Air Force Amy, Living Legend of Prostitution Wants to Be on New $10 Bill

Air Force Amy Bunny Ranch

Air Force Amy Bunny RanchAir Force Amy of Bunny Ranch Fame, Seeks to Be Minted

Air Force Amy wants money honor.  After the US Treasury Department announced that a woman will be pictured on the redesigned $10 bill,  there have been many different thoughts on who that could or should be.  Air Force Amy, America’s most famous legal hooker thinks it should be her.

Air Force Amy, the living legend of legal prostitution, currently advertises her wares at Dennis Hof’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a brothel located in Carson City, Nevada. It’s the subject of HBO’s hit series “Cat House”, and Amy has been its breakout star. Read more ›

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JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Grand Opening is a Huge Celebration

JW Marriott Venice Resort

JW Marriott Venice Resort & SpaJW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Opens with Fanfare

The official grand opening of the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, the first JW Marriott resort in Europe, saw guests, celebrities and media immersed into the treasured traditions of some of Venice’s most famous islands in one spectacular evening.

JW Marriott Venice Resort Grand OpeningGuests were invited to savour fragrant cocktails from Isola Della Rose (Rose Island), the private island the new JW Marriott Venice Resort calls home; hand pick and unwrap culinary treats from Sant’erasmo; learn about the delicate art of Burano lacemaking and admire the colours of the world famous glass from Murano.  With music curated by Bestival founder and DJ, Rob Da Bank, Read more ›

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Ben Ainslie Racing Going for America’s Cup Bid with Sponsorship from Land Rover

Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing
  • Land Rover Ben Ainslie RacingLand Rover partners with Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie Racing in bid to win the 35th America’s Cup in 2017

  • Team Land Rover BAR announced at the home of  Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth
  • Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover to support the project with advanced technology expertise

Land Rover has announced a global partnership with Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) ahead of its challenge for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. As Title Partner and Exclusive Innovation Partner, Land Rover will work closely over the next two years with the BAR design and engineering teams to help deliver a winning combination of advanced engineering and innovative technologies in their bid to bring the oldest sporting trophy in the world home to Britain, the place where it all started with a race around the Isle of Wight in 1851.  Read more ›

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Beyonce And The Weeknd Headline The 2015 “Budweiser Made In America” Festival

Beyonce Budweiser Made in America

Beyonce Budweiser Made in AmericaBeyonce to Headline “Budweiser Made In America,” the JAY Z curated two-day music festival

This concert will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, PA. A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved. As a result of this concert, the money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and most needy citizens in these regions. As a result of last year’s Budweiser Made in America festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is investing more than $300,000 into education and talent development initiatives to enhance cradle-to-career education that ensures all students graduate high school college- or career-ready and equips individuals Read more ›

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Lexus Hoverboard is Super Cool Hoverboard Prototype from Luxury Carmaker

Lexus Hoverboard

Lexus HoverboardLexus Hoverboard to be Tested in Barcelona Spain

Collaboration of design and technology results in a creative breakthrough for the new Lexus Amazing in Motion campaign.

Luxury automotive brand Lexus has partnered with world leading experts in super conductive technology to create one of the most advanced Hoverboards ever developed – the Lexus Hoverboard.

 

Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International said; “At Lexus, we constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to push the boundaries of what is possible. Read more ›

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The Ralph Lauren & Vogue Wimbledon Summer Cocktail Party

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Summer Party

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Summer PartyA week ahead of the start of Wimbledon 2015,  Alexandra Shulman and Boris Becker host celebrity guests in celebration of Ralph Lauren’s 10th Year as Official Outfitters of The Championships, Wimbledon

Th elegant summer cocktail party took place at The Orangery within the beautiful formal gardens in the grounds of Kensington Palace, once the setting for Queen Anne’s sophisticated court entertainment.

Guests including Jessica Chastain, Lily James, Alice Eve, Jamie Murray and Molly King helped mark a decade of the global partnership between Polo Ralph Lauren and The All England Club. The clothing brand has been the first designer in Wimbledon’s 129 year history to create and outfit all on-court officials including chair umpires, line umpires and ball persons.

