Two of the construction data industry’s biggest players are now embroiled in a bitter legal battle.Reed Construction Data, a unit of b-to-b publisher Reed Business Information, filed suit yesterday in federal court against McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge, charging corporate espionage.According to the 60-page complaint, RCD claims Dodge unlawfully accessed confidential and secret trade information from RCD by hiring consultants to subscribe to RCD’s confidential data, using made up names and fake companies. It also alleges that Dodge manipulated the RCD information to create “misleading comparisons” between Dodge and RCD’s products and services “in an attempt to mislead the marketplace.” The RCD complaint cites 11 counts of misconduct by Dodge dating back to 2002 and says efforts to obtain competitive information from RCD dates back to “the mid- to late-1990s.” RCD is seeking an unspecified amount in lost profits, punitive damages and injunctive relief.According to RCD CEO Iain Melville, Dodge’s alleged actions represent an attempt “to force RCD out of business and obtain a monopoly over the construction data industry.”A spokesperson for McGraw-Hill Construction told FOLIO: the RCD lawsuit is unfounded. “We believe that Reed’s legal claims are without merit, and we intend to defend against them vigorously,” the spokesperson said. “We take these allegations very seriously and are committed to ensuring that all employees comply with our Code of Business Ethics.”This isn’t the first time these two companies have been involved in a legal dispute. In February 2000, McGraw-Hill filed a similar suit against RBI’s (then Cahners Business Information) Buildingteam.com, alleging it “illegally and systematically” misappropriated confidential and proprietary business information over several months, and engaged in unfair trade practices. Reed and McGraw-Hill settled that claim in March 2001. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.In April, RBI shuttered 13 of the 14 regional construction magazines published under its Associated Construction Publications group, which was managed by RCD. RBI continues to publish Construction Equipment magazine.Not long after, John White, the original co-owner of the ACP titles, reacquired the rights to the 13 shuttered titles from RBI. In late July, ACP re-launched Construction Digest and New England Construction. In August, it planned to bring back six more titles, and to have all 13 up and running again by September.Click here to read RCD’s entire complaint.
BOMBILLAZTell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?Well, what comes to us, we mostly still define ourselves as just a group of friends and this is how and where it all started from as well. But to give this occasion a timeframe then, it was a year 2007 when the first track as a demo was realised and as a surprise for all of us, actually it did very well and got Bombillaz on a map straight away. The song was called Raggamasta. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ What was the first big break for you guys?Continuing a story, I guess the beginning of a Bombillaz could also be listed us our breakthrough which was also recognised as a ‘Demo of the year’ award by Estonian radio station Radio 2. Was a great honour for us. How would you define your musical philosophy? ‘Don’t make music that you wouldn’t want to listen to yourself’ In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn context of Estonian music scene, it is relatively easy to stand out and get noticed which directly benefits from the small size of the country (yes, there is only 1.3 million of us). However, that also plays a downside role in the game which means the music industry is small and tight. That results that most of the musicians have to be involved with numerous projects as it is very hard to live well, feed the family and pay taxes by just playing in one band. Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you guys?In Estonia they sometimes call us ‘The sunshine band’ which we guess sums it up quite well. Where’s us, the Bombillaz, there’s always a party under a sunshine. We like to think we go together quite well. What/Who inspires you?A big pipe and a good meal-what else you really need right. But other than that, most definitely different cultures!HANSRAJ PROJEKTTell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?4 of the 6 members in Hansraj Projekt i.e Sajal Sharma, Nirupan Sinha, Prateek Narsimha and Vaibhav Ahuja were already students of The Hansraj College and were playing in their respective bands Raagleela and Freewill. It was only this year that our keyboardist and Indian Vocalist Anirudh Varma and Saptak Chattopadhyay came into the college through the Extra Curricular Activities Category. The need for a college band was prevalent and hence the 6 of us decided that a ‘project’ so to say should be started with the name The Hansraj Projekt. It not only defines the 6 of us and what we do but also all the student musicians who are yet to come to this college and grace it with their talents.What was the first big break for you guys?The first big break for The Hansraj Projekt was IIT Bombay’s annual cultural festival Mood Indigo where the band got the Best Band tittle at the Battle of the Bands.How would you