Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In anticipation of Spa Week, a national initiative when local spas offer discounted rates, some of the Morey Publishing staff were assigned the very tough job of experiencing spa treatments so that we could report back to readers what to expect.Beverly Fortune and Danielle Esposito checked out the luxurious spa at the Viana Hotel & Spa, while Jaime Franchi hopped over to Dr. Buglino’s office in Woodbury. The treatments—a facial, a microdermabrasion, a body scrub, and a massage—were all different, but all equally relaxing and enjoyable. If you’re in the market for luxurious pampering, Spa Week offers discounted treatments so you can spoil yourself.Go ahead. You deserve it!Beverly:If you haven’t already had a chance to stay at the Viana Hotel on Broadhollow Road in Westbury, you are missing out on a beautiful experience.This Long Island treasure is the only hotel here that is LEED-NC Silver-certified and includes state-of-the-art technology and eco-friendly features, especially its Zen-inspired day spa and full-service salon.This oasis of luxury is one of the best kept secrets on Long Island. Not only can you get first-class spa treatments, but as a guest of the spa you are encouraged to use the other hotel amenities, such as their sauna and steam room, hot tub and lap pool.Veronica, the spa manager, was extremely gracious. After I’d expressed an interest in the steam room, by the time I changed into my spa robe and slippers, she had the steam room ready for use. (As a green hotel, they are very conscious of energy consumption.)The steam room was heaven, and I promised myself that the next time I’m there for a spa treatment (and yes, there will definitely be a next time) I’ll pack a bathing suit so I can swim a few laps.The Viana is offering a few Spa Week specials, a facial, massage and body care, so you can try something from each of their specialties:• $50 Spa Week Viana Signature Facial (normally $90). All facials last 50 minutes, include a deep cleanse, exfoliation, extractions and a condition-specific masque. They also include a moisturizing hand and arm massage with heat mitts.• $50 Swedish Relaxation Massage (normally $95). Licensed massage therapists customize their services to your needs and use hot towels to keep you calm, rejuvenated and relaxed. All treatments are 50 minutes.• $50 Viana Shea Butter Body Scrub (normally $95). A pure and natural conditioning body scrub, leaves your skin smooth and glowing. A lavish application of natural Shea butter cream is the icing on the cake. This treatment is also 50 minutes.I chose the Viana Butter Body Scrub. Wow. My esthetician, Danielle, was amazing. I got undressed and laid on a heated bed and was scrubbed from head to toe with this delicious smelling exfoliating salt. After I was covered in scrub, Danielle turned on a heavenly hot shower and left the room so I could shower in privacy as I rinsed off the salt and exfoliated skin.It was a rejuvenating experience. I could have stopped there, my skin felt so soft. But there’s more! As I showered, Danielle changed the sheets and after I finished towel drying, I again was on the nice, warm bed.This time, Danielle applied a rich, warm Shea butter cream that smelled absolutely like heaven. It melted into my skin. When she was finished, I was glowing from head to toe. Not greasy at all, it was refreshing to have summer-ready skin.I’ve decided this is the perfect, must-do treatment for every change of season and I will be back at the end of the summer for my next body exfoliation, prepared to swim, steam and sauna for a few hours of pure relaxation and pampering. But not before I try their signature facial and massage!Danielle:The moment I walked into Viana Hotel and Spa, I was enveloped in a warm and welcoming atmosphere that immediately made me feel not only comfortable, but instantly relaxed.Viana Spa’s receptionist, Veronica, was an absolute pleasure from beginning to end. She walked me through the eco-friendly, beautifully decorated spa and made sure that I was completely taken care of.After dressing in a fluffy robe, I was greeted with a glass of bubbly and a beautifully crafted dish of melon balls and chocolate covered strawberries. Everything was so delicious that I contemplated ordering some strawberries to go!Since I arrived a little early, I was invited to try out some of the spa’s peaceful amenities. An intimate lap pool and whirling hot tub were surrounded by plush lounge chairs, clean towels and two of my favorites: a sauna and a steam room. I stepped into the sauna first, letting the warmth wash over me and prepare me for the intensity of a good steam. After spending some time in the sauna, I made my way to the steam room and could actually feel both my pores and my muscles love me for it.I highly suggest spending some time unwinding with these amenities before your spa treatment—they get your mind and body fully in the zone for the pampering that awaits you.My licensed masseuse, Christina, found me when it was time for my appointment: a Swedish Balancing Massage.As an avid CrossFitter and obstacle course racer, I’m always hurting and aching to some capacity. Christina not only asked me in-depth questions