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Elevated all-inclusive concept features standout amenities like an NFT bar, 2.8-acre sustainable bay, all oceanfront rooms and more – just 10 minutes from the Cancun International Airport



MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — AIC Hotel Group, the trailblazing hospitality brand with an extensive portfolio of world-class properties across the world’s most desirable destinations, such as Eden Roc Miami Beach and Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, today announced the launch of AVA, an elevated resort brand that establishes a new category of all-inclusive travel in the global marketplace.


Featuring the luxury and customized personal service of a five-star à la carte escape, the first property under the AVA brand, AVA Resort Cancun, will open its doors in Summer 2024, and the 1,743-oceanfront-room property promises a serene atmosphere and upscale coastal aesthetic inspired by the carefree waterfront lifestyle. Designed by Boris Pena Architects, the renowned hospitality and commercial architectural firm, AVA Resort Cancun immerses guests in the stunning simplicity and beauty of the Mexican Caribbean throughout the property – from panoramic ocean views in every guest room, suite and villa to its 2.8-acre sustainable AVA Bay by Crystal Lagoon Technology® to its upscale dining, nightlife and recreational amenities.

“As the travel industry continues to rapidly evolve, we knew that our next project needed to seamlessly bridge the last few gaps left in the all-inclusive market,” says Ash Tembe, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AIC Hotel Group. “AVA Resort Cancun does just that by bringing the most memorable aspects of a vacation to one place, coupled with some of the most exclusive experiences and programming that a luxury resort can offer. It really is a playground for vacationers of all ages.”

Located just 10 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, AVA Resort Cancun is home to an extraordinary breadth of amenities that far surpass standard all-inclusive expectations and will delight any traveler. Guests will discover a myriad of over 17 dining concepts including global cuisine from award-winning chefs, – such as a teppanyaki grill, a traditional Mexican street food cantina, and a five-star French restaurant, – countless bars and craft cocktail lounges – like a tech-forward NFT Bar and a swanky speakeasy, – casual spots, and snack bars, each developed by renowned culinary group HKB Design. Further, the resort features 22,000 square feet of world-class wellness facilities – inclusive of an expansive spa, elite fitness space, pickleball courts, and beauty amenities, – a variety of energetic nightlife venues, highly curated kids and teen clubs, and experiences for travelers of all ages.

What sets AVA above and apart, however, is its fresh energy, relaxed luxury, exacting service and carefree ease, typically reserved for à la carte getaways, now newly part of an elevated, all-inclusive experience. Designed with multifaceted experiences at the forefront, AVA Resort Cancun is a destination for kids to be kids, teens to be teens, friends to make memories, and families and couples to be together – with a little something for everyone.

Visit https://www.avaresortcancun.com/ to learn more.

About AVA Resort Cancun
Opening Summer 2024, AVA Resort Cancun marks the debut of a new luxury all-inclusive resort brand owned by RCD Hotels, the trailblazing hospitality brand with an extensive portfolio of world-class, luxury properties in the world’s most desirable destinations. Inspired by the pristine white sand and translucent blues of the Mexican Caribbean, AVA Resort Cancun elevates the all-inclusive category with 1,743 ocean-facing rooms, countless culinary experiences, enriching events and programming, luxurious amenities, and a sustainable 2.8-acre AVA Bay powered by Crystal Lagoons® technology. For more information, visit https://www.avaresortcancun.com/ and follow @avaresorts on FacebookInstagram and TikTok.

About AIC Hotel Group
AIC Hotel Group is exclusively contracted by RCD Hotels to spearhead the sales and marketing efforts for luxury hotel properties in the U.S., including Eden Roc Miami Beach, Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, and Nobu Hotel Chicago as well as throughout Mexico and the Caribbean, including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana— the world’s first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊ Hotel Riviera Maya— the first of a new luxury all-inclusive concept, and AVA Resort Cancun (coming soon). For additional information, visit http://www.aichotelgroup.com.

SOURCE AIC Hotel Group

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Blue Origin Marks Milestone: 25th Mission to Space with Six Crew Aboard

Blue Origin successfully completes its 25th mission to space with a crew of six, including historic first Black astronaut candidate.



Blue Origin, the aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight company founded by entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, reached another significant milestone today with the completion of its 25th mission to space. The mission, designated as the seventh human spaceflight for Blue Origin, carried a crew of six astronauts aboard its renowned New Shepard spacecraft.

"Blue Origin crew members inside the New Shepard spacecraft during the 25th mission to space."
The NS-25 Crew. Pictured from left to right: Gopi Thotakura, Mason Angel, Carol Schaller, Ed Dwight, Ken Hess, and Sylvain Chiron. (Photo: Blue Origin)

The crew for this historic flight included a diverse group of individuals, each with their own unique background and expertise. Mason Angel, Sylvain Chiron, Kenneth L. Hess, Carol Schaller, and Gopi Thotakura joined former Air Force Captain Ed Dwight, who holds a special place in history as the first Black astronaut candidate selected by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.

