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TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's 2nd Annual Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup raised more than $800,000 last month in support of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) - Canada's largest and most sophisticated centre for pediatric cancer research, treatment and care, announced Rally Chairman Bobby Genovese. "As event chair for the second year, I'm so proud of the amount of money we raised to provide much needed resources and support to pediatric cancer initiatives," said Genovese, Chairman BG Capital Group and BG Signature Properties. "Our efforts will help the spectrum of what's needed — from groundbreaking research and treatment to practical advancements like 'chemotherapy backpacks' that free young patients from confining hospital stays." Staged on the waters of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau in the Muskokas, the Boat Rally is a co... (more)

JetBlue to Add Even More Flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - August 19, 2014) - JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announces new twice-daily nonstop service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Jacksonville, Fla. (JAX). The new route will launch on December 18, 2014, the same day the airline also introduces new low fare, nonstop service from DCA to two other Florida destinations: Fort Myers (RSW) and West Palm Beach (PBI). Jacksonville marks the sixth new destination from DCA to be launched this year. On June 19, JetBlue launched nonstop service to Charleston, SC (CHS), Hartford, Conn. (BDL), and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). Additionally, JetBlue will also connect Jacksonville with Fort Lauderdale (FLL) as of October 29, 2014. Special introductory fares are available today through August 20, 2014, starting at $79 one way for travel between January 6 and February 11, 2015 (a), excl... (more)

The NFV, SDN & Wireless Network Infrastructure Market: 2015 - 2020 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and Forecasts

DUBLIN, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/n8h6xg/the_nfv_sdn_and) has announced the addition of SNS Research's new report "The NFV, SDN & Wireless Network Infrastructure Market: 2015 - 2020 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and Forecasts" to their offering. Global wireless CapEx is on the rise, as operators deploy LTE and HetNet (Heterogeneous Network) infrastructure, amid growing demands for high-speed mobile broadband connectivity. By eliminating reliance on expensive proprietary hardware platforms, NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) and SDN (Software Defined Networking) promise to reduce the CapEx burden on wireless carriers. In addition, both technologies can significantly slash OpEx due to a reduction in physical space, labor and power consumption. Driven by the promise of TCO (Total Cost of O... (more)

Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

Thursday, July 29, 2010 Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey   To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad: At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home. Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July 27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last until she reaches the age of 3. Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)

Hollywood's A-List Celebs Choose Yacht Charters for Total Escape

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: Vacations are all about rest, relaxation, and, of course, indulgence. And when it comes to Hollywood's biggest stars, you can count on them to take it up a notch by spending time in exotic locales, on some of the world's most luxurious yachts. Christina O Since the '50s, Christina O has attracted a primarily European clientele, but has also hosted many Hollywood celebrities. Recent charters have been enjoyed by Madonna, Johnny Depp, Tommy Hilfiger, and Oliver Stone. The famed megayacht charters for $600,000 a week. As morning's light broke over the horizon, Russell Crowe stood at the bow of the ship, gazing out to sea. Another day of mystery and adventure lay ahead for Crowe and the crew... . If this sounds like a scene from Crowe's latest film, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," it's not.... (more)

Mia Elise - The Elegant Pride of American Megayachts in Charter Yacht Fleets

YV&C International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reports: The Mia Elise. She is 180 feet of sheerest ocean-going poetry. Imagining that your charter aboard her is an Elizabethan sonnet; the first quatrain is her classic opulence, the second her state-of-the-art outfitting and the third the impeccable professionalism of her crew. The closing couplet is comprised of the perfect, indelible memories you will savor of an absolutely unsurpassable yachting experience, rhyming beauteously into your future. Built by Trinity Yachts, Mia Elise launched in February of 2005 at the New Orleans shipyard. Seventy years had passed since a yacht of such dimensions and capacities launched in the United States. Trinity Chairman Felix S. Sabates, Jr. has said: “It was an exciting and proud moment for the Trinity personnel, ushering in a new era of American yacht building. Yacht... (more)

