CHTA PRESIDENT HAILS CARIBBEAN DIVERSITY, BEAUTY AND STRENGTH OF ITS PEOPLE

CHTA President Patricia Affonso-Dass addressing Caribbean Travel Marketplace delegates yesterday. At left is CHTA’s Director General and CEO Frank Comito.

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (January 30, 2019) – President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Patricia Affonso-Dass hailed the diversity of the region, its incredible natural beauty and people as core strengths as she called for the Caribbean to be better known as the most welcoming region in the world.

Kicking off the 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean's largest tourism marketing event, in Montego Bay, Jamaica yesterday evening, the Barbados-based hotelier said it was time to change the way the world references the region, "from the most tourism-dependent in the world to the world's most desirable, most tolerant and inclusive, most welcoming, most hospitable , most facilitative and investment-friendly, and most environmentally sensitive region in the world."

Speaking on behalf of the region's preeminent private sector trade association and its 33 national hotel and tourism associations, the president warmly welcomed delegates to the conference.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace is hosting the largest group of buyers in its history from the widest number of countries. Sixty new buyer companies out of about 145 have joined the conference this year and CHTA is welcoming the largest contingent of Chinese travel buyers to date along with new buyer companies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"Our relationship with you, our buyer partners, and your active engagement in promoting and selling our region is integral to the sustainability of our economies and, by extension, the livelihood of our people, and I would like to encourage you to get more actively engaged with the association," she implored. "The diversity of buyers attending Marketplace from around the world ironically reflects the diversity of our Caribbean offerings – a united region with an incredible array of offerings with their own distinct natural beauty, history and culture. This is one of our core strengths," she added.

Pointing to the region's people, s he wants the Caribbean to be known as a region where genuine service is delivered by "regionally proud, highly trained professionals who understand the critical importance of their role and their importance to the success, sustainability and economic viability of the region."

Affonso-Dass, who has championed the theme of "people development" even prior to assuming the role of president last year, asserted that the people of the region are "our most important asset and our most marketable commodity."

In a world that often appears dominated by divisiveness, fear and uncertainty, the CHTA president's dream is for the Caribbean region "to continue to stand strong and united, to be synonymous with a genuine welcome, an authentic experience and excellent service delivered with soul and pride."

She told the 1,000 delegates attending the opening reception that "more and more of our customers are telling us that what they are seeking is a personal connection with our people, a genuine experience, and an opportunity to feel that their being here makes a positive difference. Our responsibility is to ensure that our people have the right training, real opportunities for development and a chance to derive the greatest value for themselves and their families from the industry in which they work."

The CHTA president thanked those in attendance who are supporting the CHTA Education Foundation, calling on more of the delegates to invest in the region's people. To date the foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 400 Caribbean nationals and in 2018 provided certificate training to several hundred employees.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2019 is produced by CHTA in collaboration with co-hosts the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism. It is the leading event in the Caribbean tourism industry where delegates from Caribbean countries meet with buyers from more than 20 markets.

This year's host sponsors are Appleton Estate Rum Experience, Interval International, Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Ministry of Tourism, JetBlue Vacations, MasterCard, Sandals and Scotiabank, while Platinum sponsors include 7 Pillars: Marketing on Demand, Adara, AMResorts, Figment Design, Marketplace Excellence, OBMI, Sojern, STR, TravelClick, Travelzoo, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Gold sponsors are AeroMD, American Airlines, ARDA, Arrivalist, Best Western International, BlackDoctor.Org, Bonnier Corporation, Caribbean Airlines, Caribbean Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, Delta Air Lines, The Discoverer, EPICA, Expedia Group, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Flip.to, Golf Channel, HCP Media, HEBS Digital, Matador Network, Meredith, NextPax, The New York Times, Northstar Travel Group, Prevue magazine, Questex, Rainmaker, Recommend magazine, Robb Report, Simpleview, SiteMinder, St. Maarten, St. Martin, TL Cooper Media, travAlliancemedia, Travel + Leisure, Travel Relations, TravPRO Mobile, TripAdvisor, Trip Mate, and The Wall Street Journal.

