When does a ‘Replica’ outsell the ‘Original’?

There is a famous proverb in Arabic which translates to: “Even when dogs have danced over the bodies of dead lions, a lion will forever be a lion and dogs will eternally remain dogs.”

FRM Disease

To the infants behind Front Row Mode, please note:

You might one day make it once you put an end to your circus which you stripped-naked from ethics, morals and honesty. You might one day be once you learn to be objective adults capable of being a liable source that people could actually trust.  Through your tweets, you are capable of firing bullets that will never hit your target but will only fire back, because the shield of righteousness is far above and beyond your pathetic attitude. Professionals will look at your posts to soon enough overlook them because it doesn’t take more than a couple of lines for someone to realize how unprofessional and bias you are.

Your critique is based on a sorrow compilation of sick emotions which only psychiatrists could help analyze and explain; hence, I’ll skip going through details leaving this part to the experts. Speaking of which, blogging is for experts who know what they’re doing, and not an adolescent who has nothing to do except trash people.

Success of others is always eyed by those dying in the dark, for the light of triumph is too bright to go unnoticed. When professional fashion stores select a brand to join their whole range of universally renowned brands, make sure that they have made their homework. They have people who have been hired to do this; they actually pay them wages to do such critical managerial decisions. Hence, pupils like you will forever remain unnoticed, disregarded and definitely unemployed, unless you try an asylum. Therefore, I shall stop here and refuse to provide any clarification because the facts on ground are everywhere, starting with ‘IN YOUR FACE’.

I will not give you the privilege of mentioning certain names, for I am smarter than giving you the pleasure of marketing your people.

You asked:

What do you think? Do you think that it is acceptable in the world of fashion to neglect intellectual integrity rights, just to make a foothold in the market and to call yourself a legitimate designer?

And here’s my reply: I recommend you restate this question asking yourself: ‘who do you think you are? Do you think it’s acceptable in the world of humanity to neglect maturity and behold onto immorality, street attitude and disgusting manners, just to make a foothold in the market and call yourself a legitimate blogger? #fail

Dwell in your misery, for you’ve managed to create your own sad ocean. And just remember, to a very few you’re so cool. But to the world in general, you’re simply nothing.

“A group of lions led by a sheep, can never beat a group of sheep led by a lion.”

One day, when or IF your grow up, you’ll understand the meaning of this. Until then, get a life.


Selected Guest List for the Royal Wedding

April 26, 2011 1 comment

The following are all confirmed attendees at the Royal Wedding as of 23rd April 2011.

Members of the British Royal Family

The Queen
The Duke of Edinburgh
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Henry of Wales
The Duke of York
Princess Beatrice of York
Princess Eugenie of York
The Earl and Countess of Wessex
The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips
Miss Zara Phillips with Mr. Mike Tindall
Viscount Linley and Viscountess Linley
And The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones
The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto
And Master Samuel Chatto
And Master Arthur Chatto
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
The Earl and Countess of Ulster
The Lady Davina and Mr. Gary Lewis
Lady Rose and Mr. George Gilman
The Duke and Duchess of Kent
Earl and Countess of St. Andrews
Lord Downpatrick
The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor
The Lady Amelia Windsor
The Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor
The Lady Helen Taylor and Mr. Timothy Taylor
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor
The Lady Gabriella Windsor
Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy
Miss Marina Ogilvy
The Lady Saltoun

Members of Foreign Royal Families

The Prince and Princess of the Asturias
The Crown Prince of Bahrain
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
The Sultan of Brunei and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha
King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of the Bulgarian
The Queen of Denmark
King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes
Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Prince Constantine of Greece
Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait
Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso and Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho
The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
The Crown Prince and Princess of The Netherlands
The King and Queen of Norway
Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman
The Emir of The State of Qatar and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
King Michael I of Romania and Crown Princess Margarita
Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Princess Fadwa bint Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman
The Queen of Spain
The King of Swaziland
The Crown Princess of Sweden and The Duke of Västergötland
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
The King of Tonga
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia
The Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia


The Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda
The Governor-General of Australia and His Excellency Mr. Michael Bryce
The Governor-General of The Bahamas and Lady Foulkes
The Governor-General of Barbados
The Governor-General of Belize and Lady Young
The Governor-General of Canada and Mrs. David Johnston
The Governor-General of Jamaica
The Governor-General of New Zealand and Lady Satyanand
The Governor-General of Papua New Guinea and Mrs Michael Ogio
The Governor-General of the Solomon Islands and Lady Kabui
The Governor-General of St Christopher and Nevis
The Governor-General of St Lucia
The Governor-General of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Lady Ballantyne

The Prime Minister of Australia and Mr. Tim Mathieson
The Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Ms Delores Miller
The Prime Minister of Barbados
The Prime Minister of New Zealand and Mrs. John Key
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and Lady Somare
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Mrs. Rosalia Nestor King
The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines and Mrs. Ralph Gonsalves

The Premier of Bermuda and Mr. Germain Nkeuleu
The Premier of The British Virgin Islands and Mrs. Ralph O’Neal
The Premier of the Cayman Islands and Mrs. Kerry Bush
The Hon. Sharon and Mr. Rodney Halford (Falkland Islands)
The Chief Minister of Gibraltar and Mrs. Peter Caruana
The Chief Minister of Montserrat and the Reverend Doctor Joan Delsol Meade
The Hon. John and Mrs. Vilma Cranfield (St. Helena)

Members of Government, Parliament and Devolved Administrations

The Prime Minister and Mrs. David Cameron
The Deputy Prime Minister and Ms. Miriam Gonzalez Duantez
First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mrs. William Hague
The Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Hon. Mrs. Osborne
The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor and Mrs. Kenneth Clarke
The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Mr. Philip May
The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Mrs. Jeremy Hunt
The Rt. Hon Ed Miliband, M.P and Ms. Justine Thornton
The Speaker of the House of Commons and Mrs. John Bercow
The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales and the Lady Elis-Thomas
The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and Mrs. Alex Fergusson
The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Mrs. William Hay
The Lord Speaker and Mr. Martin Hayman
First Minister of Wales and Mrs. Carwyn Jones
First Minister of Northern Ireland and Mrs. Peter Robinson
First Minister of Scotland and Mrs. Alex Salmond
The Mayor of London and Mrs. Boris Johnson
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress
Sir Gus and Lady O’Donnell
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Westminster and Count Paolo Filo della Torre
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Fraser

Representatives from the Church and other Faiths

The Most Reverend Gregorious, Archbishop of the Greek Archdiocese of Thysteira and Great Britain
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Rowan Williams
Rabbi Anthony Bayfield
Mr. Anil Bhanot
The Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Archbishop Sean Brady
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend David Chillingworth
The Right Reverend John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Mr. Malcolm Deboo President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe
The Rt. Reverend Doctor Norman Hamilton
The Archbishop of Armagh, The Most Reverend Alan Edwin Harper
Monsignor Philip Kerr, The Convener, Action of Churches Together in Scotland
Commissioner Elizabeth Matear, Salvation Army
The Archbishop of Wales, The Most Reverend Doctor Barry Morgan
The Reverend Gareth Morgan Jones, President of the Free Church Council of Wales
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-Connor
The Archbishop of Westminster, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols
Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh
Rabbi Alan Plancey
Imam Mohammad Raza
The Chief Rabbi (Lord Sacks)
The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Acting Head Monk, The London Buddhist Vihara
Maulana Syed Raza Shabbarm, Muhammadi Trust
Mr. Natubhai Shah, President, the Jain Academy
Dr Indarjit Singh, Director, Network Sikh Organisations (UK)
Canon Chirstopher Tuckwell
The Reverend Martin Turner
The Archbishop of York and Mrs. John Sentamu

Senior Members of the Defence Services

Major General and Mrs. William Cubitt, Major General Commanding Household Division and GOC London District
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen and Lady Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff
General Sir Nicholas and Lady Houghton
Air Vice-Marshal the Hon. David and Mrs. Murray, Defence Services Secretary
General Sir David and Lady Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff
Admiral Sir Mark and Lady Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff
General Sir Peter and Lady Wall, Chief of the General Staff

Amongst the guests at The Wedding Service are all Heads of Mission in London representing countries with which the United Kingdom has normal diplomatic relations and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants for the United Kingdom. These individuals will not be accompanied by their spouses or partners.

Other guests at The Wedding Service, who may be recognisable to television viewers or whom have an official link to Prince William or Miss Middleton include the names below. Please note that this list is not exhaustive of any of the categories of guests – charitable, military, friends or any other category – invited.

