By Craig Hlavaty Updated 10:09 am CDT, Thursday, September 27, 2018 PHOTOS: The weirdest ways people wanted to renovate the Astrodome The inside of the Houston Astrodome as seen on Friday, April 6, 2018. By this time next year construction crews should be well on their way to redeveloping the structure into a brand-new event space. >>>See more photos from the strangest proposals of what to do with the Dome... less PHOTOS: The weirdest ways people wanted to renovate the Astrodome The inside of the Houston Astrodome as seen on Friday, April 6, 2018. By this time next year construction crews should be well on their way ... more Astrodome the parking garage Harris County officials have proposed a $105 million project to raise the ground level of the Astrodome up two levels and turn them into parking, the first step before the stadium can be repurposed for events, and other uses in the future. The plan was presented to commissioners on June 28, … [Read more...] about Astrodome extreme makeover should begin after RodeoHouston 2019 concludes
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The door opens, and professional cuddler Keely Shoup immediately lays out the options. "Do you want to be greeted with a smile, a handshake or a hug?" Shoup asks. related advertisement In our #MeToo world where some people struggle about what separates politically correct from inappropriate, a friendly hug from a perverted grope, and even sexual assault from "boys will be boys," Shoup, a 30-year-old college graduate who makes her living cuddling with strangers, knows the importance of setting boundaries.One firm handshake later, she is sitting on the couch in her far North Side Chicago apartment talking about the Cuddlexpo coming to Rosemont this weekend for "cuddle professionals," the "therapeutic touch community," and people who just want to learn more about what cuddling could do for them. She also understands that you might be going, "Eww.""When I heard the phrase 'cuddle party,' I thought that was the most awkward, uncomfortable and creepy thing you could do," … [Read more...] about Professional cuddlers? Yes, and they’re coming to Rosemont.
THE average employee wastes nearly 23 working days every year - in “unproductive” meetings, according to a recent survey. A European study of 2,000 employees in the UK, France and Germany found the typical staff member spends a total of 187 hours - or the equivalent of 23 days a year - in meetings. The bad news is 56 per cent of those get-togethers are generally “unproductive” - and 66 per cent of those polled even admitted they make excuses in order to avoid meetings. The research by business travel hotel brand Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resorts also found one in 10 will pretend they got the time or date wrong, and one in 20 even admitted to calling in sick to get out of a meeting entirely. Mike Greenup, vice president brand management, said: “Meetings are essential for collaboration and reaching business goals, but ensuring catch-ups are effective isn’t always simple.'' Experts also discovered most staff reckon 40 minutes is the ‘optimum’ … [Read more...] about Average employee wastes 23 days a year in pointless ‘unproductive’ meetings, study claims
Candice Williams The Detroit News Published 5:23 PM EDT Sep 17, 2018 Detroit — The owners of the Crowne Plaza Hotel have decided to pull their plans to build a second tower downtown after the City Council twice rejected their request. Instead, they will invest their money in property they own in other states, a representative said. “I just feel unfair treatment from City Council,” said John Sabbagh, general manager of Crowne Plaza Hotel, which sits next door to the proposed second tower at Washington and Jefferson in the downtown. “(The owners) didn’t really have time to sit here to continue battling somewhere where it’s clear they’re not wanted. We own the property next door. We own that parcel of land so we might try again in the future. We don’t know when that’s going to be. There are other items that are going to take priority. A hotel build takes quite a long time, a year, year and a half. We’re going to do a few … [Read more...] about Crowne Plaza Hotel owners cancel plans for second tower
Candice Williams The Detroit News Published 5:51 PM EDT Sep 11, 2018 Detroit — The City Council for a second time rejected a request from the owners of the Crowne Plaza Hotel to build a second tower. Opposing council members did not express any issue with the proposed structure itself, but rather room conditions in the existing building, employee pay and the hotel owner’s failure to sign a neutrality agreement acknowledging the workers’ rights to form a union. Meanwhile, hotel representatives say they’re frustrated but plan to keep fighting to build the 28-story, 500-bed tower at the corner of Washington and Jefferson in the downtown. “I support employment. I support good customer service…” said Council President Brenda Jones prior to the 2-6 vote. “But what I do not support is problems within a hotel where I receive calls from out-of-state visitors that are here who feel that the hotel is a convention hotel, and that they … [Read more...] about Detroit City Council rejects Crowne Plaza tower