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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterTucked away at the foot of the scenic Oloololo Escarpment at the rim of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, andBeyond Bateleur Camp has recently reopened following a complete rebuild. Twenty years after its first opening, this much loved classic in andBeyond’s portfolio of lodges has received a new look.The rebuilt camp incorporates fresh ideas inspired by guest feedback and changing trends in hospitality. Stylish yet understated, refreshing touches of African design are incorporated throughout, while the classic and much-loved romantic safari chic has been retained.The camp’s original designers, Fox Browne Creative, were charged with creating its new look. To create a sense of continuity, they refreshed and upcycled a number of the camp’s original artefacts, antiques and furniture pieces. High quality local artisans and suppliers were used wherever possible to maintain a sense of authenticity and to ensure that economic and skills development opportunities continue to flow to the surrounding communities.The new design retains the vintage silver, soft worn leather, antique trunks and crystal decanters of the old camp, while incorporating new touches such as old world maps and elegant dark brass fittings which contrast with white marble surfaces. Usable floor space in the elegant guest tents has almost doubled and the interiors appear more spacious through the use of a lighter colour palette and cleverly incorporated natural light.Ensuite bathrooms are flanked by private stone courtyards with spacious bathtubs, as well as indoor and al fresco showers. Sunken daybeds on the private verandas encourage idle afternoons without spoiling the breath-taking Mara views from inside the tent.Early morning wake-up calls to enjoy the Mara’s diverse game viewing are accompanied by freshly brewed tea or coffee delivered through the butler hatches. While keeping guest safety a priority, fences have been repositioned so that wildlife can come closer to the camp.In addition to two new swimming pools with generous decks and unbeatable views, the camp also boasts a spa which provides a selection of treatment and massage options for both single guests and couples looking to indulge in a shared experience. A well-equipped fitness centre with floor to ceiling roll-back glass walls looks out onto the Mara so guests feel as though they are working out in the midst of the game-filled plains. The camp’s brand new Safari Shop offers some of the region’s best known designer and luxury products, taking the retail experience to a whole new level.An additional feature to be launched is an interactive bar serving coffee by day and speciality gin cocktails by night. Not only does this highlight the best of Kenyan coffee but it also makes the most of the current trend towards authentic speciality drinks and gin in particular. With gin and tonic the quintessential safari drink, there is no better place to enjoy it than the birthplace of traditional safari, the Masai Mara. After cocktails, guests can enjoy a multitude of new dining venues created during the camp’s rebuild, from the pool deck to in-room or veranda dining.In keeping with the remainder of andBeyond’s East Africa circuit, andBeyond Bateleur Camp now has a family unit that consists of two guest tents with a shared sitting area. Along with the three family rooms at nearby andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, this makes andBeyond one of the most family-friendly lodge operators in the Masai Mara.Situated in the heart of the reserve’s astounding year-round concentration of animals, including the Great Wildebeest Migration, guests can enjoy an unsurpassed wildlife experience in terms of both the density and variety of species.andBeyond Bateleur Camp’s location on the plains of the Mara triangle means that the camp is a short drive from important access points, such as the Oloololo gate to the Mara Reserve, the airstrip where most guests enter the Mara and the departure point for hot air ballooning safaris. The 809-hectare private concession that the camp is situated on allows for night drives, game walks and outside dining in a much more flexible fashion than many other lodges, thus ensuring the ultimate safari experience for all guests.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/shift-cultural-innovation/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/shift-cultural-innovation/ What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos In Silicon Valley, the term “diversity and inclusion” often dropped, due to the glaring reality of the need for more of it.  However, this concept of tech inclusion can ultimately lead to more division between the majority and the minority within tech culture.Currently, when you look at tech culture as a whole, you may begin to ask yourself a series of questions, such as:Why does an organization’s workforce not mirror the diversity of its customer base?How do companies identify new talent pools and invest in leadership development, to retain skilled talents from various cultural backgrounds?Why have the words “tech,” “inclusion,” and “diversity” become core buzzwords, which act as a measurement of organizational mission?Truthfully, these things perpetuate an illusion of inclusion created by self-made barriers. The utopian goal should be a shift towards cultural innovation where everyone is included.Cultural innovation is the intersection between tech inclusion and diversity. For so long, terms such as “tech inclusion” have signified the need to bridge an unfulfilled gap within the tech industry.  The varying truth regarding innovation incorporates all views, while supporting creative thinking efforts geared toward increasing economic and social value. By increasing this value, tech companies will be able to develop products and services that speak to the larger, culturally diverse world.Now, I do not want to take the credit for having the brevity of understanding regarding why there is a need for a change in the tech industry and how it considers tech inclusion. This complex concept is really the brainchild of Jerry A. Higgs, Ph.D, a member of the Board of Trustees for the LFDN: Leinahtan Foundation:“Cultural innovation is ideal for an environment that involves the rapid change that showcases the status quo as insufficient to compete effectiveness, subsequently making cultural innovation essential for success. This innovation is a pattern of beliefs that encourages and supports an ecosystem of research and innovative actions. Intentional occurrences of focusing on innovation are to understand exactly what is being innovated. By doing so, this allows time for the development of ‘one’s ideas,’ which maintains your perspective to be focused on future goals.Understand that this innovation cannot and should not be over-engineered–it has to be organically free at its core.  One must also bear in mind that innovation measured through success metrics improves the organization’s chances of success.”Here’s how organizations can begin integrating cultural innovation into their corporate culture:Measure diversity and inclusion at the team level. This is where actual innovation takes place.Eliminate mindsets that perpetuate dominant and subdominant attitudes created by the “other” mentality.Support creative, free thinking that advances the sharing of ideas through meaningful collaboration.Remove barriers that prevent experimentation and exploration.Use rewards to sustain innovative thinking, thus creating a working model that maintains this mentality.last_img read more

