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Daniel Boulud Opens Dubai Restaurant

Award-winning, Michelin-starred Chef, Daniel Boulud, to open first Dubai restaurant in Sofitel Dubai Wafi

Brasserie Boulud, a new dining concept by Daniel Boulud – chef-owner of award-winning restaurants around the globe – is set to open its doors this September within Sofitel Dubai Wafi in the United Arab Emirates. Inspired by the French art de vivre, Boulud’s very first restaurant in the Middle East will offer French-inspired contemporary cuisine, rooted in tradition.

While Boulud hails from outside Lyon, France, it is in New York, that he has truly mastered the dining scene and is today considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities. Renowned for the modern appeal he adds to soulful cooking in authentic French classics, he has continuously evolved his cuisine and expanded his dining concepts in Washington DC, Miami, Palm Beach, Toronto, Montreal, London, Singapore, and now Dubai.

Drawing on his vast culinary knowledge, Boulud has chosen French Chef de Cuisine Nicolas Lemoyne to take the helm of Brasserie Boulud. Bringing more than 15 years of experience under his chef’s apron including working at Restaurant Daniel, Boulud’s flagship restaurant in New York, Lemoyne will bring a completely new French experience to Dubai’s current dining scene. The menu is inspired by the rhythm of the seasons and the finest ingredients, with specialties such as Melon Soup with Shrimp and Lemongrass, Homemade Duck and Foie Gras Rillette, Terrine of Spiced Lamb with Eggplant, Dover Sole Veronique with Romanesco Broccoli, BB Burger with Tomato Confit, Arugula and Raclette Cheese, Chicken Tagine with Saffron Cauliflower and Green Olives, Apricot Clafoutis with Pistachio, and Tarte au Chocolat et Framboises.

Stepping into timeless elegance, the beautiful décor of Brasserie Boulud will capture the imagination of the most discerning of diners. As guests walk into the restaurant, the art deco design theme is apparent throughout the venue as modern styles are combined with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. Eyes immediately gravitate to the soaring mirrored ceiling accentuated by modern chandeliers and the classic neutral color palette provides an understated, modern and relaxed atmosphere. The open kitchen offers a multi-sensory dining experience as the chefs showcase their skills. During weekends, live entertainment will accompany the dining experience, inviting guests to take refuge from a busy city life and live the French way.

Said Daniel Boulud of the partnership, “We are so excited to be bringing Brasserie Boulud to our friends in the Middle East for the very first time and we cannot imagine a better partner than Sofitel, a brand that echoes so many of the principles we stand for. They share in our passion for excellence in both hospitality and cuisine, and we look forward to providing an extraordinary experience to their guests.”

When it comes to eating and drinking well, Dubai’s dining scene is renowned for its diverse and globally driven nature. However, Brasserie Boulud is set to be a unique destination in itself – a bastion of taste and the true meaning of gastronomie française.

About Chef Daniel Boulud

Daniel Boulud is Chef-Owner of several award-winning restaurants and the Feast & Fêtes catering company. While he hails from outside Lyon, France, it is in New York that he has truly mastered the dining scene and is today considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities. Raised on his family’s farm in the village of Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu, the chef remains inspired by the rhythm of the seasons and menus driven by fine ingredients.

Since arriving in New York City in 1982, he has continually evolved his cuisine and expanded his reach across the U.S., as well as London, Toronto, Montreal and Singapore. His culinary empire has brought him many accolades, including two Michelin-starred flagship, Daniel in New-York. Boulud’s culinary style and reverence to mentorship is also reflected in ten books, including the definitive DANIEL: My French Cuisine (Grand Central Publishing, 2013), My Best: Daniel Boulud (Ducasse Books, 2014) and a recently updated version of Letters to a Young Chef (Basic Books, 2017. In 2015, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awarded Boulud the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award for his success as a restaurateur, businessman, and ‘chef who is revered as one of the world’s finest.’

About Sofitel Dubai Wafi

A sophisticated and chic address in the epicenter of luxury, Sofitel Dubai Wafi elegantly merges modern French art de vivre and ancient Egyptian heritage with the essence and culture of the UAE. Adorned with a gold pyramidion and in the shape of an obelisk, representative of the Luxor Obelisk currently in Paris, Sofitel Dubai Wafi majestically thrones in the heart of Dubai. Connected to Wafi, a premium shopping and leisure destination, the hotel is just 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, as well as major cultural and tourist attractions in the city.

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Father’s Day Recipes

This year to celebrate Father’s Day, Martell & culinary collective Ghetto Gastro have teamed up to create delicious recipes to pair with your favorite Martell drink.

Inspired by experiences with their own fathers and families, Ghetto Gastro set out to craft bold recipes easy enough for anyone to whip up ahead of their Father’s Day meal. Chef P.’s “Green is for the Money, Gold is for the Honey” Curry Fried Rice dish was inspired by his own father’s Barbados heritage and reflects how Bajans traditionally prepare the dish. The second dish, the Blistered Prawns, was inspired by Chef Malcom’s trip to Singapore.

Both dishes pair well with Martell Blue Swift, served on its own or over ice, to create a bold statement, exactly how Martell likes it. Here are two unique and international recipes that will be sure to impress all guests at your Father’s Day dinner.

