Monthly Archives: November 2022

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation Event-2022

BY: Adal Hussain: Chief Editor 

The balloon inflation will take place on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022, from noon to 6 p.m. Spectators may enter the queue at West 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue.

Large backpacks, coolers, alcoholic beverages, chairs and umbrellas are expressly prohibited, and participants will be screened prior to entering the viewing route.

Once screened, spectators will enter the inflation viewing area at West 72nd Street and Central Park West. The balloon viewing path winds around the American Museum of Natural History. Spectators exit the viewing area at West 82nd Street and Central Park West.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place on Thursday, November 24th, 2022, and will step off from Central Park West and 77th Street at 8:45 a.m. The procession marches to Columbus Circle, turns onto Central Park South and proceeds down 6th Avenue to West 34th Street. It then turns west and ends at 7th Avenue, in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

For some people, meeting up and watching the balloons for the Thanksgiving Day Parade being inflated is more of an annual event than the parade itself.

Why not do both?  These days, the event happens mostly in the daylight hours. You can enter the line for viewing at West 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue beginning at noon on Wednesday.

300 Pounds of glitter is sprinkled on costumes, floats and more. 50,000+ hours of labor the Parade Studio team works hard to make sure every detail is perfect. 4,200 Costumes The team also designs and maintains thousands of looks for Parade participants.

Macy’s Parade Studio—headquarters for all the painters, carpenters, animators and many other experts that build the show’s larger-than-life elements—is where all the magic comes together.

Since the first march in 1924, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® has delighted audiences and become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. Each production is a testament to the unique artistry and quality craftsmanship of every Parade element that heads down the streets of NYC, making it one of the country’s most beloved traditions.

The traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloon Inflation takes place on Thanksgiving eve in the streets around the American Museum of Natural History.

It was World Liberty TV, and its teams 10th Appearance covering the Annual Macy’s Thanks giving parades and  balloon inflation events. See more in our World Liberty TV, Political Channels by Clicking here.

Democracy Forum in NY by Obama Foundation-2022

Obama Foundation program that has trained hundreds of young leaders across Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Europe is being expanded to include the United States. Former President Barack Obama is expected to announce the new program on Thursday during a two-day democracy forum the foundation is co-sponsoring in New York City.

The Obama Foundation Leaders United States program is a six-month leadership development program for emerging leaders between the ages of 24 and 45. The program will serve more than 100 leaders from the U.S. in its first year. Participants will be chosen through a competitive application process.

In remarks prepared for delivery on Thursday at the forum, Obama cites “consistently high interest” in the foundation’s programs as a reason for the expansion. “The creativity, determination and passion of these leaders are already making an impact — in lives saved, environments restored, children educated,” he says. “They’re creating new models for clean energy generation and poverty alleviation. It’s remarkable and inspiring — and a little humbling, since I sure wasn’t making such an impact at their age. “And the good news is, we’re just scratching the surface of what this next generation is capable of,” Obama says.

The Obama Foundation Leaders program has worked with more than 700 people in Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Europe since it was launched in 2018 after Obama, a Democrat, left the White House following two terms as president, according to the foundation. Valerie Jarrett, a longtime Obama adviser and CEO of the Obama Foundation, said the U.S. extension of the leader’s program is a “continuation of our efforts to pay it forward by helping the next generation.”

The foundation, in partnership with Columbia University and the University of Chicago, is holding its first democracy forum in New York on Thursday and Friday. Democracy thinkers, leaders and activists from across the globe will discuss how to advance and strengthen democracy in the United States and abroad. Obama is scheduled to close the first day of the forum with a speech and a conversation with a group of foundation leaders.

Some of the speakers included were: Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University, Dr. Paul Alivisatos, President, University of Chicago, Valerie Jarrett, CEO, Obama Foundation, Anil Dash, CEO, Glitch, Leni Robredo, 14th Vice President of the Philippines, Alex Soros, Deputy Chair, Open Society Foundations, Tabata Amaral, representative, lower house, National Congress of Brazil, Rep. Ro Khanna, House of Representatives (D-California).

