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Everything for your anywhere: Garner hotels redefines affordable comfort in hospitality

IHG Hotels & Resorts’ newest midscale conversion brand announces new openings and continues global expansion with a focus on reliable, relaxed stays

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Garner hotels reaches exciting growth milestones

ATLANTA /PRNewswire/ — IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, welcomes guests to experience a relaxed and purposefully different stay – where quality meets affordability. Garner hotels – a new midscale brand made with character – reaches exciting growth milestones with two new U.S. openings in Macon, Ga., and Oklahoma City, Okla., as well as plans for global expansion now underway.

Garner is positioning itself as a leader in the midscale conversion space. Introduced in August 2023, Garner opened its first property last December in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Wash. within three months of its on sale date. Since then, franchising availability has been announced for Mexico and Canada will be available by the end of March. Plans to expand across the EMEAA region (Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa) are also underway with a recent LOI signing in Japan between IHG and Axe Management Partners to convert three hotels to the Garner brand in Osaka.

Karen Gilbride, VP, Garner hotels, said: “We took a flexible approach to Garner, which was to create a brand that could accommodate different spaces and still put travelers’ needs first. To have our global expansion underway and three hotels open five months from launch – with both trusted, existing owners and those new to the IHG Hotels & Resorts family of brands – speaks to the vast potential and opportunity for the future growth plans we have set for Garner.”

Garner’s recent milestone openings and signings represent the latest progress in the brand’s plan to open more than 500 hotels in the U.S. alone over the next decade. These properties include:

  • Garner Hotel Macon West, operating under first-time IHG owner Sapphire 2021 LLC, opened at the end of 2023. The 63-room hotel is adjacent to Rhythm and Rally Sports and Events Center – the largest indoor pickleball facility in the world.
  • Garner Hotel Oklahoma City – Quail Springs, operating under longtime owner Champion Hotels – the largest privately-owned hotel operator in the U.S., opened at the end of last month. The 68-room hotel is conveniently located near Quail Springs Mall, Lake Hefner, and Remington Park Racetrack and Casino Area.
  • Garner also is quickly catching the eye of new and existing IHG owners, with recent signings in Topeka, Kans.; Provo, Utah; Brenham, Texas; Mahwah, N.J.; Dowell, Ill.; Gillette, Wyo.; and Clarksville, Tenn.

Each new opening will deliver Garner’s ‘everything for your anywhere’ premise of prioritizing guests’ core needs at an affordable price point with a commitment to top-notch service.

With a mission to provide all types of travelers with ‘easy going stays that get you on your way,’ guests will find just what they need when staying at a Garner hotel – from comfortable spaces to dependable amenities, including a warm reception, a good night’s sleep, a build-your-own hot breakfast, 24/7 bean-to-cup coffee, and a daily cookie happy hour.

Guests can also enjoy all the perks of IHG One Rewards, IHG’s industry-leading loyalty program, including the ability to earn and use points toward Rewards Nights and Milestone Rewards, including late check out, Food & Beverage Rewards and other unique redemption opportunities. Starting February 21, 2024 through February 29, 2024, members can pre-register to participate in the latest promotion to earn 3X bonus points at Garner hotels. Members will also be able to register, stay and earn 3X bonus points starting March 1, 2024 through May 31, 2024 at Garner hotels. To learn more, visit www.garnerhotels.com.

About IHG Hotels & Resorts: IHG Hotels & Resorts [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global hospitality company, with a purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good.

With a family of 19 hotel brands and IHG One Rewards, one of the world’s largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has more than 6,300 open hotels in over 100 countries, and a development pipeline of over 2,000 properties.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated and registered in England and Wales. Approximately 345,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

Visit us online for more about our hotels and reservations and IHG One Rewards. To download the new IHG One Rewards app, visit the Apple App or Google Play stores.

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About Garner hotels: Garner hotels, IHG Hotels & Resorts’ new midscale conversion brand, was designed for travelers seeking a reliable and relaxed accommodation, whether staying for business or leisure. With a promise to deliver ‘easy going stays that get you on your way,’ Garner provides the essentials that matter most to value-driven guests – convenient locations, a sound night’s sleep and a ‘Make it Yours’ hot breakfast. Garner was created as a high-quality, midscale conversion brand at an affordable price point, and provides brand-defining hallmarks and welcoming guest experiences that appeal to a broad spectrum of locations and markets. The brand is currently available for franchising in the US and Mexico. To learn more about the Garner hotels brand, visit https://www.ihg.com/garner-hotels/hotels/us/en/reservation, and find us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/garnerhotelshttps://twitter.com/garnerhotels, and https://www.instagram.com/garnerhotels.