About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean's leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 32 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean's future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether navigating new worlds like social media, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.

For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

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SUNIL CHATRANI NAMED 2019 HOTELIER OF THE YEAR

Hotelier Sunil Chatrani (center) receives his award from CHTA’s Director General Frank Comito (left) and CHTA President Patricia Affonso-Dass.

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (January 30, 2019) – Sunil Chatrani, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Elegant Hotels Group, is the Caribbean's 2019 Hotelier of the Year.

The Guyanese-born, Barbados-based hotelier received the top honor at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, which opened in Montego Bay yesterday evening.

Chatrani has worked in hotel operations for more than 20 years and currently presides over Elegant's operations of seven hotels and resorts in Barbados, including Crystal Cove Hotel, Turtle Beach Resort, Waves Hotel and Spa, The House, Colony Club Hotel, Tamarind and Treasure Beach Hotel. The group also includes the acclaimed Daphne's Restaurant on Barbados' west coast, sister eatery to Daphne's Restaurant in London.

The exceptional hotelier joined Elegant Hotels Group in 2010, and under his leadership the group recently signed its first management contract in Antigua (with Hodges Bay Resort & Spa) as well as a sales and marketing agreement with The Landings Resort and Spa in St. Lucia.

"It is very overwhelming. The truth is all of us in the industry work very hard on a daily basis and so many other hoteliers are deserving of this," said an elated Chatrani, who thanked the team at Elegant Hotels and his family for their support.

Chatrani's winning developmental strategy builds the profitability of each property with a focused three-step program: Refurbish, Reposition, Reprice. This strategy promotes continuous investment and improvement.

In addition to day-to-day maintenance and regular refurbishment, Chatrani also manages a central fund for financing larger projects each year. He believes that this, as well as the group's outstanding training and service programs, generates tangible improvements in the guest experience at the Elegant Hotels Group properties.

"Sunil is a true Caribbean success story," opined Frank Comito, CHTA's CEO and Director General. "His professional accomplishments have been outstanding, and his commitment to staff and community development is nothing short of exemplary."

Chatrani was Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association from 2014 to 2016. During the first part of his tenure, he ensured that agreements which helped all hotels finalize access to duty-free concessions were legislated.

He is currently Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA).

Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2019 is produced by CHTA in collaboration with co-hosts the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism. It is the leading event in the Caribbean tourism industry where delegates from Caribbean countries meet with buyers from more than 20 markets.

This year's host sponsors are Appleton Estate Rum Experience, Interval International, Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Ministry of Tourism, JetBlue Vacations, MasterCard, Sandals and Scotiabank, while Platinum sponsors include 7 Pillars: Marketing on Demand, Adara, AMResorts, Figment Design, Marketplace Excellence, OBMI, Sojern, STR, TravelClick, Travelzoo, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Gold sponsors are AeroMD, American Airlines, ARDA, Arrivalist, Best Western International, BlackDoctor.Org, Bonnier Corporation, Caribbean Airlines, Caribbean Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, Delta Air Lines, The Discoverer, EPICA, Expedia Group, FirstCaribbean International Bank, Flip.to, Golf Channel, HCP Media, HEBS Digital, Matador Network, Meredith, NextPax, The New York Times, Northstar Travel Group, Prevue magazine, Questex, Rainmaker, Recommend magazine, Robb Report, Simpleview, SiteMinder, St. Maarten, St. Martin, TL Cooper Media, travAlliancemedia, Travel + Leisure, Travel Relations, TravPRO Mobile, TripAdvisor, Trip Mate, and The Wall Street Journal.

About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean's leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 32 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean's future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether navigating new worlds like social media, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.

For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

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Lianet Sarduy, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association + 1 305 443-3040 ext. 116
lianet@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com

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THE JUICED-UP WORLD CHANGERS FOUNDATION

Juiced-Up World Changer’s Contribution to Chicago’s Tent City

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Chicago, IL January 29, 2019 – The “Juiced-Up World Changers” nonprofit Foundation and the founder actor Julian Griffith volunteer their time during one of the many coldest times in the windy city of Chicago at Chicago’s Tent City Homeless on Roosevelt Blvd.

