, Delhi, Bangalore, Karnataka, Kumar, Kannada, Election Commission, Rao


Rules for Japanese emperor’s wife

On Wednesday , Japan’s incoming emperor, Naruhito, will ascend to the throne a day after his 85-year-old father abdicates. And for the first time in centuries, a woman will be present to witness the enthronement, though that woman won’t be the new emperor’s wife. Satsuki Katayama, the only woman in the prime minister’s cabinet, will be in attendance to watch the ceremony, but the emperor’s wife, Masako, is not allowed to attend. Under Imperial Household Law, women in the royal family aren’t al...
Tags: Travel, Japan, New York Times, All, Asahi Shimbun, Abe, Naruhito, Masako, Imperial Family, Satsuki Katayama, Japanese emperor, Japanese imerial family, Hidetsugu Yagi, Reitaku University in Kashiwa Japan, Kumiko Nemoto, Kyoto University School of Foreign Studies


Happy 10th Birthday to LA BELLA LINGUA!

Whether you're a parent or an author, your first born always remains close to your heart. This month marks a landmark birthday for my first book on Italy and its culture: LA BELLA LINGUA: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language. My publisher is celebrating with a not-to-be-missed offer: a digital copy for just $1.99 — less than the price of, well, almost everything —downloadable here or at other online book retailers until May 5. A book that keeps selling long after pu...
Tags: Travel, New York, Australia, La, Singapore, South Africa, New York Times, Paris, Italy, Sydney, Vancouver, Florence, Leonardo, United States Canada, Dianne Hales, LA BELLA LINGUA


Luminary ‘retooling’ after podcasters request removal from service

Last month, a New York Times piece heralded the arrival of Luminary. The story focused on the startup’s healthy funding (almost $100 million) and its “subscription-based business model that it hopes will push the medium into a new phase of growth.” You’d be hard-pressed to find a better circumstances under which to launch your startup. A month and half later, Luminary is live, and most of that good will seems to have evaporated. A number of prominent podcast hosts have requested that their shows...
Tags: Travel, Podcast, Entertainment, New York Times, Podcasting, Ben, Joe Rogan


Scotland threatened referendum

The consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union have always been wide-ranging, but Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has just upped the ante. On Wednesday, she called for a new Scottish independence referendum should Britain leave the EU. This vote would take place by 2021. In a 2014 referendum, Scots voted against independence by a relatively slim margin — 54 percent to 46 percent — though the political climate has significantly shifted since then, in the wake of the...
Tags: Travel, UK, Scotland, Eu, European Union, Britain, Theresa May, United Kingdom, New York Times, Nicola Sturgeon, Sturgeon, Brexit, All, Davi Mundell


Four amazing Spiritual Sights in Europe

Europe is a place with a rich, deep, and curious spiritual history, resonant with charity, piety, and religiosity of various forms. Though the continent and its adjacent islands have been traditionally associated with Christianity, and it is certainly true that believers in Jesus have produced plenty of spires and sculptures worthy of wonder, plenty of other faiths have produced many a site with sights worth seeing. The next time you find yourself amidst the Occident, try some of the following p...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Czech Republic, Prague, New York Times, Jesus, Iceland, Travel Blog, Sophia, Justinian, Greek Orthodox Church, Religious Travel, Kutná Hora, Hagia Sophia Turkey, Church of Holy Wisdom, Turf Church of Vidimyri Iceland Most


Why Travelers Fall in Love with Italy

This article originally appeared in forbes.com. Click here to read the complete post. by Irene Levine Most travelers who visit Italy return changed in some way, either subtly embracing one or more aspects of Italian culture (perhaps, food or style) or more fundamentally, by re-thinking their approach to life. Dianne Hales’ just-released book, La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World (Crown Archetype, 2019), masterfully examines the multitude of reasons why so many people fall in love with Italy...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, California, Rome, David, New York Times, Italy, Switzerland, Florence, Sicily, Mona Lisa, Verdi, Valentino, Piedmont, Puccini, Leonardo


What’s the Impact of Galapagos Land Tours vs. Ship Tours?

If you are visiting the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador because you love nature and care about the environment, then one choice you make will support that stance with actions, not just words. Pass up the land-based tour options and book a trip with a responsible ship operator instead. You'll have a better experience and you'll see a lot more too. After taking a dip during the financial crisis a decade ago, Galapagos tourism has come roaring back. Visitor numbers are up 50% per year since then, wh...
Tags: Travel, Environment, New York Times, Ecology, Cruising, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Adventure Travel, Travel Industry, Galapagos, Luxury Cruises, Small Ship Cruises, Ecuador Travel, Conde Nast Traveler, Cancun, Isabela Island


Serious case of measles in El Al

A flight attendant for Israel’s El Al airline became ill with the measles and is currently in a coma. Measles outbreaks in the US are directly linked to air travel, so the airline is taking this case very seriously. The 43-year-old woman became ill with the disease after a flight on March 26 from New York to Tel Aviv. She is reportedly suffering from encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, a complication that affects one out of every 1,000 people who get the measles, and can result in hearin...
Tags: Travel, New York, Cdc, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, Ukraine, New York Times, MMR, All, Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, EL AL, Association of Flight Attendants, Measles, Travel Diseases


Business Quietly Returns to #SaudiArabia After Khashoggi’s Murder - The New York Times

