Monday, May 17, 2004

The Sauce Boss Podcast BBQs the Blues

The Sauce Boss Podcast BBQs the Blues

The Sauce Boss has taken his music and his recipes, along with a culinary travelogue of great restaurants, and stirred them into a brand new podcast available on iTunes.

Monticello, FL (PRWEB) July 27, 2006

The Sauce Boss has taken his music and his recipes, along with a culinary travelogue of great restaurants, and stirred them into a brand new podcast available on iTunes. Every Sauce Boss Podcast has a heaping helping of down-home blues, cooking, and attitude.

For 16 years, the Sauce Boss has combined music and food into a whole new genre, mixing his own original blues into a huge pot of gumbo, and feeding over 135,000 people for free. For the last three years, the Sauce Boss has also taken his musical gumbo show to homeless shelters all over the country along with a message of hope and sharing for the entire community. (Podcast number three will feature a live performance from a homeless shelter in Washington D. C.).

It all began when Florida bluesician, Bill Wharton, made a big batch of hot sauce in his kitchen that was so good that all his friends ate it up. When he made more, they ate that up too. Before long he was known as the Sauce Boss, hawking his Liquid Summer Hot Sauce at the shows. When he poured it into a pot of gumbo, it took off.

Once a best kept secret, the word is out! Jimmy Buffett sang about the Sauce Boss in his "I Will Play for Gumbo" song, and now Parrotheads are “phlocking” from all over the country to see the Sauce Boss live. The Sauce Boss has been featured in Living Blues magazine as well as GQ, and Gourmet magazine. He has appeared on the Food network’s Extreme Cuisine, CNN, Extra, CBS’s The Early Show and NPR’s Morning Edition. The sauceboss. com website is high tech on a long dirt road: down-home and state-of-the-art at the same time. It gets over 1 million hits a year.

He’s the inventor of Gastronomic Boogie-woogie. 

Like a cross between Justin Wilson and Robert Johnson,

He sings the blues

He cooks the gumbo

He plays the guitar

He writes the tunes

He feeds the masses

He makes his very own hot sauce

And that’s why they call him …

The sauce boss!

For more information visit:

Www. sauceboss. com

Info @ sauceboss. com

Bill Wharton 850-997-4359

Photo by Joe Riebling

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New Search Engine Helps Bridge the Language Gap in Wikipedia

New Search Engine Helps Bridge the Language Gap in Wikipedia

Rapid Intelligence, a search technology company with a focus on data mining and computational linguistics, has today released a beta of Qwika. com, a wiki search engine. The technology is designed from the ground up to work with wiki-based content and has a number of unique features of interest to researchers and Wikipedia editors. It is the only search engine to index machine translated content, so that users may search for terms in their own language and see results translated from English.

San Francisco, USA (PRWEB) February 19, 2006

Rapid Intelligence, a search technology company with a focus on data mining and computational linguistics, has today released a beta of Qwika. com, a wiki search engine.

The technology is designed from the ground up to work with wiki-based content and has a number of unique features of interest to researchers and Wikipedia editors. It is the only search engine to index machine translated content, so that users may search for terms in their own language and see results translated from English.

"Wikipedia's growth in English is well documented, but other languages lag far behind. The next biggest is German, roughly a third of the size of the English one. Spanish is a mere tenth of the size" says Luke Metcalfe, founder of the site. "There is thus a massive gap in the market."

The resultant content is machine translated, so it contains imperfections, but are still much better than no article at all and further, provide a starting point for editors to translate manually into their own language. Languages included are German, French, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Chinese and Russian.

In addition, some country-specific topics are covered best in their native language. Qwika makes this content available to English speakers, rolling it all into the one index. Articles from all 11 languages are included in the English language version.

The engine also includes WikiTravel and aims to include all sizeable wikis. "Wikis are cropping up on a variety of topics and approaches to community. We'd like to see this diversity flourish while still providing the user with a central location for such public encyclopedia-style content."

