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Black Badge Cullinan

Black Badge family defines taste of a younger generation

¤6.75-litre V12 engine now delivers increased power (600BHP) and (664 ft-lb) torque

¤Drivetrain and chassis re-engineered for enhanced dynamic performance

¤Infinity symbol continues to signify noir expression of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled the latest member of the Black Badge permanent Bespoke Family, Black Badge Cullinan. Introduced in March of 2016 to tremendous reception, today one-in-five Rolls-Royce commissions is done as Black Badge with a darker image that defines the taste of a younger generation of luxury consumer., Cullinan remains the most popular Rolls-Royce with clients waiting for months for Bespoke commission. Now it is time for Black Badge Cullinan to conquer new frontiers.
 
“Black Badge reflects the desires of a distinct group of Rolls-Royce clients: men and women who take risks, break rules and build success on their own terms. The time has come for Rolls-Royce’s boldest and darkest expression of Black Badge yet. The King of the Night, Black Badge Cullinan,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
 
This Rolls-Royce alter ego is marked with the mathematical symbol representing a potential infinity placed discreetly throughout the motor car. This marking was first applied to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking Rolls-Royce-powered Blue Bird K3 hydroplane.
 
Black Badge Cullinan Exterior: The King of the Night
Multiple layers of paint and lacquer are meticulously applied and hand-polished polished for up to five hours, representing the most comprehensive surface finish process ever applied to a solid paint color. The depth and intensity of Black Badge Cullinan’s finish serves as the perfect canvas for a contrasting Coachline.
 
 
The darkened Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is presented in high gloss black chrome and the iconic Rolls-Royce badges invert to become silver-on-black. Chrome surfaces such as the front grille surround, side frame finishers, boot handle, boot trim, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes are darkened and the vertical grille bars remain polished, reflecting the blackened surfaces that surround them.
 
Black Badge Cullinan wears all-new 22-inch forged alloy wheels, reserved exclusively for Black Badge Cullinan. The 22-wheels accompanied by another first for Rolls-Royce with the marque’s first ever colored brake caliper. The high gloss Red paint offsets the new dark wheels.
Black Badge Cullinan Interior: Superlative comfort. Audacious design
Collaboration between designers, engineers and craftspeople saw the creation of a luxury carbon-fiber finish developed to create repeating geometrical shapes in a three-dimensional effect. Each leaf of Technical Fiber is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours then hand-polished to Rolls-Royce’s hallmark mirror finish.
 
Starlight Headliner has joined Rolls-Royce iconography alongside the Spirit of Ecstasy and Pantheon Grille and makes its Cullinan debut on Black Badge Cullinan. Crafted in Black leather with 1344 individual fiber optic cables, the new Bespoke Starlight Headliner incorporates a new shooting star feature with eight brilliant white shooting stars.
 
Color and Trim designers created a bold new leather color, Forge Yellow, to offer as part of the brand’s curated collection. The new colors can also be commissioned for the Bespoke Viewing Suite or incorporated into the Recreation Module tailored to any client’s specification.
 
Black Badge Cullinan Engineering. The Architecture of Luxury’s dark side
Black Badge is far more than an aesthetic treatment. Key to the thrill of Black Badge Cullinan is the Architecture of Luxury, Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminum architecture. The sub-structure delivers extraordinary body stiffness and is fitted with all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.
 
Like all Black Badge family members Black Badge Cullinan is enhanced to generate an extra 29bhp for a total of 600bhp and an additional 37 ft-lb (50NM) for a total 664 ft-lb (900NM) torque. Pressing the ‘Low’ button on the gear shift unlocks Black Badge Cullinan’s full suite of technologies including the new Black Badge audible exhaust, creating a deep rumble of the 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12. As the Rolls-Royce of SUV’s, Black Badge moves Cullinan to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
 
Black Badge Cullinan features Rolls-Royce’s ‘Intuitive Throttle’ for a more aggressive shift pattern for the ZF 8-speed transmission. Both front and rear steered axles work collaboratively to adjust the levels of engagement depending on throttle and steering inputs. Changes to suspension components and settings add to the suite of dynamic technologies that ensure balanced dynamic and refined ride. And of course, Black Badge Cullinan features a raised braking bite point and decreased pedal travel. Redesigned brake discs also allow consistency in these changes while braking at elevated temperatures.
 
