(PRESS RELEASE)_FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. – OZ, a global consulting company enhancing customer experiences through digital wizardry, has announced its first annual CXDX Summit for travel and hospitality leaders in Florida. The event will be held at the historic rooftop lounge and terrace of the W Hotel in Miami on June 20, 2019. The summit will showcase the latest digital innovations and transformations (DX) that are driving superior customer experiences (CX) in the travel and hospitality industry. The event will host industry leaders such as Royal Caribbean International, American Airlines, Orange Lakes Resorts, Red Lobster, Willis Lease Financial and more, all of which are transforming CX through groundbreaking digital services and solutions, as well as an interactive area with stunning demonstrations of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and RFID technology, and a fascinating wine tasting hosted by Zeitgeist Cellars.
Sessions from industry heavyweights include:
“We’re excited to bring industry leaders together to talk about the digital innovations that are driving their businesses forward. Customer experience could not be more important for the travel and hospitality industry, and attendees will have a chance to see how leading global companies are doing things right,” said Amjad Shamim, CEO of OZ. “With our extensive experience helping travel and hospitality companies transform CX, this event is the perfect curation of how companies are leveraging today’s solutions and what’s possible with tomorrow’s technology.”
In addition to the speaking sessions, there will be an interactive zone where attendees can experience what’s possible when companies take a creative, strategic approach to digital experience (DX). OZ will showcase new applications of AR, VR, mixed reality and wearables. Attendees can move around a resort, check out the different activity and service offerings, make reservations at a restaurant, interact with a virtual host, and immerse themselves in a far-away destination.
The event will conclude with a wine tasting food pairing and speaking session from Napa Valley-based Zeitgeist Cellars. Renowned vintner and owner Mark Porembski will discuss how digital innovations are changing the wine growing process.
This event is open to all individuals who are looking to enhance the CX in the travel and hospitality industry. Space is limited and guests must be registered on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your complimentary spot, please RSVP here.
To learn more about OZ, please visit FollowOZ.com.
Scott Kelly Spacewalk--December 21, 2015, ISS, Low Earth Orbit: NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, 52, is seen floating during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Kelly and Kopra released brake handles on crew equipment carts on either side of the space station’s mobile transporter rail car so it could be latched in place ahead of Wednesday’s docking of a Russian cargo resupply spacecraft. Kelly and Kopra also tackled several get-ahead tasks during their three hour, 16-minute spacewalk. (Photo Credit: Scott Kelly)
(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – June 4, 2019) Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), today invited the public to two FREE events around the opening of its next major exhibition:
SPACE ODYSSEY 2019
Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Epic Visual Voyages
June 20 to August 3, 2019
One's perspective shifts when one lives for an entire year—as Commander Scott Kelly, and no other American astronaut in history, has—in the isolating, grueling, and utterly unforgiving vacuum of space. Kelly's photos prove that this perspective—from 250 miles above earth—while hard-won, is also almost unspeakably beautiful.
“While breaking records for being in outer space, NASA Astronaut Scott Joseph Kelly, talked to President Obama about what he was seeing and pictures he was taking, the President encouraged him to share his pictures with the world via Twitter and Instagram. Space traveler extraordinary Kelly did,” says NeJame. “This exhibition celebrates the best of his pictures and his voyages as well as a bonus look at best pictures of NASA’s amazing history. SPACE SELFIES.”
Curated by renowned award-winning picture editor Scott McKiernan with generous sponsorship from ZUMA Press, this stunning exhibition, Kelly captures sunsets, moonrises, the aurora borealis, and the luminous, hazy tapestry of the Milky Way. He presents snapshots of life and work on the International Space Station, from spacewalks to selfies. But above all—or floating amid all—he takes the earth itself as his celestial muse. Here are hurricanes, wrinkled mountains, New York City shining like a galaxy—glorious photographs that are, in themselves, a passionate argument for the preservation of our planet in the face of climate change and environmental destruction.
FREE Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 19, 6 to 8 pm
The public is invited to a FREE Opening Reception for the exhibition SPACE ODYSSEY.
FREE Lecture by Scott Mc Kiernan
SPACE Tourism: Room with the Ultimate View!