The service aims to be an alternative search for Wikipedia. At the time of writing this press release, all of Wikipedia was suffering an outage, and its search is often down.

Some examples:

Http://www. qwika. com/find/dark_lunacy (http://www. qwika. com/find/dark_lunacy) - Finds the Spanish version (no english article exists)

Http://www. qwika. com/find/der_spiegel (http://www. qwika. com/find/der_spiegel) - German translated version contains more information than the english one.

Http://www. qwika. com/find/australia (http://www. qwika. com/find/australia) - Wikipedia and WikiTravel

Http://www. qwika. com/find/helmut_kohl (http://www. qwika. com/find/helmut_kohl) - Many languages and talk page.

About Rapid Intelligence

Rapid Intelligence is a web and search technology company. Its other titles include FactBites, featured in BusinessWeek, a search engine/encyclopedia hybrid that provides point form topic summaries as results, and NationMaster, the world's largest database for comparing countries online, which has received warm reviews from CNN, the BBC, The New York Times and the American Library Association.

About Wikipedia

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia written by volunteers on an ongoing basis, backed by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its aim is to create and distribute a freely available encyclopedia in as many languages as possible. According to Alexa. com, Wikipedia has been ranked in the top 30 most trafficked websites throughout 2006.

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WD Travel Inks Full Distribution Agreement with the Sunshine Hotels & Resorts

WD Travel Inks Full Distribution Agreement with the Sunshine Hotels & Resorts

WD Travel, Asia's first true web-based wholesale provider for FIT hotel bookings, supplying travel operators and travel organizers worldwide, is firmly committed to innovation and highly competitive room rates combined with allocations.

Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) May 24, 2007

WD Travel (http://wd-travel. com) inks full distribution agreement with the Sunshine Hotels & Resorts.

This partnership will ensure that all Sunshine Hotels & Resorts (SH&R) in Pattaya, Thailand will be actively managed in WD Travel's inventory system, and that new properties added in the future by Sunshine will be sold through WD Travel's B2B online booking platform called TravelWorks.

"We are extremely happy with this cooperation with the Sunshine Hotels & Resorts. Sunshine currently has five active properties in the Pattaya area and we receive frequent positive feedback about these properties from our customers based on their value and price," said Heiko Wilms, CEO and co-founder of WD Travel (http://wd-travel. com). WD Travel will receive competitive rates and allocations for all Sunshine properties. Instant confirmation bookings for all Sunshine Hotels & Resorts will be available online for travel agents worldwide via the TravelWorks platform at wd-travel. com.

The Group General Manager of Sunshine Hotels and Resorts Vinit Chidchanognarth was equally enthusiastic about the partnership: "We are looking forward to working with WD Travel as it is important for our growth and also because of their booking volume and efficiency. If there ever is a booking problem we can rely on our two reservation departments working together to find a solution".

"This partnership is also a strategic decision to start promoting our newest 4 star beachfront property to be launched in November, 2007. The Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa will have 272 rooms with 5 private beach-front Pool Villas. We look forward to WD Travel's support in launching this new property" added Mr. Chidchanognarth.

This recent partnership is a continuing initiative of WD Travel to strengthen relationships with its partners. "In order to provide our customers with the best rates and availability we must have constructive and mutually beneficial relationships with our hotel partners. The Sunshine Hotels & Resorts is a good example of the cooperation and interaction we aim to have with all of our partners." concluded Wilms.

WD Travel will continue to work closely with its hotel partners in the future, and pass on the benefits to its growing number of customers.

For more information on the Sunshine Hotels & Resorts please visit: Sunshine Hotels & Resorts (http://www. sunshinehotelsresorts. com)

About WD Travel:
WD Travel, Asia's first true web based wholesale provider for FIT hotel bookings, supplying travel operators and travel organizers worldwide, has its offices in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, access the WD Travel website at WD Travel (http://wd-travel. com) or visit the WD Travel About (http://wd-travel. com/about/index. php).

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