Black Badge Cullinan is now available to commission.

NBA and China

The American public strongly supports the Houston Rockets general manager’s tweet regarding Hong Kong and China’s rights conflict. (Daryl Morey, the GM, tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters seeking freedom from Chinese oversight.  The Chinese reacted with disdain and business with the NBA was threatened).Only 9 percent of the public thought the Rockets GM, Daryl Morey, should be fired, with 77 percent saying the Rockets should keep him and defend his freedom of speech.  14 percent said they did not know or had no opinion.

In addition, 54 percent of the nation feels Daryl Morey should be applauded for taking a stand supporting the Hong Kong protesters, with only 19 percent saying he should not have sent the tweet because it risked valuable relationships over a foreign domestic issue.  27 percent did not know or had no opinion.
These are the findings of a Seton Hall Sports Poll, conducted this week among 703 adult Americans across the country on both landlines and cellphones.  The Poll has a margin of error of +/-3.8 percent.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver first apologized for the tweet but later backtracked and showed support for freedom of speech.  46 percent of the public felt he handled it well, and 36 percent say he did not, with 18 percent saying they did not know or had no opinion.

52% Say Lebron James’ Comments were out of self-interest

LeBron James tweeted condemnation of Morey, claiming “he wasn’t educated on the situation” and endangered people “not only financially but physically.”  Only 28 percent thought his reaction was sincere, with 52 percent saying he acted out of financial self-interest.

69% expressed concern that China has so much influence over an American professional League, with only 23 percent saying they are not concerned.

Morey’s Tweet vs. Kaepernick’s Kneeling

Comparing Morey’s tweet to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem, 47 percent said both actions should be defended as free speech, with 16 percent saying that it only applied to Morey and 5 percent saying it only applied to Kaepernick.

There are big differences between Democrats and Republicans on this comparison.  59 percent of Democrats and only 29 percent of Republicans say that they should both be defended as free speech, while 7 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Republicans say that it only applies to Morey.

“The fundamental right of free speech seems to have carried the day in favor of Daryl Morey’s tweet,” noted Rick Gentile, director of the Seton Hall Sports Poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business. “It is much clearer when applied to a foreign power than to a domestic one.”

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REEBOK × XIMONLEE

DEBUT SUSTAINABLE DMX

AT SHANGHAI FASHION WEEK


New DMX Hydrex sneaker is inspired by scuba boots

The two brands unite to educate consumers on conscious consumption

 
Reebok launched their partnership with Berlin-based Chinese designer XIMONLEE through an iconic new release of sustainable DMX Trail Hydrex silhouettes. Briefly teased at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, the Reebok x XIMONLEE DMX Trail silhouette took center stage in the designers’ 2020 Spring/Summer Shanghai show.
 
Global sportswear brand Reebok and boundary-pushing designer XIMONLEE are bound by the belief that creating more sustainable offerings creates newness, with the shared goal being to awaken a consciousness in consumption within their consumer. XIMONLEE’s explorative yet commercial collections provide a unique vision on social topics, identities and philosophical quests brought to life through Reebok’s demonstrable footwear expertise.
 
Debuting in three new colorways, the new DMX Trail Hydrex sneaker was inspired by a mix of scuba boots and archetypal Reebok footwear, fusing the core aesthetics of XIMONLEE’s vision with Reebok’s undeniable heritage.
 
A trail-inspired outsole sits atop a functional water boot upper in vibrant colorways of brick red, mint green and purple. Nodding to the rise of outdoor-inspired high-fashion silhouettes, Reebok amplified its all-terrain functionality without sacrificing XIMONLEE’S signature aesthetic.


The silhouette, as featured on the Shanghai Fashion Week runway, will be available for purchase in late 2020 through its official retail launch.
 
