New credit card will accelerate rewards earnings, waitlisters earn additional bonus.
Rewards and payments innovator Vertical Finance is throwing open the waitlist for its upcoming Grand Reserve consumer credit card designed specifically for wine enthusiasts, giving early adopters the potential to amass significant bonus reward points. Building on the success of the standalone Grand Reserve rewards program, which rewards consumers for their purchases at wineries, wine shops, and wine clubs, the Grand Reserve World Mastercard accelerates rewards earnings for oenophiles as they pursue their passion for wine.
The Grand Reserve credit card will include many distinctive benefits tailored specifically for wine enthusiasts and will enable cardholders to earn points on even more purchases than the current rewards program.
Recipeas, the intuitive recipe search app that tells you what to cook with ingredients you have on hand, today announces the launch of their mobile app, available for iOS. By applying sophisticated probabilistic techniques, Recipeas aggregates the best recipes from leading websites and blogs, curated to the specific ingredients found in users’ kitchens, and for each in-app donation, Recipeas gives proceeds to a local food bank.
The best new recipe search app makes it easier than ever to find delicious, interesting recipes users can make without having to plan an elaborate meal or go to the grocery store. Recipeas first asks users about key ingredients that they are likely to have based on initial probability, and displays curated recipe results that they are likely able to make. With each use, Recipeas gets smarter, remembering the ingredients users select, and intuitively referencing decay rate to track expiration and supply. Hand curated by food lovers, new searchable recipes are added daily.
Due to reduced air flight availability, the closure of cruise ports in regions around the world and other factors impacting international travel, Princess Cruises is extending its pause of global ship operations and has therefore made the extremely difficult decision to cancel select cruises through the end of the 2020 summer season, including the following cruises and associated cruise tours:
All remaining Alaska cruises on Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess
All remaining Europe and Transatlantic cruises on Enchanted Princess, Regal Princess, Sky Princess, Crown Princess and Island Princess
Summer Caribbean cruises and all Canada & New England cruises on Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess
Summer to Fall cruises departing from Japan on Diamond Princess
Australia-based cruises on Sapphire Princess and Sea Princess through August
July cruises sailing from Taiwan on Majestic Princess
Fall cruises sailing to Hawaii and French Polynesia on Pacific Princess through November
Appealing for continued support from the international community for the agency’s global aid effort, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs, warned that the new coronavirus risked exposing populations that had fled armed conflict and endured climate change emergencies.
“We must sustain our assistance across the region”, Ms. Byrs said. “Especially in places such as Central Sahel, Central African Republic, Nigeria and Cameroon.”
An estimated 12 million children under five years old could be acutely malnourished in the lean season from June to August, up from 8.2 million in the same period last year.
The alert follows a similar warning from the UN agency about a potentially massive spike in global food insecurity in East Africa, as a direct result of the pandemic.
During the lean season in June and August, more than 21 million people across West Africa “will struggle to feed themselves”, she explained, adding Gambia and Benin to the list of countries in need.
Nominate Essential Employees, First Responders, and Healthcare Workers for a Chance to Win a Free Outer Banks Vacation
Village Realty, a provider of property management services and vacation rentals on the Outer Banks for over 25 years, has announced its “Front Lines” Vacation Giveaway. The giveaway was devised to shed light on the stories of unsung heroes, the essential employees, helping the nation during the Coronavirus pandemic, and giving thanks in the form of a much-needed vacation.
“We wanted to find a way to share the stories of the everyday heroes and remind everyone there’s light at the end of this tunnel,” says Bob Oakes, President of Village Realty. “The world will be ready for a vacation very soon, and it’s the least we can do to reward someone with a bit of relaxation after months of intense pressure dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. The new Outer Banks Netflix series has definitely drawn more attention to our beaches, so we’re ready to welcome visitors as soon as we safely can,” Oakes adds.
Will require consistent use of industry-leading, EPA-approved disinfectants from Ecolab; announces plans to drop-ship hard-to-source face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to over 6,000 U.S. hotels
Highlighting its continued commitment to hotel owners, team members and guests, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,300 hotels across 90 countries, today launched “Count on UsSM,” a new long-term, multi-faceted initiative to build confidence among guests and to support franchisees as it begins making preparations to welcome travelers back to its more than 6,000 U.S. hotels.
Launch of the new initiative follows dialogue and collaboration with Wyndham franchisees, members of its Franchise Advisory Councils, leading industry partners, and key trade organizations like the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). The immediate focus is to further elevate health and safety protocols at Wyndham hotels in the wake of COVID-19, shore up critical supply chains and introduce new standards, training and guidelines grounded in guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Wyndham will also partner with industry leader Ecolab on requiring consistent use of Ecolab’s EPA-approved disinfectants in hotel guestrooms and public spaces nationwide.
Even in this extraordinary time, love continues to conquer all and Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel would like to salute the couples who have gone on with their wedding plans virtually or otherwise. In a celebration of love and hope for the future, Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel is giving away packages at the world’s number one honeymoon destination, the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia. Couples who marry between March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 may enter the giveaway for a free honeymoon package at the luxury resort of Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel. The Newlywed Giveaway includes a two night stay and a romantic champagne celebration dinner at The Pavilion restaurant overlooking St. Lucia’s majestic Pitons.
We have been inspired by the video content of couples who against all odds have celebrated their love by performing their marriages virtually or otherwise. This commitment towards each other and the future should not go unrecognized. Caille Blanc Villa & Hotel will celebrate five of these couples by randomly awarding qualified couples with the Newlywed Giveway which can be used through 2021.
“Nutrition at Noon” and Other Online Classes Provide Support to the Community and Those with Chronic Illnesses During a Time of Social Distancing”
Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, today announced that it will be offering free, weekly online nutrition and healthy living classes aimed at supporting the greater community, as well as individuals with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. At a time when the CDC recommends individuals postpone regular, non-urgent healthcare visits and instead use telemedicine when available, these free online classes serve as an extra preventative measure to ensure healthy living habits between doctor visits.
“Research shows that even limited short term access to regular health care during a crisis can have long lasting effects on lifestyle conditions like diabetes and heart disease,” said Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, and Director of Healthy Living at Giant Food. “Our customers are cooking more, often on a limited budget, and are feeling uncertain about how to best adapt their routines. Our goal is to provide easily accessible support during this stressful time which can often exacerbate issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and more.”