Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers

TRACKING STORMS AND SAVING LIVES, THE STORM CHASERS RETURN TO TAKE ON BIGGER TORNADOS AND HIGHER STAKES

Television's most electrifying hour returns with bigger storms and higher stakes this March, as Discovery Channel’s STORM CHASERS premieres a brand new season. Grab a front row seat to nature's fury in the heart of "Tornado Alley" as scientists, researchers and weather enthusiasts gear up and strap in for their pursuit of the ultimate tornado footage. STORM CHASERS premieres on Discovery Channel every Monday at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm), starting March 21.

Each spring, changing weather patterns across 700,000 square miles of the Great Plains known as "Tornado Alley" create the conditions for the world's most violent outbreaks. The world's top STORM CHASERS return to Tornado Alley, now armed to get closer than ever to America's deadly twisters.

For the new 2010 season, the three chase teams have seen some changes but all are stronger then ever. After a triumphant season that saw him finally catch his elusive "inside the tornado" footage, IMAX filmmaker Sean Casey and his monster tank-like TIV (Tornado Intercept Vehicle) are back for more action, joined by two new storm-chasing veterans. In hot pursuit is extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer who reunites with chasing partner Joel Taylor in their armoured chase vehicle "The Dominator." New this season is weather engineer and veteran researcher Tim Samaras and Team TWISTEX with a brand new prime chase vehicle. The teams battle weather – and each other – to get images and data that could help decode the secrets of nature's most intense storms.

Follow the STORM CHASERS as they record data and gather research, utilising science to improve tornado early warning systems and save lives amidst one of the most violent storm seasons on record.

Discovery Channel is available on HK Cable TV (channel 53), now TV (channel 209) and bbTV (channel 313).

STORM CHASERS episode descriptions:

What Goes Around…
Reed and Joel bury the hatchet to face a new tornado season, but armour offers little protection when the roof blows off the new Dominator. Sean mixes up his crew and unleashes tension in the path of a west Texas twister.
Premieres Mar 21 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Why We Chase
The deadliest tornado of the season tears a hundred mile long path across Mississippi, destroying 600 homes and the town of Yazoo City. For Reed, Joel and Chris, an epic chase turns into a race to save lives, and changes their own lives forever.
Premieres Mar 28 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Back Seat Driver
After the worst tornado in his life, Reed pursues a new force of nature in TV weather woman Ginger Zee. But chasing more than weather leaves business partner and long-time friend Chris out in the cold. As twisters rip through the Ozarks, one long-time chaser calls it quits.
Premieres Apr 4 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Dedication
Sean finally gives the reigns to his meteorologist and navigator Matt Hughes, who leads the team to their best tornado intercept ever. Then triumph turns to tragedy as Storm Chasers loses one of its own.
Premieres Apr 11 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Smoke Monster
Sean's team struggles with the death of a teammate, and heightened emotions lead to questionable driving. Reed arms the Dominator with probe cannons, while Tim smokes out a South Dakota monster that just keeps growing, and discovers there's no way out when you're in the path of a perfect storm.
Premieres Apr 18 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Perfect Storm
The supercell system tearing across South Dakota spawns a massive tornado that gives all the teams plenty of almost non-stop intercept action.
Premieres Apr 25 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Twilight Zone
Reed's air cannons are locked and loaded, but multiple tornadoes prove a hard target for an itchy trigger finger. Tim's team chases in the tornado twilight zone, while Sean weathers a storm of controversy.
Premieres May 2 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

Judgement Day
Storm and chasers collide in Minnesota for a final showdown. As a ferocious EF-4 twister targets the town of Wadena, one team finds themselves in the wrong place at the right time, and Sean's trial by fire becomes a race to save others.
Premieres May 9 at 2100 hrs (9:00 pm).

For more information, visit www.discoverychannelasia.com.

Six top chefs from some of Phuket’s premier luxury resorts are joining forces for a charity dinner at ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ hideaway Paresa Resort in aid of underprivileged women and girls.
 