“Green is for the Money, Gold is for the Honey” Curry Fried Rice

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Ingredients:

  • 15g ground black pepper
  • 5g ground white pepper
  • 5g ground cardamom
  • 5g all spice
  • 45g madras curry powder
  • 30g canola or other neutral oil
  • 90g coconut oil
  • 2 shallots, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 30g soy sauce, plus additional as needed
  • 15g honey
  • chiles, seeded and minced
  • 3 cups cooked white rice, cooled
  • 2 limes, 1 juiced and 1 quartered
  • 1/2 cup crushed pistachios
  • 28g dried mushrooms
  • 400ml hot water
  • 50ml soy sauce
  • 45g agave
  • 10g red miso
  • 10g ginger, grated
  • 20g cornstarch
  • 20g water

Vegan Oyster Sauce

  1. Put the dried mushrooms into a container and put the hot water over the mushrooms, making sure they are fully submerged.
  2. Let the mushrooms soak for at least an hour.
  3. Add the mushrooms and the soaking liquid to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4.  In a medium sauce pan add the mushroom mixture, soy sauce, agave, miso and ginger and bring to a simmer.
  5. Reduce heat to low and cook until the mixture begins to thicken (about 8 mins).
  6. Mix together cornstarch and water and add to the pot cooking down for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Allow to cool and refrigerate for up to 2 months.

Rice

  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat the cardamom, all spice, black pepper and white pepper. Toast, shaking the pan occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the curry powder, shake again and toast for 1 minute more. Scrape the toasted-curry-powder blend into a small bowl using a rubber spatula, and set aside.
  2. Add the oils to a skillet and when they melt, add the shallots and garlic. Lower the heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots are soft and translucent, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Raise the heat to medium. Stir in the toasted-curry-powder blend, followed by 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons vegan oyster sauce and the honey. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chilies to taste, then adjust the levels of soy sauce and oyster sauce if you want to go a little saltier or sweeter. Scrape the curry paste into the small bowl.
  4.  To finish the dish, add the 2 tablespoons of Miyokos to the skillet, and heat over medium-high. When the butter melts and foams, flake the rice into it, and allow it to crisp slightly, then stir a few heaping tablespoons of curry paste into the rice to season to taste. Finish with chopped pistachios and lime juice to taste.
  5. Serve with lime wedges alongside blistered prawns or on its own.
  6. Transfer remaining curry paste to a lidded container. Let cool, cover and refrigerate up to 1 month.

Blistered Prawns with Lime, Garlic, and Cilantro Butter Sauce

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Ingredients:

  • 12 Wild caught Prawns or Shrimp with shells on
  • 500 grams Olive oil
  • 140-150 grams garlic200ml lime juice
  • 2 additional limes plus, save zest
  • 40ml orange juice
  • 1/2  tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 sprigs lemon thyme
  • 25- 50 grams butter (preferably 83% butterfat)
  • Himalayan or sea salt of your choice to taste

Garlic Sauce

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C
  2. In a cast iron skillet or other ovenproof pan, add the olive oil and crush the garlic with a garlic press. Make sure that the olive oil is completely submerged.
  3. Cook in the oven until garlic is golden brown, about 45 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, carefully stir in both citrus juice and return to the oven to cook and slightly thicken, about 15 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Stir in the lemon thyme and red pepper flakes, taste and season with salt. The sauce will not emulsify; it will be very oily, and should be stirred before use.

The Prawns

  1. Start by rinsing them in cold water and discarding any that are discolored or slimy.
  2. If you choose to remove heads, hold the body of the prawn with one hand and firmly twist off the head using your other hand, lightly dry them and place in a bowl.
  3. Stir the oil and scoop out about 2-3 tablespoons of the garlic from oil and toss with the shrimp. Marinate the shrimps for a few hours or overnight.
  4. Mix about equal parts sea salt and lime zest together, reserve in the fridge. Make this right before you cook your shrimp.
  5. Remove the prawns from the fridge, squeeze the juice from two limes over, and stir to combine.
  6. Heat a skillet over medium to high heat, add the shrimps and sauté turning constantly for about 2 minutes, then add some more of the mixed up garlic sauce to the pan and continue cooking to blister fry the shrimps until aromatic, bright red, and caramelized.
  7. Add the butter and lemon thyme, place a lid on top and shake vigorously to finish cooking the shrimps, you should hear the lemon thyme start to crackle and pop from hitting the hot oil in the pan. Season with lime salt well and transfer to a bowl.
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Beautiful Casino Designs

Some of the casinos in the world can make you feel as if you have stepped into the premises of the royal palaces. The decor, the ambiance, and the dining amenities can enliven your evening and give you a glorious day. Some of the casinos reflect sheer architectural beauty with its mix of modern and traditional designs. When it comes to casinos, the first thing that might come to your mind is Las Vegas. The vibrant colors, the light, and sound effects, and the vivacious aura of Las Vegas bring in hordes of international tourists. This article will cover some of the beautifully designed casinos from all over the world and the amenities they offer. Casinos are all about putting on your best dress for a night of revelry and soak in the exuberant ambiance. This segment will give you a trip to all the gorgeous casinos present in the global arena which can be a visual treat to you.

The Most Gorgeous Casinos In The World

The Venetian Macau

The architectural beauty of The Venetian Macau looks straight out of the books of the royal households. Its elegant structure and design create an aristocratic look that can take your breath away. This casino boasts of having 3000 well-decorated suites spread over a sprawling 10,500,000 sqft space. The predominant theme 

of the casino is based on the look and feel of Venice. The landmark designs and the architectural wonders of Venice played a major role in modeling the look of this casino. If you are wondering whether that is all, then wait till you hear this. To give this place an authentic Venice outlook, 3 canals have been constructed consisting of 44 gondolas guided by gondoliers.