The Juiced-Up World Changers organization as of today has raised $600 dollars toward supplies and propane tanks. This will help aid the homeless citizens and keep them warm as a part of the mission to contribute and give back to the community and to those in real need.

The Juiced-Up World Changers is a Non-Profit organization seeking to encourage a better lifestyle via nonprofit services, Education, Athletics and the promotion of Health and Wellness.

Julian Griffith Founder of Juiced-Up World Changers went to school at St. Joseph's College (NCAA-D2) and Calumet College of St. Joseph (NAIA) and was awarded the Most Valuable Player. Shortly after college, Julian signed his first professional baseball contracts with the Fort Worth Cats of the United League. He also played in the Puerto Rico Winter League. In 2016. Now he is pursuing his newest ambition which is his “Juiced-Up World Changers” nonprofit Foundation along with mentoring and public speaking around the Chicagoland area. You can catch him on new Fox crime drama “Proven Innocent” in Feb 2019.

The “Juiced-Up World Changers” goal is to ensure every facet of the community, regardless of income, age, race, or gender, has an opportunity to become an impactful and contributing member of society.

JUICED-UP WORLD CHANGERS Foundation Core Values

Community Service
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For more information or how to contribute: Please Call (210)421-8931
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EG A/S Agrees to Three-Year Extended Contract with Microsoft Partner ENAVATE

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Enavate

ENAVATE will provide ongoing consulting, strategy, upgrades, re-architecture, maintenance and Microsoft Dynamics implementation support to EG.

We are excited to continue this relationship with EG and to become their trusted partner providing resources for EG.”

— Thomas Ajspur, CEO of ENAVATE Holdings

DENVER, CO, USA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — ENAVATE, a leading Microsoft Dynamics 365 provider, has announced that they have extended their contract with EG A/S, the leading Microsoft Dynamics partner in Scandinavia EG A/S.

The three-year agreement builds upon the success of a previous collaboration between ENAVATE and EG A/S, providing EG with resources to develop their Intellectual Property as well as supporting their Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementations. Under the terms of the new contract, ENAVATE will provide ongoing consulting, strategy, upgrades, re-architecture, maintenance and implementation support to EG. ENAVATE will also continue to support the sale of EG’s solutions for Microsoft Dynamics in North America.

“We are excited to continue this relationship with EG and to become their trusted partner providing resources for EG. At the same time, we will continue to sell and support EG’s extensive Dynamics portfolio of products in the North American market,” said Thomas Ajspur, CEO of ENAVATE Holdings LLC.

EG is among the strongest Microsoft Dynamics partners with more than 25 locations and 2,000 employees across Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Poland. With more than 35 years of experience, EG is a valued partner for its more than 12,500 customers. EG’s experience across logistics, industrial, construction, utility, oil and gas, and other markets complements ENAVATE’s deep industry expertise.

“Enavate has proven to be a valued partner with the successful completion of EG’s Healthcare suite,” said Bjarne Aarup, Executive Vice President at EG A/S, “Enavate made it easy for us to decide to continue our partnership for another three years as a key partner in building and selling Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions.”

About ENAVATE
ENAVATE is a Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner committed to providing transformational software solutions and services to our partners and clients worldwide. ENAVATE partners with distribution companies in North America to implement, upgrade and make the most of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and AX software platforms; provides managed services to customers with Microsoft Dynamics; and partners with Microsoft Dynamics Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) globally to provide consulting, upgrades, re-architecture, maintenance and implementation support.

Visit www.enavate.com to learn more. For more information, please contact Patric Timmermans, Director of Marketing, ENAVATE, at +1 (303) 324 4570 or email patric.timmermans@enavate.com.

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Think Smaller with the New AMC4 Connector Series

Amphenol RF introduces AMC4 PCB jack connector -micro-miniature interface 1.0 mm smaller than standard AMC- ideal for IoT applications with space constraints.

