Archive | March, 2012

Laura Ashley to open boutique hotel

31 Mar

The fashion firm Laura Ashley – famous for its flowery decor – unveiled plans to open a boutique hotel in the United Kingdom’s Hertfordshire, according to The Guardian.

The paper says Laura Ashley bought the hotel (actual address still unknown) for around $9.2 million (£5.8 million) as a unique way to showcase its home accessories, furniture and decorations.

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30 Mar

Welcome to the iHotel, where you can check in — but there’s no check-in counter.

At the Andaz West Hollywood, a host stands near the entrance to register guests on an iPad tablet.

The 239-room boutique hotel — which also features free Wi-Fi and communal tables designed for laptop use in the lobby — is just one of many hotels that have adapted their reception areas to be a better fit for the digital-savvy guest.

Because working alone in a hotel room seems as antiquated to young business travelers as typewriters, these hotels are going for a Wi-Fi coffee-shop atmosphere in their lobbies.

At the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, electrical outlets have been installed on the surface of the lobby bar so guests can power their laptops and mobile devices 24 hours a day.

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Saving energy pledge preludes Earth Hour event

29 Mar

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 28 (PIA) — Around 300 people participated in a pledge to save energy and save the environment at the Oriental Hotel, MacArthur Park, Leyte, Tuesday as a prelude to the observance of Earth Hour.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Office Region 8 partners with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) gathering participants from government agencies, schools, business establishments, the army, media, and non-government organizations to commit themselves to save energy.

Led by a student of Tanauan, Leyte high school, the 300 participants pledged to “save energy everyday.”

The pledge culminated the half-day Seminar on Electricity Conservation in Households and Schools.

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Heavy rains flood Tacloban

28 Mar

TACLOBAN CITY Leyte, March 28 (PIA) — The continuous downpour on March 27 has rendered many areas in Tacloban City flooded and several road impassable, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported.

OCD Region 8 Director and RDRRMC Chairman Rey Gozon informed at about 5:30 in the afternoon of March 27 that among the roads reported to have been rendered impassable to light vehicles were Maharlika-Nulatula at Barangay 74, Maharlika-Tigbao at Barangay 94and Maharlika-Abucay at Barangay 9, Barangay 109 at V&G Subdivision and Barangay 109-A.

The other areas which were flooded were Abucay, Barangay 95 Apitong, Barangay 95 and 95A in Caibaan, among others.

The Tacloban DRRMC through the TOMECO conducted ocular land survey on the flood and landslide prone areas in the City.

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P28M needed for flood project rehab

27 Mar

TACLOBAN CITY — Over P28 million worth of funds is needed for the rehabilitation of a Japanese-sponsored flood control project in Ormoc City, a local Public Works official said.

Irwin L. Antonio, assistant district engineer at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Ormoc City, said urgent desilting is required in the flood mitigation project in the Anilao and Malbasang Rivers constructed in 1998 through a grant from the Japanese government. 

The efficiency of the projects has been reduced by silt deposits and debris which have accumulated over time, Mr. Antonio said.

Councilor Questions Tourism Slogan

17 Mar

Tacloban Blank Slogan

Tourism plays a vital role in a local and national economy because of its potential to create jobs, but tourism promotion for this city is lacking, a councilor said.

Councilor Bianco Mate questioned during their recent session the status of tourism campaign, particularly the tourism slogan.

Mate said Tacloban City does not have a slogan, which would help in catching attention of tourists.

Committee on tourism Chair Councilor Cristina Romualdez said some of the tourism slogans they came up during a meeting are: “City of Progress, Beauty and Love”, “City by the Bay”, and “Gateway to Eastern Visayas”.

“But these are not yet final,” Romualdez clarified.

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Extorionist Caught in Tacloban

14 Mar

A 44-YEAR-OLD man alleged to be an “extortionist” was arrested by operating elements of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Eastern Visayas Regional Intelligence Division (RID) in an entrapment operation at P. Zamora Street,Tacloban City.

RID acting chief Senior Superintendent Tomasito Clet identified the suspect as Marlon Buenaventura, a resident of Barangay 95, Caibaan, this city.

Buenaventura was arrested around 4 p.m. of March 10 at the vicinity of Sto. Niño Church at P. Zamora Street.

Before the arrest of Buenaventura, a certain Eleanor Bico, 66, widower from Barangay Tigawon, Calanipawan, also this city, had asked for the assistance of the police, Clet said.

Bico said she had been repeatedly extorted of cash with a total amount of P300,000 by the suspect. Instead of giving in to the demand of the suspect, Bico personally went to seek police assistance.

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