Manchester United is First Sports Franchise Valued Over $1 Billion

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Land Rover Defender 2,000,000 Marks Land Rover’s Production Milestone

Land Rover Defender

Land Rover DefenderLand Rover Defender Created by Special Guests to Mark 2 Millionth Vehicle Produced

Celebrating 67 years of iconic Land Rover production, a unique vehicle has been built to commemorate the UK production of the two-millionth Series Land Rover Defender.

With a bespoke design and an all-star cast of special guests helping to complete the momentous build, ‘Defender 2,000,000’ has been created to be a tribute to almost seven decades of Land Rover production in the Solihull plant, UK.  Read more ›

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Manchester United Determined to Be World’s First Billion Dollar Football Brand

First Billion Dollar Football BrandFirst Billion Dollar Football Brand? Not Barcelona, Manchester United!

  • Manchester United overtakes Bayern Munich to become the world’s most valuable soccer brand
  • New York listed Manchester United the first billion dollar football brand
  • Record-breaking deals agreed despite two mediocre seasons, driving up value
  • Champions League final victory adds $28 million to Barcelona’s brand value
  • But Barca is 6th, having been overtaken by Chelsea and Manchester City
  • Southampton is the fastest growing brand, up 89% on 2014
  • MLS teams fail to feature despite growing international stature
The Brand Finance Football 50, released today, is an annual study conducted by London-based brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Football’s biggest teams are put to the test to determine which command the strongest and most valuable brands.Devils Are First Billion Dollar Football BrandDespite another season without silverware, Manchester United has reclaimed its position at the top of the Brand Finance Football 50, knocking Bayern Munich off the top spot. The Red Devils have become the first billion dollar football brand, with 63% growth bringing total brand value to $1.2 billion.Champions League Victory can’t Stop Barca’s SlideBarca’s resounding 3-1 win over Juventus caps a year of stunning successes (including La Liga title and the Copa del Rey) in which the club has made history by becoming the first to win the treble twice. Saturday’s game alone added $28 million to Barca’s brand value, contributing to a overall increase on 2014 of $151 million dollars, bringing the total value of the brand to $773 million.

However as glorious as Barca’s record may be, it simply has not been able to harness its brand to the same extent as rivals Real Madrid (whose brand is $100 million more valuable) or the rapidly growing English teams. Man City and Chelsea have both overtaken it for the first time, pushing Barca into 6th place in the Brand Finance Football 50.

Thanks to sporting success and a squad stacked with legendary figures such as Messi and Neymar, Barcelona actually has the strongest brand of any club, rated AAA+ by Brand Finance. However ‘brand strength’ only reflects the notional potential of the brand. For a club’s brand to generate income a business team that is as star-studded and tactically brilliant as the team on the pitch is required. That is how to build brand value.