The gastronomic fundraiser is on March 25 at the exclusive resort in Kamala, with tickets priced at THB4000 net (USD130). For reservation details please send email to fbd@paresaresorts.com.
 
Themed ‘Six of the Best’, the prestigious event showcases the culinary talents of six of Phuket’s most acclaimed chefs – each contributing one course to the six-course gala unique dining experience matched with fine wine.
 
Participating chefs are Paresa Resort’s James Stanton, Thomas Smith of Sheraton Grande Laguna, Amanpuri’s Stefano Artosin, Justin Maiklem and Jimmy Karl of Anantara Phuket, Silvano Amolini of Dusit Thani Laguna and David Hamilton of Banyan Tree Phuket.
 
The sumptuous dining event starts with canapés on the manicured lawn of the luxury cliff-top retreat overlooking the Andaman Sea. Dinner is at Paresa’s celebrated Diavolo restaurant, renowned for its calendar of gourmet events and with a spectacular 270 degree ocean view.
 
The unique teaming of Phuket’s chefs is being supported by their suppliers who will donate all the menu ingredients and wine – ensuring all proceeds go to “The Good Shepherd Sisters” charity.
 
There are seven charity organizations under “The Good Shepherd Sisters” in both Phuket and around Thailand.
 
They help women and children who have been abused, are caught up in human trafficking or the sex industry, are poor or suffering from HIV. They are given shelter, counseling and the opportunity to re-educate themselves and thus earn a decent living. Goods made by the women are sold at Paresa's boutique as well as some of the other top resorts in Phuket.
 
The ‘Six of the Best’ fundraiser is planned to become an annual event at Paresa, with the talented line-up of the island’s top chefs each year.
 
The Good Shepherd Sisters (www.goodshepherdbangkok.com) is a non- denominational Thai registered charity helping all those in need.

Central Summer Fest : Magical Fashion Moments 2011

Fashion headquarters and visionary events organiser, Central Chidlom, is proud to present to its valued customers “Central Summer Fest: Magical Fashion Moment 2011.”
 
Witness the great come back tour of the world renowned French magician, Laurent Beretta, recipient of the prestigious “2005 Monte Carlo Magic Stars Grand Prize”, the highest honour bestowed on those contributing to the world of magic by SAS Prince Albert de Monaco following a royal performance.
 
Baretta has also performed in association with many of the world's leading brands: Blackberry, Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton, Porsche and Viktor & Rolf.
 
Following his mesmerising performance two years ago, Beretta is now back in Bangkok with his greatest show that is also bigger than ever. The stage will consist of the entire Morakot Outdoor Carpark area, where his most famous magic acts will be performed.
 
Feast your eyes on his most ambitious and audacious acts that have seen him win acclaim across the continents of Europe and USA. These include the Participant Act, where a dozen people will vanish right before your eyes, Dorian Gray, an illusion incorporating levitation, and the disappearance of Mr. Laurent Beretta as he levitates. In addition, there will be innovative fashion shows featuring the top Thai super models showcasing the latest summer sports wear at the end of the performance.
 
Don’t miss the magic of Laurent Baretta’s “Central Summer Fest: Magical Fashion Moments 2011” at Central Chidlom on Thursday 31 March, Friday 1 & Saturday 2 April 2011 at 6:30 pm.
 

Hot New Nightclub

Chrome façade, colour changing lighting scheme and world class sound system for international DJ and unique theme nights

The much-talked about Likuid has just opened in Lan Kwai Fong, the heart of Hong Kong’s vibrant night scene.

With its grand opening on February 12, Likuid is set to becoming Hong Kong’s hottest new nightclub featuring the coolest beats, most extravagant light shows and the friendliest service in town.
 
“Likuid strives to deliver the highest quality clubbing experience to its guests. We hope to accomplish this by offering a world class sound system, a unique laser show, a decadent drinks list and top class service” said Rachel Geicke, Managing Director.
 
Showcasing regular international DJs sets and extravagant theme nights, the parties at Likuid suit all tastes. The K-Array sound system, the first of its kind installed in a nightclub in Asia, is positioning Likuid as top choice for great sound lovers.
 
