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Also Featuring Caribbean Reggae Artist Red Fox, the Debut of ‘Caribbean Vacation’ is in Sync with The Verandah Antigua’s Grand Reopening



ANTIGUA & BARBUDA /PRNewswire/ — Elite Island Resorts, the premier name in Caribbean hospitality, celebrates the grand reopening of The Verandah Antigua with the video premiere of Caribbean Vacation, a spirited musical collaboration with Antigua’s Reggae Ambassador Causion featuring Caribbean reggae artist Red Fox. This new melodic celebration is an invitation for all to dive into the rhythmic allure of the Caribbean as these music sensations are set to debut the song during the grand reopening of newly renovated and redefined adults-only resort The Verandah Antigua on November 17, 2023.

Elite Island Resorts, in collaboration with Causion, Antigua’s Reggae Ambassador, is proud to announce the world premiere of a brand new song and video, “Caribbean Vacation.” This incredible new song was inspired by Antigua’s people, natural beauty, and popularity as a world-class holiday destination. The video was filmed on location at some of Antigua’s most picturesque resorts and beaches.

Caribbean Vacation is the follow up to Antigua Me Come From, last year’s highly successful collaboration between Causion and Elite Island Resorts. In a landscape often dimmed by global events, Caribbean Vacation shines as the new vibrant anthem, inviting everyone to realign with what’s truly important – reconnecting with loved ones, rejoicing in shared strength, and fulfilling the dream of an idyllic Caribbean retreat.

Filmed on location in Antigua, the Caribbean Vacation music video is a visual serenade to the region’s allure and presents a vivid narrative of the island’s mesmerizing beaches, natural beauty, its people, and its popularity as a world-class travel destination. Causion, featuring upbeat vocal stylings by Red Fox, brings to life a story of Antigua’s vibrant culture and timeless appeal with Caribbean Vacation — a symphony of Antigua’s spirit, an ode to the island’s legacy as a bastion of joy, beauty, and celebration. 

Antigua, renowned for its stunning beaches and luxurious accommodations, becomes the star of the music video, which was filmed across several scenic resorts including Hammock Cove Antigua, The Verandah Antigua, Pineapple Beach Club Antigua, St. James’s Club & Villas, and Galley Bay Resort & Spa. The video demonstrates why Antigua is a coveted destination for celebrities, discerning travelers, and as a picturesque setting for popular television shows including The Bachelorette, Married at First Sight, Married to Medicine, Below Deck and many others. The song and video herald the island’s status as a pinnacle of world-class travel, encapsulating the romance and adventure that await in Antigua.

“People naturally associate the island of Antigua with music, good times, and beautiful scenery,” said Causion. “Caribbean Vacation is a celebration of all that is wonderful about a getaway to Antigua’s lovely beachfront resorts.”

Rob Barrett, Chairman of Elite Island Resorts says, “Caribbean Vacation is a fantastic song that perfectly captures the romance and adventure of a holiday in Antigua. Once you see the music video, you’ll know why Antigua is truly a must visit travel destination.”

Whether travelers are seeking a five-star, adults-only getaway or a family adventure, Elite Island Resorts has the perfect beachfront location in Antigua to make any Caribbean vacation dreams come true.

Hammock Cove Antigua: This adults-only resort, nestled among aquamarine waters, white sandy beaches, and the dramatic coastline of Devil’s Bridge National Park, offers romantics to feel pampered with unparalleled service, spa treatments, and a culinary journey with Michelin-star inspired Italian chef.

Galley Bay Resort & Spa: An adults-only escape that feels like a secret beachfront garden, Galley Bay offers a serene environment for couples to unwind amidst the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.

Pineapple Beach Club Antigua: Located on arguably the island’s most stunning white-sand beach, this all-inclusive adults-only oasis provides opportunities for active guests with activities like tennis, pickleball, beach cricket, or water sports like snorkeling and kayaking. 

St. James’s Club & Villas: A barefoot-casual hotspot for family and friends to enjoy six swimming pools and two white-sand beaches. This secluded 100-acre peninsula on the southeastern coast of Antigua set in an upscale casual ambiance for all ages.

The Verandah Antigua: this newly renovated oasis, redefined as an adults-only resort, offers modern luxury suites surrounded by lush green gardens, pools and picturesque views overlooking the Caribbean Sea perfect for large celebrations or romantics looking for an intimate hideaway.

