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Sports Illustrated is celebrating the magazines 50th Anniversary with the debut of its iconic 2014 swimsuit issue photographed in the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific.
According to John Petersen, General Manager North America for Cook Islands tourism, travel officials are optimistic that the edition will stir significant interest in visiting the pristine islands, given that the magazine has more than 3.5 million subscribers and is read by 23 million people each week.
The 50th Anniversary edition cover was shot at the stunning Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands, one of the most spectacular of all South Pacific destinations where a triangular shaped reef encompasses Aitutaki lagoon which is imbedded with massive coral heads, and is home to countless varieties of brilliantly colored tropical fish and marine life.
From the North American Cook Islands Tourism office, we also hope to capture the targeted audience of both Sports Illustrated readers and viewers to our new website http://www.paradiseincookislands.com, which explains the Cook Islands story, and links to special airfares and leisure packages. This method is one of the best ways to convey to Sports Illustrated readers the options for vacationing in the Cook Islands, one of the most idyllic visitor experiences in the world, adds Petersen.
Air New Zealand, the leading airline to the Cook Islands, also chose Aitutaki to shoot its newest in flight safety video, Safety in Paradise in celebration of Sports Illustrated Swimsuits 50th anniversary. The safety video combines the picturesque Cooks with some of the biggest names in modelling including Christie Brinkley, Chrissy Teigen, Ariel Meredith, Hannah Davis and Jessica Gomes. Making a special guest appearance is one of the original supermodels, Christie Brinkley, who famously appeared on three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers.
Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development Jodi Williams says working with the Sports Illustrated franchise was a phenomenal opportunity to further lift the airline’s brand on the global stage and to promote a key Pacific Island destination the airline has been flying to for more than 40 years.
With the magazines 50th Anniversary issue, which hits newsstands across the country last week, the North American Cook Islands Tourism office also plans to leverage positive publicity in the future by working closely with the national magazines public relations, promotions, and special events departments to position the Cook Islands utilizing the Islands official branding and messaging. This emphasis will also be combined with an integrated online campaign to ensure the momentum generated by the 50th Anniversary issue.
Historically, since the swimsuit editions debut in 1964, the magazine has chosen some of the most exotic and prestigious locations in the world for photography. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (http://www.SI.com/Swimsuit) franchise reaches more than 62 million people annually.
To learn more about travel to the Cook Islands, its special packages and airfares, visit, http://www.paradiseincookislands.com or e-mail John Petersen, General Manager North America Cook Islands Travel North America LLC office at USAManager(at)CookIslands(dot)travel. To obtain information about airfares to the Cook Islands, visit Air New Zealand at http://www.airnewzealand.com.
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Beaches And Beyond Boom for Retail Sales
Auckland 25 February, 2014. Tourism Australia together with Tourism Events Queensland and retail partner House of Travel are the first week into a beaches and beyond campaign promoting the regions of Queensland as the destination of choice for Kiwis seeking a winter sun escape. The coming weeks will reveal a showcase of experiences and great value offers from the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
House of Travels Commercial Director Brent Thomas reported the first week as being the most successful Gold Coast campaign that the chain had been involved in for three years. Thomas attributes the success not just to targeting the right audience across multiple platforms; radio, print and digital but also advocacy.
The campaigns advocacy element is through Coast radios top rating breakfast show personality, Brian Kelly. Tourism Australias Jenny Aitken says that advocacy is a key driver for Australia sharing their stories with Kiwis who love to hear from real people within their peer groups. Before embarking on the campaign, Brian travelled to a number of the featured locations in Queensland to gain first hand experience in the destinations being featured.
Aitken says the public response to the campaign so far backs up Tourism Australias earlier consumer research suggesting Australian beaches, particularly those around Queenslands Tropical North, Whitsundays and Gold Coast are considered some of the best in the world.
Kiwis already love Queenslands beaches as a holiday escape, and now, with this campaign theyre really beginning to appreciate that the state has a huge variety of other attractions, events and activities that are really worth visiting for.