The Venetian Macao is replete with Las Vegas style casino games, and over 3400 slot machines and can house 15000 guests for various entertainment events. The Venetian Arena which is now named as the Cotai Arena is an entertainment zone that hosts sports events like boxing, basketball, to name a few. It also hosts some of the major music concerts and popular award shows that gains a lot of viewership worldwide. It has around 800 gambling areas for guests to enjoy various games. The gaming arenas have been divided into private spaces to give better intimacy to its guests. They have named the spacious private gaming arenas with different Asian cities to usher in the continental feel of the place. 

The Venetian Macao does not disappoint its guests when it comes to offering fine dining services. It houses a dedicated dining space called the Paiza Club Dining & Lounge that offers various continental cuisines. 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is an architectural wonder situated in the prime locales of Singapore. This gorgeous resort houses around 2561 rooms, 1600 slot machines, and 500 gaming tables. The design of the casino is mesmerizing and it is a perfect combination of elegance and panache. A day at Marina Bay Sands will not just be an exciting one. A complete tour of this visual beauty will leave you enthralled with the world-class facilities it houses under its roof. 

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This casino flaunts of having a SkyPark that can host around 3900 guests in its arcade. The most fascinating aspect of its beauty and design is its cantilevered structure that adds to its glamour. This structure, encompassing 3 towers, is said to be the biggest cantilevered construction worldwide. The SkyPark is equipped with an infinity swimming pool that gives an impression of a never-ending water body. Marina Bay Sands is an example of extravagance at its best.

It houses an art museum and a theatre arena to entertain its guests with the works of world-famous artists and thespians. It has an Event Plaza that hosts a light, laser, and water show called & ‘Wonder Full’ which is claimed to be the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia. The elegance of Marina Bay Sands is further enhanced manifold by the presence of 2 crystal pavilions.

To give a variety of taste palette to its guest, this casino houses celebrity chef restaurants owned by Gordon Ramsay, David Thompson, to name a few. It also hosts a 1,000,000 sq ft shopping arcade called Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The Shoppes provides an extravagant shopping experience from brands like Dior, Gucci, Prada, and many more.

Wynn Las Vegas Casino

If ever a perfect combination of glamour, panache, and extravagance existed, it would be Wynn Las Vegas hands down. It is a part of Wynn Resort which houses around 4748 rooms together with Encore. This number makes Wynn Resort the 7th biggest hotel in the global arena. This resort cum casino has achieved perfection in every aspect, be it dining, spa facilities, and having top star restaurants. It has been showering Michelin stars, Forbes stars, and Mobil stars on Wynn for all its hotels and culinary excellence.

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This casino has dedicated poker rooms and table rooms to offer a luxurious experience to its guests. The decor has an aura of royalty with beautifully crafted drapes and furniture adorning the room. Wynn has been featured in several Hollywood movies where Hollywood stars shot filming sequences in the expanse of this gorgeous casino. 

One of the major attractions of Wynn which draws people from all over the world is the Lake of Dreams. It is a waterfall that enhances the look of the place and gives a mesmerizing experience. The Encore Beach Club is an ideal place to let your hair down with its tiered swimming pools and cabanas. 

On the culinary front, Wynn houses the best restaurants in the world like Cipriani, Costa di Mare, Wing Lei, and many more. To give its guests an exemplary shopping experience, it has a sprawling Wynn Esplanade Shoppes that houses international brands like Chopard, Cartier, Alexander McQueen, and many more.

Casino de Monte-Carlo

This casino owes its inception to royalties like Princess Caroline and Prince Florestan. The design looks nothing less than an imperial palace that exudes aristocracy from every corner. This architectural feat was achieved by Charles Garnier who was responsible for creating the Paris Opera. The royal casino of Monaco not only attracts guests from all over the world but also hosts the elites, royalties, and earls from the English locales.

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The grandeur and opulence of Monte Carlo Casino are unmatched. A Bond movie called Casino Royale highlighted the beauty of this place by featuring this casino in the film. The iconic character of James Bond portrayed by Hollywood star, Daniel Craig, shot some of the action sequences within its premises.

This casino offers a wide variety of games for its guests like roulettes, baccarat, blackjack, Trente et Quarante, and many more. It also houses the famous Opéra de Monte-Carlo which is an entertainment arena for the elites.

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Vegas Casino, as the name suggests, is a tribute to the architectural feat of Paris which is situated in the gorgeous locales of Las Vegas, Nevada. The beautiful expanse of the casino is adorned by miniature replicas of La Fontaine des Mers, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe to name a few. You will get your own slice of paradise in Las Vegas which will give you the aura of Paris.

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Paris Las Vegas casino is stretched across 95263 sqft having 1700 slots and gaming terminals. It offers a wide range of gambling games to its guests like roulettes, blackjack, poker, and many more. You will have no dearth of entertainment and visual treats once you enter the gates of Paris Las Vegas. The ambiance is very captivating and the Chateau nightclub provides an imposing view of the beautiful Las Vegas Strip. The terrace is replete with bars, cabanas, and restaurants.

In terms of culinary excellence, this casino houses restaurants by celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay. This casino is equipped with a Beer Park crafted by Budweiser which is stretched across 10000 sqft space and provides a commanding view of the Vegas Strip. Thanks to its heavily inspired Paris theme together with its Vegas aura, this casino has been a part of many movies like Fargo, Despicable Me, to name a few.