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DANBURY, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Amphenol RF is pleased to introduce the small form factor AMC4 connector series. This micro-miniature product series features the popular push-on coupling design and is ideal for IoT applications which require space efficient, economical designs.

The AMC4 PCB jack connector offers excellent electrical performance from DC to 6 GHz and operates at 50 ohms. This precision stamped and formed connector is designed to mate with the previously released AMC4 jumper and is interchangeable with both the I-PEX MHF4 and Murata HSC connectors.

The AMC4 connector is currently the smallest connector in the Amphenol RF portfolio. It shares a similar footprint with the previously released AMMC connector and offers all the same benefits as the AMC interface, but in a more compact package size.

Amphenol RF is a leading manufacturer of coaxial connectors for use in radio frequency, microwave, and data transmission system applications. Headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, Amphenol RF has global sales, marketing and manufacturing locations in North America, Asia and Europe. Standard products include RF connectors, coaxial adapters and RF cable assemblies. Custom engineered products include multi-port ganged interconnect, blind mate and hybrid mixed-signal solutions.

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Mayoral Candidate and City Commissioner Keith James Launches Neighborhoods First Initiative

Keith James for Mayor

Keith James for Mayor

Keith James, city commissioner and mayoral candidate of West Palm Beach (WPB), today launches the Neighborhoods First Initiative

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Keith James, city commissioner and mayoral candidate of West Palm Beach (WPB), today launches the Neighborhoods First Initiative, a strategic plan to foster community input, neighborhood city improvement ideas and ensure the voices of WPB are heard.

As the first major initiative of any candidate running for Mayor, James continues to lead the way in putting forward plans and policies of his administration. He has been hosting events in each district across the city and hundreds of people have attended to hear his vision and plan. Through the Neighborhoods First Initiative, James provides a direct line of communication between local residents and the Mayor’s office guaranteeing voices are heard for a stronger, healthier and happier city.

“I am proud to announce my Neighborhoods First Initiative. It’s a plan to ensure each and every West Palm Beach neighborhood is listened to, their ideas are taken into consideration and that we are all working together to make our community a great place to live, work and raise a family,” James stated. “Our neighborhoods are the jewels that define our city and as Mayor, I am going to work to make sure neighborhood issues and projects are prioritized and getting done sooner. The advisory groups that are formed out of my Neighborhoods First Initiative will provide valuable feedback and ideas to help shape policy and direction.”

James asks those who are interested in participating in the Neighborhoods First Initiative to register online at www.KeithJamesForMayor.com/neighborhoods-first. Once registered, participants will be enrolled for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Group. Each neighborhood will have their own advisory group that James will meet with now, and as Mayor of WPB, to discuss neighborhood priorities and ideas for the future.

For more information, please visit and follow Keith James for updates via his website
(www.keithjamesformayor.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/KeithJamesforMayor), Instagram (www.instagram.com/keithjameswpb), YouTube (www.youtube.com/channel/UCef6pBVJ5hnHVQ-LMHRuJ0A).

About Keith James:
Commissioner Keith James was elected to the West Palm Beach City Commission in 2011 and is a two-time president of the City Commission. As the Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, Board Member of the Florida League of Cities and member of Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, Commissioner James has become a leader on solving local municipal and regional issues of importance.

On the City Commission, Keith James has sought to create a city of opportunity where people and businesses can succeed. Under Keith James’ leadership, West Palm Beach has seen a boom in economic development and job creation, improvements in city services and increase in local neighborhood projects. Commissioner James has prioritized sound budget management, improving public safety, protecting West Palm Beach’s water supply and environment and addressing homelessness and workforce housing issues.

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Swiftly Labs Improves Online Reputation Management Service

Swiftly Labs Online Reputation Management

Today, Swiftly Labs, an Online Reputation Management and Profile Defender service provider announced new improvements to its reputation management service.