Gift Ostallos Siziba, Africa Leader 2022, who went on to introduce President Obama., President Obama’s speech started off by “We hope this event gives everyone who believes in democracy the confidence that they can help make it stronger,” he wrote in a note to supporters. “Because if we want democracy to flourish, we will have to fight for it, we will have to nurture it, and we will have to demonstrate its value, again and again.”

It was a great forum, bringing many leaders worldwide in one room. You can see many of the speakers in our World Liberty TV, Political Channels and Blogs by clicking here.



Interview with James Bermingham CEO Virgin Hotels, talks about Mega Virgin Hotel Opening in NYC- Dec 2022

Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson, announces James Bermingham’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.Bermingham joins the Virgin Hotels executive team following nearly two decades with Montage

International. He will be responsible for delivering the company’s exciting global growth pipeline, multi-award-winning customer experience, and unique culture.”We are thrilled to welcome James into the Virgin Hotels family,” says Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group.

“For over a decade, we have been devoted to providing entertaining and unforgettable experiences for our guests, and I can think of no one better than James to spearhead this effort as we continue to grow the brand on a global scale.”

Bringing more than 35 years of industry experience to the position, Bermingham began his hospitality career in his hometown of Dublin, followed by ten years in London, including executive roles with ITT Sheraton Corporation. His career then led him to the United States, where he held prestigious General Manager roles at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston and the Montage Laguna Beach. Since 2008, he served as ExecutiveVice President, Operations for Montage International, where he oversaw all aspects of operations for the Montage and Pendry Hotel brands seven hotels and resorts, including owner relations, culture development, and sales and marketing.

“I have long admired Virgin Hotels’ ability to seamlessly blend smart and innovative design with elevated service and – maybe most importantly – fun,” said Bermingham. “Watching the brand grow into itself as a reliable haven for both leisure and business travelers without sacrificing its inherent ‘cool factor’ has been exciting, to say the least, and I’m really looking forward to joining such a dynamic team.”

Bermingham assumes his new role as Virgin Hotels, founded in 2010, experiences its most robust growth to date. In 2021, the brand plans for three coast-to-coast openings in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and New York City while already operating hotels in Chicago, Dallas, and Nashville. Properties in Miami and Edinburgh are also in development, with additional opportunities being pursued in Philadelphia, Glasgow, Cannes, and Ibiza.

“James’ appointment comes at an exciting time of accelerating growth for us,” said Peter Norris, Chairman of Virgin Hotels. “His decades of industry experience and acute global expertise will be a true asset for the brand as we push to expand our footprint both domestically and internationally.”

We had a pleasure of interviewing James Bermingham CEO Virgin Hotels, at the America Hotel Owners Charitable Association Annual Gala -2022, headed by Chairman John Lam, who will be managing The Virgin Hotel in New York City, which will be opening in December 2022, later this year.

See Exclusive interview with James Bermingham CEO Virgin Hotels, in our World Liberty TV, Business Channels and blogs by clicking here.

Interview with John Lam Chairman of the Lam Group of Companies-2022

The America China Hotel Association Corp. aims to strengthen the greatness of Chinese hotels by: seeking equality for owners, improving the quality of management within the industry, building the overseas hotel booking service, and helping to brand the hotels.

The America Hotel Association Corp is working with the reputable Manhattan law firm fordoing an annual real estate tax appeal. The fee is only 10% on the amount being successfully reduced. It is much lower than regular fee, which is usually charged 15% to 25%. Finishing touches are wrapping up on the Virgin Hotel, a 38-story tower at 1225 Broadway in NoMad. Designed by Stantec and developed by Lam Group, the 476-foot-tall structure will yield 300,000 square feet with 460 rooms managed by .

Lam Group is regarded as one of the most preeminent investors and developers in New York City through its real estate investment, acquisition and development history. Lam Group’s portfolio consists of over 50 development projects with an additional 9 hotels underway. The majority of the hotels are located in Manhattan, the nation’s top rated and most coveted real estate investment market.

Lam Group is one of the pioneering forces in the growth of hotel businesses throughout New York City. Developments have been built in areas such as SoHo, Chelsea, Midtown and Downtown Brooklyn. Lam Group will be one of the major forces in reshaping the NoMad neighborhood.