 
About Reebok
Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Boston, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of fitness and lifestyle footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied fitness heritage. Reebok develops products, technologies and programming which enable movement and is committed to accompanying people on their journey to fulfill their potential. Reebok connects with the fitness consumer wherever they are and however they choose to stay fit – whether it’s functional training, running, combat training, walking, dance, yoga or aerobics. Reebok Classics leverages the brand’s fitness heritage and represents the roots of the brand in the sports lifestyle market. A subsidiary of adidas, Reebok is the exclusive outfitter of CrossFit and the CrossFit Games, the exclusive authentic global outfitter of UFC; the title sponsor of the Reebok Ragnar Relay series; and exclusive apparel provider for Les Mills. For more information, visit Reebok at www.reebok.com, or, for the latest news at http://news.reebok.com/
 
About XIMONLEE
Ximon Lee is a Chinese born Korean designer currently based in Berlin. Since graduating from Parsons as the Best Menswear Designer of the year, and later winning the H&M Design Award as the first ever menswear designer, he launched his eponymous brand XIMONLEE in 2015. Ximon is known for his meticulous and boundary-pushing work which explores topics ranging from gender, identity, society to ideologies and ethics. His vision is presented through thoughtfully treated garments, well studied silhouettes and innovative development of fabric, creating cutting-edge and inspirational collections every season that have garnered international appraisal. Ximon views each season as a study, posing questions towards specific issues and enable the clashing of ideas to prosper. In his garment making, he pushes and blends conflicting materials and collaging details to disjoint the standard idea of clothing. This is the signature visual methods the studio uses to reflect the contradictory identities Ximon views in contemporary society. Ximon was shortlisted as a LVMH Prize finalist in 2015 and later selected as Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016.
www.ximonlee.com

Travelers Are Looking for Adventure

When it comes to adventure travelers, China is an untapped market totaling USD $8.2B per year, according to new research from Bannikin Travel and Tourism, a leading travel consultancy based in Toronto and Hong Kong. The China Adventure Tourism Market Study, which surveyed more than 300 Chinese travelers over the age of 18 who had taken a trip in the past year, determined that 16.3% of respondents ­­— 23.49 million people — chose an adventure trip for their last holiday. For a market with outbound tourism numbers continuing to see double digit growth, this means there are considerable opportunities for adventure travel brands looking to expand their product offerings for Chinese adventurers.

“This report delves deep into who Chinese adventure travelers are—their planning habits, income, spending habits and dream destinations,” said Natasha Martin, managing director of Bannikin Asia. “We’ve never had better insight into how to market towards the Asian travel market and break into one of the largest tourism spends out there.” The 2019 study found that 2.7% of departures could be categorized as ‘hard adventure,’ while 13.6% pursued ‘soft adventure’ experiences. Though Chinese consumers do not necessarily associate adventure travel with risk-taking activities, such as rafting or mountain biking, they do associate it with remote destinations that can be perceived as exotic and potentially dangerous.

The survey was sent with the objective of discovering how many Chinese travelers actively seek-out adventure while on vacation. Here are the report’s main findings: The total adventure market size for China (based on accommodation spending only) is USD $8.2B per year. Adventure travel spend from China represents 0.64% of total international tourism spend. The top destinations for adventure travelers were United States, Thailand, Australia and Japan.Time in nature, camping and backpacking are some of the most popular activities for Chinese adventure tourists. 72% of Chinese adventure travelers spend between 4-10 days abroad, lower than Western adventure travelers. Bannikin Travel & Tourism runs a leading travel trade development satellite office in Hong Kong, with a team of Asia market experts to assist destinations and tour operators on how to tap into the burgeoning Asia adventure marketplace.

AIWAYS sets a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

AIWAYS, the Shanghai-based personal mobility provider, has completed its epic 15,022-kilometer road trip from China to Western Europe – which set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in the process. The ‘longest journey by an electric vehicle (prototype)’ record was achieved by the AIWAYS U5 Engineering Drive Team (China), driving an AIWAYS U5, starting in Xi’an, Shanxi, China and ending in Frankfurt, Germany, from 17 July 2019 to 7 September 2019.

During this mammoth 53-day drive, the pair of development cars passed through 12 countries, including China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Switzerland. They arrived in Frankfurt on 7 September, in time for the IAA 2019 motor show. Alexander Klose, Executive VP Overseas Operation at AIWAYS, comments: “This world record represents a monumental achievement for our engineers. They have developed a fully-electric SUV that’s capable of traveling hundreds of kilometers between charging in some of the most challenging terrain and remote areas. The fact that we’ve been able to achieve a world record in these conditions demonstrates the U5’s qualities, capabilities and, most importantly, its suitability for European consumers.”