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, Swiftly Labs, an Online Reputation Management and Profile Defender service provider announced new improvements to its reputation management service. The new service now includes negative search engine results removal based on the Right to Be Forgotten Act by leveraging its strong relationships with top law firms in the USA and Canada.

Swiftly Labs have been working with businesses and individuals to improve their online reputation by using ethical SEO and content marketing tactics to suppress the negative search engine results and positively enforce the good deeds and content of companies and individuals. In the past few years, many rivals of Swiftly Labs have been falsely promising customers to remove such negative content from the search engines without much success. The new act allows Swiftly Labs to legally force search engines and other online properties like review websites to remove negative and biased content once and for all.

"Finally there is a light at the end of the tunnel for those businesses and people suffering from cyberbullying and false accusations and reviews online", Said Rami Hamodah, CEO and Founder of Swiftly Labs. " We leveraged our extensive knowledge of the online reputation industry and relationships to create a process of online content removal that is ethical, legal and does not cost an arm and a leg" Added Rami Hamodah.

The new content removal service has been available to a selected group of customers over the past few weeks and the results have been promising. Swiftly Labs decided to offer the new service publicly starting from Today, January 29th, 2019. Visit Swiftly Labs here: http://www.swiftlylabs.com

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CompassDrone LiDAR Solution – Press Release

LiDAR

CompassDrone integrates UAV LiDAR. In conjunction with existing survey data, LiDAR data provides both accuracy and reliability to existing collection workflows

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Centennial, CO – (January 31, 2019) – CompassDrone announced they have acquired the Riegl MiniVux as the best hardware system to provide reliable, consistent data for our customers solutions. CompassDrone will be celebrating with CompassData, Inc. on their 25th anniversary at the Geo Week in Denver, Colorado.

CompassData, a leading provider of accurate geospatial data, has expanded survey capabilities with the addition of the Riegl MiniVUX-1UAV mounted on a DJI M600 Pro Platform.

RIEGL MiniVUX: 1UAV
The RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV makes use of RIEGL’s unique Waveform-LiDAR technology, allowing echo digitization and online waveform processing. Multi-target resolution is the basis for penetrating even dense foliage.

DJI M600 Pro
The DJI M600 Pro with A3 Flight Controller has triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three GNSS antennas. Compatibility with D-RTK GNSS prevents magnetic interference while providing centimeter-level accuracy.

“After thorough investigation of the UAV – LiDAR market CompassData has established the Riegl MiniVux as the best hardware system to provide reliable, consistent data for our customers.”-Hayden Howard, Vice President CompassData/CompassDrone

CompassDrone is a one-stop-shop, providing air frames, sensors, software, support, training, and Part 107 classes. It also provides services, including post-processing and flight services. As the 1st geospatial dealer for DJI, CompassDrone sells, rents and supports DJI drone airframes and software to empower mapping professionals to deliver drone-based solutions. CompassDrone's CIRRUAS App for flight planning and video collection supports export of DJI FMV to ESRI ArcGIS for enhanced analytics.

It’s a big deal when accuracy matters. Learn how the OneCompass family can empower your business with CompassDrone solutions.

About CompassData, Inc.
Founded in 1994, CompassData, Inc.’s mission is to map the world. CompassData is a dedicated group of professionals who have been at the forefront of geospatial technology since 1994. They are the leading provider of Ground Control Points (GCP) for accuracy enhancement and verification. They collect new points daily and add them to our archive (available off-the-shelf) of over 50,000 GCPs around the globe. They also have commercially available accuracy verification software, developed specifically for geospatial users, to test and verify imagery and LiDAR data sets. Other areas of expertise are in drone mapping, mobile mapping, and airport mapping.

About CompassDrone
CompassDrone specializes in drone airframes, sensors, software and services. They empower their professional clients to collect high-quality, spatially-accurate photogrammetry and remotely sensed data. CompassDrone sells hardware from the world leaders in drone technology. Using the best suite of hardware and software, they support your efforts to enter this fast-growing market. The Compass family has worked in over 100 countries in our pursuit to map the world and as an authorized DJI enterprise dealer. They are uniquely qualified to support geospatial professionals with the best equipment to meet your project requirements, anywhere on the planet.