define your musical philosophy?Our musical philosophy is: ‘Music is art, art is imagination and imagination is limitless’Tell us about your best tracksOne of our very first re-arrangements of a traditional Hindustani Bandish set in Raag Yaman and another original composition called Batiyaan which literally means ‘spoken words’ are two tracks which we really are satisfied with, because of the essence and variety of tones and background setting that both the songs get as the whole band contributes their individual parts very systematically.SAGE AND THE COMETSTell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?We all got together in Sri Venkateswara College. Aashish was already playing with Fire Exit but back then the line up and music were very different. When the vocalist and bassist left, he asked Aditya and me to try out, and this was the beginning of a completely new sound. During a college competition, Aashish and Aditya played with Varun, who they loved and we asked him to join us. With the second album, our sound changed even more and we also decided to rename the band since it was a long time coming so we’re Sage and the Comets now! What was the first big break for you guys?We had been playing gigs in the city for a few years, but in 2009, we got selected for Channel V Launch Pad and I think with that we sort of evolved drastically. So in terms of a ‘big’ break I think it would be that. We didn’t get to the finals, but the experience of traveling together and being on a show just magnified everything for us!How would you define your musical philosophy?Well for the longest time we had been playing music to please people. Lots of hard songs, complicated stuff and even covers just to get audiences to be happy. But with the new album, I think we’ve discovered a love for simplicity and in just creating and experiencing music together. I think in the process we’ve just taken whatever route has come to us naturally. So it’s difficult to categorise our music, because each song is a different story altogether. Tell us about your best tracksAmongst the new songs, Taking Shape which is a very mellow piano based song has hit it quite well with listeners. Its a simple composition that we just came up with and people seem to have liked it quite a bit. From the first album, Vacuum is one song that people have remembered and sung along with.TRITHATell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?I met Tritha in 2010, on the Neemrana production Hair where she was singing while I was doing the sound. We immediately clicked musically, and decided to create a new kind of fusion sound, based of course on Indian Classical music, but this time blended with Western punk and psychedelic sounds, rather than classic rock or pop ones. What was the first big break for you guys?The first one…? mmmmm the first one would have been in June 2010, when Tritha performed in the biggest church in Paris (St Eustache) on World Music Day. The audience was mesmerized and that was the beginning of Tritha’s special connection with France. How would you define your musical philosophy?Nietzschean. In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?The main issue right now in the country is the lack of good live music venues. I miss Blue Frog in Delhi. Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you guys?Our music is free. On stage we never play the same thing twice. Just like in Indian Classical Music each musician knows the basic progression of what is going to happen, and improvises within that structure. The key is to listen.What/Who inspires you?People who follow their dreams… and succeed. e.g. Dave Grohl! What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?Careful, make sure you’re 100 per cent serious and dedicated. Else better keep music as a hobby. The road is long.WHEN: 14 March, 7:30 pm onwardsWHERE: Garden of Five Senses read more
Share Tags: Business Travel, Hilton, Hyatt, Trend Watch TORONTO — More perks, but less flexibility: the hotel industry is walking a fine line as it woos its most lucrative segment – corporate travellers – with new loyalty incentives, while at the same time keeping tight control of bookings in a last-minute world with increasingly strict cancellation policies.Hilton Hotels & Resorts announced today that it is upgrading Hilton Honors to offer what it says is the highest elite point earning potential in the industry.The loyalty program’s 70 million+ members of Hilton Honors also get the option to rollover nights and the opportunity to gift status. The program is free to join.Hilton says it upgraded the program to make it easier for members to earn points and unlock rewards. The changes take effect April 2018.Mark Weinstein, Senior VP and Global Head of Customer Engagement, Loyalty and Partnerships at Hilton, says “We have heard our Hilton Honors members loud and clear … they are looking for simple, straightforward ways to earn more points and rewards the more they stay with Hilton. Now more than ever, every stay counts – there’s always another milestone to reach, benefit to unlock, reward to earn.”Hilton says it announced the Hilton Honors changes as part of its plan to offer the most customer-centric loyalty program to its members, designed in direct response to extensive member feedback.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“Over the last several years, we have been evolving Hilton Honors to ensure our members receive the best hotel stay experience with perks like free WiFi and member-only rates when they book directly with us. Last year, we introduced even more ways for members to use their Points with more flexibility and ease, including Amazon Shop with Points and Points Pooling. Now, in 2018, we want to give our members more ways to earn their Points and show our loyalty back to our most elite members,” said Weinstein.Starting in April, all members will continue to earn points the way they always have, while enjoying new elite tier bonus rates for Silver (20%), Gold (80%) and Diamond (100%) members.Hilton Honors members will earn 10,000 Bonus Points on every 10th night, once members reach at least 40 nights in a calendar year. It’s not a limited time offer, no registration is required and there is no cap- the more members stay at Hilton, the more Points they earn. On top of that, for Diamond members, there is an additional bonus at 60 nights in one year, a 30,000 Bonus Points reward.Starting this year, Silver, Gold and Diamond members can rollover qualifying nights earned beyond their current elite tier requirements to count towards their elite tier status the following year.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalMembers staying 60 or more nights in a calendar year will also have the ability to gift Gold status to their favorite travel partner. Stay 100+ nights and that gift gets upgraded to Diamond.Many of these changes begin in April, however a number of new benefits and ways to earn are already available to members in 2018, says the company, including breakfast perks at a host of Hilton brands, plus for Gold and Diamond Hilton Honors members, free continental breakfast or a food and beverage credit at all of Hilton’s luxury properties, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Starting Jan.18 members will also have access “to the most rewarding credit cards Hilton has ever offered” with the four new American Express cobranded cards.The Hilton Honors news came just as another major hotel chain, Hyatt, announced a tightening of its cancellation policy. Hyatt guests now face a cancellation fee if they cancel a reservation within 48 hours or less.However it’s not as if Hyatt is going it alone with its new 48-hour cancellation policy.In June 2017 Marriott announced a 48-hour cancellation policy, upping the penalty window from 24 hours.And in July 2017 Hilton followed suit with its own 48-hour cancellation policy. Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Hilton Honors gets an upgrade; Hyatt falls in line with 48-hour cancellation policy << Previous PostNext Post >> read more
Jamaica rebounds with more than 2 million visitors since January: JTB Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Jamaica is posting overall market growth of 5.4% for the first six months of 2018, with stopover tourist arrivals up by 5.9% and cruise by 4.8% over the same period last year. For the period January to June 2018, Jamaica recorded more than 1.25 million stopover arrivals and over 1 million cruise arrivals. The island welcomed over 100,000 more visitors year-on-year and earned a sizeable increase in foreign exchange earnings. Stopover arrivals accounted for US$1.459 billion in earnings and cruise accounted for $100.6 million, totaling $1.556 billion, an increase of 7.3%.The JTB says quick, decisive and sustained initiatives led by Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and Director of Tourism Donovan White successfully mitigated the possible negative outcomes that could have resulted from the enhanced security measures implemented in the parish of St. James.The State of Public Emergency, issued Jan. 18 for Montego Bay and the surrounding St. James Parish, followed an uptick in crime. In response the Canadian government revised its travel advice for Jamaica, advising Canadian travellers to stay in resort areas and not venture off-property.During a press conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James this week, Minister Bartlett reported that “the strong on-the-ground marketing engagements which brought us face to face with key stakeholders here and around the world, have helped to not only stave off any fall-out from these measures, but also increased growth in arrivals to our shores.”Speaking about the marketing activities that were engaged to keep Jamaica top of mind, Director White said: “It has been all hands on deck as teams locally and overseas spread the message of destination Jamaica’s commitment to providing exciting and authentic experiences to all visitors. As we ramp up our digital marketing strategies among a range of other initiatives, we are confident that the value of our tourism product will continue to attract visitors.”Minister Bartlett reiterated that “while the implementation of enhanced security measures did stir a whirlwind of concerns locally and internationally, several overseas partners welcomed the initiative as a necessary step and continue to support our nation’s security apparatus in their efforts to make Jamaica a safe place for all.” Thursday, July 19, 2018 Tags: Jamaica, Statistics Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> read more