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Skipping The Mortgage To Pay For Prescription Drugs

first_img Isaiah Newsome likes to play sports and hang out with friends, like any 17-year-old. But most of the time these activities are cut short as his body, stricken with sickle cell anemia since birth, fills with pain. Getting insurance to cover his health care adequately all of these years has not been easy, but at least he has has had insurance the past year. Some other African-American families in Iowa with low incomes do not, adding to difficulties they face getting health care. A University of Iowa Public Policy Center study in December 2013 put the problem into perspective, showing that African-American and Latino Iowans do not have the same access to adequate health care that Asian and white Iowans have. (Lengeling, 12/20) NPR: A Family’s Long Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope Each month, William Piorun has to choose between paying his mortgage or buying medicine that keeps his pituitary-gland tumor in check. This month and last, the 65-year-old Medicare patient paid the mortgage, and stopped taking a drug that his doctor says he needs to ward off the risk of premature death. Once, hard choices like these were commonly forced only on those without health insurance. Now more patients who have insurance or Medicare must confront them as drug bills for those with chronic and life-threatening decisions soar. (Langreth, 12/22) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. IowaWatch.org: African Americans, Latinos Struggle With Health Care Access Skipping The Mortgage To Pay For Prescription Drugs Bloomberg News explores the impact of prescription drugs that cost $50,000 a year or more. Other outlets examine how Latinos and African-Americans struggle with access to care because of cultural and language barriers. And NPR profiles one family’s battle to get their child access to an experimental drug.center_img IowaWatch.org: Culture, Language Barriers Affect Health Care For Iowa’s Latino population, language and culture also are obstacles to improved health care. Latinos represented about 5 percent of Iowa’s population in 2013, Census Bureau estimates show. Their poverty rate was double that of white Iowans, at 26 percent, in 2012, the most recent figures available from the Iowa Data Center show. But language barriers they may encounter with providers are not the only factors. “Beliefs and customs are different, which prevents some cultures from trusting providers or going for medical care,” said Joan Jaimes, outreach counselor at Marshalltown Community College. (Lengeling, 12/20) Bloomberg: Medicare Patient Skips Mortgage To Cope With $20,000 Bill For a few weeks last year, Michael Tranfaglia and Katie Clapp saw a remarkable change in their son, Andy, who’d been left autistic and intellectually disabled by Fragile X syndrome. Andy, who is 25, became more social, more talkative, and happier. “He was just doing incredibly well,” his father says. The improvements came while Andy was taking an experimental drug — a drug made possible by the efforts of his parents. (Hamilton, 12/22) last_img read more

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