For Dwight, this flight provided a long-awaited opportunity to finally fulfill his dream of going to space. Despite being selected over half a century ago, circumstances at the time prevented him from realizing his journey beyond Earth’s atmosphere. However, today’s successful mission aboard New Shepard allowed Dwight to experience the wonders of space that he had long yearned for.

In addition to the invaluable experience for its crew, today’s achievement marks a significant milestone for the New Shepard program. With this latest flight, the reusable New Shepard rocket has carried a total of 37 individuals into space, showcasing the capability and reliability of Blue Origin’s technology.

The New Shepard spacecraft, named after celebrated astronaut Alan Shepard, is specifically designed for suborbital space tourism and research missions. It consists of a crew capsule and a booster rocket that work together to propel the crew to the edge of space. The capsule then detaches from the booster, allowing the astronauts to experience weightlessness and enjoy the breathtaking views before descending back to Earth under parachutes.

Blue Origin’s commitment to making space more accessible to all has been a driving force behind its achievements. By focusing on reusability and technological advancements, the company is pioneering new possibilities for suborbital spaceflight. Through missions like today’s, Blue Origin is not only pushing the boundaries of space exploration but also opening doors for future space travelers.

As Blue Origin continues its journey, the company remains dedicated to its founding principles of safety, reliability, and affordability. With each successful mission, it brings us closer to a future where space tourism becomes a reality for people from all walks of life.

The completion of the 25th mission to space with a crew of six onboard is a remarkable feat for Blue Origin. It represents a major step forward in the company’s quest to make space more accessible and underscores the importance of continued innovation in the realm of commercial space travel.

Congratulations to Blue Origin and the entire crew for their successful mission and for inspiring a new generation of explorers to reach for the stars.

view a full replay of today’s flight 

If you’re interested in flying on New Shepard as an astronaut or flying a payload on a future mission, visit BlueOrigin.com. You can also purchase commemorative merchandise from today’s mission at the Blue Origin Shop

Source: Blue Origin


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Clone Fest: A Blooming Collaboration between Seaside Cannabis and Agway of Cape Cod

Join Clone Fest, a celebration of community, gardening, and cannabis cultivation in the Orleans Flower District. Free admission. Don’t miss out!



Orleans, Massachusetts – Get ready for a day of community celebration, gardening, and cannabis cultivation as Seaside Cannabis and Agway of Cape Cod join forces for the 1st Annual Clone Fest. Taking place on Sunday, May 19th, this event offers attendees the chance to explore the world of cannabis cultivation, stock up on supplies, and learn from industry experts in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. Clone Fest marks a significant milestone for the Orleans community, as it embraces its identity as the Orleans Flower District. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to kickstart your growing season and celebrate a shared passion with like-minded individuals!

Clone Fest banner with colorful cannabis leaf illustrations and the text 'Celebrate Cannabis Cultivation and Community in the Orleans Flower District'
Agway of Cape Cod and Seaside Cannabis Company present CloneFest 2024 at the Flower District in Orleans, MA

A Celebration of Cultivation and Community:

Clone Fest is the culmination of a collaborative effort between Seaside Cannabis and Agway of Cape Cod. Attendees can pre-order premium clones from Seaside Cannabis, ensuring access to high-quality genetics for their growing endeavors. Agway of Cape Cod will provide an array of essential gardening supplies, including soil, nutrients, tools, and equipment, making it a one-stop shop for all your cultivation needs.

Not Just Clones and Supplies:

Beyond the exciting offerings of clones and gardening supplies, Clone Fest boasts an array of additional highlights. Live music will fill the air, while food trucks will tantalize taste buds, ensuring a festive ambiance. Attendees will also have the chance to learn more about cannabis cultivation techniques and responsible consumption from industry experts, fostering a learning environment for both experienced growers and beginners.

A Special Milestone: The Orleans Flower District:

Clone Fest also coincides with the unveiling of the Orleans Flower District, a name reflecting the neighborhood’s vibrant spirit and dedication to horticulture. This designation emphasizes the rich tradition of gardening and cannabis cultivation within the community. In celebration, Patriots Helping Vets (PHV) will join the event to share the joy of gardening and foster a sense of community amongst veterans and civilians.

Excitement from Collaborating Partners:

Spencer Knowles, a partner at Seaside Cannabis, is thrilled about this partnership: “Our goal is to provide cannabis enthusiasts with access to the highest quality genetics, while fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. Clone Fest is the perfect opportunity to do just that, and we can’t wait to see everyone there.”