Likuid has chosen DJ Gruv as their Music Coordinator. Originally from Baltimore, Gruv has over 10 years experience in the Asia-Pacific region including an 8-year residency at Drop. He has played at Volar, Club 97, Tazmania Ballroom and Cubic in Macau. More recently, he was responsible for the music direction for the Pure International group. DJ Ulysses, the 1st runner up in 1998 DMC mixing Championship, will also play at the club regularly.
 
The 2,000 sq. ft venue has been designed by Kinney Chan, also responsible for the cool interiors of Hyde, Solas and Shore. Inspired by ‘fluidity’, Likuid‘s interior is all about curves and arabesques allowing to see and be seen.
 
A high-tech lighting system enables the club to change color in order to fit all moods and occasions, from chill out evenings to hard and heavy club events. The color of the distinctive chrome façade can also be transformed by the exterior lighting system.
 
Dance performances, the LED wall and laser shows add to the unique experience.
 
Address                                  58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone                             (852) 2179 5552
Hours:                                    Mon-Sat 7pm-late
Website                                  www.likuidhk.com
 

Hard Rock Hotel Penang – It Rocks!

Hard Rock Hotel Penang was awarded “Brand Ambassador of the Year 2010” at the recent Hard Rock’s 2011 Global Conference held during the grand opening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.
At this award night, Hard Rock International announced the winners of its 2011 Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and dedication of employees, franchisees and partners. Hard Rock selected the top “rock stars” from more than 171 Hard Rock locations in 52 countries and hundreds of partners worldwide. The much-anticipated awards were chosen based on financial performance, unique sales accomplishments, community contributions, creativity, strategic marketing, philanthropy, brand loyalty and leadership.

“It’s awesome to be part of a global brand like Hard Rock. The dedicated efforts by our local employees with the initiatives and support provided by the Orlando support centre is the key success of our achievement in spreading the spirit of Rock ‘N’ Roll in this region and worldwide,” said John Primmer, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

The Brand Ambassador Award 2010 was presented to Hard Rock Hotel Penang based on its achievement on delivering the Hard Rock brand through active marketing activity and brand compliance. Hard Rock
Hotel Penang has been a resounding success in its region spreading the spirit of Rock ‘N’ Roll through guest services, marketing activities, philanthropy and social media activation.
“With Hard Rock’s ‘Take Time to be Kind’ mantra, we are extremely proud of our philanthropy commitments even though we were only in our first year of operation,” adds Primmer.
Through Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s philanthropy activities, the hotel has contributed over RM60,000 to the local community including various children shelter homes and cancer organizations. The amount was raised through local charity projects such as Rock to Rock Run and other Hard Rock global initiatives like Pinktober® and World Hunger Year.

In addition to that, Hard Rock Hotel Penang continues to create hype and excitement through various events in particularly live music and attractive promotions on stay and dine.

French GM Brice Borin Appointed to Re-Branded Regent Phuket

Two more Asian openings scheduled for 2011 in Bali & Maldives
 
Regent Hotels & Resorts has announced that French hotelier Brice Borin is appointed General Manager of the group’s newly rebranded luxury resort The Regent Phuket.
 
Mr Borin, 44, began his hospitality career in 1984 as an apprentice chef in his home town of Lot in France.
 
He subsequently cooked around the world, from Louisiana in the United States to Bermuda, where he earned a Food & Beverage Management Diploma, and Sydney before arriving in Thailand in 1993, joining Novotel in Bangkok as Executive Chef.
 
Subsequent Executive Chef appointments were with Sofitel in Vietnam, Dusit in Koh Samui, and Le Meridien in Lithuania and Jakarta.
 
In 2002 he switched into hotel management, in Food & Beverage Director roles at Park Plaza in Kuala Lumpur and Evason Resort in Hua Hin, where he retains a home.
 
His first appointment managing a hotel was at the award winning private island Le Taha’a in French Polynesia.
 
