Hilton Pushing Into Southeast Asia

The Hilton Hotels and Resorts group is pushing into Southeast Asia region, with the company seeing the region as a key market for growth, which means that people will be seeing Hilton properties across Thailand, Vietnam, and the surrounding countries, with a new hotel in Sukhumvit very much likely.

Paul Hutton, Hilton’s Vice President of Operations, says that the company sees the emerging market in the region, brought about by rising urbanisation and growth of the travel-keen middle class of the region. He says that, the huge potential for growth and the abundance of opportunities in the region, is why the company has been moving to establish more of its brands and develop more properties in the region.

Back in 2017, the first Canopy brand hotel, which they managed to seal in a landmark portfolio deal, which includes six new Sri Lanka hotels and four in Vietnam.

Hutton says that the Hilton hotels want to continue where their guests want to be, in order to meet lodging and accommodation needs, whether for leisure or business. He says that, for the most part, markets in the region, like Myanmar and Vietnam, still have an under-supply of hotels and rooms, which the company sees as opportunities to bring in their brands, in particular, bringing new brands into the region to attract different travel segments.

He gives an example, with Thailand, which he says is a key market of growth for Hilton and will stay that way in the future, if the forecasts are any indication, with a 6% increase in tourism numbers expected in 2018, following the record setting 35.38M arrivals back in 2017, which amounts to about half of Thailand’s population.

Hutton says that, with Thailand being so ripe for opportunity, the company is excited to launch the ultra-luxury brand Waldorf Astoria in the nation’s capital sometime in the third quarter of 2018, which is, oddly, not a new hotel in Sukhumvit, but located near Dinosaur Planet.

Other key markets for Hilton are the Maldives, which is also expecting another Waldorf Astoria brand hotel; the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Resort, set to open early 2019. Currently, Hutton says, the company has 2,257 hotels under development across the world, with 415 of them located in the Asia-Pacific Region.


Japanese Sushi Reproduced Through Digital Technology

Sushi is a Japanese dish made from rice that is combined with a variety of ingredients like raw seafood, vegetables and occasionally, fruits. Sushi is a popular dish served in most Southeast Asian restaurants. If you are in Thailand, you can experience the Japanese dish at sushi restaurant in Bangkok that uses exceptionally fresh fish and ingredients.

However, what will you feel if the sushi you ordered comes via a futuristic platform from Japan that has been transmitted to generate pixilated made to order sushi? Open Meals has demonstrated this concept at this year’s South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Generating technology and 3D printer that can make “8-bit sushi” was showcased.

It sounds a like a gimmick but the creators of the platform have an ambitious plan for a concept that could make radical changes on how food is created and delivered. The basic idea of 3D printed food is not new because a variety of creators have already started to create faux meat, ice cream and fruits. However, Open Meals is using unique technology that will customize food down to mere millimetres. Whereas most food printers create layers of pureed ingredients, Open Meals makes use of a water-based system that can add flavours, nutrients and colours while a “cube” is being assembled.

The other component is the Pixel Food Printer which is a platform for complex food creation that makes use of digital technology, a robotic arm and a range of cartridges that provide flavour, colour, nutrition and gelatizing agents into the sushi. The printer is capable of making simple reproductions of different kinds of food.

The sushi that is currently printed is in 5-millimeter blocks that resemble tasty food bits you will usually find in video games. However, Open Meals hopes that the sushi bits will reach sizes of one millimetre or less to make it better looking.

No matter if the sushi is created through digital technology; it won’t beat the flavour and taste of the Japanese food served at sushi restaurant in Bangkok that offers the best Japanese dining in Thailand. Aside from Japanese sushi, there are salmon dishes the echoes the authentic flavours of Japan.


Funding The Forest Rangers Of Thailand

The sad truth about countries such as Thailand is that people who deserve insurance do not actually get to have them. If you have met a forest ranger or know someone, you are testament that their job is not an easy one and they are not comfortable with the pay they get as well. Half of their working life is spent on trekking and surviving in the jungle or forests in order to care for the natural resources of a nation. Would you believe that these men don’t even have the proper Thailand insurance to cover them in case they get into accidents or catch some deadly illnesses?