Business Quietly Returns to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi’s Murder - The New York Times:Six months after agents from Saudi Arabia murdered and dismembered the writer Jamal Khashoggi, companies are no longer shying away from the Arab kingdom.The movie theater giant AMC says it is moving ahead with ambitious expansion plans for dozens of cinemas there. Hundreds of investors thronged last week to place $100 billion in orders for the first international bond sale tied to Saudi Arabia’s state-backed o...
Tags: Travel, Google, Saudi Arabia, Amc, New York Times, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi


First photo of black hole viewable

Everyone has seen black holes represented on television, or in educational science specials, but their composition and appearance have largely remained a mystery to the general public. Now, however, the first direct visual evidence of the existence of black holes has just been released by researchers. A massive black hole, encircled by a ring of light, was photographed in a galaxy called Messier 87, about 55 million light-years from Earth. Sheperd Doeleman, director of the Event Horizon Teles...
Tags: Travel, Space, Earth, New York Times, Black Hole, University Of Arizona, Einstein, All, National Science Foundation, Messier, Event Horizon Telescope EHT, France Córdova, Daniel Marrone


10 Fun Things to do in Calgary

Calgary, still referred to by some as Cowtown is a fun, dynamic city with a young demographic. Even with the oil slowdown it’s got an energy to it that I love. There’s always lots going on in the city especially in the summer when  the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Folk Music Festival come to town. I think these 10 fun things to do in Calgary are perfect for locals and visitors alike. Howdy Calgary The Calgary Tower You have to ride the elevators up to the observation deck on...
Tags: Travel, New York, Earth, Canada, Chromebook, New York Times, Elton John, North America, Alberta, Calgary, Don, Luke, Calgary Tower, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Neil Peart, LRT


Brexit changing British passports

Much of Brexit is still in limbo as the details (including the actual departure date) are ironed out, but one aspect of the controversial new policy has already moved forward. The “European Union” has been officially removed from the cover of UK passports, in a symbolic step toward the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. Regardless of the state of Brexit’s finer details, the passport design was slated to change after March 29, which was the initial date set for the UK’s departure f...
Tags: Travel, UK, Eu, European Union, Britain, New York Times, Brexit, All, Passports, Barone, Susan Hindle Barone


Q&A: Former White House Communications Director Shares Career Advice with Women at Hilton

Hilton strives to provide a great place to work where all women can thrive and meet their potential, in all roles and regions around the world. Kristin Campbell, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, spoke with Jennifer Palmieri, bestselling author and communications strategist, about women in the workplace during a recent fireside chat with Hilton's Women Team Member Resource Group (WTMRG). Jennifer detailed her experiences serving as head of communications for Hillary Clinton's 20...
Tags: Travel, White House, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Hilton, Jennifer Palmieri, Jennifer, Kristin Campbell


Safety Tips For Solo Female Travelers

By Heather Stephens, AirTreks Marketing Lead There’s been a lot of buzz around the recent New York Times article about the dangers of traveling the world as a solo female. While the article offers deep insights about the realities of harassment and violence that women risk when traveling solo, it also serves up a large dose of fear. Fear that can be debilitating. Fear that causes women to push back big dreams of soul-shaking round the world travel adventures. Fear that is making the bravest an...
Tags: Travel, Google, California, US, New York Times, Solo Female Travel, New York New York, Elizabeth Gilbert, London United Kingdom, Buenos Aires Argentina, BUCHAREST Romania, Sara Tiffany, Missoula Montana, Tuscon Arizona, Seattle Washington View, Jo Doba


New York banning single-use plastic

The state of New York is taking a huge step toward sustainability by agreeing on a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Scheduled to go into effect in March 2020, the ban’s goal is to encourage people to forego plastic and rely on reusable tote bags instead. The ban, if passed, would prohibit stores from offering single-use plastic bags to customers — with the exception of food takeout bags, newspaper bags, bags used to wrap deli and meat, garment bags, and bags sold in bulk — though co...
Tags: Travel, New York, California, Hawaii, New York Times, Plastic bags, All, Single Use Plastic, Peter Iwanowics, Environmental Advocates of New York


‘Game of Thrones’ studio tour

The Game of Thrones mania is moving up a notch this month with the upcoming release of the final season of the epic show on April 14. After the GoT Fountains of Bellagio show in Las Vegas, this new announcement is only the latest thing getting fans excited. In spring 2020, HBO will turn one of the show’s former studios in Northern Ireland into a 110,000-square-foot tourist attraction — an interactive exhibition featuring sets, costumes, weapons, and other props from the series. The tour will ...
Tags: Travel, Hbo, New York Times, Northern Ireland, Game Of Thrones, Belfast, Las Vegas, All, Bellagio, Banbridge, Winterfell, Castle Black, Game of Thrones tour, Linen Mill Studios, Jeff Peters HBO


A Passion for Italy

A New Blog for a New Book I didn’t have a clue. I had never set up a website, written a blog, created a Facebook group, or composed a single tweet. All that changed ten years ago when I prepared to launch my first Italy-themed book. La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language attracted readers around the world, earned for me the great honor of being knighted by the President of Italy, and garnered a spot on the New York Times best-seller list and as t...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, South Africa, New York Times, Italy, Times, Naples, Dianne Hales, La Passione



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