All the following individuals have been invited with their spouses or partners if married or in a civil partnership:

Mr. David Allan
David Allan is the Chairman of Mountain Rescue, England and Wales. Prince William has been Patron of the organisation since 2007.

Major Tom Archer-Burton
Major Archer Burton was Prince William and Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer in the Household Cavalry. He also led the Burnaby Blue expedition to southern Africa – an African community project supported by Sentebale, in which Prince Harry was involved.

Mr. Charlie Mayhew
Charlie Mayhew is Chief Executive of the Conservation Charity, Tusk Trust. Prince William and Prince Harry visited Tusk-funded projects in Botswana last year. The visit to Africa was the first overseas Royal tour that Prince William and Prince Harry undertook together.

Mrs. Alison Moore-Gwyn
Alison Moore Gwyn is Chief Executive of Fields in Trust. In 2010, Prince William became Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields, an initiative to protect and create hundreds of playing fields throughout the UK in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The project is run by Fields in Trust.

Mr. Seyi Obakin
Seyi Obakin is Chief Executive of Centrepoint. Centrepoint became Prince William’s first Patronage in 2005. His mother, Diana, Princess of Wales was also Patron of the Charity. Seyi slept rough with Prince William in London to highlight the issue of homelessness.

Mr. Peter Cross
Peter Cross is Chief Executive of the charity SkillForce, of which Prince William has been Patron since 2009. Earlier this month, Prince William officially launched the SkillForce Prince’s Award, in recognition of the contribution that young people make to their communities.

Miss Amanda Berry
Amanda Berry is Chief Executive of BAFTA. Prince William has been President of BAFTA since 2010.

Mrs. Ann Chalmers
Ann Chalmers is Chief Executive of the Child Bereavement Charity. Prince William has been Patron of the Charity since 2009. The Child Bereavement Charity educates professionals and supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

Mrs. Julia Samuel
Julia Samuel is Chair of the Child Bereavement Charity and also a family friend of Prince William. Prince William has been Patron of the Charity since 2009. The Child Bereavement Charity educates professionals and supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

Mrs. Tessa Green
Tessa Green is former Chairman of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Prince William became President of The Royal Marsden in May 2007 having undertaken two days of work experience there in 2005. The Prince helped out in a variety of departments, including medical research, catering and fundraising.

Mr. Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson worked closely with Prince William as Chief Operating Officer of the FA’s 2018 World Cup bid.

Sir Trevor Brooking
Sir Trevor is the Football Association’s Director of Football Development and is responsible for youth-coaching standards in England. Prince William has been President of the FA since 2006 and has met Sir Trevor on several occasions at FA events.

Sir Clive Woodward
Sir Clive Woodward is a former Coach of the England Rugby Team and the British and Irish Lions. Prince William was invited by Sir Clive to join the British and Irish Lions rugby team on their tour to New Zealand in 2005.

Mr. Gareth Thomas
Prince William met Welsh Rugby player Gareth Thomas several times in his role as Vice Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.

Mr. Ian Thorpe
Australian Prince William met the Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe, on a visit to Australia in 2010. The Prince has since supported Mr. Thorpe’s charitable organisation Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth, which focuses on improving health and education for children.

Mr. Barty Pleydell-Bouverie
Barty Pleydell-Bouverie led the Cycle of Life charity bike ride across Africa in 2008, which raised money for the Tusk Trust.

Rear Admiral Ian Corder
Rear Admiral Ian Corder is Rear Admiral of Submarines. Prince William was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of Submarines by The Queen in 2006.

Brigadier Ed Smyth-Osbourne
Brigadier Smyth-Osbourne was Prince William and Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer in the Household Regiment and acted as their military mentor. He was also Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer when The Prince undertook active service in Afghanistan.

Major William Bartle-Jones
Major Bartle-Jones was Prince William’s Squadron Leader in the Household Cavalry Regiment based at Windsor.

Wing Commander Steven Bentley
Wg Cdr Steve Bentley is Prince William’s Search and Rescue Force Squadron Leader at RAF Valley, Anglesey.

Sergeant Keith Best
Sgt Keith Best is a colleague of Prince William’s at RAF Valley, in Anglesey, North Wales. The Winchman was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air after playing a major role in the rescue efforts in the Cumbrian floods in 2009.