Add to that the fact that Australia represents an excellent holiday option in terms of value for money for New Zealanders, with great opportunities for shopping and excellent restaurants, and we should continue to reap great rewards from the campaign, she says.
Tourism & Events Queenslands New Zealand Manager, Sally Holyer says the beaches and beyond theme perfectly captures the essence of a great Queensland holiday. Yes, we have the great beaches, but also some amazing, and very different experiences all within a one hour drive zone of the beach. Sally cites food and wine trails, shopping, nature and wildlife experiences as being standouts for the hinterland regions of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Its something of a journey of discovery for even the most seasoned of travellers who know our regions for their beaches and islands but are amazed to discover what lies just a little way beyondits like two holidays in one.
House of Travels Brent Thomas says the group is expecting a good year with New Zealanders expressing an early propensity to spend. And when it comes to spending on travel, Australia is and will forever be their number one. We are seeing three key things trending early in the year, all of which have been very evident in the booking decisions around this Queensland campaign.
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(Editor’s note: The current episode of Curious City’s podcast includes the interview portion of this story about Freedom Wall. That interview begins at 4 minutes, 55 seconds. Also, we’re taking your suggestions about who should be included in a contemporary, digital Freedom Wall.)
If you ride the Brown Line or the Purple Line through Chicagos River North neighborhood, youve probably seen this list of names. Its on the side of a brick building on Huron Street, where the Nacional 27 restaurant is located. The black banner stretches 72 feet high. Martin Luther King is at the top. Farther down, youll see Harriet Tubman, the Dalai Lama, Frank Zappa, Ayn Rand and more.
Dominique Lewis caught glimpses of those 69 names in white letters as well as one mysterious blank line as she rode the Purple Line to work every day. I thought, Thats weird. Why is Rush Limbaugh on a list with Martin Luther King Jr.? she says. So she asked Curious City to investigate the list’s history and whether there’s a common theme that connects those names.
Well, its called Freedom Wall, and all of the names represent freedom … or someones idea of freedom, anyway. The artist who created it Adam Brooks, a Columbia College professor who grew up in London says he didnt have a partisan political agenda when he put up the list 20 years ago this August. In fact, he went out of his way to include conservative as well as liberal opinions about who represents freedom. And he avoided spelling out the word freedom on the banner because he wanted to make people think. He certainly got Lewis thinking.
Brooks acknowledges that Freedom Wall prompts some people to ask, Wait, thats supposed to be art? But he appears to have very little ego about his artwork, not even bothering to sign it. Brooks is trying to engage the public with his public art, not to dazzle people with his artistic prowess.
We invited Brooks to the WBEZ studios to discuss Freedom Wall. Lewis joined us for the conversation and added some questions of her own. Heres an edited transcript of our discussion.
Why did you create Freedom Wall?
Brooks: In 1992 and the lead-up to the presidential election that year, I heard the candidates really ramping up the idea of freedom. Of course, whos going to be against freedom? America is the land of the free. I was interested in exploring that word a little bit further.
Why did you seek other peoples opinions?
Brooks: It wouldve been very easy for me to sit down and draw up a list of names of people that I felt embodied the idea of freedom, but that wouldve been rather boring. And so what I did was essentially ask the question, Give me the names of up to three people that you feel embody the concept of freedom, whatever that means to you.
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Treasury moved to close loophole used by wealthy to avoid stamp duty By placing homes in companies they can be sold without paying tax Ministers had expected the new levy to raise 20million this year But Danny Alexander reveals it is on course to generate 100million
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PUBLISHED: 07:25 EST, 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:40 EST, 21 February 2014
A crackdown on the rich and famous who own mansions through offshore companies is on course to raise five times more than expected.
Pop stars, actors and jetsetters were able to avoid paying stamp duty when they bought and sold multi-million pound properties by selling it as part of a company based abroad.