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ARVR & Ai in Classroom: Middle East's Largest VR Education Program Launched for Public Schools

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Dubai is hitting another major milestone with VR based STEM Lab Program for schools

Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all”

— His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, Artificial Intelligence Minister

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, February 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Over a million students and thousands of teachers across the Middle East have experienced the most immersive technologies. Their collective huge response in favor of these technologies and the positive impact they have on education has already led many schools in Dubai to introduce the modern learning methodologies in classrooms. These schools have termed VR technology as “a powerful learning tool”.

VIRTUAL REALITY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Moving forward, the education ecosystem in UAE is now hitting another major milestone with VRXOne’s VR based STEM Lab Program for schools. Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East. A massive initiative to put the region on world’s map as the most advanced in classroom learning solutions and teaching aides.

“Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East.”

Prior to it, UAE government’s A Million Coders Program and subsequently, VRXOne’s One Million Expeditions for Emirati youth, gained immense response for their impact in enhancing students’ learning abilities. It comes as no surprise then that immersive technologies are dictating a massive shift in human-technology interaction. And VR based STEM Lab is the next step in classroom education not only locally but globally as well. Instead of moving around a mouse or tapping on a screen, we are able to step inside and explore the realities of our universe in the virtual world.

We know for a fact that the early adoption of these immersive technologies is a must as per the government’s vision of a knowledge-based economy. It is the only way to close the gap between education and job markets at a rapid pace. And VRXOne’s VR based Lab Program helps to work towards that goal by providing the youth with the most immersive learning solutions.

“VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM Subjects.”

VR FOR STEM EDUCATION – LEADING THE WAY

Virtual Reality has emerged as the ultimate medium for delivering “experiential learning”. No other methodology even comes close in impact. The fact that no physical or geographical boundaries stand in the way of this technology, is reason alone for its huge impact. Add to that the element of safety and cost-effectiveness and you have a win-win combination.

Virtual Reality is the ideal technology and well-suited to delivering the learning in STEM subjects. Since all these disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – are based on highly critical thinking and applied knowledge, VR is the perfect fit for STEM education.

VRXOne’s VR based Classroom Format offers the most advanced level standalone program today equipped with machine learning applications allowing the teachers full control of the curriculum-aligned virtual lessons. VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM subjects. No longer does a student need physical presence in a science lab to understand a concept thoroughly. Every VR class provides pedagogically sound, engaging content to students for proper exploration and understanding. For instance, VR technology eliminates the need for a microscope to examine an organism or to study the DNA sequencing. The VR lab actually provides full immersion for further exploration of DNA and the atom at the molecular level. Something which is not possible in a physical lab.

Such are the opportunities available to STEM students today in the UAE made possible through the VR technology. These captivating lessons are the way forward for the youth to develop the right skill-set needed for the future markets in the era of technology. Moreover, the technology is exactly in line with the innovation goals of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai,
“Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of the future needs, and built on proactive ideas because we want to be in first place globally. Our methodology for development is based on the launch of initiatives that can be applied anywhere in the world and creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy,"

LEARNING LANGUAGES IS FUN WITH VR

Learning a new language is one of the most exciting as well as daunting things for a student or any individual. There is always an initial hesitation with a new way to pronounce, speak and interact. VR helps to eliminate the element of hesitation and self-consciousness by providing scenario-based, highly interactive environments to develop new language skills. It can put you in a class full of learners or amongst the native speakers to perfect your command over language.

Because VR experiences support interaction and are able to replicate different situations, there isn’t a more realistic way to learn a language than reality itself. With VR, you could either be buying cannoli on the streets of Sicily or asking for directions in Turkey. There is the added benefit of instant feedback on pronunciation and suggestions for vocabulary to further enrich your learning experience. The Head of Languages at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Chloe Briand opines that VR helps to build students’ confidence and reduce the level of anxiety associated with learning languages, “This is a tool that you use to practise and improve on your fluency and accuracy in a real-life scenario, without feeling self-conscious in front of a native speaker. It’s the perfect segue between a relaxed familiar environment and the outside world.”