One of the most recent and controversial issue is the hunting down of black Indochinese leopard where the forest rangers are tasked to catch the men doing this illegal works. This is not an easy feat as they are trying to take down powerful individuals. This is one of the reasons why they have gained the public’s sympathy which lead to an outpouring of support financially to help these brave men.

The fundraising was led by the Unifying Thai Spirit Foundation together with Thungyai Naresuam wildlife sanctuary’s unit in the west and a number of Thai celebrities. They organized a project to sell t-shirts with the words Phuen Poo Pitak Pa which means Friends of Wildlife Protector.

The proceeds of the sold t-shirts will be used to start a trust fund that will help pay for the insurance of the ranges, both health and life, medicine, supples, scholarships for their kids, equipment and food. The fund will help all rangers that are under the Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary in the west. Further expansions are planned to help ranges in all areas of the country.

The head of the rangers on the west side is Wichian Chinwong and he led the group when they made an arrest against Premchai Karnasuta, a known construction magnate. He was arrested because of wildlife poaching. The rangers are happy with Thailand insurance they are offered because they know they are secured as they guard a total land area of 1,331,062 rai.


Florida Prosecutor Dave Aronberg Sheds Light On Rehab Riviera

Orange County’s DA, Tony Rackauckas, recently created the ‘Sober Living Home Accountability Task Force’, in order to deal with the recently revealed abuses of the anti-addiction industry in Southern California’s Rehab Riviera.

Notably, this investigation into rogue Socal Drug Rehab facilities looks like the successful efforts handled by the Palm Beach County and their own anti-addiction abuses task force in 2016, with the endeavor led by the county’s State Attorney, Dave Aronberg. Since the task force’s formation, Palm Beach authorities have made 44 arrests related to rehab-industry abuse cases.

As a result of Palm Beach’s efforts, however, many of the rogue rehabs in that state emigrated, and has hidden themselves amidst the many Socal Drug Rehab facilities, primarily plaguing that region, which lead to Rackauckas’s task force being formed.

Aronberg recently paid a visit to the Southern California News Group, the news group responsible for the initial investigation to the rogue Socal Drug Rehab facilities in order to shed light into the abuses of the anti-addiction industry, which then lead to the formation of the Rackauckas’s task force.

Now considered one of America’s experts on the rehab problem, Aronberg has been sharing his wisdom, what he’s done to deal with the issue and how it might be helpful with regards to the similar situation in California.

According to him, thousands of addicts have been moving into South Florida’s rehab facilities, only to leave injured or dead. He notes that this issue is exactly what’s happening in Orange County. Palm Beach has recently been working on cracking down on the abuses of the drug treatment industry.

He detailed the cycle of abuse victims fall into in the rogue rehab facilities, where their insurance is taken as kickback. The victims of the rogue facilities are left on their own once their insurance has been taken, and will likely end up relapsing, or worse. After that, the cycle repeats.

He says that to deal with this problem, enacting strict anti-patient brokering laws, and reasonable measures set by local governments, with permission from lobby Congress. All of these set as milestones until a grand jury can be impaneled to deal with the issue.


Taxpayers In Colorado Are Not Sure About Tax Refund

For four consecutive years, the Colorado Department of Revenue has flagged several state tax returns while in a number of cases they have offered to send refunds through paper checks instead of sending a direct deposit. To those who are still planning to obtain a Tax ID in Colorado, they might not be familiar the term warrant which refers to checks when processing paper refunds from the state. Though the refunds come with a letter, there are still a number of taxpayers that were confused because of the term used.

Another point that creates confusion is the recommendation made to taxpayers to visit the branch of Wells Fargo directly if they are not willing to shoulder the fees that are charged by financial institutions. Wells Fargo is in charge of keeping the refund money for the state tax and they are willing to cash out the warrants, also known as checks, without additional charges. In addition, the state said that they do not have control over institutions that decide to impose charges.

One taxpayer named Barbara Cooper said that she went ahead to deposit her warrant to an automated teller machine under the credit union but it got rejected. After which, she decided to visit a location of Wells Fargo to cash out her warrant which she then brought back to the credit union in order to continue the depositing process.