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Community Fundraiser Hosted by CFC in Support of Infertility Awareness Week

Canadian Fertility Consulting and Fertility Matters Canada Unite for Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser

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TORONTO (Newswire.com) – Canadian Fertility Consulting is proud to announce a Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser in support of Infertility Awareness Week, scheduled for April 28, 2024. This event aims to raise awareness about infertility issues while supporting Fertility Matters Canada, a national charity dedicated to assisting those struggling with fertility challenges.

The virtual paint night will be led by the talented Jenny Hughes of Oceanside Art Studios, offering participants the opportunity to unleash their creativity while supporting a meaningful cause. Taking part is simple – join from the comfort of your home via Microsoft Teams, and we will provide all the necessary paint materials, conveniently shipped directly to your door.

“We are thrilled to host this virtual paint night fundraiser to support Infertility Awareness Week and Fertility Matters Canada,” said Janet Harbick, Administrative Specialist at Canadian Fertility Consulting. “It’s an opportunity for our community to come together, express themselves artistically, and raise vital funds for a cause that impacts so many lives.”

Participants are encouraged to register by April 12, 2024, to ensure timely delivery of the paint supplies. Registration and payment are required to secure your spot in this event.

The theme for the evening is to paint a beautiful hatching embryo, with each participant adding their own unique interpretation. No prior painting experience is necessary, as guidance will be provided throughout the virtual session.

Infertility affects one in six Canadians, leading many to explore alternative paths to parenthood. Statistics show that 40% of infertility cases are attributed to female factors, 30% to male factors, and 30% to joint infertility or remain unexplained. Additionally, various factors such as sexual orientation, genetic diseases, gynecological issues, and career considerations contribute to the complexity of infertility challenges faced by individuals and couples across every demographic and economic group.

Canadian Fertility Consulting is Canada’s largest surrogacy and egg donation agency, committed to assisting couples and individuals in their journey to parenthood. With a mission to build families with love, we provide guidance and support throughout the process of exploring alternative methods of family building.

Join us for a night of creativity and compassion as we come together to support Infertility Awareness Week and Fertility Matters Canada. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by infertility.

For more information and to register for the Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser, visit Paint Night Event Registration.

About Canadian Fertility Consulting:

Canadian Fertility Consulting is Canada’s largest surrogacy and egg donation agency, dedicated to helping couples and individuals navigate the challenges of infertility. With a focus on compassion and support, we assist in building families through surrogacy and egg donation arrangements.

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Spilling the Secrets to Early Literacy

Reading is critical for young children’s educational journeys, impacting their cognitive abilities, language proficiency, and later academic achievement.

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(Family Features) For young children, learning to read is a critical step in their educational journeys, as literacy helps build cognitive abilities and language proficiency and has a direct impact on later academic achievement.

While there are no shortcuts to early literacy, there are steps parents can take to promote the development of children’s reading abilities. Dr. Lauren Loquasto, senior vice president and chief academic officer at The Goddard School, and Steve Metzger, award-winning author of more than 70 children’s books, share this guidance for parents.

Get Started Early
It’s never too early to start reading with children. In fact, they respond to being read to prenatally. One of the best ways to encourage early literacy is modeling the act of reading. Young children love to imitate, and if they see their parents reading, they are more likely to want to read themselves. Instead of scrolling on your phone or watching television while your children play, pick up a book or magazine.

Use Conversation to Build Literacy
To help build their vocabularies, consistently engage children in conversation. Literacy is more than reading and writing; it’s also listening and speaking. Children understand words before they can articulate them, so don’t be discouraged if it feels like a one-way conversation.

Expose Children to More Than Books
Make your home environment print-rich, as the more exposure children have to letters and words, the better. For example, keep magnetic letters and words on the fridge, put labels on your toy containers and position books and magazines in different rooms. Also remember reading isn’t limited to books. Words are everywhere, from street signs to restaurant menus. Take advantage of every opportunity to connect with your children through words throughout your day.