Jess Thomas, co-owner of Agway of Cape Cod, shares the excitement: “This event brings together the best of both worlds – premium clones and top-notch gardening supplies – in one convenient location. Plus, with the unveiling of the Orleans Flower District, we’re celebrating the rich tradition of gardening and cannabis cultivation in our community.”

Join the Celebration:

Clone Fest is open to the public, and admission is free. It’s highly recommended to pre-order clones from Seaside Cannabis in advance to ensure availability. Stay updated on Clone Fest by visiting the event’s website or following Agway of Cape Cod and Seaside Cannabis on social media. https://seasidecannabis.com/clonefest/

Seaside Cannabis Company:

Seaside Cannabis Company is a full-service adult-use cannabis retail dispensary that provides a unique destination experience to its customers. They are dedicated to normalizing cannabis and offering a first-class customer experience through consumer education and engagement.



Agway of Cape Cod:

Agway of Cape Cod is a premier destination for gardening supplies, pet products, outdoor living essentials, and more. With a commitment to quality and customer service, Agway of Cape Cod has been serving the community for over 35 years. https://agwaycapecod.com | @agwaycapecod

Patriots Helping Vets:

Patriots Helping Vets is a registered Massachusetts nonprofit organization that helps veterans heal through horticultural therapy. They advocate for veterans’ right to grow their own medicine and gift it to others. https://www.patriotshelpingvets.org/ | @patriotshelpingvets

Don’t miss out on the 1st Annual Clone Fest – a day of celebration, learning, and community bonding in the heart of the Orleans Flower District. Embrace your passion for cannabis cultivation, soak in the vibrant atmosphere, and join others who share your love for gardening and responsible consumption. Let the spirit of the Orleans Flower District flourish as Seaside Cannabis and Agway of Cape Cod collaborate to make this event a blooming success!


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Exploring the Debate: Is a Policing Surge the Answer to L.A.’s Transit Safety Concerns?

Is a policing surge the solution to L.A.’s transit safety concerns? It’s a complex debate with proponents and transit advocates offering differing viewpoints.



An image showing a Metro train in Los Angeles with transit police officers patrolling the station, ensuring safety and security for passengers.
Los Angeles Metro Rail. (2024, May 6). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Metro_Rail

Policing Surge?
Recent safety concerns surrounding L.A. County’s transit system have prompted city leaders to announce a surge in law enforcement personnel to tackle the increasing violence on buses and trains. While some view this move as a necessary step to address growing public safety fears, others argue that relying solely on armed officers might not be the most effective solution. This blog post will explore both perspectives and examine the wider debate surrounding transit safety in Los Angeles.


  1. Understanding the Numbers:
    Data indicates that violent crime rates on the transit system have decreased by almost 35% from March 2023 to March 2024. However, crimes categorized as “Crimes against Society” such as trespassing, drug use, and possession of illegal weapons, have increased by over 160%. These figures shed light on the ongoing tension between media coverage of transit violence and the overall safety trends.
  2. Read the LA Metro report here: https://boardagendas.metro.net/board-report/2024-0221
  3. The Perspective of Policing Supporters:
    Proponents of the policing surge argue that more armed officers will enhance public safety and deter potential criminals. They contend that the visible presence of law enforcement personnel will create a sense of security among passengers and drivers. Additionally, some emphasize the necessity of law enforcement involvement to maintain order in an increasingly violent environment.
  4. Critics from Transit Advocates:
    Opponents of excessive reliance on armed policing for transit safety argue that the approach is a flawed one. A coalition called the Alliance for Community Transit-Los Angeles (ACT-LA) advocates for investment in alternatives, such as affordable housing and improved access to public transit. They highlight that violence on the transit system has been decreasing and emphasize the importance of addressing root causes of crime, such as homelessness and mental health, through community-based solutions.
  5. Exploring Alternatives:
    Transit advocates suggest that Metro should make greater use of their unarmed transit ambassadors, who have been positively received by passengers and contribute to a sense of safety. These ambassadors, dressed in distinctive green shirts, provide assistance and support to riders, helping to prevent incidents and maintain a welcoming environment. Additionally, increasing outreach programs focusing on homelessness and mental health could also make a significant impact on safety within the transit system.

Balancing public perception of crime with actual crime statistics is a complex challenge in addressing transit safety concerns. While a policing surge may provide short-term relief and may be reassuring for some passengers, exploring alternative strategies that address the root issues underlying crime will likely result in more long-lasting improvements. By investing in community-driven solutions, such as affordable housing and support for vulnerable populations, L.A.’s transit system can take a holistic approach to safety, ensuring that all passengers feel secure and comfortable while using public transportation.

Source: LA Metro


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