A move to close the loophole had been expected to raise 20million this year, but it is now set to net the Treasury 100million.
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Sexting between students and their teachers gets the legal green light as protected by free speech in North Texas.
Prosecutors there, this month, dismissed a case against a 30-year-old junior high school teacher, who exchanged more than 700 texts with a 13-year-old over the course of 6 days, some of the messages were reported to be sexual in nature.
When dismissing the case, prosecutors cited a similar case in Harris County, where a court determined the First Amendment protects texts which are indecent but not obscene.
When the Criminal Court of Appeals took up the North Texas case, it determined that current state law about sexting is overly broad making it illegal to send adults to jail who didn’t really harm a child.
Cases of online solicitation of a minor may be re-examined in the wake this decision by prosecutors in North Texas, who cited an October decision from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
The court ruled that a 2005 statute, which made sexually explicit online communication between an adult and minor illegal, violates an adults right to free speech.
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Published February 17, 2014
An increased focus on cracking down on whistleblowers has significantly dropped the United States press freedom ranking in the world, a new report says.
Reporters Without Borders annual Freedom Index report ranked the United States 46th in the world regarding freedom of information, a drop of 13 spots from 2012. The report cited the trial and conviction of Private Bradley Manning, the pursuit of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and the Justice Departments seizure of Associated Press phone records in an effort to find the source of a CIA leak, among other cases.
A federal shield law to help journalists protect sources is an urgent need in the United States, said the report, which also blasted the United Kingdom for its detention of the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first broke Snowdens bombshell NSA revelations.
Both the U.S. and U.K. authorities seem obsessed with hunting down whistleblowers instead of adopting legislation to rein in abusive surveillance practices that negate privacy, a democratic value cherished in both countries, the report said.
David Cuillier, the president of the Society of Professional Journalists, told FoxNews.com on Monday he agreed with the reports findings and believes the journalism climate in the United States continues to get worse. Part of the problem, he said, is a public that, to a large extent, no longer trusts journalists and believes it’s acceptable for the government to intimidate reporters, hide information and threaten journalists with jail time for doing their jobs.
If the people didnt like that, then the government wouldnt do it, Cuillier said. (The government) will do as much as they can get away with. If the public lets them do it, or cheers them on, then theyll do everything they can to control their message.
Finland, the Netherlands and Norway topped the list, while Eritrea, North Korea and Turkmenistan were considered the most hostile nations in the world for press freedom.
The report, which ranks 180 countries, reflects the degree of freedom that journalists, news organizations and (internet users) enjoy in each country, and the efforts made by the authorities to respect and ensure respect for this freedom, according to the studys methodology.
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Anti-oil protest have been held around South Island beaches as US oil company Anadarko continues its exploration of New Zealand waters.
Greenpeace says there were more than 2000 people at 20 beaches on the Mainland on Saturday, with the biggest crowds in Dunedin, Christchurch and Kaikoura.
The numbers showed New Zealanders did not want deep sea drilling off the coast, said Greenpeace energy campaigner Steve Abel.
“We don’t want to see dozens of oil rigs dotted off our coastlines – that is the awful vision of John Key and Anadarko. We want jobs for New Zealanders that don’t ruin our fishing grounds or risk oil washing on our beaches.”
Anadarko’s chartered ship the Noble Bob Douglas is now exploring the Canterbury Basin after failing to find oil off the west coast of the North Island.
It says it will most likely find natural gas in the Canterbury Basin, rather than oil.
The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association says finding commercial quantities of oil and natural gas is not easy, but drilling can be done safely in deep water.
In November last year, six boats protested against the Noble Bob Douglas off the Waikato coast. A subsequent Greenpeace legal challenge to the exploration permit failed.
Anti-oil protesters are again planning a sea-going protest off the Otago coast.
They say deep sea drilling for oil and gas is extremely risky for the environment and question the safety record of Anadarko, which was one of the companies behind the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
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