Squadron Leader Paul Bolton
Sqn Ldr Paul Bolton is a colleague of Prince William’s at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales.

Wing Commander Kevin Marsh
Wing Commander Kevin Marsh met Prince William through his service in the RAF. He will be one of the Path Liners outside Westminster Abbey on the wedding day.

Lance-Corporal Martyn Compton
Martyn is a Lance-Corporal in the Household Cavalry. He was injured in an ambush in Afghanistan in 2006, which put him in a coma for three months and left him with 75 per cent burns.

Miss Holly Dyer
Holly is sister to 2nd Lieutenant Joanna Dyer, who was killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2007. Joanna was a close friend of Prince William’s at Sandhurst. In a statement released by Clarence House at the time, Prince William said he was “deeply saddened to hear the tragic news and he is very much thinking of her family and friends right now and they will remain in his thoughts and prayers.”

Mrs. Susie Roberts
Susie Roberts is the widow of Major Alexis Roberts, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007. Major Alexis Roberts was Prince William’s Platoon Commander at Sandhurst. In a statement released at the time, Prince William said he was deeply saddened to learn of Major Robert’s Death. The Prince remembers him with ‘great fondness and respect’.

Mr. and Mrs. Bryn Parry
Former soldier Bryn Parry and his wife Emma founded the charity Help for Heroes to assist wounded service men and women. Both Prince William and Prince Harry are supporters of the charity and Prince William previously opened a new swimming pool at Headley Court in 2010, which had been funded by Help for Heroes.

Mr. Edward Gould
Mr. Edward Gould was Master of Marlborough College whilst Miss Middleton was a student.

Dr. Andrew Gailey
Dr Andrew Gailey is the Vice-Provost of Eton College and was Prince William’s Housemaster.

The Hon. Edward Dawson-Damer
Australian Ed Dawson-Damer is an ex-Irish Guards officer, who was Equerry to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in the 1980’s. He hosted Prince William for a section of his visit to Australia in January 2010.

Mr. Sam Stevenson
New Zealander Sam Stevenson was Prince William’s New Zealand equerry during his visit to the country in July 2005. At the time, Sam was a Captain within the New Zealand Defence Forces. During the visit, Prince William undertook official engagements representing The Queen in Wellington and Auckland at events to commemorate the end of the Second World War.

Sir John Major
Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, Sir John Major was appointed a Guardian to Prince William and Prince Harry with responsibility for legal and administrative matters.

Mr. Rowan Atkinson
Actor Rowan Atkinson is a close friend of The Prince of Wales.

Mr. Tom Bradby
The journalist and news reporter Tom Bradby has known both Prince William and Miss Middleton for some time. He conducted their first joint interview together on the day their engagement was announced.

Mr. Ben Fogle
Ben Fogle is best known as a travel writer, television presenter and adventurer and has met Prince William on a number of occasions.

Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John is a singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He performed at the funeral of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Mr. and Mrs. David Beckham
Prince William, as President of the Football Association, has met footballer David Beckham on a number of occasions. They recently worked together as Ambassadors of England’s 2018 World Cup Bid.

Mr. Guy Ritchie
Guy Ritchie is a friend of Prince William and Miss Middleton. He is a well-established filmmaker, who directed Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Revolver.

Miss Joss Stone
Joss Stone is best known as an English Soul singer and songwriter. She performed at the Concert for Diana at Wembley in 2007 and at City Salute in 2008.

Mr. Mario Testino
Photographer Mario Testino took Prince William and Miss Middleton’s official portrait photographs to mark their engagement.

Miss Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Tara Palmer Tomkinson is a friend of The Prince of Wales and his family.

Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen
Amateur jockey Sam Waley Cohen is a friend of Prince William and Miss Middleton.

Mr. Galen Weston
Canadians Galen and Hilary Weston are friends of The Prince of Wales and his family.

Margo Georgiadis Joins Groupon As Chief Operating Officer

April 24, 2011 1 comment

(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)– Groupon (http://www.groupon.com) today announced that Margo Georgiadis will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer. Georgiadis will oversee the company’s global sales, marketing, and operations.