The Ritz Carlton Club London

This casino can be best described as sophisticated, vibrant, and gossamer. The Ritz Carlton represents the elegance of London through its grand and tasteful decor adorned by rich vibrant colors. The beautiful chandeliers give the casino a golden hue that enhances the elegance of the place.

The gaming space of the Ritz Carlton is located in the vast expanse of the ballroom arena. The architectural designs give the interior a contemporary feel which brings out the essence of London. It has spacious gaming terminals and offers wide-ranging games like three card pokers, punto banco, roulette, baccarat, and many more. 

The guests can indulge in continental delights from its fine dining restaurant where award-winning chefs prepare excellent seasonal dishes. You can indulge in Thai, Indian, and exotic Middle Eastern dishes to give your taste buds a surreal experience. This casino also offers its patrons to enjoy their games over a few sips from its finest wine collection. The impeccable cocktails and the alluring whiskeys and can give a great time to all the guests within the confines of its intimate ambiance.

So if you love Beautiful Design and like to play Las Vegas-style games, then these above casinos are some of the best to visit.

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The Ritz & Co. – Rolling The Dice in Style Around the World

Casinos are well known for being places to gamble, enjoy food and drink, or watch a show. However, many people don’t realise the beauty of these casinos and resorts, particularly the larger ones. So if you’re eager to discover some beautiful architecture and visit some truly glamorous places, take a look at below:

The Venetian, Macao

While most people praise Las Vegas’ Venetian Casino for its canals and Venetian landmarks, most people overlook Macao’s Venetian Casino which, right now, is regarded as the biggest casino in the entire world. The resort consists of a hotel with 3,000 rooms and suites, a large casino site featuring dozens of games, and so much more.

The resort itself is double the size of its Vegas sister and includes its own Venetian-inspired decor including 500-foot canals and authentic gondolas. You’ll find stunning statues, gorgeous murals on walls and ceilings, and a buzzing environment. 

Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

The Casino de Monte-Carlo, widely known as the Monte Carlo Casino, is one of the most famous casino resorts in the world. Located in Monaco, the site is closely associated with fictional spy James Bond and was featured in several Bond films including Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye. 

The site, which the citizens of Monaco are prohibited from entering, is praised for its jaw-dropping gardens, turrets and towers, glass ceilings, murals, and general glamour. It is also home to various table games for roulette, blackjack, craps, and more, as well as video poker and slot machines. 

Fun fact: Many online casinos, such as the Grand Ivy, have taken the Casino de Monte-Carlo as a blueprint for the development of their online experience. If you want to know more, this website has all the information when it comes to online casinos including details about bonuses, payments, and customer support.

The Ritz Club, London

The Ritz Club is a glamorous casino venue located near Piccadilly in London. The resort has been visited by dozens of famous celebrities and there’s a reason for it; the Ritz Club is beautiful. The venue, which is completely formal, features plush carpet, beautiful paintings and artwork, hand-made casino tables, intricate chandeliers, and so much more. 

If that isn’t enough, you’ll be able to enjoy various casino games for roulette, blackjack, baccarat, as well as slot machines and more. You can also enjoy various bars and an excellent restaurant offering you all the food you need.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 

The Marina Bay Sands is a resort that can be found in Singapore. Built in 2010, the resort is home to hundreds of casino tables and slot machines. It also has an indoor skating rink, a swimming pool, a museum, and three 55-story hotel towers offering more than 2,000 hotel rooms in total. 

The resort’s iconic three towers were reportedly inspired by decks of cards. Inside, you’ll find large glass windows, fountains, and canals, lots of fresh plant life, and so much more, all of which adds to the glamour of the casino and resort. 

Sun City, South Africa

Sun City is a casino resort found deep in the forest of South Africa. Located near Johannesburg, the resort is home to four hotels, two golf courses, an artificial beach and a huge casino site. Some of the games available for you to enjoy include blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, and slot machines. 

The resort itself consists of various towers and also features some gorgeous gardens for plant and nature lovers. Inside, the resort is home to high ceilings, fountains, intricate pillars, and tiled flooring. You won’t believe your eyes when you see this casino resort!

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Digital Nomads


Telecommunication infrastructure, a changing working culture, and availability of gadgets are making it easier for people to work from anywhere. This has created a class of digital nomads who work on freelance writing jobs from anywhere, make a decent living, and enjoy life while at it. All a person requires to become a digital nomad is a laptop or computer gadget like a tablet, internet connection, and a place to sit.

Digital nomads are working from such unconventional places as cafeterias, public parks, libraries, and co-working spaces, among such other flexible places. As the name suggests, they are nomads who have shunned the conventional office space to work from anywhere.

Why Become A Digital Nomad


A lot of employers are looking for ideas on how to cut down on office and operational expenses. They are outsourcing services that are non-essential to freelancers around the world. Freelancing is, therefore, presenting a rewarding working opportunity for these digital nomads.
Traditional work environments are also tiring and unattractive. You are forced to get to the office at 8 and leave at 5. The current workforce desires a flexible work environment where you can relax without unwarranted or bossy supervision after completing your task for the day. The opportunity to work in a nomadic setup, therefore, becomes extremely attractive to a present-day generation of workers.