Lam Group’s core principles of creating value and remaining discipline will continue to define the strength of New York City’s hotel industry and economy.

See exclusive interview with Mr. John Lam, Chairman of the Lam Group and exclusive, coverage of the American Hotel Owners Charitable Association Annual Gala, in our World Liberty TV, Business Channels and blogs by clicking here.


103rd Annual NYC Veteran’s Day Parade-2022

America’s veterans—representing every branch of service and generation of warriors since WWII—to march up Fifth Avenue for the 103rd annual Veterans Day Parade, Friday, November 11, 2022, 12:30 to 3:30 pm rain or shine.

Spectators can view the parade, which steps off at 26th street and Fifth Avenue going north to its endpoint on 47th Street, in person or watch the broadcast airing live and streaming online on WABC-TV from 12:30 to 3 pm.

Produced by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), the Parade is the nation’s largest commemoration of service, with nearly 300 marching and vehicle units, and 20,000 participants from across America, including veterans, military members, service organizations, youth cadets and marching bands.

The Parade’s Grand Marshal, representing the U.S. Coast Guard–this year’s featured service–is Vincent W. Patton, who served as the Eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (its highest enlisted position) from 1998 to 2002, when he retired after 30 years of active military service. Master Chief Patton was the first Black American to hold that prestigious role.

“We are excited to once again give New Yorkers the opportunity to salute those who have served our nation,” said Mark Otto, President and Executive Director of the United War Veterans Council.

Produced by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), the Parade is the nation’s largest commemoration of service, with nearly 300 marching and vehicle units, and 20,000 participants from across America, representing every service branch of the military and every era.

They were joined by thousands of veterans, military members, service organizations, and youth cadets, while marching bands, floats, motorcycles and vintage vehicles will add to the celebratory atmosphere. The Parade begin with a flyover by a US Coast Guard helicopter over fifth Avenue.

See More about the 103rd Annual New York City Veteran’s Day Parade-2022, in our World Liberty TV, Political Channels and blogs by clicking here.

Paley International Council Summit at the Paley Museum-2022

The Paley Center for Media announces the agenda and speaker lineup for its 28th Annual Paley International Council Summit “Forging New Horizons: The Next Era for Media.” Taking place Tuesday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 9, the Summit will be live and in-person for the first time in three years at The Paley Museum located in the heart of New York City.

The global Summit will bring together international dignitaries, thought leaders, and the most prominent executives across industries – including media, entertainment, sports, music, telecommunications, and technology, to address topical issues in tech and media that are poised to determine the course of business, globally, in the future. The Paley International Council Summit is co-chaired by Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Chairman of The Paley Center for Media and Executive Vice Chairman and former CEO of Hearst, and .Henry A. Kissinger, 56th United States Secretary of State and Founding Principal, Kissinger Associates, Inc.

Some of the speakers included: Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ,Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mattel, Inc. The Next Era for Media: How a Changing World Is Impacting the Way We Connect Speaker: Other speakers included: John C. Malone, Chairman, Liberty Global, Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global , Nikesh Arora, Chairman and CEO, Palo Alto Networks, Jennifer C. Witz, CEO, SiriusXM , Steve Cooper, CEO, Warner Music Group, Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League, Bob Chapek, CEO, Disney , Alberto Ibargüen, President, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Leopoldo Gomez, President, Univision Noticias.

About The Paley International Council: The International Council is an invitation-only community comprised of the world’s prominent media, entertainment, and technology executives. The council is co-chaired by Frank A. Bennack, Jr. and Henry A. Kissinger. The council hosts the annual Paley International Council Summit to advance the exchange of ideas and to foster a sense of community. The summit was first held in 1995 in Italy, and has been held in China, South Africa, Germany, Austria, India, Monaco, Spain, France, Turkey, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Close to 200 people were in attendance for the 2 days’ period, it truly was a great event, who is who of ,the media world. Chairman’s reception was well attended at the Hearst Tower.

See More about The Paley International Council, in our World Liberty TV, Business Channels and Blogs by clicking here.