The World’s Most Valuable Soccer Brands
Rank 2015 Rank 2014 Team Country Brand Value 2015 (US$m) Brand Rating 2015 Brand Value 2015 (US$m) Brand Rating 2014 Change (US$m) Change (%)
1 3 Manchester United FC England 1206 AAA 739 AAA 467 63%
2 1 FC Bayern München Germany 933 AAA 896 AAA 36 4%
3 2 Real Madrid CF Spain 873 AAA+ 768 AAA+ 104 14%
4 5 Manchester City FC England 800 AAA- 510 AAA- 290 57%
5 7 Chelsea FC England 795 AAA 502 AAA- 293 58%
6 4 FC Barcelona Spain 773 AAA+ 622 AAA+ 151 24%
7 6 Arsenal FC England 703 AAA 505 AAA- 198 39%
8 8 Liverpool FC England 577 AAA- 469 AAA- 108 23%
9 10 Paris Saint-Germain FC France 541 AAA- 324 AAA- 217 67%
10 12 Tottenham Hotspur FC England 360 AA+ 248 AA+ 111 45%
11 13 Juventus FC Italy 350 AAA 247 AAA 103 42%
12 9 Borussia Dortmund Germany 326 AAA- 327 AAA- -1 0%
13 11 FC Schalke 04 Germany 302 AA+ 313 AA+ -12 -4%
14 14 AC Milan Italy 244 AAA- 236 AAA- 8 3%
15 20 Everton FC England 228 AA 121 AA+ 107 88%
16 24 West Ham United FC England 209 AA 112 AA- 97 86%
17 New AS Monaco France 202 A+
18 30 Southampton FC England 183 AA 96 AA- 86 89%
19 17 Galatasaray AŞ Turkey 177 AA+ 141 AA+ 36 26%
20 15 FC Internazionale Milano Italy 160 AAA- 152 AA+ 7 5%
21 23 Aston Villa FC England 155 AA 115 AA 40 35%
22 27 Newcastle United FC England 155 AA 102 AA 53 52%
23 19 Club Atlético de Madrid Spain 151 AA+ 126 AAA- 24 19%
24 21 SSC Napoli Italy 147 AA+ 121 AA+ 27 22%
25 16 AFC Ajax Netherlands 145 AA+ 149 AA+ -4 -3%
26 41 Stoke City FC England 140 AA- 75 AA- 65 87%
27 New Swansea City Wales 135 A
28 22 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Germany 135 AA 116 AA 19 16%
29 32 Sunderland AFC England 134 AA 93 AA- 40 43%
30 New Crystal Palace England 133 A
31 33 Olympique de Marseille France 129 AA 91 AA 38 41%
32 28 VfB Stuttgart Germany 121 AA- 102 AA 19 19%
33 35 Fenerbahçe SK Turkey 120 AA 87 AA 33 38%
34 38 Celtic FC Scotland 120 AA 84 AA+ 36 43%
35 26 AS Roma Italy 117 AA+ 108 AA+ 9 8%
36 34 VfL Wolfsburg Germany 116 AA 91 AA 25 27%
37 42 West Bromwich Albion FC England 115 AA 74 AA- 42 57%
38 25 Olympique Lyonnais France 111 AA 110 AA 1 1%
39 29 Valencia CF Spain 107 AA 99 AA 8 8%
40 39 SL Benfica Portugal 103 AA+ 83 AA+ 20 24%
41 18 Hamburger SV Germany 103 AA 138 AA -35 -25%
42 New Leicester City England 102 A
43 48 São Paulo FC Brazil 95 AA 54 A 40 74%
44 31 SV Werder Bremen Germany 88 AA- 94 AA -6 -6%
45 New Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany 86 A+
46 45 PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 86 AA 59 AA+ 27 46%
47 40 Sevilla FC Spain 81 AA 77 AA 4 5%
48 36 SC Corinthians Paulista Brazil 79 AA 87 A -8 -9%
49 44 SS Lazio SpA Italy 78 AA 62 AA 16 27%
50 New ACF Fiorentina Italy 76 AA 0 AA 76

Clubs Need Stars in the Boardroom as well as the Locker Room
Brand Finance CEO David Haigh comments, “Manchester United’s success has been masterminded by Ed Woodward, the Ronaldo of soccer’s commercial sphere. As Sir Alex Ferguson developed United’s world-beating reputation, Woodward (and United’s owners the Glazers) capitalised on the brand’s growing power to establish a worldwide fan-base and a range of sponsorship deals unrivalled in their number and value. The decision to list the club on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012 is further evidence of United’s commercial competency.” The focus on extracting value from the brand, combined with United’s on-pitch success in the recent past, has allowed Woodward to mitigate the impact of the last two seasons’ mediocre results.

Sponsors’ desire to be associated with the Man U brand appears undimmed. The current shirt deal with Chevrolet (£47 million per year) is worth more than double that with previous partner AON. In 2014 Nike decided to end its longstanding relationship with United, but rather than heralding a loss of faith amongst sponsors, it merely opened the door for another record-breaking agreement. Adidas will be Man U’s kit provider for the next 10 years in a deal worth £750 million ($1.1 billion). On an annual basis, this is more than triple the £23.5 million ($36 million) per year Nike had been paying.

Premier League Payday

Manchester United received another boost to its financial potency this year thanks to a record-breaking new deal for the broadcast rights of the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 Premier League seasons. The deal is worth £5.1 billion ($7.8 billion) for the UK rights alone, closer to £9 billion ($14 billion) for the global rights, representing a 70% increase on the last round. The news saw Manchester United’s share price immediately jump 5%. The deal has been a boon to all Premier League clubs however. Each will receive close to £150 million ($230 million) a season, which has seen their brand values surge this year.

The Saints Go Marching On

Southampton is one of them and is this year’s fastest growing brand. The Saints’ brand value is up 89% to $183 million. However Southampton has been more than a passive beneficiary of booming broadcast revenues. Ronald Koeman has masterminded a 7th place finish that means a club facing administration in 2009 and playing in the third tier of the English game in 2010 can look forward to European soccer next season and the chance to build its own brand on the international stage.