Travel While You Work


Everyone would love to travel the world. However, an 8-5 job cannot allow you to travel because it confines you to a particular office location. A digital nomad works from anywhere he or she feels comfortable. This could be a park, office rooftop, on a train, or café, among such other relaxing areas. It is interesting to travel without incurring expenses or risking your work.
Some of the job opportunities for digital nomads include app development, content writing, programming, and editing. You have to pitch to direct clients or register at a website that allows you to pick these jobs. Other jobs that suit digital nomads include affiliate marketing, blogging, SEO specialists, and social media managers. The jobs still require skills, customer satisfaction, and commitment.


A digital nomad is a freelancer who chooses to work while he or she travels. It is an excellent opportunity for graduates before they settle and start families. The chance to travel while you still work and earn a decent income while it makes digital nomad experience attractive. To survive in the industry, you must gain the right skills, get clients to provide the work and commit to delivering quality work.

US Businesses Allowing Remote Working

The rise of cloud computing and teleconferencing represent both the biggest opportunity for growth as well as the most significant organizational challenge to companies around the world, according to new research from Condeco’s new research paper, The Modern Workplace 2019: People, places & technology, involving 750 corporate leaders. The full report can be downloaded here. Among the countries in the survey, remote working is particularly prevalent in Australia (45 per cent) with the US tied for being the country with the second most amount of companies allowing remote work (43 percent) and least widespread is Germany (35 per cent). However, US businesses were least likely to offer flextime (49 percent), while those in Singapore were most likely (66 percent). In addition, 43 percent of US business forecast that they will allow more remote working in the next year while only 9 percent have indicated that they will offer less remote working, a clear indicator that remote working is a major trend in America. 54 percent of US companies have said that they offer remote working to increase employee retention, which showcases employees increasing demands to work from home.

While recognizing digital transformation as crucial to their future success, 60 percent of those who participated express concern over the speed with which new technologies are reshaping their businesses. They are increasingly preoccupied with issues related to cloud computing, the internet of things, and big data.These technology challenges are contributing significantly to the changing nature of the corporate environment, the report finds. Cloud computing in particular has made it possible for increasing numbers of employees to work remotely and flexibly meaning that the central company workspace is rapidly becoming an administrative hub, rather than a traditional central focus where everyone gathers during set hours. The demands of regulation and compliance are also adding to the burden felt by businesses as they face the future. Condeco’s report is based on an in-depth survey of business leaders in six countries, including the United States, backed by qualitative interviews. Respondents overall say the biggest challenges facing their organizations in the next 12 months are digital transformation (37 percent) and the adoption of new technology (35 percent).

Across all countries surveyed, access to talent supply (26 per cent) and regulation and compliance (24 per cent) are considered greater organizational challenges than business uncertainty (22 per cent). Welcome to the flexible working revolution. Almost half of global businesses surveyed (41 percent) say they already offer some degree of remote working, while three-fifths (60 percent) provide flextime opportunities, allowing employees to choose when to start and end their workday. “The research clearly shows that businesses are in the process of transforming their workplaces digitally, which enables them to transform the way that they are used physically,” said Paul Statham, CEO of Condeco.”Today’s technology allows for space to be used more flexibly and for employees to work remotely. This benefits businesses by maximizing office space, reducing costs and by keeping employees engaged and productive.”

The end of meeting-room culture? When employees do go into the office, it is most often for meetings with colleagues and customers. Yet the researchers discovered that finding, booking and using meeting rooms is a consistent point of organizational tension, even as more people are working remotely. Fewer than a quarter of those surveyed (23 percent) say that their employees have access to meeting rooms whenever they need them; however, the US leads the world with 31 percent, compared to just 9 percent in Singapore. Only a third of respondents (31 percent) currently use specialist meeting-room scheduling software to help make efficient use of their available space. Some of those surveyed believed that there was an opportunity to use artificial intelligence to book and use meeting rooms more effectively.

“AI can release individuals from routine, repetitive tasks at work and free them up for more value-adding and enriching activities. That’s why it is likely to play an important role in meeting room booking software,” said Peter Otto, Chief Product Officer at Condeco. Businesses are only just beginning to realize the extent to which the need for co-workers to meet in person is a thing of the past, as new conferencing systems enable teams to maintain real-time collaboration and conversation across vast distances and multiple time zones.“Ultimately new technology will enable businesses to allocate their resources and time more effectively,” said Otto.“There is also a role it can play in gathering data, but companies need to be aware of the ethical and privacy aspects of using it in this way and be prepared to be fully transparent in communicating what they are doing to their employees.”

US leaders prepare for the future While a fifth of business leaders worldwide (22 per cent) said that uncertainty was a concern for them, less than one fifth of American business leaders (16 percent) echoed this. The most-common concern for US respondents is technology adoption (45 percent) and talent supply (30 percent), suggesting that businesses are expecting these to be major issues over the next year. Only 11 percent of US business cited access to capital as their top organizational concern.

5 Getaway Must-Haves Global Traveler Emilia Taneva Stashes in Her Bag

Before your feet hit the pavement for any getaway vacation you need to pack the must-have necessities for your trip. Traveling light is the only way to go, so choose the items you stash in your bag carefully. One of the worst mistakes people make while getting ready for a trip is leaving something important behind and either have to do without or purchase a new one. That’s why world traveler and influencer Emilia Taneva has put together a guide for getaway must-haves so you don’t forget any of your essentials at home!

Chanel Makeup Base. When you need a versatile makeup that does more than just mask your flaws, choose Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. Ideal for travelers, this cream-gel bronzer can be used under your favorite foundation, as a spot cover-up, a smoother as well as a highlighter. Unlike other bases, Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup was formulated to leave your skin velvety soft with a light finish and a hint of color.

