Lonnie Ali To Be Honored At Celebrity Fight Night In Italy

first_imgCelebrity Fight Night has announced that Lonnie Ali, wife of the late Muhammad Ali, will be honored at the third annual “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” with Andrea Bocelli, which will take place September 7-13.The 7-day excursion will take philanthropic donors and special guests through Florence, Lajatico and Venice where they will be treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region. Funds raised benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Celebrity Fight Night, a star-studded annual charity event, has raised $123 million for many charities throughout its 22-year history, most significantly for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.More than 100 philanthropists will travel to Italy to participate in the “benefit trip” where Italian designer Stefano Ricci will help kick off the festivities in Florence on September 8. Stefano Ricci will guide guests through the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, where Italian greats such as Michelangelo and Galileo were laid to rest. After exploring the Cappella dei Pazzi, the evening will conclude in the Cloister of the Basilica with dinner and music, led by Andrea Bocelli.The following afternoon, guests will depart Florence on a scenic drive through Tuscany to Lajatico, the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli, where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli will welcome everyone for an unforgettable night. The evening will include aperitifs at the magnificent Teatro del Silenzio, a gourmet dinner, and memorable entertainment by Grammy Award-winning artists, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Peter Cetera, Colbie Caillatand Bocelli himself. Additional guests expected to attend include Larry King, Evander Holyfield, Freida Pinto, Melissa Peterman, and more. The next day, everyone will board a privately chartered train to Venice for an exciting day of exploration in one of the world’s most romantic cities. Lunch will be served at the stunning Palazzo Pisani Moretta, situated on the Grand Canal. After lunch, guests will enjoy a gondola ride to St. Mark’s Square for an aperitif on the Grand Canal, before returning to Florence.The pinnacle of this seven day experience is the featured gala on September 11, where guests will walk the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive Romanesque fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in all of Tuscany; and it will again open exceptionally to host the gala. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of the great Maestro Zubin Mehta, will headline the evening. Lonnie Ali will be honored onstage for her incredible philanthropic achievements, having been a part of Celebrity Fight Night along with her late husband, Muhammad Ali, for nearly two decades.The event concludes with a special evening in the heart of Florence, starting at the Palazzo Spini Feroni, home to the Global Flagship Headquarters of Salvatore Ferragamo and the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Ferragamo family themselves will welcome guests with a cocktail and a visit to the museum and the shop. From there, guests will be led to the nearby Palazzo Corsini for a night of dining and dancing.The seven day experience is sponsored by Stefano Ricci, GVM La Civiltà del Marmo, Peak6 Best Marble, Ermanno Scervino, Falconeri, Fratelli Piccini Firenze, Mikimoto, Jeep, Fregoli Luxury Bags, Salotti del Gusto, Excellence Magazine, and Euro-Toques.For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.last_img read more

Government to launch youth entrepreneurdevelopment programme

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas will launch a youth entrepreneur and youth development programme over the next five years that will “inspire and empower a new generation of Bahamian entrepreneurs.”The programme will assist young Bahamian entrepreneurs with capital and equipment, while equipping them with the necessary business management skills such as how to save and manage money, and how to re-invest in, and scale up, their businesses in order to make those businesses more sustainable.Addressing the 7th Anniversary Celebrations of the Bahamas Striping Group of Companies, June 10, 2017, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said the programme will also teach young Bahamian entrepreneurs how to market their products or services.“We will try to help them to make their businesses sustainable,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “We will help them with capital and equipment [and] we will seek the help and ideas of businesses such as Bahamas Striping Group of Companies as we design and launch this major initiative.”The Prime Minister said it is his intention “to work hard every day as Prime Minister” to provide young Bahamians with opportunity and hope for the future.“What your country asks of you in return, is to work hard and to stay away from company that will lead you astray. Do your best for your country and we will do our best by you,” Prime Minister Minnis added. Related Items:last_img read more

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Borders Demise

first_imgOut of touch with trends. The world of books has changed radically in recent years. Shoppers aren’t just buying more online; they’re buying e-books, too. Yet Borders never developed a strong online presence. Like struggling Blockbuster, their industry shifted, but Borders didn’t. Lagging on technology. As books became digitized and were increasingly loaded onto e-readers, Borders did nothing. All the while, archrival Barnes & Noble was also struggling, but it at least attracted a buyout offer in large part by developing the Nook. min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Underutilization of assets. So they had these vast bookstores — but what happened in them? Borders could have made them a livelier place with book-group discussions, maybe issue-focused debates, or late-night bands playing in those coffee bars. Perhaps cooking demonstrations surrounding cookbook releases? They had all that room. But not enough was done to make Borders a must-visit destination that was entertaining rather than just a big cavern full of books. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you’re like me, you can remember when the first Borders bookstore opened in your town.I thought: what a big, luxurious-feeling bookstore…with a coffeehouse inside, too. By 2010, the company had more than 250 stores in the U.S., about 10,000 employees worldwide and sales had mushroomed to $2.3 billion.Independent bookstores feared the mega-bookstore chain. Wags said it was the beginning of the end of the independent bookstore. And Hollywood even made a movie out of it: Remember Meg Ryan’s Shop Around the Corner in the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail?My how the mighty have fallen.Now, Borders is history — its nearly 400 remaining stores are being liquidated. But the American Booksellers Association reports more than 1,200 independent bookstores are still open.How did it all go wrong for Borders? Here are four reasons why the once-colossal chain went bust:center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Why do you think Borders went under? Leave a comment and let us know.   Big stores = big rents = high risk. Megastores can only survive on huge traffic volumes. So when customers took to the Web with greater frequency, the giant bookstore business model began to erode. Independent bookstores mostly have much smaller rents to pay, so they can better withstand this migration. Even Best Buy is now renting out store space to small businesses to pay its rent. July 21, 2011 Register Now »last_img read more