West Ham Moves Onwards and Upwards

West Ham is another club to benefit from the windfall. The Hammers’ 86% growth means puts them in the top 20 for the first time, with a brand value of over $200 million. When the club moves home to London’s Olympic stadium it can look forward to further growth thanks to its increased profile and match-day attendance. Tara Warren, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications at West Ham comments “When Vice-Chairman Karren Brady arrived at West Ham five years ago, she instilled a belief that we could establish the club as a truly global brand. The re-brand that my team have executed over the past year showed that desire to create a more ambitious and successful future. Our focus now is on maximising the potential of our imminent move to our magnificent, 54,000-seat new stadium. West Ham will always honour and celebrate its great history, but today’s findings show that West Ham United is also fast becoming one of the most investable brands in world football.”

Juventus Rejuvenated

Juventus has just missed out on a place in the top ten after what was so nearly a perfect season. Victory in Serie A and the Coppa Italia made it a triumphant year for manager Massimiliano Allegri despite this weekend’s loss. On pitch success has been matched by lucrative commercial deals. Adidas will replace Nike as the club’s kit supplier in a €139.5 million deal, contributing to a 42% increase in brand value to $350 million. Juventus appears to have made a comprehensive recovery from the scandals that dogged the club a decade ago. The sale of a 48% stake in AC Milan to Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol suggests that global audiences and investors are beginning to see Serie A clubs as prospects that cannot be ignored. If Juventus continues to perform so well, in particular in Europe, prospects for further growth look good.

MLS MIA

Unfortunately no MLS teams feature in the Brand Finance Football 50. Financial information is sparse and generally undisclosed, making robust, fair valuations impossible. MLS clubs are making great strides though. Mr Haigh continues, “The MLS is setting an example to leagues where soccer is still establishing its presence. It is no longer seen in Europe as the place where big names go to play out their last few games for big money. The City Football Group’s establishment of NYFC shows that the global soccer establishment are taking the MLS and its clubs seriously.”

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NICKY USA CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL DINNER ON NICKY FARM

Nicky USA logoIn celebration of 25 years as the premier butcher and purveyor of specialty game and high quality meat in the Pacific Northwest, Nicky USA is reliving their history through a special dinner benefitting The Portland Kitchen on their Aurora Ore. ranch, Nicky Farm, on Saturday, June 27th. Portland chef Chris Carriker of 23 Hoyt, and Seattle chef Jonathan Sundstrom of Lark, will prepare a menu outdoors featuring Nicky Farms protein such as rabbit, quail, goat, venison, and elk, while guests sip local wines from Andrew Rich Wines and Union Wine Company. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the farm with the founders of Nicky USA and Nicky Farms, Geoff and Melody Latham.
Acquired in 2014, Nicky Farms represents a return to Geoff Latham’s roots as a farmer, and has distinguished Nicky USA as the only Northwest meat distributor to also raises its own stock. The 35.9-acre Nicky Farm is located along the Pudding River, providing an ideal habitat for many different animals. It is currently home to flocks of wild geese, coveys of quail, rabbits, goats, cattle, a century old farmhouse, and views of Mt. Hood.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Nicky USA’s non-profit partner, The Portland Kitchen whose mission is to empower urban youth to graduate high school with culinary job skills and improved eating habits. The Portland Kitchen offers free, comprehensive culinary after school and summer programming to Portland high school youth. Through this partnership, Nicky USA teaches butchering skills, leads workshops and offers mentoring opportunities to teens. Nicky USA will donate a minimum of $1000 from this event.
Throughout the month of June, Nicky Farms will also donate $0.50 to the Portland Kitchen from every pack of Nicky Farms  game meats sold at all Portland-area New Seasons Markets. Portlanders can elevate their cooking and support the community by purchasing any of the following Nicky Farms products: Rabbit, Venison, Elk, Wild Boar, Goat and Buffalo.
Tickets for Nicky USA’s anniversary dinner on Saturday, June 27th, from 5-9 p.m. at Nicky Farms in Aurora Ore. are be available for purchase at strangertickets.com (type in “Nicky” to search), and are $125 per person.
About Nicky USA:
Founded in 1990, Nicky USA is a Northwest butcher and purveyor of specialty game and high quality meat. The Portland-based company has forged relationships with local and international ranchers, as well as James Beard Award-winning chefs in an effort to make game a mainstay of specialty markets and fine restaurants. Nicky USA recently developed a specialty line of products under their Nicky Farms brand, featuring Northwest raised rabbit, quail, elk, fallow venison, goose, water buffalo, and American bison. With the recent purchase of their very own 35.9-acre farm in Aurora, Ore, owner Geoff Latham is now able to raise game for Nicky USA and host friends and customers. The company has built one of the nation’s only mobile processing units (MPU) for the sustainable and humane processing of animals, specially designed to process both poultry and hooved animals, making it the only USDA-compliant unit of its kind allowing complete control of the process from field to table. Aside from selling specialty game and high quality meat, Nicky USA hosts Wild About Game, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest, celebrating high quality meat and specialty game. Nicky USA expanded in 2013 with a second location in Seattle. Orders for either location can be made by calling 1.800.469.4162. For more information, visit www.nickyusa.com. Follow @NickyUSA on Twitter and Facebook, and @Nicky.USA on Instagram, as well as #NickyFarms on all channels.