A Yacht Charter Experience Abord M/Y Positive Carry

The story of M/Y Positive Carry’s Captain Whitney Reiter reads a little like a novel. But while serendipity has certainly played a role in his becoming one of the youngest captains of a 142ft Trinity, it’s his skill, hard work, upbeat nature, and love of the water that provide drama and adventure for charter guests. It’s the stuff dreams are made of: local Miami boy grows up with an affinity for fishing and cruising the surrounding waters. He attends an area high school and the University of Miami, commercially fishing and lobstering with his dad during school breaks. After crewing on snorkeling boats in The Keys, he gets his captain’s license in order to take guests fishing. He runs several boats—then runs into an old friend from high school. The friend’s husband just happens to be a self-made multimillionaire — with a passi... (more)

Obsession with the Sea

Once a favorite haunt of pirates, and the setting for Treasure Island, the riches in this area of the West Indies now lie in abundant coral reefs and unpopulated islands accessible only by boat. The crisp, crackling underwater sound I heard was unfamiliar to me. I tried to pinpoint it while caught up in the mesmerizing world of slowly waving purple sea fans, magenta-colored coral, and schools of fish ranging from electric blue to vibrant yellow. When I was able to tear myself away long enough to return to the tender of the 85ft Hatteras, Obsession, I removed my snorkel and asked Captain Gene Costa about the source of the noise. He told me it was the sound of the vividly colored, multistriped parrotfish chewing on the coral. In fact, he said, their teeth are designed for just that purpose. I resumed my drifting, facedown in the 86-degree turquoise sea, this time focuse... (more)

Fly to Your Yacht Vacation on a Private Jet!

Welcome to the second issue of YV&C. With this issue, we are excited to introduce our Private Jet Charters & Travel supplement (www.JetChartersMagazine.com), which we hope you will find both interesting and informative. When we published our "Air Charter" column in our premier issue, we could not predict how popular the private air travel topic would be. We received feedback from many of our readers and requests for a wider coverage of the new "jet card" phenomenon. Having worked closely with the leaders of this emerging industry, we are now pleased to present you with our first supplement, a detailed look at private air travel, including some of the programs yacht and jet charter firms have recently started to offer. The responses we received from you on our premier issue were very encouraging as well. Since YV&C's debut three months ago, we already see that the m... (more)

Aspen Alternative

Why in the world, you might well ask, is this yacht named Aspen Alternative?  The idea is that instead of shivering in the Rockies in winter, you should be in her hot tub in the Bahamas, a frozen drink in your hand, the sun warming your soul. M/Y Aspen Alternative is a 120’ yacht, built in 2002 by Sovereign with a sleek, swept-back exterior design by Ward Setzer.  From her four cabins to her sun-kissed decks to her sound-proofed study, she is grand enough to make you feel like royalty, yet intimate enough for a highly-personalized, unforgettable vacation. First Mate and Engineer Brian Finneran makes the very good point that communicating up front your heart’s desire for a charter helps the captain and crew to give you a prime experience.  He says: “The more information you provide us through your broker and preference charts, the closer we can come... (more)

Fractional Yacht Ownership vs Yacht Charter

Sharing a yacht is an appealing investment for businessmen and experienced yachters alike. With more and more emphasis on “living the good life,” innovative concepts have emerged that allow those wanting to “have it all” to partake in a smorgasbord of luxury lifestyle options. Based on the premise of “why go it alone, when you can lower the cost of ownership and give more people the option to take part?” timeshare and fractional ownership plans have multiplied rapidly. They now run the gamut from luxury condos and upscale vacation homes, to private jets, enviable cars, and even spectacular jewelry and designer couture. Not only do these shared arrangements enable owners to indulge in a variety of business and vacation options, they release them from the burdens of ownership and provide opportunities for investment. Yacht ownership... (more)