BUILDING A VR LESSON IS EASY

Being a great interactive medium, it is fairly easy to build and create a lesson in VR for both teachers and students. For instance, it is as easy as ‘1,2,3’ to get a class started on a Google Expedition. But in case you wanted something more, you could easily use Google StreetView to create an exclusive expedition of your own. Visit the famous landmarks or walk through historical places.

By virtue of being a virtual medium, VR can put you in any location, inside a lab or an archeological site in an instant. There are boundless opportunities to explore and learn with VR so much so that not only does it remove geographical walls but time-bound as well. You can explore the lengths of Roman Colosseum or walk on the Acropolis of Athens. It is all within reach with VR.

BRINGING AUGMENTED REALITY IN SCHOOLS

In the same fashion, Augmented Reality enhances the learning experience for STEM lessons. You can use it to examine the 3D models of plants, animals as well as the natural features in your class. Students can go “deeper” in a lesson by rotating, swiping, and zooming in and out of a model at will. They can even take photos or videos of the model within their surroundings.

AR is a great learning technology and brings huge value to everyday lesson plans. Aligned with the standards of the UAE Ministry of Education, the platform supports all kinds of different visual overlays and hundreds of lesson plans with valuable educational content.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR TODAY'S CLASSROOM

Immersive technologies can help us to make classroom learning fun and exciting as well as more relevant and comprehensive. But at the same time, it is important to monitor the students’ performance to ensure positive outcomes and compliance with the educational standards.

This is where Artificial Intelligence helps to customize lessons for students providing cross-reference between subjects to support interdisciplinary learning. Moreover, automation of processes through Ai – such as performance monitoring, feedback, marking, tracking growth etc. – provide further assistance in the class freeing up more time for teachers.

On the part of students, Ai helps them understand concepts better and self-pace their studies. It also inculcates innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in the students something which is the need of the day. Sreejit Chakrabarty, the Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Gems Education Dubai, says that Ai opens a huge door of opportunities for young minds, “Naturally, this Ai literacy brings in and helps students to extend their knowledge of English, Maths and Coding. For example, by seeing how their programming strategies are reflected in the learning and behaviour of a machine, they can better grasp abstract concepts such as cause and effect. They can also get immediate feedback from the machine and iterate their ideas based upon this. These are powerful opportunities for learning in a cross-disciplinary way.”

TEACHERS ARE READY FOR VR EDUCATION IN THE UAE

Arab teachers view the virtual and augmented reality apps as invaluable mediums to support “deeper learning” practices. As more and more content is being developed to align with curriculum requirements, the teachers find it immensely helpful to inspire curiosity to learn and ingenuity to create in their students.

Martha McCleary, Head of Digital Literacy at Foremarke School Dubai, shares her experience of VR in the classroom and how it has helped to involve students in the learning process, "We have been using VR to visit faraway places and go on virtual field trips. This heightens engagement in lessons as children get to experience new environments. Recently we have begun looking at creating our own VR experiences. The children are busy creating online galleries of their work. Beyond learning about VR, this engages the children in learning about design and user experience."

One of the GEM schools, The Winchester School at Jebel Ali has also teamed up with VRXOne to improve learning productivity of their students using VR and Ai. The Vice-Principal of the school, Dr. Ritika Anand believes that these immersive technologies become the basis to provide a thorough and holistic learning experience to the students, “Student experience is the biggest testimonial of a school’s commitment to provide holistic learning. The use of technologies like VR is aligned with the concept of experiential learning in pedagogy. Such technologies encourage inquisitiveness, innovation and excellence, and ultimately lead to bigger impact through nation development.”