Thursday, June 20, 1:30 to 3 pm
Award-winning picture editor and all around space junkie Scott Mc Kiernan, the curator of this exhibition, will give a free public lecture, taking attendees on an “out of this world visual odyssey.” Visitors to the Photo Centre will learn how the astronauts bring back those extraordinary views and share some of their one of a kind experiences. Mc Kiernan will also discuss the photographic gear that makes it all possible.
About the Palm Beach Photographic Centre:
The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Monday through Thursday; 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org. The Palm Beach Photographic Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching life through the photographic arts. All donations are greatly appreciated at www.workshop.org/contrib.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Hallandale, FL – Cantina Laredo in Hallandale has launched new Latin libations for summer sipping in South Florida. The three seasonal cocktails (Watermelon Mule, Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita, and Jalapeño Elderflower Margarita) are made with fresh picked ingredients, including watermelon, strawberries, and jalapeños. The "Fresh Picked" cocktails are $12 each and available now through July 31.
“Fresh Picked” cocktails:
SKYY Sun-Ripened Watermelon Vodka, fresh watermelon, lemon and lime juice topped with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita
Sauza Blue Silver, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh strawberries, lemon and lime juice, and rhubarb bitters
Jalapeño Elderflower Margarita
1800 Silver Tequila, Monin Agave Nectar, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lime juice, and fresh jalapeños
Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita (recipe)
Muddle in a shaker:
2 hulled strawberries
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Fill shaker with ice and add:
1½ oz. Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave
¼ oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Shake until well chilled and strain into a glass over fresh ice. Top with 2 dashes Fee Brothers Rhubarb bitters. Garnish with a lime wheel and a fresh strawberry.
Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican is located in the Village of Gulfstream at 501 Silks Run, Hallandale. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (954) 457-7662 or visit cantinalaredo.com.
June workshops, classes, demonstrations and other programming at the Morikami:
Sado: Tea Ceremony (Class)
Beginners: June 2, 16 or June 13, 20
Intermediate: June 16, 23
Cost: $55 (Morikami Members $50) Advance Registration Required
Expand upon your knowledge of Japanese tea ceremony in this hands-on class. Perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony, with its ever-evolving seasonal subtleties, in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of instructor Yoshiko Hardick. The tea ceremony changes from month to month and from season to season. The Beginners class and Intermediate class will share one class session together. To register, visit morikami.org.
Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26
Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School (Class)
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $80 (Morikami Members $70). Advance Registration Required.
Flower arranging, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art form spanning centuries. Ikebana has various different schools of study, each with unique philosophies and aesthetics. The Sogetsu School is a contemporary school which focuses on the creativity and individuality of ikebana. The idea is that ikebana can be done by anyone, anywhere, with almost anything. Students will learn the basics of Sogetsu and create pieces each week to take home and enjoy. For required materials or to register, visit morikami.org.
Saturday, June 8
Studio Ghibli Summer Film Series – Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki
Time: 11am (Dubbed in English); 2pm (In Japanese, subtitled in English); (134 min., Rated PG-13)
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission (children ages 3 and under free).
Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke box office records on its original release in Japan. While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into the sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who are waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. Princess Mononoke is a force of nature – with blood-smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.
Saturday, June 15
Sado: The Way of Tea (Demonstration)
Time: 12pm, 1:30pm or 3pm
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission. No Reservation Required.
Observe Japanese sadō, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sadō — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of matcha green tea and a sweet will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life. No reservations necessary unless for a group of 10 or more. To reserve, please call 561-233-1367.
Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, June 16
Father’s Day weekend at Morikami!
There are hundreds of kinds of kites in Japan, with each region of the country having their own, specific style of traditional kites. In celebration of Father’s Day, join us in the tradition by flying your own kite or making your own kite to fly in one of our workshops, with world renowned kite instructor, Mr. Toki Mikio.
Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16
Family Kite-Making (Workshop)
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $30 for a parent and 1 child, $10 for each additional family member (Plus $5 Materials Fee for each participant). Advance Registration Required.
Kids (8+) together with a parent make rocket kites with Mr. Toki Mikio. Following the workshop, fly your kite! For more information or to register, visit morikami.org.
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
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Listen to Chapter One of "Panama Palmer"