Production Music Is a Billion-Dollar Business: Trade Group Study | Variety

In the U.S. alone production music accounts for annual revenue of about $500 million, says Saba, explaining the numbers are based on a proprietary PMA study and includes synch, publishing and other profit centers. He says the internal numbers are “conservative,” citing a February report in Forbes that quantifies production music at $2 billion worldwide.

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Hurricane Irma: Some hotels closed in Miami Beach, occupancy drops | Miami Herald

In the days before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, Miami-Dade’s hotels emptied out and profits plummeted, signaling the first of a sting of hurricane-induced challenges for the region’s tourism industry.

Now, a week after the hurricane, some properties have shuttered their doors until October as they repair damage caused by Irma’s strong winds.

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High-schooler putting more books in kids’ hands

This is one of my favorite recent stories I’ve found.  A teenager who brings her young enthusiasm and hard work ethic (that “get it done”) mentality along with fresh out-of-the-box thinking.  So nice to see this and more organizations need to encourage the youth to get involved and offer solutions.  They are smarter, more energetic and more compassionate than many assume.

What a wonderful story.

“I was shocked,” said Vaher, an avid reader since an early age, who often visited the library with her mom to catch up on summer reading as a child. “But most kids, their parents are working throughout the summer and so they don’t have the chance to go to a summer reading program.

”Vaher visited the Stowe Family YMCA in Belmont and — in coordination with its director, Susan Mosk — learned some 300 kids regularly attend the branch’s afterschool and summer activity programs. While the branch has a large playroom with TV and video games, Vaher noticed it only had a small bookshelf and lacked a comfortable reading environment for kids.

That’s when she envisioned her opportunity to bring that option directly to kids at the YMCA.

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NH Girl Collects Books For Texas Schools After Hurricane Harvey « CBS Boston

It started with the generosity of a child and it’s going to help hundreds of kids in hurricane ravaged Texas. When Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston, it didn’t spare schools or libraries. So a 6-year-old from Salem, New Hampshire decided to help, with books.

First grader Brooklyn Murray saw what happened in Texas. “It was so bad and people lost a lot of stuff,” she says. She wanted to help. “We thought that it would be a good idea to collect books because they lost, like, their houses, their money, their wallets and everything,” she says.

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Report: Amazon is looking to acquire cable television channels – SiliconANGLE

It feels as though the world shall soon be divided equally among Microsoft, Apple, Walmart and Amazon.

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Sources quoted by NBC claimed that the e-commerce giant has started talks to buy scores of small television channels in an attempt to “supersize its video-channel business,” not just in the U.S. but around the globe.

“They are doubling down on the channels industry,” one person who is included in the talks told NBC. “They’re involved in doing deals with smaller indie networks where they can get benefits to carriers that are not handcuffed into traditional distribution packages and they’re involved in offer

Full Story: Report: Amazon is looking to acquire cable television channels – SiliconANGLE

As Hurricane Irma neared, Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel in Florida opened doors for nearly 1,000 dogs | Miami Herald

This is awesome! Show them you appreciate their effort & pay them a visit 🙂
 

Over 800 dogs became temporary guests at the Hyatt Regency Orlando last weekend as Irma, then a Category 5 storm with viciously fast wind speeds, barreled toward the state, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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Hotel recycles 500kg of food waste into fertiliser within 24 hours using food-waste digester, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Savings of $100K in one year – that’s cool!

“Only 14 per cent of food waste is recycled so WMRAS supports efforts to convert food waste to either compost or water for discharge. This is to make our living environment more sustainable because even if we incinerate food waste, it will produce ash for the Semakau landfill which will run out of space by 2035 to 2040,” said Mr Edwin Pang, executive director of WMRAS

Full Story: Hotel recycles 500kg of food waste into fertiliser within 24 hours using food-waste digester, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Planet Abled: Meet the woman making travel accessible for disabled people in India | The Independent

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“Most of the time, a person with a disability remains in their own group of other people with the same disability, or with their family and friends,” she says. There was no travel service – at least in India – where a deaf person could travel with a blind person, or a wheelchair user with a traveller without a disability. Arora was determined to change that. Then came the customisation for each client – special needs, special interests, solo travel, group travel, honeymoon, wellness, adventure.

Full Story: Planet Abled: Meet the woman making travel accessible for disabled people in India | The Independent