He joined Anantara in 2005, initially managing a Maldives resort and subsequently transferring to the group’s property in Hua Hin. He joined Regent in 2008, as General Manager overseeing the pre-opening of The Regent, Maldives.
 
Married with one child, Mr Borin is a member of the French Chaine des Rôtisseurs and was a former chairman of Samui Culinary Circle, developing improved F&B standards on the island.
 
The Regent Phuket (www.regenthotels.com/phuket) is at Cape Panwa, on the south-eastern tip of the island. It came under the Regent branding umbrella in late 2010. A boutique-style resort, it features just 70 spacious rooms with magnificent sea views and 35 Club Suites with private pools.
 
Two other new Regent hotels are also opening in Asia in 2011, the Regent Bali and Regent Maldives.
 
The iconic Regent brand was last year acquired by Taiwanese entrepreneur Steven Pan, Chairman and CEO of Formosa International Hotels Corporation (www.grandformosa.com.tw).

Manchester United Megastore Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With Lucky Draw To Join Man U At Old Trafford!

This February is a very special month for The Manchester United Megastore at The Venetian® Macao. In celebration of its 3rd anniversary, customers can enter a lucky draw to win a fabulous trip to England to meet the Manchester United team at Old Trafford!
 
“Win a trip to see Man U Play” Lucky Draw campaign runs from 1 January 2011 to 13 March 2011 at The Manchester United Megastore. Shoppers at Manchester United Megastore will gain one entry ticket into the “Win a trip to see Man U Play!” Lucky Draw with a net purchase of MOP300. Participants must be 18 or above. The grand draw will take place on Tuesday, 15 March 2011. Results will be announced on Thursday, 17 March 2011 at The Manchester United Megastore and the website http://www.venetianmacao.com/en/show/man_u_experience.
 
In addition to the trip to Old Trafford, there are many other attractive prizes include authentic autographed jerseys and various Manchester United merchandise items. The more you purchase, the greater the chance of winning! For more information about the “Win a trip to see Man U Play” Lucky Draw campaign, please contact us at (853) 8117 8008 or at The Manchester United Megastore.
 
Welcome to Asia's first interactive football experience. Come and experience the passion of the world’s most celebrated football club as you live the dream of playing at Old Trafford for Manchester United! You could win BIG!
 
Address: The Manchester United Megastore – Shop 2215, Level 3, The Grand Canal Shoppes
The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Store Hours: 10:00am – 11:00pm (Sunday to Thursday)
10:00am – 12:00am (Friday to Saturday)
Enquiry: +853 8117 8008

New global branding option attracting independent hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Worldhotels is eyeing expansion in Oceania with the appointment of accomplished Australian hotelier Richard Munro as Director Hotel Development Australia, New Zealand & Pacific.
 
His key role will be promoting Worldhotels’ new global branding solution for upscale independent hotel across Australasia and the South Pacific.
 
Based in Sydney, Mr Munro brings a wealth of experience and recognition as a former Chairman of the Australian Hotel Association NSW, voted Australian ‘General Manager of the Year’ in 2009.
 
His renowned corporate track record has included management roles with Parkroyal Hotels and InterContinental.
 
He joins Worldhotels from the celebrated casino hotel, Star City Sydney, where he was General Manager.
 
Mr Munro played a key role in Star City Sydney joining Worldhotels in 2009, which has since resulted in owners Tabcorp extending its successful partnership to its stable of four casino hotels in Australia.
 
He is now overseeing an initiative to extend Worldhotels’ presence in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
 
As a leading global sales, marketing and distribution network for independent hotels Worldhotels sees considerable potential in Australia.
 
A key incentive for potential affiliates is Worldhotels’ new branding solution for upscale hotels, newly launched as an innovative alternative to conventional franchise and management contracts with global hospitality brands.
 
“Independent four and five-star hotels can now brand themselves as ‘Worldhotels’ and benefit from the impact, support and strong return on investment of a global brand while still maintaining their unique identity,” said Roland Jegge, Vice President for Worldhotels Asia Pacific.
 