about any soreness or body pains I was having; she also recommended and executed the right amount of pressure for my (many) knots and sore muscles.The massage was perfection and Christina was magic. My 50-minute session allowed me to feel more relaxed than I’ve felt in a long time, and I promised myself multiple times on that table that I would dedicate at least a massage-a-month program into my life.They are just too good not to! If you haven’t done so already, I highly suggest paying a visit to Westbury’s Viana Hotel and Spa.Experience the zen-like oasis for yourself. Be transported in to a world rich with soothing sounds, calming colors and a friendly, hospitable staff that will ensure every moment of your time there is pure, tranquil bliss. I promise you’ll thank me later.Jaime:The office of Dr. Anthony Buglino is warm and inviting. Temporarily located inside an obstetrician’s office in Woodbury, patients immediately understand that this spa treatment is a medical procedure. However, for those for whom plastic surgery is a foreign concept or who are used to bathrobes and the quiet tinkling of Enya in the background, rest assured: The Hydrafacial is a relaxing, rejuvenating, and non-invasive experience.The kicker? This facial has a more intense, lasting benefit than anything you can get at a day spa. That’s because this computerized facial is customized to every single individual.My facialist, Dana, has over 10 years of experience owning her own spa in Manhattan before working alongside Dr. Buglino. She was able to assess my skin type, problem areas and exactly what I needed. She entered the data into a computer and boom—my high-tech facial began.Dana warned me that it could get pretty wet—it was a hydrafacial after all—and she was right. The first part of the six-part facial was a medical-grade exfoliation serum designed to remove all of the dead skin cells from my face. It was applied via a handheld electronic device that served to deliver more comprehensive results than soft cloths could.That same device, with a different head, was used for the next step: the vortex peel—a combination of glycolic and salicyclic acids that worked like a peel but without any harshness. Then came the extractions, which in all honesty I usually dread. Because it’s usually painful. However, because the hydrafacial is done with the electronic tool, it delivers amplified results without any pain at all. It simply applied the exclusive beta-HD serum and cleared away all of my impurities. Of which there are many.I was now primed for the good stuff. Dana applied vortex boost and vortex fusion which fully hydrated, moisturized, and purified my skin, leaving it taut and toned, dewy and—yeah I’ll say it—younger looking. My husband noted the glow on my face as soon as I arrived home with an armful of products I was instructed to use to maintain my healthy, newly beautiful, fresh face.Thanks Dana!Beverly:There is nothing as rejuvenating as microdermabrasion and a professional facial. You see immediate results and so does everyone else. I was totally convinced that I would get first-rate service when I entered the premises.Everything is top-shelf, just beautiful. My instincts proved me right. Olga, my aesthetician, was extremely professional and had gorgeous, natural-looking skin.First Olga evaluated my skin, and I mean really looked at it. I’ve had facials before where you get a nice facial massage, a mask and then you’re on your way. Not at Vita Ageless Medical Aesthetics.After my skin evaluation, Olga began the microdermabrasion, a skin resurfacing treatment that uses a stream of micro-crystals projected onto the skin and then instantly vacuumed away. This procedure removes dead and flaking skin and leaves your skin feeling smooth, soft and renewed. It improves skin tone and when done in a series, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks and acne scars.When the microdermabrasion was complete, warm steam was wafted onto my skin and then Olga gently cleansed any remaining “dust” from the procedure and began extracting any clogged pores. She was gentle, but I knew that she was getting it done. She applied a warm compress to my face and then applied a gel-based collagen mask.As the mask worked its magic, Olga began massaging my shoulders, neck and upper arms with warm oil and hot stones (my favorite). I don’t know how long the mask was on because I felt like I was in heaven. After she removed the mask, she applied facial oil and massaged it into my skin. When I was finished, I looked in the mirror and loved the way my skin looked! I didn’t need any foundation or blush, I was rested and revived.This high-end day spa is definitely on the must-go-to-list for Spa Week! The treatment was first-class, as was the staff and surroundings. Grade-A all the way.Here is a list of Long Island spas that are participating in Spa Week. Check out www.SpaWeek.com for full details, all treatments are $50 from April 11 to 17.Blue Salon and SpaBocu Salon and SpaBody & Skin Care by TamaraBuglino Plastic SurgerySignature HydraFacial10 Units of BotoxLymphatic Drainage Treatment for The FaceCenter For Pain Relief & WellnessDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – BabylonDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – East HillsDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – Garden CityEastern Breeze Nail & SpaFantastic SpaHand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa – Rockville CentreHands on HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day SpaAhhh Spa! Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage with Facial Refresher Masque, Hydrating Hand WrapYou Glo Therapeutic Facial or Body Scrub with Peppermint Foot Scrub and ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ Herbal Infused Scalp MassageJoseph Christopher For Beauty & WellnessLaser Plus Spa- BellmoreLaVida Massage – SmithtownLord & Taylor Salon & Spanu glo medi-spaNuZen SpaSwedish MassageDeep Cleansing Facial with High Frequency TreatmentOrganic ‘Milk + Honey’ Sugar Body ScrubO SpaOrange Skye Body & Beauty BarPurity SpaWild Orange Massage with Coconut Oil and Wild Orange Cocktail InfusionVitamin C + Cranberry Facial with Buff and Hydrate Hand and Foot ScrubRed Door Spa – BellmoreRed Door Spa – Garden CityRed Door Spa – WoodburyRed Door Spa at The Garden City HotelSpa Week De-Stress Body TreatmentSpa Week FacialSpa Week Pedicure with Choice of Gel Polish for Toes or Paraffin Hand TreatmentRed Hots SpaSmooth Generation Skin Rejuvenation SpaSomatic Massage TherapyThe Medical Spa Of Brian D. Cohen M.D.Viana Hotel & Spa: Signature Viana Facial with Botanical Products, Shea Butter Body ScrubVita Ageless Medical AestheticsExperience the soothing, cleansing power of all that these health and beauty spas have to offer at Spa Week! Spa Week. SpaWeek.com April 11 – 17.
Sweden’s AP7 fund and its co-lead plaintiffs have reached a $150m (€138m) settlement with JP Morgan Chase, ending a 2012 securities class action over the trading and risk management activities at the heart of what has become known as the London Whale trading scandal.AP7, the government-backed default option for the premium pension system in Sweden, was lead plaintiff alongside US public pension funds from the states of Arkansas, Ohio and Oregon.Together, they have agreed to settle the class action for $150m in cash.Richard Gröttheim, chief executive at AP7, who oversaw the litigation on behalf of the scheme, said: “The settlement represents an excellent recovery for the class after more than three years of litigation. “AP7’s involvement in this matter illustrates its continued commitment to represent the interests of investors.” The settlement marks the end of a six-month mediation process and years of litigation, including the court’s certification of a class of investors.The case was initially filed in a New York district court in July 2012.The lead plaintiffs were appointed a month later and in April 2013 filed the complaint on which the mediation was based.The complaint alleged JP Morgan violated federal securities law by making false and misleading statements about the activities of its CIO and the extent of the risk posed by the so-called London Whale trades within the CIO’s synthetic credit portfolio.The complaint claimed these ultimately caused damage to investors.Carried out by a trader called Bruno Iksil, nicknamed the London Whale because of the size of his positions, the trades led to more than $6bn in losses for the US investment bank and nearly $1bn in fines from US and UK regulators.The Ohio state joint-lead plaintiff was the Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS).One of Sweden’s five buffer funds, AP1, recently announced that it was stepping down as lead plaintiff in a consolidated lawsuit against practices in so-called dark pools.
The Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium will Sunday be the focal point of boxing fans around the continent, as it hosts GOtv Boxing Night 16, tagged the “Independence Edition”.This is the first time Teslim Balogun is hosting the event. A total of nine bouts, including two with international flavour, are scheduled. Headlining the show will be the West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight title bout between Ghana’s Benjamin Lamptey and Nigeria’s Rilwan Oladosu. The second international bout is a challenge duel between Ghana’s Emmanuel Mensah and Nigeria’s Oto Joseph, the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion. The other big- name match-ups are the national light heavyweight title duel between Kabiru Towolawi and Adewale Masebinu as well as the featherweight challenge clash between Waidi “Skoro” Usman and Chibuzo Obi.The bout card also features debutants, famously drawn from the last two editions of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search. In the super bantamweight division, Adeyemi Elijah will face Sheriff Ogunbanjo, while Taiwo Agbaje will face Tope Musa in the lightweight division. Azeez “Who Say So” will take on Waheed “Showmax” Shogbanmu in a light welterweight bout, as Isaac “I Star” Chukwudi takes on Adeyemi Adekanla in the welterweight class. The last of the debutants’ clashes pairs Aminu Akintayo with Mutiu Lawal.The best boxer at the event will go home with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N1.5million. GOtv Boxing Night 16 will be beamed live in 47 African countries by SuperSport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram