Live Nation has announced its plans to open a Fillmore-branded venue in New Orleans. Dubbed The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans, the space is slated to open in early 2019.The news was revealed today during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of San Francisco’s iconic Fillmore West. According to a press release, the forthcoming venue will feature a 2000-capacity room located inside Harrah’s Casino.“New Orleans is a city with a proud musical heritage, and we could not be more excited that The Fillmore will join the host of great live music that this city has to offer,” said Ron Bension, president of Live Nation’s Club & Theatre group. “The venue’s industry-leading amenities and intimate 2,000-person capacity fill a gap in the market and will attract performers that often bypass the city, which will ultimately give audiences an even wider array of concert experiences to enjoy.”“It was important to Harrah’s New Orleans that we find the right partner to help us transform our second-floor space into a destination,” said Dan Real, Caesars Entertainment regional president-south and Harrah’s New Orleans general manager. “In a city where live music abounds from street corners to the stage, The Fillmore is a perfect addition to Harrah’s New Orleans and will create memorable experiences for both locals and guests.”The New Orleans venue will be the newest addition to Live Nation’s Fillmore brand, which already includes rooms in Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; Silver Spring, MD; Detroit, MI; and Philadelphia, PA. Considering its location, The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will showcase local architectural styles, such as wrought iron gates and gas street lanterns. The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans will also include a Lobby Bar, BG’s Lounge, and a VIP room named after original Fillmore impresario, Bill Graham. In addition to the concert area, the venue will feature an array of private event spaces for corporate gatherings, weddings, private dinners, and more.
On March 26, the president of Embraer, Frederico Curado, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, and Congressmen Corrine Brown and Ander Crenshaw attended the inauguration of a plant where Embraer will assemble the aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Light Air Support (LAS) program. Over 200 local executives, authorities and press members attended the ceremony held in a 3,716 square meter hangar at Jacksonville International Airport. Embraer is the prime contractor for the LAS program, along with local partner Sierra Nevada Corporation. Both partners will generate 1,400 jobs in over 100 companies throughout the U.S. Embraer, with the U.S. base located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, currently employs 1,200 people in the country. The Jacksonville facility is part of the expansion of the company’s operation in Melbourne, Florida, where in 2011, a factory and a Global Customer Service Center opened for executive jets Phenom 100 and Phenom 300. In 2012, Embraer started the construction of a new Engineering and Technology Center, which will employ 200 engineers, in Melbourne. “These facilities will allow Embraer to create 50 new jobs in Jacksonville, which is great news. These 50 new job posts will be in addition to the 280,000 jobs created in the private sector over the last two years,” Florida Governor Rick Scott stated. With the support of the State of Florida and the Jacksonville Airport Authority, activities are underway to prepare the facility for industrial operations in the city of Jacksonville. The delivery of the first Super Tucano to the U.S. is scheduled for mid-2014. By Dialogo March 28, 2013
Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle 7 health benefits of drinking hot cocoa by: www.mnn.com – March 3, 2015 Share Share 231 Views no discussions Tweet Share Oh those clever Mayans. When they weren’t busy developing written languages, deciphering complicated astronomical systems and fending off conquistadores, they happened to invent sipping chocolate. Even if the Mesoamerican version was a spicy drink served cold, we can still thank them for having conceived of a drinkable cocoa concoction that has endured, in some form or another, for millennia. It wasn’t until the Spanish explorers brought chocolate back to Europe in the 16th century that sweetened warm versions of the elixir were consumed. Indeed, from the 16th to 19th centuries, hot chocolate was valued as a special drink, as well as taken as a medicine.Drinkable chocolate has been used for years to treat ailments and maladies. When chocolate made its way to France in the 17th century, it was used “to fight against fits of anger and bad moods.” Which wasn’t just the French being French, it was truly insightful, given that modern research has discovered that chocolate reduces levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly freaked out. Which begs the question: We keep hearing more and more about the health benefits of chocolate, can the same be applied to hot cocoa as well? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding yes.Research continues to show us that antioxidants help prevent cancer, heart disease, age-related macular degeneration and aging in general because they fight free radicals in the body. The trendy so-called super foods are the ones bursting with antioxidants — acai, goji berries, blueberries and pomegranate have become the super-food darlings. But antioxidants come in surprising forms too, like in vehicles once considered more vice than health food, such as coffee, red wine, and yes, chocolate. Which is one of the areas where chocolate, especially in the form of hot cocoa, shines. Here’s how.1. According to a study conducted at Cornell University, the antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine. Cocoa’s concentration was two to three times stronger than that of green tea and four to five times stronger than that of black tea.2. Professor Chang Yong Lee, the leader of the Cornell study, added that the “hot” in “hot chocolate” is important as well. More antioxidants are released when it’s heated up.3. A cup of hot cocoa contains 611 milligrams of the phenolic compound gallic acid equivalents (GAE) and 564 milligrams of the flavonoid epicatechin equivalents (ECE). The antioxidant gallic acid is used to treat internal hemorrhages, albuminuria (the presence of albumin in the urine, which can indicate kidney disease) and diabetes.4. Although a regular bar of chocolate has strong antioxidant activity, the health benefits may be outweighed because of the saturated fats present — cocoa generally has much less fat per serving compared to the 8 grams of fat in a standard chocolate bar.5. The flavonoids help your body process nitric oxide, which is why hot cocoa can improve blood flow, help lower your blood pressure and improve heart health.6. The flavonoids in hot chocolate also help prevent platelets in your blood from mingling together and forming clots.7. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, drinking hot chocolate can help you think better too. The flavonoids increase the blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Since dementia is caused by a reduced flow of blood to the brain, researchers think it could be treated with cocoa.Now comes the tricky part. Commercial instant hot cocoa mixes are often more of an artificial monstrosity that may eradicate any good the cocoa may have to offer. One of the most popular mixes, for example, lists cocoa fifth on the list of ingredients, beneath the higher-level ingredients of sugar, corn syrup and a medley of vegetable oils.But not to worry, making your own healthy versions from scratch couldn’t be easier.
The result may hold more importance for the R’s, who face local rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday before welcoming reigning champions Manchester City to Loftus Road. And Green – who recovered from an illness to take his place in goal for QPR in time to replace Alex McCarthy (thigh strain) – feels he and his team-mates are now ready for the challenges ahead. “It is pleasing to get the win, I’m delighted for everyone,” he said. “It gives you that little bit of a lift going into two tough games. If we hadn’t won you’d be looking at the next two games with a bit more concern. “I think games at home in this respect are key so it is that bit more pleasing. It reinstalls the belief you’ve got. “Particularly at home, you play against teams and if you really give it a go and put it to teams then sometimes they can’t come up with answers. “We asked questions of Villa going forward quickly, hitting Bobby (Zamora) and stuff like that and it proved fruitful. “In that respect it is finding a way to win games, finding a way to cause problems and believing in our own ability as much as anything. A brace from Charlie Austin saw Rangers pick up their second win of the season and move off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League – moving to within three points of Villa in the process. In a game of little quality, it was former Burnley forward Austin who settled the game, but Green also played his part as QPR boss Harry Redknapp saw his side pick up just their second clean sheet of the campaign. Press Association “If it means killing games off after an hour then so be it that is the sort of thing you have to do.” High-profile summer signing Rio Ferdinand was again left on the bench as QPR kept Villa, the league’s lowest scorers with just four goals, at bay with Steven Caulker and ex-Villa defender Richard Dunne developing an understanding. Both scored unfortunate own goals in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool but were kept at the heart of Redknapp’s defence on Monday night, with Green impressed by Dunne’s display. “Dunney is Dunney – he gives his all,” he added. “He’s great at what he’s great at and he’s a great player to play behind because you know what you’re going to get. “He is consistent in that respect. You look at something like the play-off final. He came off man of the match and proved his worth. “You could have signed him on a 10-year contract off the back of that game. I think Dunney was in fantastic form against his old club.” Despite Villa going for almost nine hours without a goal, it was at the back where manager Paul Lambert was critical. Skipper Ron Vlaar was partnered in defence with Ciaran Clark and the Holland international knows the Villains need to turn around their run of five straight defeats to start breeding more faith among the players. “It is frustrating to lose again,” he told AVTV. “We started quite well and conceded a goal – we have to do better that is for sure. “We have to start picking up points again, results give confidence and that is what we have to do. It is easier said than done but we have to work hard to achieve something and then build on that. “It is always easy to talk afterwards about what went wrong and what the problems are but there is only one thing we have to do and that is step up.” Goalkeeper Rob Green believes Monday night’s victory over Aston Villa will see the QPR squad regain their confidence ahead of the west London derby with Chelsea.