AIWAYS Chief Technical Officer Winter Wang added: “This has been a drive of epic proportions, with the U5 tackling some of the best and worst road conditions that drivers might expect to come across in a lifetime of driving. It shows the high standard of development work that has gone into creating a car that is as suitable for driving in Shanghai as it is in Western Europe.”

The convoy started its journey by tackling the Chinese Gobi Desert and crossing the Kazakh Steppe, locations without an adequate electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The high energy demands of driving on Kazakhstan’s often poor road surfaces, and crossing the Southern Ural Mountains, also posed a challenge to engineers, who frequently relied on low-voltage power sources to recharge the prototype vehicles overnight. Engineers used this to successfully optimise the U5’s charging logic, ensuring compatibility with a variety of different charging standards and varying voltages.

The engineering team on the drive was also in frequent contact with the China-based R&D team, reporting back on multiple hardware and software features. These included the thermal management system underpinning the 65 kWh battery pack, as well as the electric motor, suspension components and dynamic characteristics. With the support of independent test provider TÜV Rheinland, the AIWAYS U5 has recently achieved European homologation in all product aspects ahead of going on sale in Europe next year. The U5 is a statement of intent for the AIWAYS brand as it aims to bring affordable, connected and premium electric transport to the European market in 2020.

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“WHIMSICAL BY WENGIE” 

POP STAR WENGIE REVEALS FIRST-EVER TOY LINE

Popular YouTuber announces her one-of-a-kind products will be sold at Target stores nationwide

YouTube’s biggest personality turned K-pop star, Wengie, announced today that she released her toy line of products named, Whimsical by Wengie that will be sold at Target, the biggest retail giant in the United States with over 1,800 stores nationwide. The line will consist of products that Wengie is best known for by her worldwide fan base known as “Wengiecorns”, who love her for her prank and slime videos.

The launch comes just after Wengie’s music releases skyrocketed to the top of the charts with the eight singles she released in a period of just 12 months. The superstar has over 18.5 million YouTube subscribers, 25 million combined social media reach and accumulated over 1.3 billion views on her YouTube channels to date.

“I’m so excited to share my first-ever toy line, Whimsical by Wengie,” said Wengie. “These are products that I would LOVE to use in my own YouTube videos and I can’t believe that I’m the one that gets to share them with my Wengiecorns! Whimsical by Wengie was such a blast to create and I know you guys will love the products.”

The toys, aimed at her loyal fanbase includes, Body Art, Glitter Lava Lamp, Unicorn Hair Kit and a Scented Slime 4-pack. Fans can purchase on Target.com, the Target app and in-store.

See more information on each toy below:

Wengie Body Art

  • Channel your inner unicorn! This fun deluxe body art kit comes with 6 tattoo sheets, 1 stencil sheet, 6 pots of glitter in red, light blue, purple, silver, pink and blue, 4 body markers in pink, purple, blue and red, 2 brushes, 1 sheet of body jewels and a tube of glue.
    • Easy to apply and decorate.
    • Super washable!
    • Creative and fun!
    • Kit comes with a mystery charm, collect them all!

Wengie Glitter Lava Lamp

  • Create your own room décor with this fun and glitzy “make your own” glitter lava lamp kit.  Comes with lamp, swirling mechanism, 1 packet confetti, adhesive gemstones, glittered sticker sheet, colored sticker sheet.
    • Color changing lights
    • Create! Decorate! Glow!
    • Needs 3 AA batteries
    • Kit comes with a mystery charm, collect them all!

Wengie Unicorn Hair Kit

  • Create your own hair look with this fun and colorful deluxe hair kit.  Comes with 6 hair chalk sliders in pink, purple, blue, orange, green and yellow, 3 pots of hair glitter in purple, green and pink, 3 hair ties in pink, purple and blue, 2 hair tattoo sheets and a hair applicator sponge
    • Easy to apply!
    • Washes out easily!
    • Color! Glitter! Style!
    • Kit comes with a mystery charm, collect them all!

Wengie Scented Slime 4-Pack

  • Play! Stretch! Squish with this delicious smelling slime. Item comes with 4 yummy gummy flavors – Cotton Candy, Birthday Cake, Banana and Candy.
    • Fun to play with and smells great!
    • Comes with different types of slime – Cloud, Glass and Regular
    • Kit comes with a mystery charm, collect them all!