She complained that the warrant holds their money therefore they must be able to access it in the most convenient way there is. The government is using warrants instead of checks when getting money from the Treasury account but the banking system recognizes the warrant the same way as checks.

According to a spokesperson from the revenue department, Mim Mirsky, there are a lot of financial institutions all over Colorado that were able to cash out or make a deposit using the checks in the recent years. Any financial institution will be able to process the checks without problem but some might have additional charges.

This matter is something that every taxpayer should know about even those who are planning to obtain a Tax ID in Colorado in order to avoid confusion and problem with their tax return.


How Helpful Are Reverse Mortgage Loans To Retirees?

If you own your own house and are at least aged 62 and beyond, you can have the opportunity to avail reverse mortgage and turn your home equity into cash. Basically, the reverse mortgage loans allow you to apply for loan using the equity of your home. The good thing about this mortgage, you don’t have to repay for the loan for as long as you are living in it and have no plans of selling it. If you want to find solutions for your source of income, reverse mortgage is an option worth your consideration.

How It Works

With a reverse mortgage loans, the lender will make payment to the senior homeowner based on the percentage of the equity of the house. When the borrower dies or moves out of the property, the homeowner or his heirs may sell the house to pay off the loan; the homeowner or heirs can credit the existing to loan to keep the home; or the lender will allow selling of the home to settle the loan balance.

While reverse mortgage loans can come in many types, including those provided by private lenders, they usually share the following features:

  • The older you become when availing reverse mortgage loans, the higher the loan amounts you receive. If you own expensive homes, you can also qualify for larger loans.
  • The current house that you own will be your asset when you avail for reverse mortgage loans. Other mortgages must be paid off before you can avail this privilege.
  • Financing fees can be included in the loan amount.
  • The financer can demand repayment if the senior homeowner commits fraud, declares bankruptcy, abandons the property, fails to pay property taxes, fails to keep property insurance, or fails to maintain the current property condition. They may also request repayment if the senior takes more loans using the property, modifies the zoning classification of the property, leases part or all of the property, adds a new owner to the property’s title, or condemns his or her home.

During senior years, a retiree must have a financial adviser, lawyer or an adult child to give him constant advice on what to do especially with his or her estate. It’s also to ensure that reverse mortgage loans are really right for their needs.


One Stop Solution For Domestic Staffing Requirements

All of us need a helping hand to go on about our daily chores. Be it in homes or offices, there is a constant need of housekeeping staff to take care of daily cleaning and maintenance of the premises. These housekeeping staff must be properly trained and skilled to carry out their regular activities in a neat and effective manner.

The one stop shop for all your housekeeping and domestic help needs in Dubai is Savoir Vivre. The agency is established in 2013 and has earned the reputation of being g one of the best and reliable agencies for providing domestic staffing services. The agency has branches Eastern Europe along with Dubai and has an extensive network, which helps them to recruit the best people in the industry. They take of the housekeeping services of homes, offices and business organizations by providing well trained staff.

The Savoir Vivre agency provides a number of domestic helps ranging from Nannies, Nannies for special needs children, Maternity Nannies, Butlers, House and Estate managers, Private Chefs, Governess, caregivers for Elderly persons, personal assistants, Executive assistants, Yacht crew, Chauffeurs, Tutors and personal trainers. All the staff provided by the agency is well trained and professional. They are trained in Social Etiquette, Communication skills and Table manners. The training helps the staff to pick up the necessary skills to carry on their regular duties with the clients confidently.

The reputed agency provides special needs caregivers, teachers and medical personnel for families who have children with special needs. These families are serviced first and are given tailor made contracts with specially designed terms and conditions. They also provide elderly caregivers like nurses and support staff to take care of elderly couples living alone. The medical personnel and caregivers are trained in CPR and first aid and can respond well to emergencies.

The best agency to approach for domestic staffing services in Dubai is Savoir Vivre. Just visit their website and fill up the registration form or dial the contact numbers provided on the website, to get in touch with the agency. They will take care of all your domestic help needs and provide well-trained professional helpers to assist in your daily chores.