 

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THE WORLD SKIING INVITATIONAL / AFP WORLD TOUR FINALS AND MONSTER ENERGY SHRED SHOW RETURN TO THE WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL IN WHISTLER, BC

World Ski & Snowboard Festival 2015 Whistler BCWHISTLER, BC April 7, 2015 – The World Skiing Invitational (WSI) / Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour Finals and the Monster Energy Shred Show will both return to the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) this spring. As always, the events will draw the top ski and snowboard athletes from around the world to Whistler but spectators should take note, both events will see some major schedule changes for 2015.

“For the first time in three years we will have Men and Women’s Halfpipe as part of the WSI / AFP World Tour Finals,” says Sue Eckersley, Event Director for the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. “We are really excited to have all three ski disciplines back on the WSSF schedule for 2015. Other changes to note, the Gibbons Big Air (ski) has been relocated to the terrain park on Blackcomb Mountain due to the challenging snow conditions at lower elevations, which have prevented us from being able to host the Big Air in Skier’s Plaza as we usually do.”

The WSI / AFP World Tour Finals will take place on Blackcomb Mountain from April 10 to 12, with Slopestyle scheduled for April 10, the Gibbons Big Air on April 11 and the Halfpipe and Superhit events on April 12. More information, including a detailed schedule, event formats and the selection criteria is available at wssf.com/World-Skiing-Invitational.

With the Gibbons Big Air happening during Whistler Blackcomb’s operating hours, WSSF has introduced Gibbons Plazapalooza, a new event designed to bring the same energy and excitement people have come to love and expect in Skier’s Plaza on the first Saturday night of the festival. Gibbons Plazapalooza will take place between 8pm and 10pm and will include a replay of the Gibbons Big Air broadcast on the Main Stage big screens hosted by legendary emcee, Brad Jay, as well as dancing, fire spinners, a drum line and a DJ set from Mat The Alien. Plus, Neph and Swollen Members will perform in Skier’s Plaza leading up to Gibbons Plazapalooza beginning at 6pm.

The Monster Energy Shred Show will also see some schedule changes this year at WSSF. The Boarderstyle, which pits four riders against each other in a head-to-head boardercross-style race integrated with slopestyle terrain features, is scheduled for April 17 in the terrain park on Blackcomb Mountain. The event is open to anyone, with registration currently available online through to April 14. New this year, the Boarderstyle will see a separate Women’s category and there is $6,500 in total prize money to be won at the event. The Monster Energy Shred Show Invitational Slopestyle will take place on April 18, also in the Blackcomb terrain park.

The Monster Energy Shred Show will not include a Big Air event this year. Instead, Monster will be keeping the energy high in Skier’s Plaza on the second Saturday night of WSSF with a motocross show at the base of Whistler Mountain. There will also be free concerts from Jazz Cartier and YelaWolf on the Main Stage beginning at 7:30pm.

More information about the Monster Energy Shred Show, including a detailed scheduled and the list of confirmed athletes is available at wssf.com/The-Shred-Show.

 

Tickets to the evening gala events are now available for purchase at www.wssf.com.

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