Wengie’s most recent collaboration with Filipino pop star Iñigo Pascual “Mr. Nice Guy” (currently over 3.5 million views) was #1 on two separate charts in the Philippines in June 2019 while speaking on a K-pop panel at MIDEM conference in Cannes, France. She also spoke on another K-pop panel on July 11 at RISE technology conference in Hong Kong. Fans can follow Wengie on Instagram and Twitter at @wengie, on Facebook at @wwwengie and her YouTube channels at @wengie@wengiemusic@wengielifestyle@wengiemusicasia and @ReactiCorns.

ABOUT WENGIE

As one of the most influential YouTube stars and personalities, Wengie’s unique ability to deliver vibrant, informative, and highly-relatable content (including her wildly popular life “hacks” series) to a global audience—with signature quirk and humor—keeps her zealous ‘Wengiecorns’ wanting more. This unparalleled closeness and trust with her fans has cemented Wengie’s power as a leading content collaborator for both high-profile and emerging brands. Wengie has leveraged her prominence on YouTube to tackle other creative realms—she recorded her first music album in China in 2017 and is the voice of the fourth “Powerpuff Girl” on the Cartoon Network. With Wengie’s single ‘Oh I Do’, hitting #5 on the Honggebang charts in China, her music career continues to blossom with each music release skyrocketing to the top of international music charts. She has accumulated over 26 million views on YouTube with her first three releases of “Oh I Do,” “Cake,” and “Déjà vu,” which continues to grow daily. Following those, Wengie dropped her holiday anthem “Ugly Christmas Sweater” song, which hit the #1 spot on YouTube’s trending list and garnered nearly two million views in its first day, and 8.8 million to date. Wengie’s first collaboration “Mr. Nice Guy” features Filipino star musician Iñigo Pascual, which reached #1 on the OPM Top 10 Chart in the Philippines! Wengie’s music channel “Wengie Music” has over 55 million total views (as of June 2019). For the majority of her life, she has had multicultural musical taste, listening to mainly J-pop, C-pop, and K-pop. Wengie’s main goal in music is to create fun music that is “East meets West” / K-Pop-fused-with-American-pop, which is essentially all the things she loves. Her musical influences include BLACKPINK, TWICE, ITZY, HyunA, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. Wengie is managed by RARE Global, music by Asian Agent, and her agency is UTA.

BEST HIGH-SPEED TRAINS × USA RANKS

The Best Countries for High-Speed Train

Infrastructure: the USA Ranks 16th in

Analysis by Omio

A comprehensive analysis by Omio reveals the countries with the world’s most advanced high-speed train infrastructure

  • The USA’s high-speed line, the Acela Express, runs 281 miles between Washington D.C. and Boston.
  • Spain ranks top for Europe, with 562 miles of tracks currently under construction.
  • China ranks first, with over 19,000 miles of high-speed tracks in operation.

Omio, Europe’s leading booking platform for travel by train, bus and flight, has released a ranking of the countries with the world’s best high-speed train infrastructure. The findings show the prevalence of high-speed trains around the world; highlighting the economies which have started to invest in a future fuelled by high-speed technology.

From a long list of countries with advanced high-speed infrastructure, the top 20 were ranked according to the operational and record speed of the trains, the length of track in operation, and the length of track under construction.

High-speed trains are environmentally-friendly and efficient. They reduce CO2 emissions by offering an alternative to road and air travel. In the USA, the California bullet train is under ongoing construction and scheduled to open by 2022. The line will connect Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2 hours 40 minutes. The 119-mileproject, owned and managed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, is projected to cost around $77 billion.

USA High-Speed Train Ranking

Worldwide High-Speed Train Ranking

The research for this study was completed on the 20th of June 2019.

Complete results for 2019 High-Speed Train ranking are available on: https://www.omio.com/trains/

Further findings worldwide

China has more miles of high-speed tracks than the rest of the world combined.

Japan ranks second, with almost 1,900 miles of high-speed tracks currently in operation.

Saudi Arabia ranks tenth. Opened in October 2018, 281 miles of Haramain High-Speed Railway connect the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The line is expected to transport over 50 million passengers a year.