Love & Positivity Rose Quartz Stud Earrings by Congés. When you have finished traveling, are rested and want to stand out look to Congés. Designer Hasmig “Jasmine” Penna leaves her pieces untreated to harness their natural beauty. These hand-cut rose quartz stones represent love and are made in the heart of Los Angeles. In an evening outfit or daytime ensemble, add these 18k gold studs with a white diamond center to create an elegant look.

Rose Quartz rounded hand cut stone White diamond center (very good quality approximately 1.35 mm for each ear…

Mason Weekend Bag. Sole Society created this trendy tote for the stylish traveler. Made soft enough to sleep on, this bag features soft faux leather that will never leave you feeling stranded. The 19½ x 12 x 10 bag is one of the getaway must-haves that works with every outfit in cognac brown or black. What makes this bag a must-have? The spacious interior shoe compartment with a bottom zipper at the base. The sturdy bag still looks chic when it is packed to the seams so toss in anything you need and don’t worry! There are top carry handles, a removable strap, smartphone pockets, protective metal feet, and a sexy leopard lining so you never feel like you’re away from home.

Clinique Pep-Start™ Daily UV Protector. Ideal for daily sun protection the Pep-Start™ Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 from Clinique meets all of the FDA’s standards for sun protection, stopping both UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with minerals to flawlessly blend into the skin for a better-than-bare finish on any skin tone.

Summersalt Swimsuit. With a colorful made in Italy style, this swimsuit is available in many different color combinations. Bold, elegant and sure to turn heads the colorblock swimsuit will make onlookers expect a cannonball or a swan dive. So, why not make a splash with this getaway must-have?

About Emilia Taneva:

Emilia Taneva is a creative photographer, travel blogger, digital influencer, and Board-Certified Orthodontist. She is ranked as one of the top influencers in North America, with a focus on travel, fashion, and lifestyle. Taneva was born in the medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria) where civilizations and cultures have collided throughout its history. At a young age, she was captivated by history and tour books and would daydream about seeing the world one day. Today, Taneva runs the popular travel blog, Bubbly Moments. The Bubbly Moments is focused on the world’s most luxurious destinations and exclusive places. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents and knocked some big adventures off her bucket list along the way. Her all-time favorite destinations include Hawaii, the Maldives, Hong Kong, the French Riviera, and Singapore.

THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, announces the 51-120 list of restaurants ahead of its annual awards ceremony, which takes place in one week’s time on Tuesday, 25th June 2019 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. For 2019 only, the list expands from 51-100 to 51-120 restaurants, in celebration of the 120th anniversary of S.Pellegrino, partner of the gastronomy community since the beginning of its history in 1899. Deloitte, a professional services consultancy, is again independently adjudicating the list that is compiled by a diverse voting Academy which comprises over 1,000 international chefs, food writers and traveling gastronomes.

The 51-120 list in numbers – developing diversity

  • The 51-120 boasts 21 new entries from 15 countries, marking a near 30% increase in new territories this year
  • The full 51-120 list includes restaurants in 25 countries across five continents, with four new countries joining the list
  • There are six re-entries from four countries: Denmark, Japan, France and South Africa
  • It’s been a fine year for Italy with three first-time entrants
  • The highest new entry on the 51-120 list at No.61 is Uliassi in Senigallia, Italy
  • Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Berlin, Germany rises an impressive 31 places from last year to No.57, with
    Indian Accent in New Delhi, India following in close second, advancing 30 positions to No.60
  • USA leads in volume with seven restaurants on the 51-120 list, including one new entry
  • Japan and Spain are hot on the heels of USA with six restaurants each, including four new listings

Female Forward
There is a strong female presence this year, most notably with an exciting new entry from Core by Clare Smyth in London (No.66), the restaurant led by the winner of The World’s Best Female Chef Award 2018. Other female-led restaurants include Elena Arzak’s Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain (No.53), Pim Techamuanvivit’s Nahm in Bangkok, Thailand (No.69), Helena Rizzo’s Maní in São Paulo, Brazil (No.73),Garima Arora’s Gaa in Bangkok, Thailand (No.95) and Anne-Sophie Pic’s eponymous restaurant in Valence, France (No.98).

50/50 Split
As a result of the gender-balanced voting Academy announced in early 2019, more than 500 female experts, chefs, food writers and restaurateurs, make up 50% of the total voting Academy, establishing equal representation within the group of 1,000-plus international restaurant industry experts.

Widening the net
Some less celebrated gastronomic locations now appear on the 51-120 list, including the Marche region in Italy with Uliassi (No.61); southern Spain’s Aponiente (No.94) in El Puerto de Santa Maria; Guadalajara in Mexico with Alcalde (No.109); Ghent in Belgium with Chambre Séparée (No.111); and the Dolomites in Italy with St. Hubertus (No.116).

William Drew, Director of Content of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, comments: “This year’s 51-120 listmarks the most expansive representation of geographic diversity we’ve seen during the 18 years that 50 Best has been celebrating culinary excellence. Restaurants from world-renowned countries as well as lesser-known destinations are voted for and will be acknowledged at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in Singapore on 25th June. The advent of S.Pellegrino’s landmark anniversary marked the ideal opportunity for us to extend the list for one year only. We hope to see as many of them as possible again next year.”