The song’s debut at The Verandah echoes the resort’s refreshed spirit, breathing rhythm into the winds, and melody into the waves, celebrating the essence of a perfect Caribbean vacation. Caribbean Vacation resonates with the warmth of the islands, promising a melody that will linger in hearts, inspiring travels filled with love, adventure, and the irresistible charm of Antigua, and of the Caribbean.

For more information on Elite Island Resorts, or to immerse in the magic of Caribbean Vacation, visit eliteislandresorts.com.

SOURCE Elite Island Resorts

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Salmonella Outbreak: Cantaloupe Recall Investigation

Salmonella outbreak: Cantaloupes recalled. Ongoing investigation. Stay informed for updates on the recall.



In recent weeks, an outbreak of Salmonella linked to cantaloupes has raised concerns across the United States and parts of Canada. The outbreak, which began in early November 2023, has resulted in numerous cases of illness reported from various states. Health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are diligently investigating this outbreak to identify the source of contamination and prevent further illnesses. This blog post aims to provide an overview of the outbreak investigation, affected products and stores, symptoms of Salmonella infection, and recommendations for consumers and businesses.

The Outbreak:
On November 22, 2023, Crown Jewels Produce, Sofia Produce, and CF Dallas initiated a recall of fresh cantaloupes and related products due to potential Salmonella contamination. As of November 24, CDC reported a total of 99 cases from 32 states, with the latest onset date being November 10, 2023. The investigation is still ongoing, as authorities are working to determine if additional products are linked to the illnesses. The FDA will provide updates on this situation as more information becomes available.

Affected Products and Stores:
The following brands of whole fresh cantaloupes have been recalled:

  • Cantaloupes labeled “Malichita” or “Rudy,” with the numbers “4050” and “Product of Mexico/produit du Mexique.”
  • These cantaloupes were sold in retail stores located in Arizona, California, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, and Canada. It is important to note that this list may not include all states, as the cantaloupes could have reached consumers through further retail distribution.

Recalled cut cantaloupe and products made from the recalled whole cantaloupes include:

  • ALDI’s cantaloupe, cut cantaloupe, and pineapple spears in clamshell packaging with Best-by dates between October 27 and October 31.
  • Vinyard’s cantaloupe chunks and cubes, fruit mixes, melon medleys, and fruit cups containing cantaloupe. Most of these products have a “Vinyard” label, and some have a red label with “Fresh” sold between October 30 and November 10 in Oklahoma stores.
  • Freshness Guaranteed seasonal blend, melon trio, melon mix, fruit blend, fruit bowl, seasonal fruit tray, fruit mix, and cantaloupe chunks. RaceTrac fruit medley sold in clear square or round plastic containers at select retail stores in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Texas, and Louisiana.

Symptoms of Salmonella Infection:
Salmonella infection typically manifests within 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food and typically lasts for four to seven days. Common symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. It is important to note that severe infections are more likely to occur in children younger than five, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Status and Recommendations:
The investigation into the cantaloupe-related Salmonella outbreak is still ongoing. Authorities will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. In the meantime, the following recommendations are crucial:

  • Consumers, restaurants, retailers, and wholesalers should refrain from consuming, selling, or serving recalled cantaloupes or products containing cantaloupe.
  • Those who have frozen cantaloupes for later use should check their freezers and discard any recalled fresh or cut cantaloupes.
  • If you are unsure whether your cantaloupe is part of the recall, it is best to err on the side of caution and dispose of it.
  • Retailers and wholesalers who received recalled whole melons should identify the boxes labeled “Malachita/Z Farms” or “Malichita” or “Rudy” from Crown Jewels Produce and Sofia Produce (TruFresh) and remove them from their inventory.
  • It is crucial to follow FDA’s safe handling and cleaning advice, ensuring that any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the recalled products are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to prevent cross-contamination.
  • If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of a Salmonella infection after consuming recalled cantaloupes, it is essential to seek medical attention promptly.

The outbreak investigation of Salmonella linked to cantaloupes is a matter of concern, and authorities are actively working to protect public health. By staying informed, following the recommendations, and taking necessary precautions, we can collectively mitigate the risks associated with this outbreak. Stay tuned for updates and adhere to the guidance provided by health authorities to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.


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Rent remains high, but more properties offer incentives



New construction surge prompts landlords and property managers to provide more perks

SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ — Rental concessions—offers meant to entice tenants, such as free months of rent or free parking—are at their highest level in more than two years despite strong renter demand, Zillow’s latest data shows. That’s because property managers are now likely competing for tenants, as new, primarily upscale buildings from the recent construction boom enter the rental market.