Georgiadis most recently served as Vice President, Global Sales Operations at Google, where she drove sales operations across regions and channels and the global technology teams that commercialize Google’s products such as AdWords, AdSense and display among advertisers and publishers. She also led the local and commerce businesses, working to extend services like Checkout, Google Places and product search. Georgiadis previously served as EVP of Card Products and CMO of Discover Financial Services and was a partner at McKinsey and Company. She is currently a board member of The Jones Group and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“Margo is a strong leader with a passion for helping small business owners and consumers,” said Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon. “We’re thrilled to have her on our team.”

Dubbed the “fastest-growing company of all time” by Forbes magazine, Groupon pioneered the local e-commerce space and is revolutionizing the relationship between customers and local merchants around the world. In two years Groupon has grown to serve millions subscribers in 46 countries and thousands of cities. The company employs more than 7,000 people globally and is headquartered in Chicago, Ill.

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Dubai Healthcare City organizes Autism Walk to Raise Public Awareness

(ME NewsWire) — Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the world affecting 1 in 91 children born today. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.

To celebrate the month of April, which is autism awareness month, Dubai Healthcare City in collaboration with the Child Early Intervention Medical Center will be organizing a walk for Autism at Zabeel Park on Wednesday, April 30th 2011, at 5.00 pm.  This cause will support children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Hundreds of children and families are expected to participate in the walk this year.  The children would be entertained by Dubai Drums.  Other activities would include face painting, bouncy castles, coloring activities, painting exhibition, magic show, balloons, clowns, refreshments , an art and craft bazaars.

There will also be a health and safety area where children and adults can avail general health and dental check-ups by qualified medical and dental professionals.  A road and safety campaign will also be organized by RTA demonstrating various safety measures to children.

Dr. Ayesha Abdullah, Managing Director of the Sciences Cluster at TECOM Investments, said: “We are proud to be a part of this thoughtful initiative and look forward to supporting further charity-driven events that seek to improve the well-being of our society. DHCC is committed to raising awareness on autism through its centers that cater to children with Autism as a part of its mission to bring quality care close to home.”

“The aim of the walk is to raise awareness and acceptance of these children and help integrate them into society through participation of different activities,” said Dr. Hibah Shata, the Managing Director of Child Early Intervention Medical Center.

“It is important to get the children integrated into the community and participate with their peers” said a parent of a 6 year old child with autism.

This year Emirates Bank, Samsung Medical Center-Index holdings ,Communicrafts events LLC, Byrne Equipment Rental LLC,Dubai Dolphinarium  are the Gold Sponsors for the  “Walk for Autism”. American Hospital , Dr. Nicolas and Asp, Park Regis Kris Kin hotel, Deah Hydraulics LLC , Abela and Co.are the Silver sponsors for the initiative.

Mark Bellissimo Announces $80 Million Dollar Expansion Plans for Wellington Equestrian Industry

WELLINGTON, Fla. – Thursday, March 24th 2011 []

(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)–Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner and largest shareholder of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), unveiled an $80 million dollar expansion plan for Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and surrounding areas. WEP has invested over $225 million building the 140 acre PBIEC facility and securing 370 acres surrounding the facility. WEP was founded by Bellissimo, Roger Smith, and Dennis Dammerman in 2006 and is dedicated to creating excellence in horse sports. The Partnership includes some of America’s most prominent equestrian families, all of whom are committed to providing a home for the equestrian community and assuring harmony between equestrian and non-equestrian interests in Wellington.

WEP, through its operating subsidiary, Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP) owns and operates 42 weeks of United States Equestrian Federation shows in Wellington. According to industry analyses, the equestrian industry estimates a $700 million economic impact on Palm Beach County.

The Vision

The Wellington Equestrian Partners’ goal is to make Wellington the premier equestrian lifestyle destination in the world. To support vision and expansion plans, Bellissimo outlined key elements of the WEP strategy:

  • Create a world-class facility that supports entry-level riders to Olympic athletes.
  • Provide and support programs to increase access to the sport and the facility.
  • Connect to the community through entertainment, job education, and philanthropy.
  • Lead the transition to a true commercial sport through increased sponsorship and media exposure.
  • Enhance the lifestyle for all participants, including spectators, riders, residents, trainers, and horse owners.

About Wellington

Wellington lies 20 miles west of Palm Beach Island and 15 miles west of Palm Beach International Airport. The Village of Wellington is synonymous with World Class Horse Country. In the late ‘90s, Wellington created an 8,000 acre equestrian district which protects the equestrian industry and is home to hundreds of horse farms that surround PBIEC. WEP owns over 500 acres within the district including the majority of the commercial entitlement.