Further findings for Europe

Spain has the most miles of high-speed tracks currently under construction in Europe, followed by Austria and the United Kingdom. The AVE networkalready connects Malaga in the south, Barcelona in the north, and Valencia in the east.

In France, the TGV intercity line has a record speed of 357 mph (575km/h): the fastest worldwide.

Germany outperforms the United Kingdom, with 14 times the length of high-speed tracks currently in operation.

About Omio, formerly GoEuro

Omio is a travel app and platform that allows customers to find and book trains, buses and flights across Europe. Partnering with over 800 European transport operators, Omio is revolutionising the travel planning experience, providing customers with more choice, transparent pricing and easier booking.

Omio lets travellers search for any location, including cities, towns and villages, showing the best possible transport combinations while eliminating the need to visit multiple websites to plan an entire trip. With Omio, travel planning is simple, flexible and personal.

The travel startup, founded in 2013, changed its name from GoEuro to Omio in early 2019. Omio is headquartered in Berlin with over 300 employees from 45 different countries. The latest funding round totalling $150 million, led by Kinnevik AB, Temasek and Hillhouse, was announced in October 2018.

Photo Credit: TripTripNow.com

Chinese Water Lantern Festival

Orange County Tourism will host the 2019 Water Lantern Festival at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, N.Y., on Saturday, June 15 at 4:00 p.m., in partnership with I LOVE NY and Noble Fun Travel.

Traditional lantern festivals are celebrated on the fifteenth day in the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar, marking the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. Orange County’s free event will include cultural stage performances, fun games, and kid-friendly activities. Attendees can purchase Chinese lanterns to be released along the lake at sunset as well as Asian and American cuisine and refreshments throughout the evening.

“This inaugural event is one that the entire county can get excited about,” says Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “With family-friendly activities, breathtaking luminary sites, and the celebration of international cultures, it’s a truly one-of-a-kind experience for our residents and visitors.”

Visitors from China spend more than any other international travel group in New York State, according to market data. It is one of the fastest growing markets to the U.S. and is projected to be the state’s second largest overseas inbound market by 2020 behind only the United Kingdom.

Visitors from across the state, especially those traveling from the New York City metropolitan area, are expected to attend the upcoming festival.

New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, “In supporting the 2019 Water Lantern Festival, we invite domestic and international visitors alike to experience firsthand all there is to see and do in Orange County and the Hudson Valley. New York State is a destination where everyone can find what they love, and we hope travelers are inspired plan a return trip to explore all the region has to offer.”

Additional summer fairs and festivals can be found in the newly released 55-page 2019 Orange County Travel Guide. Also, in the guide, readers can discover a multitude of new and famous tourism destinations, as well as suggested itineraries and lodging. The new free guide is available for digital download or by request at www.orangetourism.org/travel-guide.

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail tourism@orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3860.

‘The Little Yellow Book’

The Little Yellow Book, quotations from Chairman Xi Dada includes 300 quotations from China’s president Xi Jinping one of the most powerful men in today’s world. Out of hundreds of speeches, press releases and news, the authors curated this “best of” covering a disparate of subjects since the first moment Mr. Xi assumed office, back in the winter of 2012, until October of 2018. Within 180 pages of easy-to-read material, the Little Yellow Book highlights Xi’s governing philosophies centered on Chinese Dream, elaborating on a variety of issues from culture and arts to climate change, from Internet control to One Belt, One Road, from national security to military vision, from innovation and green development to wealth sharing. Apparently inspired by its far-famed predecessor the Little Red Book, Xi Dada’s quotes are plucked out of context and strung together without much regard for chronology. Chairman Mao’s red booklet boasted to be the second most printed book after the Bible. It was used during the Cultural Revolution not only to streamline ideology, but also as a weapon to defend communist China against its enemies. While currently being fleshed out by Party scholars, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristic for a New Era are commanding domestic media channel as well as occupying the country’s ad spaces and billboards to be studied on a daily basis by its citizens. School children and Party officials alike have been learning the theories named after political theorists like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong. College students and white-collar employees receive certificates for accurately memorizing Xi Jinping Thought and use it as a guidebook for living, working and policymaking. In the first week of October 2018, Hunan TV, one of China’s largest television networks, has aired a new quiz show about the life and philosophy of China’s current leader. The ideology was recently written into the Chinese Constitution.