STUDENTS READY FOR EXPO 2020 AND THE YEAR OF INNOVATION AHEAD

In the wake of these immersive learning experiences, students are well-equipped for the year of innovation ahead. Ai has a huge part to play in UAE’s National Innovation Strategy. Consequently, it is also a major component of Expo 2020 as well. As UAE gears towards the fast approaching event, the students are enthusiastically curious about using Ai to put their imagination to work and manifest their innovative ideas into reality.
The Emirati youth is more than ready for the upcoming challenges ahead backed by their mentor and the State Minister for Artificial Intelligence, His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, “Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all.” Speaking to a conference in Sharjah, he stressed upon the importance of AI as part of youth’s everyday life now and said, “Each of you have to be aware how to use it and develop it for you to be able to adopt it.”

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Jungo TV and Cinedigm Launches HALLYPOP on Samsung TV Plus

HALLYPOP ON SAMSUNG TV PLUS

HALLYPOP NOW ON SAMSUNG TV PLUS

Digital First All-Asian Pop Culture Network Debuts in USA

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Jungo TV, in partnership with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), announces today the launch of global Asian pop culture network HALLYPOP on Samsung TV Plus.

TV Plus is Samsung’s owned and operated video service, which provides access to a variety of free streaming channels covering sports, lifestyle, and more, straight out of the box on select Samsung TVs. It does not require a subscription fee, account set-up, or credit card info to access.

HALLYPOP is a global television network connecting fans through Asian pop culture, putting the spotlight on music, lifestyle, entertainment, and more. Highlights include the top-rated K-Pop variety show Inkigayo, featuring appearances and performances by BTS, Big Bang, IKON, Girls Generation, and 2NE, among others; the world’s #1 non-American program, Running Man, pitting K-Pop and K-Drama stars against each other in epic missions; the interactive music series After School Club, using social media to bring fans closer to their K-Pop Idols with Q&A sessions, song requests, impromptu performances, and music videos; and a lineup of classic, rare, and modern Martial Arts favorites from the world’s top genre studios.

"As an Asian American, I am personally proud that Jungo TV is introducing Asian-led programming on Samsung’s TV Plus platform,” said George Chung, CEO of Jungo TV. “We’re excited to advocate diversity in OTT entertainment through our music and lifestyle programming from the global Asian diaspora. Working with the leading Korean broadcaster SBS International, we anchor HALLYPOP with the best K-pop and Asian reality programs. As the network continues to grow, through collaboration with the best Asian content creators from around the world, we aim to amplify the momentum behind the global Asian entertainment industry.”

"Cinedigm is proud to debut our newest digital-first network, HALLYPOP, for the first time ever on Samsung’s dynamic TV Plus platform,” said Erick Opeka, President of Cinedigm Digital Networks. "CONtv and DOVE CHANNEL were both well-received by Samsung’s massive consumer base, and we look forward to further providing this diverse audience with even more of the top-tier premium programming Cinedigm is known for. Whether it’s HALLYPOP’s immersive Asian culture content or DOCURAMA’s roster of award-winning documentaries and series, our networks appeal to a broad range of tastes and interests, and offer something for everyone to enjoy.”

ABOUT JUNGO TV
Jungo TV is a global OTT and distribution company founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the renowned cardio-thoracic surgeon and Emmy® Award-winning host of the "Dr. Oz Show," along with Nasser J. Kazeminy, entrepreneur, business leader, philanthropist and Chairman of NJK Holding; Sandy Climan, CEO of Entertainment Media Ventures and longtime Hollywood deal maker; and George Chung, international content expert and entrepreneur, who serves as Chief Executive Officer. The company manages over 47,000 hours of content and over 80 live channels for international distribution. Jungo TV recently launched its owned and operated networks, including Combat Go, HallyPop, and Front Row Channel. For more information, visit www.jungotv.com

ABOUT CINEDIGM
For twenty years, Cinedigm (CIDM) has been at the forefront of the digital transformation of entertainment. Today, Cinedigm continues that mission by providing content, channels and services to the world’s largest media, technology and retail companies. Our content aggregation and distribution services power the world’s leading digital platforms and retailers. Cinedigm’s Digital Networks group provides channels and services that entertain consumers globally across hundreds of millions of devices. For more information, visit www.cinedigm.com.

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