Each year over 10,000 people come from 30 countries and 49 states to participate in a series of shows called the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). They are produced and managed by ESP and WEF is the largest, longest-running competition in horse sports. The WEF, which awards over 6 million dollars in prize money, runs each year from early January to early April. While they showcase the top American and International riders and horses, including Olympic Gold Medalists, they also host beginner riders to juniors to amateurs.

The PBIEC is considered one of the most recognizable equestrian sporting venues in the world today. PBIEC has 13 competition arenas that host over 70 divisions of competition and has become a first-class spectator sporting event and unique entertainment destination for everyone.

The Expansion

Since WEP took over ownership of PBIEC in 2007, they have invested over $25 million in improvements ranging from new footing in 12 arenas to a significant increase in hospitality options throughout the facility.

Bellissimo was joined by six-time dressage Olympian Robert Dover, Wellington Equestrian Partner and avid dressage enthusiast, Kim Boyer, and WEP founding partner Roger Smith in a presentation on new expansion plans. While WEP is eager to proceed to phase two of the expansion, Bellissimo noted that the following initiatives will be completed before the 2012 WEF circuit: improved communications with constituents; strategy to enhance current footing; addition of special classes for hunters and jumpers; improved stabling options; increased parking options; improved traffic flow for safety; enhanced work areas for schooling; and enhanced hospitality options.

The main strategy for phase two is centered around the conversion of the old polo stadium into the gateway to the equestrian community. This facility is at South Shore Boulevard and Pierson Road and located only hundreds of yards from PBIEC. The major elements of Phase 2 are:

  • An improved derby field with permanent seating and lights to support high-end equestrian events.
  • A new equestrian facility with a covered arena, four competition rings, and permanent stabling to support a wide range of equestrian events (e.g. Dressage, Young Horse Shows, Breed Shows, etc.).
  • A proposed 2012 ESP Dressage series.
  • The new home of the Palm Beach Riding Academy.
  • A new “Equestrian Village” including a luxury condominium/hotel complex with commercial office and retail components.

The creation of a world-class dressage circuit is a significant component. Dover and Boyer expressed the need for a new top-notch dressage facility in Wellington and supported Bellissimo’s plans to elevate dressage at PBIEC. Dover announced his goal to raise $1 million in sponsorship for the new ESP Dressage series before the 2012 season. This would enable dressage competitors to have the premier quality of competition, prize money, and venue in Wellington.

Finally, Bellissimo announced that WEP is evaluating the development of an indoor stadium in order to expand the season and increase the opportunities for horse sports in Wellington. This initiative would better position WEP to bid for prestigious competitions such as the FEI World Cup Finals and the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.

For more information visit www.equestriansport.com.

Hilton Worldwide Turns Out the Lights for Earth Hour 2011

MCLEAN, Va. – Thursday, March 24th 2011

(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)– Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of 10 distinct hotel brands announced today its participation to celebrate Earth Hour 2011 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 26, 2011. As more than a billion people and organizations around the world turn off their lights in support of energy conservation, Earth Hour will be recognized at thousands of hotels in Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of brands including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.

“As a global company with more than 3,600 hotels in 82 countries, Hilton Worldwide is always looking for ways to reduce energy consumption,” said Paul Brown, President of Global Brands & Commercial Services, Hilton Worldwide. “We intend to make a big difference through our sustainable actions, and Earth Hour is a unique opportunity for the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands to show its continued commitment to this important effort.”

Earth Hour will be celebrated across the company’s brands and regions through a variety of activities including:

  • Switching off main building exterior lighting and rooftop neon signage
  • Shutting down business center equipment
  • Dimming interior lights in lobby and reception area
  • Encouraging guests to switch off their room lights
  • Staging special candle-lit dinners and events to raise awareness

Hilton Worldwide has also encouraged properties within its portfolio to get creative with their Earth Hour celebrations. The Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu will encourage guests to turn off their lights and televisions and join in its second annual hour of storytelling titled “Ghost Stories, Myths & Legends of Hawaii” with one of Hawaii’s master storytellers, while the Mersin Hilton in Sokak, Turkey, is organizing a show for local students to increase their knowledge about the environment. Additional properties including the Hilton London Kensington, the Hilton Cartagena in Colombia and others around the world will recognize the initiative by creating special drinks and menus with a “green” theme, as well as preparing only cold menu items.