To become a branded Worldhotel, for a competitive all-inclusive annual fee, premium facilities for discerning business and leisure travellers are required. These include modern guestrooms with a comfortable work space and high-speed internet connectivity, room service, restaurant, gym and attentive, personalised service.
 
With initial newly-branded hotels in Almaty, Munich and Hamburg, Worldhotels aims to have a stable of 50 branded hotels by 2013.
 
Worldhotels business has been surging with double digit growth in room nights and revenue.

Thailand


Amidst the hottest fashion happenings around the globe in the second quarter this year, the Bangkok International Fashion Fair (BIFF) and Bangkok International Leather Fair (BIL) will again be organized by the Department of Export Promotion (DEP) during April 20 – 24, 2011 at Challenger Hall 2- 3 IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok. 
 
With a tagline of “Influence the World”, BIFF&BIL 2011 will be organized in a fair-in-fair concept focusing on six product categories namely, textiles, apparels, leather goods, fashion accessories, designers, and machinery.
 
Apart from spectacular fashion shows, featuring collections from renowned ASEAN brands and designers as well as creations from young and aspiring Thai designers throughout the event, highlights of this year’s BIFF&BIL include the Japan Pavilion, Thai Tex Trend (T3), a Fashion & Textile Trend Forum by InFash and an informative display of the beginnings of the SAFSA project, (Source ASEAN Full Service Alliance), which will see the formation of the anticipated ASEAN supply chain.
 
With over 1,000 exhibitors, BIFF&BIL 2011 is an event not to be missed by any fashionista or fashion trade professional.  Trade days are from April 20 – 22, and public days are April 23 and 24, 2011.  Shopaholics can expect to find the latest designer export-quality merchandise whether it be apparels, leather bags and shoes or fashion accessories during the public days so book your flights to Bangkok now!
 
For more information on BIFF&BIL 2011, please visit: www.biffandbil.com
 

Lifestyle Diva Bonnie Gokson Extending Magic Touch to Bespoke Bakery

Foretaste of Ms. B’s Cakery at 'Chocolate Trail @ Harbour City Exhibition'
until 20 February

Entrepreneur style icon Bonnie Gokson is extending her magic touch from the pulse of fashion to the loving art of baking cakes. The lifestyle diva is establishing a bespoke bakery business called Ms. B's Cakery.
 
One of the most stylish women in Asia, Ms. Gokson discovered popular demand for her sweet-toothed recipes at her fashionable penthouse restaurant SEVVA, atop Prince's Building in Central.
 
Due to popular demand and the success for her sweets creations, she has now decided to broaden the market with a commissary purveying her delectable and talked-about cakes & sweets to the general public, corporate groups, and other restaurants and outlets.
 
Her standalone bakery is currently under construction and scheduled for opening in Spring.
 
Ms. B's Cakery promises to “raise simple perfection to an art, from preparation to presentation” – with unique flavour combinations and extraordinarily good taste.
 
“Everything is being made from scratch from premium quality, natural ingredients of the finest produce sourced from all over the world,” she says.
 
Already a legend at SEVVA is the signature treat of her dessert brand Chocolate Caramel Crunch. Gift boxes priced at HK$880 are available in a choice of colours and include three delicate hand-made sugar flowers, styled as gorgeous peony, exotic orchid or perfect rose.
 
Unlike fresh flowers which wilt after a few days, the sugar flowers made with simple sugar, purified water and gelatin symbolise a lasting beauty of deep friendship and love – for the perfect keepsake.
 
With fine Ecuadorian handmade chocolates and caramel crunch packaged in a beautifully bejeweled drawer box, the stunning gift box is being celebrated as the ‘ultimate idea for the Art of Giving’.
 
For a foretaste, Hong Kong’s most stylish sweets are available for sale at SEVVA and being showcased at the 'Chocolate Trail @ Harbour City Exhibition' at Gateway Arcade, Harbour City.  The event is celebrating a sweet start to 2011 and showcasing worldwide chocolate culture daily from 10am-9pm until 20 February.