Let Them Take the Lead
Children engage with books in different, developmentally appropriate ways. Some children quickly flip through pages or only look at pictures while others might make up stories or their own words or songs. Some only want to read the same book over and over and some want to read a new book every time. Embrace and encourage their interest in books, no matter how they choose to use them.

Establish a Routine
Parents of young children often have busy and hectic lives, so it isn’t always easy to find time to read. Consistency is key, so be intentional about setting aside time for reading every day – perhaps it’s after dinner or before bedtime – and stick to it.

Select the Right Books
Helping young children choose books is an important part of their learning-to-read process. Developmental appropriateness is critical. For infants and toddlers, start with nursery rhymes, which are mini-stories that grasp children’s attention through repetition, rhythm and rhyming. Visuals are also important because they aren’t yet pulling words off the page. For emerging readers, choose books that align with their interests. Focus on books that are printed with text that goes from left to right and top to bottom.

Expose children to both fiction and non-fiction books. Non-fiction provides real-world knowledge children crave and helps them make sense of what they read in fictional stories. For example, the learnings about the life cycle of a bat they read in “Bat Loves the Night,” a non-fiction book, can help them better understand what’s happening in “Stellaluna,” a fiction book about a young bat.

If you’re in doubt about book choices, consult with a teacher or librarian, who can make recommendations based on your children’s interests and reading levels.

Foster a Love of Reading
Children’s early exposure to books can set the stage for a lifetime of reading. Make reading a time for discovery. Take children to a library or bookstore and encourage them to explore and find books on their own. Display genuine interest in their selections and use books as a tool for engaging and connecting with them. Don’t pressure children to learn how to read. Accept, validate and encourage them as they progress on their unique literacy journeys.

To watch a webinar recording featuring Loquasto and Metzger providing additional literacy guidance and recommendations, and access a wealth of actionable parenting insights and resources, visit the Parent Resource Center at GoddardSchool.com.

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The Goddard School

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World Health Day 2020: Celebrating Nurses and Midwives in Healthcare

World Health Day: Celebrating nurses and midwives, the backbone of healthcare. #HealthcareHeroes #WorldHealthDay2020

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Today isWorld Health Day, an annual event that takes place on April 7th, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). This day serves as a platform to highlight various health issues and set the tone for future developments in the global wellness and medical world. From mental health to insurance and everything in between, World Health Day tackles it all.

Let’s delve into the history of this significant day. The creation of the World Health Organization marked a turning point in international health efforts. In December 1945, officials from Brazil and China proposed the establishment of a comprehensive and independent international health organization. Half a year later, in July 1946, the WHO Constitution was approved in New York. On April 7, 1948, this constitution entered into force with 61 countries signing an agreement to inaugurate the NGO.

World Health Day: Celebrating nurses and midwives, the backbone of healthcare. #HealthcareHeroes #WorldHealthDay2020

Among the early initiatives of WHO was the introduction of World Health Day. Originally observed on July 22, 1949, the date was later changed to April 7, coinciding with the establishment of WHO, in order to encourage student participation. Since 1950, each World Health Day has been assigned a different theme, chosen by the WHO Director-General in consultation with member governments and staff.

World Health Day offers a globally significant opportunity to draw attention to crucial public health issues that impact communities worldwide. On this day, various promotional programs are launched that extend far beyond April 7th, raising awareness and fostering positive change.

This year, World Health Day shines a spotlight on the exceptional contributions made by nurses and midwives to the healthcare industry. Nurses and midwives are the devoted and restless workforce that has transformed healthcare as we know it. Their tireless efforts, compassion, and expertise make them the backbone of the healthcare system, providing invaluable care and support to individuals and communities across the globe.

World Health Day 2020 celebrates nurses and midwives by organizing advocacy events worldwide. One of the highlights is the launch of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing Report. This groundbreaking report will provide critical insights and recommendations to optimize the contributions of the nursing workforce. In 2021, a similar report focusing on the midwifery workforce will follow.

On this World Health Day, let us all join hands in acknowledging and appreciating the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing healthcare. We owe them our gratitude and support. Take a moment to thank a nurse or midwife who has made a difference in your life or participate in events and discussions that promote their recognition.

Remember, every day is an opportunity to prioritize our health and well-being. Let World Health Day serve as a reminder to embrace healthy living, support those who care for us, and work towards a healthier future.

Stay joyful, stay healthy, and happy World Health Day!

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