A number of DoubleTree by Hilton properties from Malaysia to Michigan will also participate in Earth Hour by collectively flicking off hundreds of power switches around the globe. The DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Magnificent Mile will offer guests a chance to enjoy an eco-friendly dinner menu that uses no power to produce, and the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Orlando at Sea World encourages guests to enjoy a complimentary organic wine tasting, as well as family-friendly nature movies at its torch-lit pool.

Commitment to Sustainability

Participation in Earth Hour is another step in Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to sustainability. In 2010, Hilton Worldwide became the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to make sustainability measurement a brand standard with the implementation of LightStay, a sustainability tracking system developed to improve hotel performance and drive economic returns while decreasing the company’s overall impact on the environment.

LightStay analyzes performance across 200 operational practices, such as housekeeping, paper-product usage, food waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation. The system also measures energy, water use, waste and carbon output at hotels globally. In addition to its function as a measurement system, LightStay provides a “meeting impact calculator” feature that calculates the environmental impact of any meeting or conference held at a property.

By December 31, 2011, all 3,600 properties within Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio of brands will use LightStay, making the company the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to require property-level measurement of sustainability.

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global initiative in partnership with WWF. Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 through a partnership between WWF Australia, Leo Burnett and Fairfax Media, when two million people in one city switched off their lights. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 128 countries and every continent.

Illycaffe Earns the First DNV Responsible Supply Chain Process Certification

March 22, 2011 1 comment

SAO PAOLO – Tuesday, March 22nd 2011

(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)– illycaffè on Friday became the world’s first company to receive a Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Responsible Supply Chain Process certification, attesting to the company’s long-running sustainable approach to production and its relations with stakeholders throughout the production chain, particularly with green coffee suppliers. The illycaffè model is innovative in assigning criticalroles to quality and value creation. The certification was officially conferred at illycaffè’s twentieth annual meeting in Brazil, recognizing suppliers for coffee production meeting the company’s industry-leading quality standards.

DNV, an international, independent leader in product and process certification, in part modeled its new certification standard on the illycaffè supply chain model, buttressing it with current and emerging stringent guidelines for sustainability and corporate responsibility, and with standards of reference for certification and accreditation activities. The certification incorporates both pan-industry standards and industry specific standards. Officially, illycaffè received the DNV Green Coffee Responsible Supply Chain Process certification.

The standard developed by DNV is innovative because it marks the passage from the certification of an organization’s supply chain to the certification of an organization’s ability to create value that benefits everyone involved.

“We are proud to have obtained this certification, which recognizes and validates how we have operated over the past 20 years, through protocols and procedures that guarantee the excellence of our final product,” said Andrea Illy, President and Managing Director of illycaffè. “illycaffè has always been a stakeholder company, based on ethics and with the objective of improving quality of life. Quality is a key concept in our company philosophy. Our continuous search for quality creates a virtuous cycle that creates value for everyone involved, from coffee growers to coffee drinkers, in growing magnitude over time.”

Quality and sustainability are for illycaffè inseparable: a truly excellent product cannot be anything but sustainable in three critical aspects: economic, social and environmental. Economic sustainability is achieved through the creation of value for all those involved, from the grower to the final consumer. Social sustainability rests on the concepts of individual growth and self-realization. Environmental sustainability means respect for the ecosystem, through, for example, the use of recyclable shipping and packaging materials and the application of non-polluting practices.

“This supply chain certification standard is particularly innovative in demonstrating a company’s ability to create value over the long term,” said Thomas Vogth-Eriksen, Chief Executive Officer DNV Business Assurance. “The schema focuses on the building of shared value in a context where social development stimulates economic development, recognizing that a business grows in large part through its ability to help its partners and suppliers grow.”

Over the past two decades illycaffè has perfected a system of direct relationships with its suppliers, based on three main pillars: selecting the best growers in coffee producing countries; transferring to these growers, through the company’s Università del Caffè and the daily field work of specialized agronomists, comprehensive knowledge accumulated over 80 years of practical experience and research to produce coffee meeting illy’s high quality standards; and purchasing the best production directly from growers, paying them a premium over the going market price to reward quality achieved, and incentivize ongoing improvement.