In a collection of restaurants marked by their geographic spread, 21 new entries appear on this year’s 51-120 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, marking a notable increase of represented countries and cities compared to previous years. There are three new entries apiece for Japan, Italy and China (including two from Hong Kong and one from Macau). Russia sees two new entries, both from St. Petersburg, challenging what has previously been Moscow’s domination. Lido 84 on Lake Garda, Italy (No.78) – this year’s winner of the Miele One To Watch Award – is another significant newcomer to the list, alongside Uliassi, which is the highest new entry in the 51-120 list.

Berlin’s Nobelhart & Schmutzig, last year’s No.88, has climbed the ranking an impressive 31 places to No.57, followed by Indian Accent in New Delhi, which advanced 30 places from last year to No.60.

SingleThread of Healdsburg, USA, last year’s Miele One To Watch winner, continues to demonstrate its predicted progress to No.71, jumping 21 places. Other notable climbers include Rio de Janeiro’s Lasai,bumping up 26 places to No.74, and Diverxo of Madrid landing at No.75 from No.96.
USA boasts an impressive seven restaurants on the 51-120 list, with Atomix, New York, debuting at No.119. Spain and Japan closely follow with six restaurants each, and Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and the UK are each represented by four restaurants.

The Voting Process
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list is voted for by more than 1,000 international restaurant industry experts and well-travelled gourmets who make up The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. The gender- balanced Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 40 members including a chairperson. No sponsor from the event has any influence over the voting process. Professional services consultancy, Deloitte, independently adjudicates the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. This adjudication ensures that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 are protected.

Results
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Energias de Portugal and Sepio Systems

EDP, One of Europe’s Major Electricity Operators, Completes a Strategic Investment in the Cybersecurity Company Sepio Systems

Energias de Portugal, which ranks among Europe’s major electricity operators, and is one of Portugal’s largest business groups has completed a strategic investment in the Israel- and US-based cybersecurity company Sepio Systems. EDP is a vertically integrated utility company that has electricity, gas and renewable energy operations in 16 countries and EDP Renewables is the fourth wind power operator worldwide.

EDP is expanding partnerships in Cyber Security to further strengthen connectivity and resilience that are vital to the infrastructure, and advance new business opportunities. Over the last couple of years, attacks on critical infrastructure have surged, and the potential repercussions are significant. A loss of data is concerning, but a loss of electricity is catastrophic to both businesses and society.

“Sepio’s approach to protecting enterprises against attacks arising from rogue devices is very creative and a well-executed idea in the cybersecurity space, and we were even more impressed after experiencing it firsthand.” Said Luis Manuel, Board Member at EDP Ventures. “The software provides granular visibility into our assets and, best of all, allows us to define and enforce a security policy for hardware devices. We believe Sepio is well-positioned to protect assets in both the IT and OT domains and we look forward to supporting Sepio Systems to help them grow further.”

Also participating in the investment is Mindset Ventures, an international Venture Capital firm that supports the growth and development of innovative companies that provide solutions to the relevant markets in Latin America, and the existing investors – Pico Venture Partners and Founders Group.

The partnership with EDP will help Sepio Systems accelerate the development and deployment of Sepio’s Rogue Device Mitigation solution among utilities, financial institutes, and large enterprises in Europe.

Sepio Prime is the world’s first end-to-end solution that offers comprehensive mitigation of hardware-based attacks, including rogue peripherals, invisible network devices, and manipulated firmware. Sepio Prime has been successfully deployed in over 20 mid-sized to large banks, insurance, and telecom companies in the U.S., Singapore, Brazil, and Israel. The current install base secures over 600,000 workstations and network ports.

“The massive cyber-attacks and data breaches we see lately are due not just to the rise of cybercrime but also to the ease of getting hold of attack tools that were accessible to governments and intelligence organizations until only few years ago”, said Iftah Bratspiess, CEO of Sepio Systems. “We founded Sepio to help organizations address the rapidly growing threat of malicious hardware devices. By applying deep intelligence and hardware fingerprinting technology we can instantly and accurately detect and identify manipulated peripherals and network devices.”

Mr. Bratspiess added, “Having a top global vertically integrated utility such as EDP invest directly in Sepio is not only a vote of confidence in the company, but a testament to the significant risk organizations see in the uncontrolled use of hardware devices. In addition, the support and network of Mindset Ventures provides a huge leap forward in successfully engaging with top tier companies in Brazil. The new funding will fuel our technology roadmap as well as the expansion into new verticals and territories.”

About EDP Ventures

EDP Ventures is the corporate venture arm of EDP group, an early-stage venture capital mainly focused in Seed and Series A, aiming to support and stimulate the open innovation process in the energy sector. Currently managing +70M€, EDP Ventures looks for disruptive technologies and business models focusing in Renewable Power technology, Smart Grids, Energy Efficiency, Electric Mobility, Energy Storage, AI and ML, Cybersecurity, Digital and Predictive analytics. It is located in Lisbon and São Paulo. For more information visit www.edpventures.vc

About Mindset Ventures

Mindset Ventures is an international Venture Capital firm with investment focus primarily in the United States and Israel. We support the growth and development of groundbreaking companies by providing them with access to advisors and potential clients, especially in Latin America. For more information visit http://mindset.ventures/

About Sepio Systems

Sepio is disrupting the cyber-security industry by uncovering hidden hardware attacks.