With close-ups and a real-time camera running approach, this fine collection of Xi Dada’s quotes is an attempt to reveal the true intentions of China’s leader. In a world overwhelmed by information, this one little book cuts through noises and gives some solid yet to-the-point answers to the China-related issues that are relevant for the world today and tomorrow. Apparently inspired by its famous predecessor The Little Red Book, this small publication not only taps into the current trend of bringing political tracts into the 21st century, it’s vigorously different and delivers more within less pages. Click here for PRI’s The World story on the project.

About the Authors:

Julie O’Yang- Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the Foreword, she writes about the purpose of the Little Yellow Book is “to distill the huge volumes of Xi Jinping Thought and pen into a small booklet that even a semi-illiterate could read, memorize, or set to music.” She works from Europe (The Netherlands/Denmark).

Fernando Eloy- All-round creative human being. Interestingness hunter-gatherer. Founder of MaisOrient Film Productions (Macau). In love with everything he does. Born in Lisbon in the spring of 1966, Eloy made his media debut working as radio DJ and journalist for pirate radio stations. During his 1980’s “pirate” period, together with 2 other partners, he founded Radio 98, a popular Lisbon youth radio which was later renamed Super FM. In 1996, as producer and promoter, he landed Portugal’s first Surfing World Championship event, the Coca-Cola Figueira Pro 96, while he continued working for various media outlets either contributing to and/or coordinating scriptwriting for TV productions. In 2001, he moved to Macau and became a committee member of the Macau East Asian Games Organizing Committee. In 2005, Eloy directed his first documentary, “350 Meters”, and in 2006, he produced a series of shows for ESPN Star Sports (Singapore). Ever since then, he has directed documentaries about the city of Macau, corporate films and one short feature, June (2012). From 2016, Eloy has paused actual filming to build a slate of feature films, TV series and stories for online applications with Julie O’yang.

Toilet Seat Detects Congestive Heart Failure

Toilet seat that detects congestive heart failure getting ready to begin commercialization

Researchers developed the seats to measure biometrics during ‘natural’ processes

With 1 million new cases of congestive heart failure diagnosed each year, a revolutionary product is making it easier for hospitals to monitor patients with the condition in the comfort of their own homes.

A toilet-seat based cardiovascular monitoring system created by a team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers, aims to lower the hospital readmission rates of patients with congestive heart failure. The toilet seats, which will be brought through the FDA clearance process by the researchers’ company Heart Health Intelligence, would be purchased by hospitals and issued to heart failure patients after discharge. The toilet seats are equipped to measure the electrical and mechanical activity of the heart, and can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation levels, and the patient’s weight and stroke volume, which is the amount of blood pumped out of the heart at every beat. Algorithms analyze the data, and with further development, will alert advanced practice providers of a deteriorating condition. A report will be passed along to cardiologists who will then determine if intervention is necessary.

Nicholas Conn, a postdoctoral fellow at RIT and founder and CEO of Heart Health Intelligence, is part of the university team that developed the toilet seats.

“Typically, within 30 days of hospital discharge, 25 percent of patients with congestive heart failure are readmitted,” said Conn. “After 90 days of hospital discharge, 45 percent of patients are readmitted. And the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is penalizing hospitals for readmitting patients for heart failure.”

Conn, the company’s chief executive officer, further explains that using the national average for readmission rates, the penalty alone for readmitting 150 patients is approximately $500,000 annually. The total cost of providing 150 patients with their own monitored toilet seats from HHI is $200,000. With that investment, he says, hospital systems will save more than double their initial investment within one year.

According to Conn, who earned three degrees from RIT—a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and a doctoral degree in microsystems engineering in 2016—the system will pick up deteriorating conditions before the patients even realize they are symptomatic. And with the rapid data analysis, interventions can be as simple as a drug change or short office visit, instead of an admission to the hospital.

HHI, which joined RIT’s Venture Creations business incubator earlier this year, is now focused on moving the product forward. The team is heavily involved in writing grants for additional funding and networking, and human-subject testing and pre-clinical studies are well underway. Conn and his team are working on approving the product with the FDA and rolling it out across the country.

To read more about the research behind the project, go to here.

For more information, contact Vienna McGrain at 585-475-4952 or Vienna.Carvalho@rit.edu.

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