About 30% of rental listings on Zillow advertised concessions in October, a surge that signifies a notable shift in the rental market. Within the past five years, concessions reached a peak in February 2021, with 36.7% of rentals offering incentives, coinciding with low renter demand during the pandemic. Those concessions then dropped as far as 19.4% in July 2022. However, the current rise comes as typical rent prices are nearly 30% higher than pre-pandemic levels, and annual rent growth just ticked back up after nearly two years of slowing down.

“The pandemic era’s increase in concessions was a direct response to decreased renter demand. Currently, we’re witnessing a different scenario where the demand for rental housing is high, but there’s been a notable rise in supply,” said Anushna Prakash, an economic research data scientist at Zillow. “To differentiate themselves from newer, potentially more amenity-rich apartment buildings, property managers are stepping up their game, offering more incentives to attract potential renters with a broader range of choices.”

Nationwide increase in concessions
Zillow data shows an astonishing 43 of the nation’s largest 50 metropolitan areas have seen a rise in rental concessions compared to last year. The most deal sweeteners are found in Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Jose, California, where more than half the rentals listed on Zillow in October advertised concessions.

Construction boom and its effects
This trend is especially pronounced in metro areas experiencing a construction boom. According to Fannie Mae’s Mid-2023 Multifamily Construction Update, markets such as Washington, D.C., Dallas and Austin are seeing more new developments, with Dallas and Austin having 74,000 and 66,000 new units, respectively, either recently completed or underway .

Zillow’s data reveals a similar upswing in concessions in those metros and others, including Phoenix and Atlanta, which are also among the top markets for new multifamily construction. This correlation highlights how the influx of new apartments is likely prompting housing providers to offer incentives to attract renters.

10 Metro Areas with the Largest Share of Rental Concessions

MetroShare of Rentals
Year over Year
(YoY) Change in
Share of
Typical Rent in
Zillow Observed
Rent Index (ZORI)
YoY Change in
Salt Lake City, UT54.4 %26.5 %$1,6770.7 %
San Jose, CA50.8 %6.3 %$3,2600.2 %
Washington, DC49.6 %-1.2 %$2,3083.9 %
Charlotte, NC47.6 %20.5 %$1,8262.4 %
Minneapolis, MN46.8 %3.4 %$1,6472.7 %
Dallas, TX45.9 %17.4 %$1,8030.6 %
Phoenix, AZ45.1 %10.1 %$1,9020.6 %
Austin, TX44.8 %13.4 %$1,813-2.8 %
Nashville, TN43.8 %8.1 %$1,8960.9 %
Atlanta, GA43.5 %15.2 %$1,9250.4 %

Source: Zillow data

Diverse concession strategies across metros
Conversely, metro areas such as New Orleans (9%), Providence (14%), Miami (14%) and New York (15%) observed the lowest concession rates in October. This varied landscape suggests that property managers across the country are exploring different strategies as they gauge the effectiveness of concessions before potentially adjusting rental prices.

Zillow’s research, echoing the sentiments of economists and housing experts, highlights the fact that new construction and zoning reform are pivotal in enhancing housing affordability. The current trend in concessions, likely fueled by the spike in multifamily construction, is an interesting twist in the quest for affordability. It remains to be seen if the rise in concessions will translate to a significant drop in rent growth.

Zillow provides a clear and user-friendly platform for both housing providers and renters. Property managers can easily list concessions for their properties, while renters can find all available offers under the “Special Offers” tab on participating building detail pages, enabling them to make well-informed housing decisions.

About Zillow Group
Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z and ZG) is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people. As the most visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow and its affiliates help people find and get the home they want by connecting them with digital solutions, great partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences.

Zillow Group’s affiliates, subsidiaries and brands include Zillow®; Zillow Premier Agent®; Zillow Home Loans℠; Trulia®; Out East®; StreetEasy®; HotPads®; ShowingTime+℠; and Spruce®.

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The Rise and Evolution of Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday: The online shopping extravaganza that offers incredible deals and convenience for savvy shoppers. #CyberMonday



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Cyber Monday, the digital shopping extravaganza, has emerged as the Internet’s response to Black Friday. Traditionally held on the Monday after Thanksgiving, it initially aimed to rival the in-store deals of its brick-and-mortar counterpart. However, the retail landscape has evolved, and now both events often overlap. Yet, Cyber Monday retains its allure, with online sales soaring and social media playing a vital role in advertising. The convenience of mobile shopping has further fueled its popularity, allowing people to snag deals on the go. From tech gadgets to clothing and gift cards, Cyber Monday continues to captivate shoppers seeking holiday savings.




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