Sepio Prime provides security teams with full visibility into their hardware assets and their behavior in real time. A comprehensive policy enforcement module allows administrators to easily define granular device usage rules and continuously monitor and protect their infrastructure. Leveraging a combination of physical fingerprinting technology together with device behavior analytics, Sepio’s software-only solution offers instant detection and response to any threat or breach attempt that coming from a manipulated or infected element.

For more information visit http://sepio.systems

HOW TO TRAVEL WITH A VAPE AND NOT BREAK THE LAW

What does your usual day look like?

The most common script is that you wake up, take a shower, have your breakfast and leave for work. The other option is lying in bed until midday and enjoying your distanced work from home. However, it does not matter, which obligations you have, but it is important, which habits you have. If you have any of all possible unhealthy habits, it may be difficult for you to travel with family during your holidays or to go on business trips.

Today we would talk about possibilities to travel if your habit is vaping. If you are a long-termed vaper and cannot imagine your working day without using best vape pen (Vapingdaily gives helpful hints), you might be surprised when you would have to leave your device at home during traveling abroad. These prohibitions depend on the destination country laws, the rules of traveling adapted by your airline company and also on the type of device you use and the substance you vape. For example, even the best vape pen for weed regarding safety and security must be left at home, because in the country (or state), you travel to, marijuana or other substances are illicit.

It also happens that you have to leave your vape at home because of strict rules of airlines, but then you can buy new vape pens in any vape shop at your destination country (or state).

What are the rules of taking vaping devices to the plane?

The most evident rule is that you can never vape while being on the plane during your flight, but usually, you can bring your vaping device in the plane. The important point here is that it should not be in the checked bag, because all the batteries must be in special storage in the pressurized cabin. Some airlines may have additional peculiarities about carrying some types of e-cig or vaporizer pen. The policies of different airlines may vary, so read the policies carefully before you purchase the ticket. This may save your money and help to avoid conflicts or other possible unpleasant situations.

The other question is about e liquids and vapor juice for your pen vaporizer. You know that any airlines have limits to the amount of any liquid that you can take along with you. To minimize possible problems try to put the liquid into a special plastic container to facilitate the screening process. Do not forget that the dosage of allowed liquid may vary depending on the company.

What countries you would better fly without vaping devices and why?

The short list of countries, where using vape pen may turn sour, is:

Thailand

Singapore

Brunei

Taiwan

Vietnam

Philippines

Lebanon

India

To exemplify, a traveler caught with pen vaporizer can get sentenced up to 10 years behind bars. Lebanon, India, Vietnam and some other countries impose harsh penalties on those, who vape. Vaping is strictly banned there.

The fact is that we know very little about laws on vaping in our country, not to say about the countries we have never been to. There is plenty of either country, where vaping is illegal, and you can get a fine, or being put into prison. So find a couple of minutes to google the legislation of the country of your destination.

In 2011 not only the process of vaping is banned, but also essential, transferring, selling or buying of even those vape pens, which contain no nicotine was banned in Argentina. If you have a trip to this country, better leave you vape at home. To continue the theme of South America, the production and sales of electronic cigarettes are illegal in Brazil since 2014.

One of the most popular countries for holidays is Egypt. Electronic cigarettes are banned there for already four years. Border patrol agent can commandeer your device at customs.

Talking about Asia, you would have to pay from $300 to $500 if you use any type of vaporizer pen in the areas, where smoking is forbidden, since 2010 in Brunei. To talk business, the government does not regulate the ability of personal use of vape pens, but people advise not to take your device to this country. One cannot be too careful.

In Singapore, the fines are much higher. The first offense will cost you about $4000 or more. In Cambodia, the government banned vaping in 2014. In India, though e-cigs are forbidden only in six states (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Jammu, and Kashmir). In some of these states, police can force you to pay a fine, but in some, they can get you into prison as well. Some states in Malaysia also have particular bans on vaping. It is illegal in public buildings, gas stations, etc. The fine might rich $2000, or you can get into prison for up to 2 years. In Jordan, any type of e-cig (even those, which contain no nicotine) is under a ban since 2009.

As for Europe, you cannot transfer, sell or purchase any of the products, which contain nicotine in Norway. The only exception is a medical note, which proves that you need an e-cig to give up smoking. On the contrary, the Netherlands are famous for the ability to smoke anything. They sell weed in cakes, as cigs, and in many other forms. Therefore, this is the country, where you can use drugs, surely, if you stick to the dosages allowed.

As a conclusion, we have pointed out several tips for traveling with vapes. They are:

Demount your vaporizer pen before the trip. You have to put different parts of it into some plastic bags or something because not all the constituents are allowed to be taken in the checked bag. This means you would better clean them, not to make your clothes dirty or sticky. Be sure to browse flawless vape shop for pens which don’t leak.

Check how much of e-liquid you can take according to the policy of your airlines. It is better to use several bottles because one can be broken or spilled during the flight or inspections at the airport.

Check the expiry date of all the substances you need and check if you put your charger with you. Also, it is better to google the location of vape shops in the area of your hotel.

You must pack all the batteries into special packs. This rule is extremely strict-followed in all the airline’s companies.

Check the laws of the country you travel to once again. It is better to read more than to spend two years in an Asian prison.

About the author:

Christina Matthews, the journalist who studies the latest news in the health industry. Now she studies the effects of smoking and vaping on health and reasons for such its popularity.

It also happens that you have to leave your vape at home because of strict rules of airlines, but then you can buy new vape pens in any vape shop at your destination country (or state). If you decide to travel to Canada we recommend 180Smoke.ca.